£439 to £615

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Boss’s punchy and com­pelling Katana mod­el­ling amps were well-liked in the

Gui­tarist of­fice, so there was some ex­cite­ment when we learned Boss had launched an­other new con­cept in high-qual­ity, non-valve­based am­pli­fi­ca­tion, dubbed the Nex­tone amp se­ries. De­signed with the tone-tweaker in mind, the main idea is that you can in­stantly switch be­tween four se­lectable, Class A/B ana­logue power amp cir­cuits, of­fer­ing 6V6, 6L6, EL84 and EL34-style per­for­mance at the turn of a dial. The classic valve voices are sum­moned up with Boss’s con­vinc­ing Tube Logic tech that was de­vised to model ev­ery im­por­tant el­e­ment in the sig­nal path of a classic valve amp, with­out ac­tu­ally us­ing valves. On the ba­sis of Roland’s Blues Cube, which utilises the same tech, the ap­proach seems to work pretty con­vinc­ingly. The Nex­tone amps also fea­ture Boost and Tone switches for adding crunch and sparkle, plus built-in de­lay, tremolo and re­verb ef­fects.

Mean­while, the Nex­tone Editor for Mac and Win­dows lets you delve a bit deeper via the tone stack type, EQ, sag, bias, ef­fects, sys­tem set­tings and more, so you can fet­tle the sound and re­sponse. There are two mod­els in the range: the 80-watt Nex­tone Artist combo with a sin­gle 12inch speaker for £615, and the 40-watt Nex­tone Stage, also with one 12-inch speaker, for £439.

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