See & Hear Fender’s New Super-Sonic 22 Combo In Action

Ok, I just wanted to point out that Fender has posted some short-but-sweet video demos of their new Super-Sonic 22 combo amp in action, and so far it sounds damned nice. Instruments include a'52 Telecaster RI in the top video, utilizing the amp's "Burn" channel and further doused with the analog-style echo of a Boss Space Echo pedal. The second…

Tasty Combo: Fender's '57 Champ w/Custom Shop La Cabronita

Yummy... ever in search of smaller and more delectable tube amps for my guitar-playing pleasure, I came across this video over on Fender's website this morning and just wanted to share it here. It's a short but tantalizing demonstration of Fender's newly reissued 5-watt tweed '57 Champ, paired with the company's sexy Custom Shop La Cabronita Espe…

Guitar World Reviews New Fender Princeton Recording Amp

There's an excellent review of Fender's new Princeton Recording Amp over at Guitar World right now, so if you're into the whole low-power/big-tone tube amp thing like I am, you might want to check it out. As usual, they've got a pretty decent demo video as well, though getting it to buffer smoothly can be a bit frustrating depending on your set-up…

The '65 Fender Super Reverb: Real Or Reissue?

If you've ever wandered through the racks of sparkling new "vintage" re-issue amps at your local guitar retailer, wondering exactly what you'll get when you throw down your hard-earned cash on a piece of Fender faux-history, you might want to give this article over at Guitar Player a good read. In true face-off fashion, the guys at GP have compar…

Converting A Cheap Amp Into A Class-A Tone Machine

Lookin' for a fun weekend project? How about spending some quality-time with your soldering iron while converting a cheap Epiphone Valve Junior amplifier into a faux-Fender Tweed Champ? I was looking for some interesting DIY mods for tube amps this morning when I came across Premier Guitar Magazine's article titled: Rags To Riches––Tu…

Fender To Produce 300 Limited Edition '57 Amps

Well, Fender may be far from what you'd call a small-time player, but in spite of their stature (not to mention the general hoopla around NAMM,) I had to dig around quite a bit to discover this beauty––the '57 Amp. According to their website the '57 Amp––a 12-watt, all tube guitar amplifier based on Fender's 5E3 circuit ci…

Hear The Fender Princeton In Action!

If you're in the market for a recording amp that can produce both classic, sparkling Fender clean tones, and dirty, vintage tube overdrive you might be interested to know that Fender has posted sound-clips for their new Princeton Recording Amp... and they're pretty freakin' impressive. The amplifier is Fender's latest re-working of their popular …

Hear The Fender Super-Sonic 112 In Action!

Nice! Fender has finally gotten around to posting some sound-clips of their new Super-Sonic 112 tube amp in action, and it sounds seriously sweet. Just one word of warning though: if you're a tube fanatic this one could have you busting your bank account wide open! The Super-Sonic may just be the holy-grail for guitar players like myself who lon…

REVIEW: Fender's Reissue Blues Deluxe

Vintage Tweed Sound & Style Much to their credit, when the demand for vintage-style sound equipment began to ramp-up again during the early 1990s, Fender was right there on top of it -- they released their new, but decidedly retro-cool “Tweed” series of all-tube amplifiers in 1993 and I was lucky enough to purchase one at a guitar show that…

REVIEW: Fender's '65 Twin Reverb Reissue

This One Just Kicks! OK, I thought I'd switch things up a bit today and talk about one of my all time favorite guitar amplifiers, Fender's legendary and truly iconic '65 Twin Reverb. For the old-school, all-tube purist (like me, and apparently like many of you) the fact that Fender continues to produce these beauties is a godsend – the Twin is a …