Fi­nal ver­dict

Choos­ing the gig­ging amp for you

Total Guitar - - THE GAS STATION -

While they may have a wattage in com­mon, each amp has its own char­ac­ter­is­tics. Or­ange’s Rocker 15 is great for live use with those footswitch­able clean and dirty chan­nels, but re­ally earns its keep in the stu­dio, where the switch­able power lev­els and su­perb Or­ange loud­speaker make it easy to record huge gui­tar tone with min­i­mum has­sle. De­spite the up­graded cir­cuit, Vox’s AC15C1 hasn’t lost any of its vin­tage mojo and kicks out plenty of power from the leg­endary Ce­lestion G12M loud­speaker. Although you can’t footswitch chan­nels, it’s a great live amp, with or with­out ped­als. Real pedal fa­nat­ics need look no fur­ther than the Black­star Artist 15; with bags of clean head­room from both chan­nels and a se­ries loop with switch­able lev­els, the Artist 15 is a great ped­al­board part­ner, for go­ing straight in or using the ef­fects loop.

Fender’s Bass­breaker 15 is the wild card in this pack, with a three-stage, bou­tique-style gain switch that cov­ers ev­ery­thing from bright punchy cleans to full-on scream­ing leads. The two lower-gain set­tings are great with ped­als; the medium gain voice is stun­ning and perfect for bluesy leads and clas­sic rock stuff, clean­ing up nicely from the gui­tar’s vol­ume con­trol. The dig­i­tal re­verb is excellent – after hear­ing it you’ll never want to go back to a spring, and with a bal­anced speaker-em­u­lated direct out, it’s perfect for stage or stu­dio. Which­ever combo you choose, you’re guar­an­teed great tone and a happy part­ner­ship with your ped­al­board.

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