New electric guitar amplifiers amps June 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.

Mackie FreePlay LIVE

Mackie Freeplay LIVE

The portable PA system packs in 150 watts of power, a six-inch woofer and two tweeters—all in a package that weighs just under nine pounds. And it doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker, too.

NoTone SE50

NoTone Amplification SE50

These made-in-America 50-watt tube amps are available in two main voices: a roaring Plexi-style rock tone and another ‘looser,’ American-style sound. They’re available in both combos and heads.

BluGuitar TwinCab

BluGuitar TwinCab

It’s a closed-back 2×12 cabinet—measuring 30 inches long and 15.75 inches wide—that’s designed to be used either standing up vertically or laid down horizontally, with different tonal properties for each orientation.

Yamaha’s Ampeg acquisition

Yamaha Ampeg

Okay, it’s not an actual product, but it’s still major amp news. Yamaha’s takeover of the legendary bass amp brand is sure to pique the interest of gearheads the world over.

Orianthi joins Orange

Orianthi Orange Amps
Image: Ross Halfin

Joining the British brand’s roster as an ambassador is the guitar goddess, who will now call the likes of Mastodon’s Brent Hinds and Slipknot’s Jim Root colleagues.

Read our picks of the latest pedals here and the latest guitars here.