Seven new electric and acoustic amplifiers: October 2019

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.

Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Floor

With the pedalboard amplifier field gaining traction, Hughes & Kettner has entered the game with the Black Spirit 200 Floor (pictured above). This four-channel amp condenses the tech found in the brand’s Black Spirit 200 into a more portable format. New to this iteration is a power-sagging system that lets the amp recreate the behaviour of a cranked tube power amp section, independent of volume.

Yamaha THR-II

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Fans of Yamaha’s THR series will be thrilled that the brand has unveiled its successor, the THR-II. The new series will come with new features such as wireless connectivity and battery power. Announced thus far are three models: the THR10II, THR10II Wireless and the THR30II Wireless.

BluGuitar AMP1 Iridium Edition

bluguitar am1 iridium

German amplifier manufacturer BluGuitar has pulled the curtains back on the AMP1 Iridium Edition. This is an all-analogue 100-watt pedalboard amp that comes with a slew of features including a noise-gate, boost, multiple I/O options, a tube power amp section, speaker emulation and four metal-leaning preamp modes.

Victory Amplification Richie Kotzen RK100 Custom Limited Edition

RK100 Richie Kotzen

Following the success of the Richie Kotzen RK50 a couple of years ago, Victory Amplification has decided to collaborate with the Winery Dogs frontman again. This time, they’ve created a 100-watt all-valve head, limited to 20 pieces. This iteration features a single-output design with a toggle switch for its two channels: Normal and Bright.

Supro 1×8 Blues King 8

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The Blues King line recently welcomed a new member to the family in the form of the 1×8-inch Blues King 8. The amp features a genuine Class A all-tube signal path, as well as a custom eight-inch speaker and a traditional, vintage-leaning poplar cabinet. Front panel controls include volume, tone, master volume and boost.

Vox Mini Superbeetle Limited Edition

Vox Mini Superbeetle British Racing Green

Vox has given the Mini Superbeetle a limited-edition makeover, dressing up the amps in British Racing Green. Apart from its sleek new look, the amplifier remains unchanged. It boasts features like Vox’s NuTube tech, built-in effects and a 10-inch Celestion speaker.

Joyo BSK-60

Joyo BSK-60 acoustic guitar amplifier

If you’re looking to take your music to the streets, you’ll want to check out Joyo’s new BSK-60. This portable acoustic amp boasts two customisable inputs – one guitar and one mic – Bluetooth connectivity and a four-hour battery life. Homing in on the guitar input, it features volume and EQ controls as well as in-built chorus, reverb and delay effects.

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