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Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  888365915586 (Open Box)
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Delivers legendary tube amp sounds.

The 2-channel, 60W Tech 21 Trademark 60 Guitar Combo Amp gives you the flexibility to create your own mind-blowing tones. Go from vintage to modern with 2 versatile channels. Boost function expands these 2 channels to give you 4 footswitchable sound options. The Tech 21 1x12 amp has a master section with low, high, reverb, and boost controls; low and high EQ; 12" speaker; built-in direct box for going straight into a mixer or recording gear, or tapping directly into PA monitors; footswitchable effects loop; headphone output; and more. Plus, the Trademark 60 acoustic guitar amp is lightweight for easy transport and heavy duty for total reliability.

FEATURES
  • 2 channels and boost function for 4 footswitchable tones
  • Master section with low, high, reverb, and boost controls
  • Low and high EQ
  • Built-in direct box
  • Footswitchable effects loop

This is a hot amp, great for gigs and the studio.

SPECIFICATIONS

Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

  • 20"W x 17"H x 11"D
    36 lb.
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Tech 21Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.9

(based on 63 reviews)

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    (56)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (18)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Warm / comfy (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Good power output (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Amateur recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tech 21 Trademark 60

I purchased this amp here on MF in January 2013.

I also own a number of solid-state amps from Fender, Roland, Line 6, Vox & Peavy, none of which...Read complete review

I purchased this amp here on MF in January 2013.

I also own a number of solid-state amps from Fender, Roland, Line 6, Vox & Peavy, none of which every satisfied me since at heart I am tube & pedal guy, especially given that all of these were actually "digital" modeling amps.

I thinned out my heard and in the end I settled on a Carr Sportsman, after selling off my Rambler & Mercury, and the Tech 21 TM60. Obviously the Carr amps set the baseline for me, which admittedly is a very high given their capabilities.

Incidentally, to my ears the Carr Rambler is the best sounding amp I have ever heard and a monster platform for pedals. Unfortunately it is too loud for most of the venues I play in, yet alone rehearsal, so I decided to keep the more versatile Sportsman.

So after selling off the balance of my Carr amps I was looking for an "analog" solid-state amp that I could use on gigs. It would need to produce very good tone with my pedals so that I could leave my relatively expensive Sportsman at home the majority of the time. Keep in mind that there is a significant difference between an analog solid-state amp and a digital (modeling) solid-state amplifier. So do some research before you make a decision. IMHO analog solid-state does a better job of reproducing tube tone. For me, I wanted tones as close to a good quality tube amp as I could get, which is obviously also analog. My research and personal experience proved that it would need to be an "analog" solid-state amp of it was even going to get close…

The amp also had to be reliable, reasonably light weight and not something I would truly worry about if something happened to it in transport like I would my Carr amp.

I did a bunch of research before pulling the trigger on the Tech 21 TM60. I liked the Sword of Satori by Pritchard Amps but could not get past the price tag being almost as much as the Carr Sportsman, even though Pritchard amps are still considered by many to be the best sounding solid-state amp available. The Quilter Pro 200 12" was interesting but I could not demo it and it did not have the track record of the Tech 21. So I took the plunge on the Tech 21 and I am very happy that I did.

I have been using my TM60 for weekly rehearsals and gigs for nearly a year and a half and I am very pleased. I am so pleased that I am taking the time to write this rather long-winded review. :-)

This amp doesn't sound digital or sterile like I found from other options when compared to a good quality tube amp. As a standalone amp you can very quickly dial-up tones from Fender clean to Mesa Boogie grind just as their ads say. In fact, for those around you unfamiliar with the TM60, unless you tell them, they typically assume it is a tube amp since the tone is that good.

Of course, if I play all by myself through the Carr Sportsman in comparison, the Sportsman is clearly a far superior sounding amplifier. As it should be considering its value is 3+ times that of the TM60. But in a band situation, it is not so obvious. A trained ear will notice a difference during a solo with the band at a moderate volume, but even at that it would be fairly subtle. Otherwise no one would ever guess that you are playing through a relatively low cost solid-state amp.

It takes pedals extremely well. I am pretty much a minimalist in the pedal category since I play in a band that does a lot of original folk & country music. We also cover Bonnie Raitt as well as Allman Brothers, for example. I also play a lot of Blues through this amp. This amp handles these genres equally well and I don't need a lot of pedals to coax the tones out of it that I need.

