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#1
Less than 6 months after releasing the AMPED 1, Blackstar has released the AMPED 2.  Like it's predecessor, the AMPED 2 features a 100w power amp to drive your speaker cab loud enough for gigging.  You can flip the attenuator switch and bring things down to bedroom level with ease though, which is quite fantastic.

Honestly, the sounds are pretty impressive.  The price is either a bargain or a total ripoff, depending on which side of the aisle you stand on.  Current MSRP is $649 USD.

PMTVUK does a great rundown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l20VTiROkFA

MusicRadar release article: https://www.musicradar.com/news/blackstar-dept-10-amped-2-pedal-amp-multi-effects
#2
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Add effect loop to jc120
January 26, 2023, 10:19:48 AM
Quote from: Tassieviking on January 21, 2023, 09:52:50 PMPhil, unfortunately Enzo passed away in August last year.

https://music-electronics-forum.com/forum/music-electronics/967156-rip-enzo

Thank you for sharing this, I had no idea.  Enzo will be missed across many forums - he was a gem of a man.
#3
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
January 26, 2023, 10:14:17 AM
I don't mind as long as the topic goes back to the original - I'm very excited about this 12w Marshall!

The Hotone Nano's sound neat, but I also have only heard them on the Tube.  Any time more good-sounding SS gear is out there, it's a good thing.  It gets people to play, and with modern gear.
#4
Quote from: phatt on January 23, 2023, 06:27:23 AMI've heard these at gigs and not so impressed,, very sharp and too much bandwidth to really nail the classic sounds but the young ones seem to like this stuff.
I guess I'm showing my age here  ;)
I have noticed a lot of these Kats come up for sale on gumtree in my part of the world,, humm which suggests to me that they sell on novelty which wares off in a short time.
Phil.

This is my take on it as well, but who am I to argue with the masses?  As far as new gear goes that I want to try, Orange Super Crush 100 is at the top of my list!
#5
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
January 20, 2023, 11:37:36 AM
I'm super excited to hear this playing!
#6
Boss has released the Katana 50 MkII EX, Katana Artist MkII Head, and the Katana Waza 2x12 cab.

Boss Katana gear is widely accepted as amazing, and I'm sure this will be no different.  Pricing for the US has not been released yet.

https://www.gearnews.com/boss-katana-50-mkii-ex-katana-artist-mkii-head-and-more/
#7
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Shorted IEC line filter
January 04, 2023, 11:44:40 AM
Quote from: Den. on January 01, 2023, 07:16:25 PM
Quote from: joecool85 on January 01, 2023, 05:33:16 PMAssuming that there is a fuse somewhere on the amplifier...
Yes, there is a fuse. A t3.15al250v on the circuit board. And, in other news...

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Yeah, I'd say this is the issue lol.
#8
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Shorted IEC line filter
January 01, 2023, 05:33:16 PM
Assuming that there is a fuse somewhere on the amplifier, you will be all set to use a larger EMI filter.  Just don't go smaller, or you will have the same thing happen again.  I would go with the 6A myself.
#9
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Fender Stage 112 SE
December 29, 2022, 03:14:42 PM
Before going any further, I would check for DC voltage across the speaker leads.  Disconnect the speaker and take a measurement.  It should be zero or close to it.
#10
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Jordan Two/01 Repair
December 28, 2022, 07:01:03 PM
Awesome job @cdparody and @dmeek!
#11
Quote from: Loudthud on December 02, 2022, 07:45:55 PMFrom your description, I would say the amp is acting normally. What would you have it do differently ?

I always thought they worked the other way around.  High input attenuates the signal, so it should be more quiet and less distorted.  Low input is straight in.  Is this incorrect?
#12
Honey Amp / Honey Amp - The tone stack
November 23, 2022, 12:20:35 PM
The Honey Amp's tone stack is a modified BMP tone stack that was carefully adjusted to match the frequency sweep as closely as possible to the original Vox AC30 Top Boost circuit.  This gives a pronounced mid frequency dip throughout the sweep, while still being able to raise bass and lower treble, or lower bass and raise treble.  With the knob in the center position on the Honey Amp it is similar to a Vox with the Treble cranked and the Bass at roughly 7/10.  With the knob all the way counter clockwise, it is similar to the Vox at noon on both knobs (most folks don't turn down past this anyway from what I understand).  Lastly, with the tone on the Honey Amp turned fully clockwise, it resembles a Vox pretty much cranked on both knobs, and also with a treble booster in front.

Using the excellent "TSC in the web" calculator, you can see this live:

Honey Amp BMP: https://www.guitarscience.net/tsc/bigmuff.htm#RIN=5k&R1=430k&R2=430k&RM=151k&RL=250k&C1=330p&C2=8200p&RM_pot=Linear

Vox: https://www.guitarscience.net/tsc/vox.htm#RIN=717&R1=100k&R2=10k&RT=1M&RB=1M&RL=600k&C1=47p&C2=22n&C3=22n&RB_pot=LogA&RT_pot=LogA

This circuit is meant to be customized, changed, tweaked, and modified which is why I am sharing this information here.  If you find values that suit your taste better, please share, we're always interested in new changes!

As for me, I think I may "soften" the treble side of things for the next version of the circuit.
#13
Quote from: cdparady on November 18, 2022, 04:00:15 PMYah figured....

I have not gotten into it yet, guessing final blown but we will see.

Thank you !

I'd love to see some pictures, this isn't an amp I'm familiar with.
#14
Honey Amp / Re: Power supply suggestions
November 16, 2022, 08:45:28 PM
Bobby, 9v or 12v will work almost identically - the 12v giving just a tiny bit more clean volume.  It doesn't matter if it is 12v coming from a battery or from a wall adapter (as long as the adapter provides at least 250ma or so).
#15
I'm looking for new stories for this section and just happen to have some prototype SSGuitar name plates that need a home.  The first five people to send me a news story that isn't already in this section, but should be, I'll send you one of the prototype PCB name plates and a couple SSGuitar stickers, completely free.

Make sure to send your submissions to admin@ssguitar.com and include "SSGuitar News" in the subject line.

For a point of reference, here are the final product name plates: https://store.ssguitar.com/product/ssguitar-name-plate/

The prototypes do not look like the final product, but are in that same kind of concept and similar in size etc.