A Guide to Combo Amps

BUGERA V22 ComboThis time around we’re going to highlight several very cool, best-in-class combo amps — so before we get down to brass tacks, let’s get some quick background:

The term ‘combo’ in amp-speak simply means the speakers and electronics are ‘combined’ in the same cabinet. This is opposed to a head and separate speaker cabinet ‘stack’. Both have inherent pros and cons: the combo is simple, straightforward and compact. Read more…

Cool & Funky Niche Electric Guitars

NormandyAs the US auto industry has its ‘Big Three’ (or what’s left of them), the two big guns in the electric guitar space remain Fender and Gibson, and these legendary companies continue to dominate the market. While their product lines are varied and diverse, the Telecaster, Stratocaster, and Les Paul are considered universally as the archetypal electric guitars.

Other renowned companies with legions of devotees include California-based Rickenbacker; Gretsch (actually bought by Fender in 2002); and Maryland luthier-gone-big-time Paul Reed Smith (PRS). Read more…