My signal chain is as follows:
1)Sonic Research Strobe Tuner
2)AMT Electronics LLM-2 ZERO - Optical Volume Pedal
3)Rockbox Boiling Point OD
4)Diamond Compressor
5)Maxxon AD999 Analog Delay
6)Malekko Omicron Analog Chorus
7)Tech 21 TM60

The combination of these pedals and the Tech 21 TM 60 can produce nearly any tone most players would ever need, unless you are doing a lot of covers that may need some fuzz and wild delays, for example…

It has no trouble cutting through the mix even with a heavy handed drummer; it is much louder that the 60-watts of analog solid-state rating might seem to indicate.

I absolutely love the convenience of the ability to plug the TM60 directly into the PA – no need to mic it. It allows for an easy time to get the mix just right without worrying about mic placement, etc. I simply plug into the board and place the amp directly behind me for double duty as my monitor.

I would also like to say that contrary to what I read in some reviews about the reverb, I found the spring reverb very natural and nice, if dialed in properly, without any audible noise. Of course, I rarely ever turn up the reverb past the 12 o'clock and typically leave it set at 9 o'clock position. So I suppose if you really crank it up, results could be different.

I am often complimented by listeners and musicians on the tone of this rig, even when I simply decide to leave the pedal board home and plug straight into the TM60.

I hope that this review helps if you are considering this amp.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Amp, But Speaker Issues

I've been using these amps since the late 90's. Recently I have blown 3 of these amps in a 10 year period. I do about 40-80 gigs a year give or...Read complete review

I've been using these amps since the late 90's. Recently I have blown 3 of these amps in a 10 year period. I do about 40-80 gigs a year give or take.
Absolutely love the sound, ease and versatility of this amp, but I'm started to think to look elsewhere. For a studio or around the house amp I would recommend this amp. For a working musician I would not.

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5.0

Great tone and feel

By Jay

from Washington state

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Own several of these amps as I love to buy gear! Tone and feel is great from such a old design. I have numerous amps and always come back to these. Plug a power engine in and you get a big sound. Tech 21 figured something out years ago that is so good it has remained in the mix. You actually get tube amp feel from these amps.

     
    5.0

    Amazing little amp

    By David

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I bought this amp, sight unseen, as only heard demos on youtube, so took a leap of faith and went for it. Couldn't be happier; from the great variety of tones, to the good amount of volume, and the fact that I now have a combo amp that won't hurt my back makes it a keeper. The included foot switch makes it very gig friendly to be able to dial in a couple different sounds and bring them up immediately. I also like the lead/boost feature. It took no time to learn this amp main controls, but taking a little time allows you to really sculpt the tone as doesn't take much to change sound quite a bit. Previously was using a Mesa Boogie which I love, and hard to beat the tone of a tube amp, but this is sure the next best thing and so uch easier moving around. Plus, the Trademark 60's xlr works great into a p.a. and doesn't change the tone at all, unlike most amps. Even the mesa boogie's output changes color of the tone a bit so the Trademark 60 is even better in this area. Can't beat it and I'd buy another one in a second. Actually, if I find a used one, maybe smaller version, might buy one of those too; top of the line for what it is. Oh yeah, great sounding spring reverb as well. You won't be sorry.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Its Got A Tube In It Right?

    By Gitfiddle76

    from Detroit

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Chimey Cleans to Raunchy Overdrive
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • I Can't Believe Its Solid State
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Overdrive Not As Good As The Clean Channel

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording
    • Will Keep Up With A Drummer

    Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp has saved me on many a gig when my tube amp acted up. It will keep up with a drummer but this isn't a tube amp and at higher volumes it does act like a solid state amp (meaning it it starts to hum and thump and not in a good way.) So you've got 2 options. Mike it up. Or if you want volume simply add the Tech 21 clean power amp for another couple hundred. This thing is an absolute steal. The clean channel is magical. I mean it's amazing. Very versatile. It bites. It barks. It's clean as a whistle or you can add some hair to the note. It really does sound tube like. I don't know how they do it. The guys at Tech 21 are the analogue masters. For home recording it's a gem. To play live it's great. Takes pedals like a champ. I run it thru the clean channel only and get my overdrive from pedals. Now to the overdrive section. I like the overdrive channel. It's very good for a solid state, but it pales in comparison to the clean channel. The clean channel is where the magic is. Great amp. Covers a lot of ground. Sounds great. It's cheap. What's not to like? Do yourself a favor; but the 60 Watt. Believe me you want that extra volume when you need it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great Amp, But Speaker Issues

