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Using proven and popular Vox Valve Reactor (VR) circuitry, the AC30VR provides a diverse soundscape of...
The new Valvetronix+ series takes the best features of the original tube-driven Valvetronix amps and blows...
Line 6 modeling mastery meets Bogner tube amp artistry. The Line 6 Spider Valve is the result of a...
Getting the best of both worlds is a given when you try a hybrid combo guitar amplifier. The classic tube circuitry combines with the more modern powered construction to give you a vintage tone, even if you are on a budget. The relatively light weight of a hybrid amp is also an attractive feature for the busy musician who wants to make their gear lugging experience a little more feasible. The history of the combo amp is relatively recent with the first being created by Music Man in 1971. Creators Leo Fender and Tom Walker wanted all the power of a solid state amp with the unforgettable tone of a tube amp. Their popularity grew with session players and seasoned musicians looking for a happy medium. The tube pre-amp and digital amp combo was enough to deliver the popular and hearty tone guitarists were looking for. Combination units are constructed with the tube built in as the pre-amp. With the tube as the pre-amp, you're able to control the amount of fuzz or distortion you want in your overall sound. Tube amps are notoriously buzzy for good reason. Bands began taking that reverb to a new level, which you can easily attempt with a combo amp by way of the tube pre-amp. The digital amp that co-exists with the tube helps push the acquired sound out into the audience with little effort. Modern technology has solved the issues with regular tube amps; having a digital amp to filter and drive the natural buzz of a tube pre-amp makes it easy for you to experiment with young and old distortion techniques. It also helps that the digital components are a fraction of the weight of traditional tubing. Your channels allow you to fully customize your amp's output. Knobs for bass, treble, mid-tone, reverb and more are lined up for you to experiment with. It's in your benefit to take some time adjusting and configuring the various levels to create an original sound that suits your personal taste. Hybrid combo guitar amplifiers are great for the all musical experience levels. Most of what we hear in traditional rock n' roll is a result of a customized sound of a tube amp. With a combo amp you can play with tones and sounds without breaking the bank. It's a win/win.