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Four new electric guitar amplifiers: August 2018

Four new electric guitar amplifiers: August 2018

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.

Park P1800

Park P1800 amp

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

Jim ‘81 Combo
Jim ‘81 Combo

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.

Boss Katana-Air

boss katana air

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

Acoustic Classic Series FAMILY
From left to right: B50C, B100C, B25C

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.