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Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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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 w...Read More

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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

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Pros

  • Portable (14)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Warm / comfy (11)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (12)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Professional recording (8)
    • Amateur recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

    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

     

    Average modeling amp

    I've had the amp for years and the tones are not for me. The reverb is very weak and noisy. No numbers on knobs to return to a sound you've had before. Good...Read complete review

    I've had the amp for years and the tones are not for me. The reverb is very weak and noisy. No numbers on knobs to return to a sound you've had before. Good overdrive breakup. However, the only use this amp has seen is guitar students plugging into it. It's good for a lot of people, but not me.

    Reviewed by 58 customers

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    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.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic amp, extremely versatile

      By frij423

      from TN

      About Me Experienced

      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.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 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!

          Comment on this review

          (15 of 15 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.

            Comment on this review

            (6 of 8 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

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent: My go to amp

            By BC 123

            from NY NY

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Need To Spend Time

            Best Uses

            • Practice Small Gigs

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

            To the point: A great amp. SS or tube. All the sounds are in there. You must spend some time learning the controls. A little confusing at first, but once you get the idea you will love it. I used the sample settings in the manual after fumbling around for a few days. Then I could see and hear what a gem this is. AND no tubes to change, bias or pay for. A real bonus.....if you know what I mean! Tech support at tech 21 is first rate. And built in the USA. It's the first amp I use for practice and most gigs. And I have the usual tubed fenders, etc.. i can't say enough positive. Is it perfect? Of course not. But it is really a nice piece of engineering that delivers.

            Comment on this review

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Amp!!!

            By rdj8607

            from Savannah, Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

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

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

            This is an awsome amp, it will match Fender, Marshall, Vox, (I have played them all) and more. Most importantly it has tube tone, feel, and responsivness, and is completly customizable for getting your own tone, without the tube amp weight and maintenance issues. Also takes pedals perfectly. Literally one of the best equipment purchases I have made, I prefer this amp over any of the tube amps I have owned or played so far. It's also great for connecting to a PA, very quiet with excellent sound quality.

            Comment on this review

            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Amplifier

            By Rude Boy

            from Asbury Park NJ

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              Long running hit from a great company. This thing solves a lot of issues for this picker. Light, versatile, top notch tone, loud, expandable. No tubes, no maintenance. Sounds as good as most tube amps and better than many. I'm done looking at amps, 'nuff said. This does all I need, just like it did for Les Paul! Love it, would buy again immediately. Play on guys.

              Comment on this review

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good Enough For Mr. Les Paul

              By korthouse

              from New Orleans

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

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

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

              Les Paul used this Amp for his gigs in N.Y. If it was good enough for the MASTER, it is certainly good enough for everybody else. I own this beauty and after many purchases during my 50 years of playing - I have finally found the last Amp I will ever need or want to buy. It brings out the very best in my Les Paul and makes my Strat chime and sing like it is made to do. The on-board sansAmp makes it a sinch for recording pure tones. The fact that it only weighs 38 pounds made in a no brainer.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect...

              By Sean

              from Franklin, NC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I just love this amp. Every Tech 21 product I have ever owned was just right. All the tone you need without having to worry about playing at 11 to get the sound you want.

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