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Guitar News / Famous guitarists who play solid state amps
« on: January 19, 2022, 04:03:10 PM »
Guitar.com did a great article about famous guitarists who play solid state amps.  It seems everybody knows about people like BB King playing a Lab 5, or Kirk Hammett using a Roland JC-120 for his clean sound on a few tracks.  Some interesting ones though are the users of the Marshall MG series amps (Wayne Static) and *Marshall Valvestate (Billy Gibbons). 

So, who are your favorite artists using solid state amps?


* To be clear, the Valvestate does have a tube in the preamp, so it isn't completely solid state.

https://guitar.com/guides/essential-guide/famous-guitarists-who-used-solid-state-amps/

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Orange has released the Orange Super Crush 100.  They have this as a head as well as a combo unit.  According to designer Ade Emsley, this amp doesn't use opamp circuitry but rather single ended jfet transistors.  With two circuits, reverb, and independent eq sections for clean and overdrive, this unit really rocks.  It has what I consider to be (from the video clips) the best sounding solid state overdrive sound I've heard.  This is worth a listen, check out Ty Tabor's demo here:

https://www.gearnews.com/orange-squeezes-out-new-super-crush-100-transistor-amp-head-and-combo/

MSRP is $499 USD for the head, $699 for the combo.

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Guitar News / Biggest selling amp this year - Mustang Micro!
« on: November 23, 2021, 08:56:58 PM »
According to musicradar.com and reverb.com, the biggest selling amp of the year (in volume, not dollars profit) is the Mustang Micro.  Interestingly, DSP and solid state in general completely dominated the top 10.  Tube amplifiers only showed up in 4th, 5th, and 8th in the top 10 with 4th and 5th place being Orange's micro series amps that use tube preamp and solid state power amps.  Rock on SS gear!

https://www.musicradar.com/news/bestselling-guitar-amp-2021

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Guitar News / EHX Howitzer - not sure how I missed this one!
« on: November 22, 2021, 11:42:40 AM »
Back in March, EHX released the 15w Howitzer pedal amp.  The difference with this and the older 5mm, 22 Cal, and 44 Magnum, is this has a full preamp in front!  3 Band EQ, normal and bright modes, gain, and master volume.  It also has an effects loop if you want to add some reverb or other inline effects.  Nice little class-d amp with reasonable preamp in front.
 I think that from the clips I've heard it sounds great clean and with light overdrive.  When you crank it into saturation it leaves a little to be desired.  With a street price currently at about $140 USD, it's still hard to beat though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vi0jS-t6Tc

https://www.musicradar.com/news/boom-its-the-new-electro-harmonix-15watt-howitzer-pedal-amp

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Positive Grid is releasing a wireless foot controller for their Spark amp.  Dubbed the Spark Control, the controller connects via bluetooth and allows the guitarist to "change presets, toggle effects, control backing tracks and a ton more".  Honestly, wireless control of an amp is something I never thought of, but now I don't know if I can live without!  What a great idea!

Price TBD

https://www.musicradar.com/news/positive-grid-spark-control-coming-soon

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Guitar News / Favorite pedals of 2021 - go vote at musicradar.com
« on: November 16, 2021, 09:39:32 PM »
Vote for your favorite effects pedal: https://www.musicradar.com/news/what-is-the-best-new-guitar-effects-pedal-of-2021

And don't forget to vote for your favorite modelling pedal as well: https://www.musicradar.com/news/what-is-the-best-new-guitar-ampmodelling-pedal-of-2021

**SSGuitar.com is not in any way affiliated with musicradar.com, I just like their content and frequently use them as a news source.**

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Peavey has announced updates to it's Vypyr series of amplifiers.  Now they have more amp models, more effects, and a reworked semi-open cab to "improve volume and tone".  I'm not normally big on the "a billion options in one amp" units, but I have to say, I'd like to sit down and play with one of these.

