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While I'm not sure there was ever a need for this, it is interesting.  Rainger FX has released the Minibar pedal.  A stomp box that only functions when it has liquid poured into it.  It will then sample the liquid and based upon unknown properties, it will register with the device and choose a tone for you.  For $159 you can have this on your pedal board - though I have to ask, why?

Apparently the more conductive the liquid, the higher the gain.  The darker the liquid in color, the darker the tone (more bass).


Guitar News / NAMM 2020 - New Fender Mustang amps, and Princeton
« on: January 16, 2020, 09:13:45 PM »
Fender has just released the Fender Mustang GTX50 and 100 and the LT50.  The GTX is the bells and whistles version of the Mustang, while the LT50 is a higher end version of the existing LT25 model.  For $250, the LT50 is quite an interesting amp that features 60 built in models (all can be customized), a 12" Celestion speaker, and 50w of power.  The GTX is similarly equipped but with bluetooth, wifi, and more presets.  The GTX50 prices out at $379, and the GTX100 at $499.

The new Princeton is a hand-wired 1964 style version, and can be yours for the sum of $2,299.99 USD.

Guitar News / Ashdown releases two new 200w pedal board amps
« on: January 15, 2020, 10:56:20 AM »
The Ashdown Newt (for guitar) and Ashdown Ant (for bass) are pedal-sized 200 watt amps.  Not much in the way of extras, they feature four knobs (treble, mid, bass, output) and three buttons (mute, scoop, pad on the Newt, and mute, shape, passive/active on the Ant).  At $400 each, they're a bit rich for my blood.  But that is a whole lot of power in a tiny form factor.  Maybe it's worth it to some for the ultra portability?

Guitar News / NAMM 2020 brings new Boss Katana, Artist MKII
« on: January 15, 2020, 10:51:27 AM »
After 4 years with the Boss Katana series amps, the second revision is out and it looks pretty sweet.  They claim it to be a professional grade amp, capable of gigging and recording.  While this may seem laughable to some, being that it is a modeling amp, if you read around online, it seems that the previous generation Katana has been very well regarded.  For $599, this looks like a lot of amp for the money.

Time will tell I suppose.  I think that the real direction will inevitably be DSP type emulation of tube circuits.  Fender has their Tone Master series that are basically DSP amps stuck in one emulation mode.  People seem to like them and they are cheaper and lighter than the tube variants of the amps.  I'm honestly waiting for a Tone Master version of the Fender Blues Jr - that would be perfect for me!

Nutube, I feel, is going to be a good middle place to get people moved from tubes to SS.  That said, I have to say that all the Nutube stuff I've heard has sounded pretty great.  It may be too difficult to deal with as a DIY type thing though, leaving it only to manufacturers.

The NuTube can definitely add some even harmonic sweetness that tubes are known for. There are other ways to do the same that don't cost $50 bucks USD. (One cost estimate I heard.)  Although the gain is low, so is the B+ limit. So headroom refereed to the input is about the same.

Can anyone verify the price ?

$49.99 here:

As far as I can see these Nu-tubes are just a gimmick. You dont get a lot of gain from them so they are not going to have much effect to the signal.  Snake oil :)

I disagree. While I haven't played with one myself, I've listened to a bunch of clips of the Vox MV50 series, the AC in particular. It sounds fantastic! How much is the nutube and how much is the rest of the circuit if anyone's guess right now though.

Vox has launched a new series of pedals based around the Korg Nutube.  They feature fancy waveform displays on their topside and Nutube electronics on their insides.  At the same time, Korg has released a DIY Nutube OD kit that is...solderless.  Not sure how I feel about that as it is basically an IKEA effects pedal kit now.  Knowing Korg, the quality will be there no doubt, I'm just not sure the customers will.

Guitar News / Re: Vox Cambridge50 - Nutube at NAMM 2020
« on: January 08, 2020, 06:27:39 AM »
They make the NuTube seem like the greatest thing since sliced bread, but take a look at this: (you may have to join the forum to see the attachments).

All the crap it takes to make the thing work, and some of them are microphonic. Since there is no cathode, they're also a PITA to work with.

They certainly aren't quite ready for true DIY yet, but the concept is there. Solid state circuitry was pretty rough when new as well! I think it will get more developed and also, hopefully, more companies will release similar technology so there is competition and development.

Guitar News / Vox Cambridge50 - Nutube at NAMM 2020
« on: January 07, 2020, 03:52:48 PM »
Vox has released it's new modeling amp, the Cambridge50.  It uses a Nutube based preamp just like their MV50 series of micro amp heads.  The Nutube was co-developed with Vox and Korg and is basically a tiny flourescent tube used as an amp tube.  They glow blue and sound great.  Rated for 30,000 hrs of use, running on 5v, and weighing practically nothing, I feel that Nutube (or similar) technology, will replace old style vacuum tubes like the venerable 12AX7 etc - and very soon!

Priced at $299 and coming with a 12" Celestion, I think this amp could be quite a bargain.

Orange has released another of their wildly popular micro heads.  This one is for bass and is dubbed the "Bass Thing."  At 500w, it should turn some heads.

Guitar News / Milkman Sound releases new hybrid micro amp - "Amp 100"
« on: January 03, 2020, 01:26:12 PM »
Milkman Sound has released a new iteration of it's Amp.  The Amp 100 features a 12ax7 preamp tube, FET boost, digital reverb, and 100w of class D solid state amplification.  I like that the FET boost happens between the gain stages on the tube as well, keeping the direct link between guitar pickup and tube clean.  The video makes it look great.  Being a micro amp head, it only weighs a few lbs and would fit in a backpack without issue.  At $699, it's unlikely I'll find out soon, but if anyone does, please share!

Guitar News / Re: Behringer releases SM57 clone
« on: January 02, 2020, 01:16:39 PM »
I was an authorized service center for Behringer for a good number of years, and my impression was that overall their stuff performs well enough, is reliable.  What you can't do is pound nails into a board with it.  SO I would expect if someone decides to be "cool" and drop their mic on the floor, it might not hold up after that.

This is good info.  Most of my experience has been through my brother who had some bass gear (a 50w amp I believe) as well as what I've read online.  Very little hands-on myself.  I suppose I shouldn't be so quick to judge!

Guitar News / Behringer releases SM57 clone
« on: January 02, 2020, 11:58:30 AM »
Behringer is attempting to bring a clone of the Shure SM57 to market for only $20 USD.  The concept is fine, but I'm concerned about execution as Behringer hasn't always been known for quality products in years past.  Regardless, more options is always a good thing, right?

Schematics and Layouts / Re: signal tracing
« on: December 09, 2019, 01:57:35 PM »
Trying to repair a fender FM15 DSP that blows the F2 fuse. Trying to use an audio probe but can't read schematics. very well. Need to trace signal from input to out put. Can anyone help me? I also think the problem could be in the DSP board but not sure the schematic even shows it. Would like to know how to bypass it if possible.  This is a learning project for me so don't need to buy another amp Thanks.I

It shows the plug going to DSP.  I believe you can unplug this and use the amp without any DSP.  It's been a while since I've been inside my 25 DSP, but I think this is the case.

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