Carvin FET-450

Except for the some guitar hardware, knobs and such, this is the only thing I’ve ever purchased from Carvin. But not for lack of interest. I’ve had an eye on their guitars and basses for decades. I bought this amp when I was intending to put together what I call a “universal rig”. I play… Continue reading Carvin FET-450

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Rockman Sustainor

Once upon a time, I had a complete Rockman guitar setup, and the world was a beautiful place. My setup consisted of four Rockman Rockmodule units: Sustainor, EQ, Chorus, and Echo. I was amazed at the sounds I could get out of the things. Rockman units definitely had a sound of their own, and you… Continue reading Rockman Sustainor

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Behringer V-Amp 2

I never had much of a fondness for the POD type amp emulators. I mean, they were fine for knocking around, and using for practice amps, like when you were sitting out on the back porch learning that new song. But I was never overly impressed with their sound quality. Most of them do a… Continue reading Behringer V-Amp 2

A.R.T. SGX 2000

I’ve always had a fondness for A.R.T.’s SGX 2000. Unless I’m mistaken, it was the first all-on-one guitar preamp / processor. It does double-duty for me, both as a great tube guitar preamp and as a stand-alone effects processor. I owned one back in the early 1990’s, and never really used it to its full… Continue reading A.R.T. SGX 2000

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Amplitube 2

When I first started thinking of buying AmpliTube 2, what finally swayed me was when I tallied up all of the total virtual equipment that came in that box. 14 guitar amps 7 power amps 16 speaker cabinets 6 microphones 21 stomp effects 11 rack effects … and a tuner? Then I compared the $300… Continue reading Amplitube 2

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Ampeg V4

I bought this amp from my cousin, Mark, who was using it for a bass amp. Hell, for years I thought it was a bass amp, but was eventually disabused of that notion by the kind worry-warts on the Internet. Once I found out that it would cost $500 to replace the burned-out transformer on… Continue reading Ampeg V4

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Rockman Bass Ace

I originally bought this for my friend, Kevin Galloway, to accompany the Aria Cat Bass that I never seemed to get back to him. Later on I bought Kevin a Behringer Bass V-Amp instead, and so I wound up keeping the Bass Ace. I owned one of the original Rockman X-100 guitar amps, but I… Continue reading Rockman Bass Ace

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Behringer Ultrabass BX300

I wasn’t shopping for an amp when I went into the store where I got this. I think I had gone there to pick up a guitar that I was having set-up. While I was waiting for the paperwork, I played a bass through a Behringer BX300. I was surprised at how great an amp… Continue reading Behringer Ultrabass BX300

Behringer Bass V-Amp

I bought this amp emulator, along with a V-Amp 2 for my guitar, because I’d been missing my old Rockman X-100. I’d missed being able to just go wherever, plug in my guitar, put on some headphones and rock out. What I wasn’t expecting was just how good the sounds are. I’ve heard a lot… Continue reading Behringer Bass V-Amp

Ampeg SVX

I’ve always had a thing for Ampeg amps. So when I started looking at Amplitube 2, I naturally checked out the Ampeg SVX software, too. I mean… 4 bass amps 6 cabinets 6 microphones 8 stomp effects … and a tuner? This is all modeled on Ampeg gear. So basically what this represents is a… Continue reading Ampeg SVX