    By JB

    from NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Speaker Blows out often

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've been using these amps since the late 90's. Recently I have blown 3 of these amps in a 10 year period. I do about 40-80 gigs a year give or take.
    Absolutely love the sound, ease and versatility of this amp, but I'm started to think to look elsewhere. For a studio or around the house amp I would recommend this amp. For a working musician I would not.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still dropping jaws after many years

    By JasonB

    from Linden, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I bought my TM60 about 12 years ago and it's still the most reliable, most user-friendly, most rewarding amp I've ever owned. It's got plenty of swat to hang with loud drummers (but making use of the built in D.I. is ALWAYS a great idea.. it sounds awesome). I currently have a Vox AC30, Blues Junior, Egnater Rebel 30 (which I thought would be my new "do everything" amp), and an old Marshal tube amp and each, although they're great amps with their own signature character, has let me down in terms of limited usefulness and/or maintenance issues. Every gigging guitar player who's heard this thing loves it, and to make what I think is the most relevant comment about the amp, the vast majority of folks in the audience don't give two wits about 'boutique tone'. If I get 90% of the way to emulating a particular "signature" tone, that's good enough. But in my opinion, the TM60 actually does a lot better than that, anyway. Honestly, it sounds better than a lot of "those" amps, anyway... no need to worry about emulating other amps (this is NOT a modeling amp, though, to be clear). If that's what you need, this can do it, but you'll appreciate the differences, and what this amp can do on its own, I promise.

      To truly maximize portability/convenience (lugging lots of gear gets old fast), I'm thinking on downsizing/simplifying even more and getting its 30W little brother, since the groups I play with usually have live sound, with monitors... being able to get a great tone out of the DI and into the monitors (and thereby not have to depend on stage volume) is very handy. These amps can get so clean that I can use them with pretty much any kind of guitar/pickup/style of music.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pleasantly Surprised

      By BigMike

      from New York, NY

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Shockingly excellent amplifier. For an analog/solid-state amp the range and quality of tone is simply amazing. Super lightweight, compact and portable, this has become my "do it all" amp from rehearsal to auditions to performance. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the amp's controls and in no time you'll dial in a variety of hard, soft, scooped, clean, crunchy, smooth, driven tones for nearly any musical situation you're likely to encounter. Not too happy with the cheap plastic components but at this price point I will have to live with it.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic amp, extremely versatile

        By frij423

        from TN

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Holy cow, this amp is awesome! The active controls offer infinite tone shaping and sounds. The punch and drive in particular on channel 1 are very sensitive and nuanced. You have to spend some time tweaking the controls to dial in the right combination for your setup but once you do, you'll know. It takes pedals well and the effects loop sounds great. The xlr out works and sounds great and is very convenient for live applications. The instructions give you some great suggestions to dial up blackface, tweed, vox, marshal, etc. so a good place to start. The two channels share tone controls but you can dial in a happy medium if you want to use both. Boost function works and sounds great as well. I could keep going but to sum it up, this amp for what Tech 21 says it can and more. Buy it, your tube amps will be jealous.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Overall Satisfied

          By KC

          from Troy, MO.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Been playing for 50 years. Have more amps than I need, but this one kinda caught my eye and I figured I'd take a flyer on it.

            Was looking for a portable, 2 channel amp that had a tube sound without the tube drama. This amp has it in spades, but you have to dig for it. The active controls are different from most amps, a little movement either direction goes a long way. The pre-sets in the book are good....for a starting point. Plug your axe in, start turning knobs....when you hit the sweet spot, turn it up and go! Definitely not a "plug and play".

            IMO, the reverb is a little over the top. I usually set it around 10 o'clock and leave it there.

            Seems like it has enough "oomph" for jams and small gigs without being miked or run into the board, although you do have that option.

            Overall, nice little solid amp!

            (26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tech 21 Trademark 60

            By GuitarDisciple

            from Downingtown, Pa

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I purchased this amp here on MF in January 2013.

              I also own a number of solid-state amps from Fender, Roland, Line 6, Vox & Peavy, none of which every satisfied me since at heart I am tube & pedal guy, especially given that all of these were actually "digital" modeling amps.

              I thinned out my heard and in the end I settled on a Carr Sportsman, after selling off my Rambler & Mercury, and the Tech 21 TM60. Obviously the Carr amps set the baseline for me, which admittedly is a very high given their capabilities.

