Every month, we’ll compile a list of announcements, releases and rumors from amp and speaker makers big and small. Here are our favorites from the past month.
For lovers of that old-school British sound, this 18-watt all-tube combo is modeled after the Watkins Dominator—so expect aggressive, throaty rock ’n’ roll tones. The amp is also as simple as it gets, with two differently voiced channels, a footswitchable tremolo on one channel, and no EQ controls.
Heptode Jim ’81
The tube-emulating amp, available in multiple configurations, offers two channels: one’s inspired by the Fender Blackface models while the other by the Marshall JCM800 2203.
Announced back at Winter NAMM 2018, the Katana-Air is now finally available for sale. It’s a portable wireless 30-watt combo that has five amp characters on tap—ideal for busking, practice and intimate shows.
Acoustic Classic Series
This line-up of three bass amplifiers is robust, frills-free and light on the wallet. There’s a 25-, 50- and 100-watt model—each has a blendable overdrive section—that are priced between $100 to $250.