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BERSERKER
BROADAX

ture to give the upper and lower EQ
spectrums a sweeter thickness while
the 81 has a ceramic magnet and higher
output. Both offer a range of sounds
with no noise, yielding subtle midrange
timbres, very usable compression, and
a seamless transition when switching.
The Odin is '70s-heavy, powerful, and
yields hearty cluck in the middle posi-

The Wylde Audio Odin
Grail Genesis Bullseye

Z

akk Wylde emerged from New Jersey in
the late '80s to give Ozzy Osbourne's music
a style and attitude unlike that of any guitarist
before him, using an approach spawned from
the Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath, and
Randy Rhoads. His debut on No Rest For The
Wicked introduced a dynamic chemistry between guitarist and singer that lasted through
three decades. Today, Wylde's picking propels
heavy-metal churners Black Label Society and
he guides Wylde Audio, designing gear that
shares his aesthetic sensibilities.
The company's Odin Grail Genesis
Bullseye has a single-cut mahogany body
with flame-maple cap, three-piece maple
neck with a C shape, bound ebony fretboard
with a 24.625" scale, 14" radius,
and 22 extra-jumbo frets.

TINY TUBE
TERROR

example - a full
100-wat t head
that can fit on a
pedalboard and
sports a real tube.
F i r s t , l e t 's
get past antiquated notions
regarding tube,
solidstate, and
digital amplifiers. As the Amp1
proves, one box can
accommodate all three technologies. It's an analog preamp, a
Price: $799
(Amp1),
$349 (Remote1)
Info: www.
bluguitar.com

The BluGuitar Amp1

T

he trend toward the miniaturization of
guitar gear shows no signs of slowing.
Thanks to modern technology, guitarists
are fitting more and more sorcery in their
bags of tricks. BluGuitar's Amp1 is a good

Price: $1,119
Info: www.wyldeaudio.com

The guitar is distinguished from other
"Les Pauls" with a sharp, down-curved
treble-bout point, curved tip near
the strap button, and oversized
mother-of-pearl block inlays.
A TonePros tune-o-matic
bridge and Grover Rotomatic machine heads in gold
work in conjunction with a
GraphTech Tusq nut for tuning
stability. A three-way toggle,
two Volume knobs, and a
master Tone control operate
an EMG 85 pickup in the
neck position and EMG
81 in the bridge; the 85
uses two Alnico-magnet
coils with a wider aper-

clean channel with three amp models, and
a power section that combines a "nanotube" (long-lasting miniature tube) with
a Class D transistor power amp. The tube
creates the natural compression and chewy

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tion, angry bark in the bridge,
and warm-but-brusque personality in the neck position.
Clean tones are an excellent
complement to fine-tune the
sound of a high-gain amp.
The Grail Genesis Bullseye
wasn't sired for lounge jazz at
wine-tasting socials. But it's
an outstanding no-frills
rock machine. - Oscar
Jordan

tones of a valve amplifier.
There's also reverb, boost,
and a three-band EQ. A preset
mode can store three favorite settings
to the internal footswitches so that each
recalls a channel, boost, and reverb. For
more flexibility, opt for the Remote1, which
adds floor control for channel switching,
reverb, and an effects loop, plus a power
soak down to 1.5 watts.
The Amp1's four-position knob allows
the user to dial between Clean, Vintage,
Classic, and Modern, covering tones from
clean to crispy-bacon distortion. Tiny
knobs on the unit's side fine-tune the tone
and volume of each preset. A line-level
output in the back allows direct recording.
Overall, the Amp1 evokes rich tube tones
in a freakishly small unit - it would be difficult to imagine any guitarist not having
a blast with it. Sure, you can probably get
more-organic tube tones from dedicated
valve amps, but having everything from
vintage twang 'n raunch to modern crunch
in one floor unit is remarkable. Downsides
include a bevy of teensy knobs. Nor is the
Amp1 cheap. But remember, that's a real
100-watt head with killer tones. - Pete
Prown

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