7 great valve combos: review round-up

12th Apr 2010 | 10:42

7 great valve combos: review round-up
Mesa/Boogie Mark Five (£2649)
How much more Boogie could you possibly want?

Every month, MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the best independent, in-depth music-making gear reviews.

Fresh from collating the best guitar gear put through its paces by Guitarist and Total Guitar's test teams in March 2010, it's time to zoom in and focus on amplifiers.

There have been some seriously good valve amps in the pages of Guitarist and Total Guitar in recent months. We've chosen seven killer tube combos for your perusal here, from the cost-conscious to wallet-busting once-in-a-lifetime boutique models. One thing they have in common is that they've all scooped Guitarist Gold, Guitarist Choice or Total Guitar Best Buy awards.

If you like what you see, be sure to click through and read each product’s full review and check out the accompanying video and audio demos. First up: Mesa/Boogie's amazing Mark V combo:

MusicRadar's verdict:

"The ultimate compact yet powerful do-it-all amp."

FULL REVIEW:Mesa/Boogie Mark Five


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 318)

7 great valve combos: review round-up
Blackstar Series 1 S1-45 (£899)
Prepare to be blown away!

MusicRadar's verdict:

"One thing that's missing from so many multi-function amps these days is character. The Series 1 amps have tons of it, with all the flexibility you need. It's been a very long wait for these amps to arrive, but it's been worth every minute!"

FULL REVIEW:Blackstar Series 1 S1-45


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 318)

7 great valve combos: review round-up
Vox AC30C2 (£822)
A new take on the classic Top Boost AC30 for 2010

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If you've been put off by previous AC30s, this, finally, is the one to opt for and enjoy."

FULL REVIEW: AC30C2 2 x 12 combo


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 327)

7 great valve combos: review round-up
Mesa/Boogie Electra Dyne (£2149)
Has Boogie caught the retro bug?

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A superbly simple to use, yet versatile and great sounding workhorse for rock 'n' roll, blues and classic rock."

FULL REVIEW:Mesa/Boogie Electra Dyne


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 321)

7 great valve combos: review round-up
Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50-watt (£3099)
Much more than just a Dumble clone

MusicRadar's verdict:

"For serious players only (and those with plenty of cash), the Fuchs is a pro-level tone machine that will never let you down."

FULL REVIEW: Overdrive Supreme 50-watt 2 x 12 combo


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 326)

7 great valve combos: review round-up
Marshall MA50C (£548)
Brit-rock valve tones at a wallet-friendly price

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Want a portable, gig-ready valve combo that packs a punch, but for sensible money? Look here."

FULL REVIEW:Marshall MA50C


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 323)

7 great valve combos: review round-up
Blackstar HT Stage 60 (£699)
60-watt 2 x 12 with a transatlantic voice

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This workhorse gigging amp will pay for itself."

FULL REVIEW:Blackstar HT Stage 60


(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 200)


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