Four new electric and acoustic amplifiers: January 2020

Our favourite new amp and speaker announcements, releases and rumours of the past month.

Every month, we compile a list of announcements, releases, and rumours from amp and speaker makers big and small. Here are our favourites from the past month.

Blackstar HT-20R MkII Collector’s Edition

Blackstar’s latest iteration of its HT-20R MkII (pictured above) is clad in a limited-edition Surf Green vinyl. Like the rest of its ilk, this version of the HT-20R comes with a tube complement of a single 12AX7 preamp tube and twin EL84s for the power section. It also features two footswitchable channels, a digital reverb, effects loop, speaker-emulated output and a handy power-reduction circuit.

Boss Waza-Air

boss waza-airEver the innovator, Boss has taken its Katana amps and made them wearable in the form of the Waza-Air. Touted as a “personal guitar amplifier system”, the Waza-Air’s tones are based on five amp types from Boss’ Katana series. It also comes with three environmental settings to choose from: Surround, Stage and Static, the last of which uses a gyro sensor to vary the tone depending on your head’s position.

Marshall 1959HW Bernie Marsden

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The Marshall 1959HWBM
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Bernie Marsden has teamed up with Marshall for his own signature amp, clad in a very fitting white faux-snakeskin. The 1959HW Bernie Marsden sports some slight differences over the former Whitesnake guitarist’s original 1978 Plexi. For starters, this new model comes with higher gain across both channels and has had its midrange voicing tweaked to allow more accessibility to the higher-mids. A change in the global feedback in the power amp also gives the new 1959HW aBernie Marsden more expression and punch.

Fryette Deliverance Series II

The Fryette Deliverance II
Image: Fryette

Fryette’s Deliverance amps will be receiving an upgrade just in time for Winter NAMM 2020. The Deliverance Series II comes with two new features – a Solo Volume mode and a Bright toggle switch. The returning ‘More’ feature can also be used to introduce more preamp gain to the Solo Volume mode. All three features can be controlled via a footswitch instead of being toggled by hand, making the amp more versatile for live use.

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