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Match­less’ first amp hit it big for the Cal­i­for­nian com­pany. The 30-watt DC-30 burst out of the gate in a big way, find­ing its way into the rigs of play­ers as mas­sive as Neil Young, Brian May and The Boss. The com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion is built on its hand­wired point-to-point cir­cuitry, and since their start in 1989, they’ve ex­panded their prod­uct range sig­nif­i­cantly.

For those who are un­aware ex­actly what these terms mean, it es­sen­tially in­di­cates that Match­less use as few pre-fab­ri­cated com­po­nents or pro­cesses as pos­si­ble when con­struct­ing the cir­cuit it­self. You’re talk­ing wires and sol­der more than a bevy of green PCBs.

The Spit­fire ’15 is part of a trio of sim­i­lar amps from the com­pany. It’s a bit cleaner than its row­dier Light­ning and Nighthawk broth­ers, yet the Spit­fire '15 shares a sim­i­lar pur­pose. All three mod­els fo­cus on dif­fer­ent styles, but share the lower 15-watt range that works both in the bed­room and small stages.

Although it has its own dis­tinc­tive and in­ten­tional gain struc­ture, the Spit­fire’s par­tic­u­lar cir­cuit is in­tended to work best with clean styles, such as jazz, coun­try, blues and easy­go­ing rock. Over­all, the amp’s sim­ple de­sign and rel­a­tively spe­cific sound sug­gest it’s de­signed to be a solid mas­ter of cer­tain styles more than a mid­dling jack-of-all-trades.

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