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Price: $1,949 (list)
Info: valvetechamps.com

TRACTABLE TWEED
Valvetech Amplifier Company's VAC 25

W

ho says pragmatic utility and classic
tones have to be mutually exclusive?
Not Rob Pierce, whose Valvetech Amplifier Company deals in classic tones and
enhanced flexibility. Case in point - the
25-watt VAC 25. Channel 1 is a half-powered
version of a 1959 Fender Bassman; Channel
2 offers a more-modern SLO sound.
The review model included two Kendrick Blackframe 10" speakers. The VAC 25
includes two inputs per channel (perfect for
bridging channels). Two Volume controls
manage each channel, with Volume 2 offer-

ing an additional Bright Boost for Channel 1.
Hi, Lo, and Mid chicken knobs, along with
Master volume, Speed, and Depth controls,
complete the front panel.
The rear panel features Presence, Reverb,
FX Mix for the passive (non-buffered) effects
loop, and a two-position switch for channel
1: the 12AX7 setting has a gainier sound
while 12AY7 is cleaner with more headroom.
There's also an external speaker jack and an
Impedance selector.
Unlike more straightforward amps this
size, the VAC 25 requires some time and

JHS MARQUEE CLUB

RAILHAMMER HUEVOS 90

Railhammer's Huevos 90 pickup has a
German silver cover, brass baseplate,
four-conductor wiring, universal spacing, and height-tapered rails. It is wound
for the bridge and neck positions and
available in chrome or black finish.

JHS' Marquee Series Axis guitar has
a double-cutaway body with three
single-coil pickups, bolt-on maple neck
with rosewood fingerboard, die-cast
chrome machine heads, traditional
fulcrum vibrato, and graphics featuring
the Marquee Club logo and images from
an act that performed at the venue.

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patience. The controls are interactive and
yield lots of aural color. Adding pedals
will require even more fine-tuning. Once
everything is dialed in, though, rugged
chime and mellifluous thickness can be
conjured for a variety of musical situations.
Testing it with Strats and Teles, all mixtures
of earthy Bassman, AC30, blackface, and
boosted grind were unleashed.
Foot-switchable and powered by the
time-tested 12AX7/6V6 tube combination,
the VAC 25 yields serious gain. The top
two Inputs for both Channel 1 and 2 are
high-sensitivity and the lower Inputs are
for low sensitivity. Plugging into the top
Input of Channel 2 opens the wonderful
world of high-gain using both Volume 1 and
2 to sculpt it. Setting the Master low and
cranking both Volume controls produces
maximum saturation with a light tweedy
aftertaste.
Clean sounds blur the line between
an AC30 and a Tweed Bassman, with
magnificent reverb and superb tremolo. It
elicits luxurious but no-nonsense masculine
sounds fitting for any musical situation
short of jazz. The VAC 25's mix-cleaving
toughness will work great for funk gigs and
thrive in blues or classic-rock performances.
It's a wonderful little amp that's easy to
transport, yet produces dynamic sounds
for the discerning guitarist. In other words,
beaucoup tonal options in a handsome
tweed package. - Oscar Jordan

CRAZY TUBE CIRCUITS
GOLDEN RATIO PHI

The Crazy Tube Circuits Golden Ratio Phi
pedal uses two studio-grade compressors and a photocell in a circuit that
produces 25 volts of clean headroom from
a standard 9-volt supply. Its FET compressor has controls for Attack and Release
and its parallel compression blends
compressed with uncompressed signal.


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