Well, it’s been a busy past year with work and family life – barely leaving time to blog. But fear not, Rowbi couldn’t resist blogging after seeing all the news this evening about numerous guitar related gear being released at Winter NAMM!
Line 6 look to have come up trumps with the Firehawk 1500 – I recall when I first found out about this beast when it was only an idea, I was staggered that they’d fit in a 1500 watt power amp into a large combo – however when you think that the Line 6 StageSource PA speakers are 1400 watts then it seems sensible for a guitar amp come FRFR PA system. Essentially for me, this is the Vetta III, and compared to other similar offerings it just has no competition for the great value ~£750 price tag. Check out the cost of Boss’ new Waza Craft amp head and cabinet (it’s ~£3000, yes look again, that’s no typo) – silly money for the Boss.
Click here for more info on the Firehawk 1500.
The Amplifi range has a new baby in the Amplifi30 – Fab products all round (I have the TT and 75 courtesy of Line 6 beta testing) and the 30 watter will deliver a great solution to those needing a guitar amp/Bluetooth streaming speaker – but in a smaller and better value product.
Click here for more info on the Amplifi30.
Next we come onto Marshall. They’re taking a very different approach with their new CODE modelling amps – only modelling their own valve amps. Of course they own prime examples of their own amps which I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand in the Marshall museum – so who better to model Marshall amps than Marshall themselves. It’s sort of a competitor to the Amplifi range above, as there’s Bluetooth editing and streaming included – however with the range of amps only being Marshall some might say it’s a bit limited… Not me though, Everyone loves Marshall amps, and you’ve got every style of amp covered here – what’s not to like! Some of the demo videos so far released show they’ve recorded the demo on the CODE25 and CODE50 combos, thus showing that the best tones are available across the whole range – not just from the flagship 100 watt head!
Click here for more info on the Marshall CODE amplifier product line.
There’s not much to say about the FBV3 – the previous version (the Shortboard MKII) has been around a while. It’s great to see the long list of previous products that the FBV3 works with (Going back to the Spider II, POD2, Vetta, HD147) as well as of course supporting the latest products too. It’s essentially a Firehawk style pedal with multi colour footswitch indicators – nice1.
Click here for more info on the FBV3.
OH MY GOD!!!!!! A 20 watt Silver Jubilee head (and combo)!!!! I’m sure many guitarists prayers are answered right here. Combo includes a Celestion G12M Greenback, and both have a 5 watt low power mode.
I’ve nothing else to say except: AWESOME!
Click here for more info on the Mini Jubilee.
I’ve owned and gigged with Line 6 Relay G50 and G90 units in the past and they were absolutely solid and faultless. Pro guitarists also seem to really rate the G90 units, so I’m pleased my thoughts on them are shared by those who are more qualified than I am to make judgement. The introduction of the G10 is a stab at simplifying what was already a simple set of wireless systems – however with any settings came a tiny bit of complexity that the average guitarists just wouldn’t want or need. Sure a pro player needs to be able to select up to 12 different wireless frequencies, but most do not. The G10 is so simple that I’m sure it will be a big seller!
Click here for more info on the Relay G10.