Boss rolls out its biggest GT-1000 update in years – with amp models that go beyond what tube amps are capable of

That dedication is evidenced by three newly developed high-gain amp types that build on Boss’ AIRD and MDP technologies. ‘Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics’ looks to reproduce the tone…

Feliks Audio Envy (Performance Edition) Review

Discover the Feliks Audio Envy Performance Edition, a high-end tube amplifier offering exceptional build quality and stunning sound.

“Feels like you’re playing through an amp with excellent low-latency performance”: Blackstar Polar 2 review

Aiming to make recording guitar a smoother and better-sounding experience, this latest addition to the world of modern audio interfaces is designed to simulate the input of a…

Laney says its new Lionheart Foundry solid-state combos can rival tube amps

The British amp makers have used analog gear to, the company says, recreate the sound and feel of tube amps with this trio of 60-watt units …

Fender uses DSP modeling for a faithful – and affordable – recreation of its ‘59 Bassman amp

It achieves its aims of modeling the circuitry and 45-watt power output of the original Bassman – which was originally designed for bass guitars but proved a formidable…

Solid-state combos that sound as good as tube amps? Laney unveils 60W Lionheart Foundry series

Laney reignites an age-old debate with portable, gig-ready two-channel combos with all the “the power, dynamism and response” of the original Lionheart, and footswitchable boosts …

Can solid-state amps compete with tubes? Laney thinks its Lionheart Foundry combos are up to the challenge

Laney has unveiled the Lionheart Foundry, a new range of 60-watt guitar amps that aims to distil the company’s tube amps into a lightweight solid-state format.Rather than using…

Dr. Z Z-80 Head review

When Dr. Z founder and chief designer Mike Zaite tells you, “I think this is the best amp I’ve ever built,” it’s worth paying attention. The maker has…

“His passing leaves a big hole to fill”: Remembering Nick Guppy, Guitarist magazine’s guitar amp guru

Nick contributed his detailed, authoritative amp reviews in almost every issue of Guitarist for … The evolution of solid-state and digital guitar amps – and the future of…

Astell & Kern A&ultima SP3000T portable music player review: another huge step forward in energetic, open sound

The Astell & Kern A&ultima SP3000T is another seismic step forward to create the perfect portable music player …