Pricing is $179, $349, and $499 for the 20w X1, 40w X2, and 100w X3 respectively.

https://www.musicradar.com/news/peavey-vypyr-x-series

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Late this summer, Victory released it's new amp head called "The Kraken".  It uses a couple military spec tubes for preamp duties feeding into a 180w class D solid state power amp section.  Boasting two channels, reverb, 3 band EQ, footswitchable channels, effects loop, and simulated speaker outputs - this little guy has it all...if you can cough up a cool $999 USD.

https://www.musicradar.com/reviews/victory-v4-the-kraken-head

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Guitar News / Bogner Ecstasy Mini - The mini solid state amp that rips
« on: November 04, 2021, 02:04:29 PM »
Bogner has done it again, this time on a mini level.  The Ecstasy Mini is an absolute face melter.  Street price is $329 USD.

https://www.musicradar.com/news/bogner-mini-ecstasy

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Honey Amp / LM386 specs - max wattages etc
« on: November 02, 2021, 10:49:11 AM »
All data below based on LM386N-4, 8 pin DIP with 1.25w package dissipation, and max PSU of 22v

Current datasheet from TI: https://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/lm386.pdf?ts=1612350151545

Maximum power without heatsink, sorted by speaker output in ohms:

4 ohms (Figure 7 on datasheet) = Max 0.35w @ 6v (clean 0.25w) [Min 0.35w @ 6v]
* Need heatsink above 11v
* PSU recommendation: 7.2v NIMH or 7.4v Li-ion

8 ohms (Figure 8 on datasheet) = Max 0.85w @ 12v (clean 0.5w) [Min 0.3w @ 6v]
* Need heatsink above 14v
* PSU recommendation: 9.6v NIMH or 11.1v Li-ion

16 ohms (Figure 9 on datasheet) = Max 1.6w @ 16v (clean 1.2w) [Min 0.2w @ 6v]
* No heatsink required
* PSU recommendation: 11.1v Li-ion, 12v SLA or 14.4v auto power

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The Suhr Discovery Analog Delay has been released.  It looks to be an absolute beast of an analog device: built with old-school bucket-brigade IC tech, can store up to 127 presets, 17-2000ms delay range with digital readout, tap tempo input, multiple division modes (1/3, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16), and an array of controls.  Plus it is built here in the USA and looks to be made of sheet steel stamped into an approximation of a 1/32 scale Sherman tank.

This looks to be a very professional piece of kit, and comes with an appropriate price tag coming in with an MSRP of $549 USD.

https://www.gearnews.com/suhr-discovery-analog-delay-the-ultimate-boutique-delay/

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It seems to be all about pedals this year, and here is more of the same...sort of.

Chaos Audio Stratus is running a Kickstarter for their new pedal that they claim will be the last guitar pedal you will ever need.  Controlled by your smart phone, this pedal is all digital and only has one physical knob.  A winner?  I doubt it, but interesting none the less.

Next we have the TC Electronic Zeus Drive.  In their now-familiar stompbox size, they are offering for $60 USD a great little "Klon style" overdrive.  I think I may need to play with this one in person!

https://www.gearnews.com/chaos-audio-stratus-the-last-guitar-pedal-youll-ever-need/

https://www.gearnews.com/tc-electronic-zeus-drive-launches-with-2000-units-on-offer-using-germanium-diodes/

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Boss is commemorating 40 years of the SD-1 Super Overdrive and 30 years of the MT-2 Metal Zone.  Say what you will about these pedals, but you can't argue they have staying power!  Plus the black looks killer!

You pay a $10 premium for the new paint bringing the MSRP for the SD-1 is $59.99 USD, and the MT-2 in at $112.99 USD.

https://www.gearnews.com/boss-commemorates-two-milestones-with-all-black-anniversary-mt2-and-sd1-pedals/

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Schematics and Layouts / Chipamp.com schematics and manuals
« on: May 04, 2021, 11:44:22 AM »
I've had a few people ask about these so I figured I would share them.  Attached are the manuals (with schematics) for the LM1875 and LM3886 kits BrianGT sold at Chipamp.com for a long time.

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TC Electronic has released their new Skysurfer Mini Reverb, a small footprint version of their original Skysurfer.  It packs all the same functionality, but with smaller switches and knobs and much less wasted space.  For only $50 USD, this one sounds like a keeper!

https://www.gearnews.com/tc-electronic-skysurfer-mini-reverb-a-compact-yet-full-sounding-digital-reverb/

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