              Incidentally, to my ears the Carr Rambler is the best sounding amp I have ever heard and a monster platform for pedals. Unfortunately it is too loud for most of the venues I play in, yet alone rehearsal, so I decided to keep the more versatile Sportsman.

              So after selling off the balance of my Carr amps I was looking for an "analog" solid-state amp that I could use on gigs. It would need to produce very good tone with my pedals so that I could leave my relatively expensive Sportsman at home the majority of the time. Keep in mind that there is a significant difference between an analog solid-state amp and a digital (modeling) solid-state amplifier. So do some research before you make a decision. IMHO analog solid-state does a better job of reproducing tube tone. For me, I wanted tones as close to a good quality tube amp as I could get, which is obviously also analog. My research and personal experience proved that it would need to be an "analog" solid-state amp of it was even going to get close…

              The amp also had to be reliable, reasonably light weight and not something I would truly worry about if something happened to it in transport like I would my Carr amp.

              I did a bunch of research before pulling the trigger on the Tech 21 TM60. I liked the Sword of Satori by Pritchard Amps but could not get past the price tag being almost as much as the Carr Sportsman, even though Pritchard amps are still considered by many to be the best sounding solid-state amp available. The Quilter Pro 200 12" was interesting but I could not demo it and it did not have the track record of the Tech 21. So I took the plunge on the Tech 21 and I am very happy that I did.

              I have been using my TM60 for weekly rehearsals and gigs for nearly a year and a half and I am very pleased. I am so pleased that I am taking the time to write this rather long-winded review. :-)

              This amp doesn't sound digital or sterile like I found from other options when compared to a good quality tube amp. As a standalone amp you can very quickly dial-up tones from Fender clean to Mesa Boogie grind just as their ads say. In fact, for those around you unfamiliar with the TM60, unless you tell them, they typically assume it is a tube amp since the tone is that good.

              Of course, if I play all by myself through the Carr Sportsman in comparison, the Sportsman is clearly a far superior sounding amplifier. As it should be considering its value is 3+ times that of the TM60. But in a band situation, it is not so obvious. A trained ear will notice a difference during a solo with the band at a moderate volume, but even at that it would be fairly subtle. Otherwise no one would ever guess that you are playing through a relatively low cost solid-state amp.

              It takes pedals extremely well. I am pretty much a minimalist in the pedal category since I play in a band that does a lot of original folk & country music. We also cover Bonnie Raitt as well as Allman Brothers, for example. I also play a lot of Blues through this amp. This amp handles these genres equally well and I don't need a lot of pedals to coax the tones out of it that I need.

              My signal chain is as follows:
              1)Sonic Research Strobe Tuner
              2)AMT Electronics LLM-2 ZERO - Optical Volume Pedal
              3)Rockbox Boiling Point OD
              4)Diamond Compressor
              5)Maxxon AD999 Analog Delay
              6)Malekko Omicron Analog Chorus
              7)Tech 21 TM60

              The combination of these pedals and the Tech 21 TM 60 can produce nearly any tone most players would ever need, unless you are doing a lot of covers that may need some fuzz and wild delays, for example…

              It has no trouble cutting through the mix even with a heavy handed drummer; it is much louder that the 60-watts of analog solid-state rating might seem to indicate.

              I absolutely love the convenience of the ability to plug the TM60 directly into the PA – no need to mic it. It allows for an easy time to get the mix just right without worrying about mic placement, etc. I simply plug into the board and place the amp directly behind me for double duty as my monitor.

              I would also like to say that contrary to what I read in some reviews about the reverb, I found the spring reverb very natural and nice, if dialed in properly, without any audible noise. Of course, I rarely ever turn up the reverb past the 12 o'clock and typically leave it set at 9 o'clock position. So I suppose if you really crank it up, results could be different.

              I am often complimented by listeners and musicians on the tone of this rig, even when I simply decide to leave the pedal board home and plug straight into the TM60.

              I hope that this review helps if you are considering this amp.

              (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Still love this amp after many years

              By Garden Variety Richard

              from Arroyo Grande, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Simple Useful Features

              Cons

              • Umm None

              Best Uses

              • Amplify Your Git

              Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I've had this amp for years now and have always loved it but, after not playing it in favor of my tube amps for a while, I recently fell in love with it again. It sounds great, looks great, has very useful and simple features, is a blast to play AND it's made in the USA! It's quite rare that a product inspires me to take the time to write a review but this one has done it. Cheers Tech 21

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