Those who are going to buy an amp head for the first time, but don’t know and can’t decide what to get must read this! This time, I’m going to introduce the real top 5 ranking of the amp heads!
A limited model of IRT-STUDIO, which has been popular for its ease of use and high sound quality since its launch. A rack mount amp head that is rare these days. The opinions of many active musicians are reflected in the manufacturing at Laney, so the concept of the product is perfectly realized. That IRT reflects well the playing environment and sound preference of the modern guitarists is impressive. If you have this one, you can do anything.
Speaking of Quilter, 101 REVERB used to be a regular that always came high in the ranking, but I, a person in charge of amps, was surprised that this model came in the top in the latest ranking. 202, the newest model in the Tone Block series, has a simple single channel, but is able to create a wider sound range beyond expectations. And like other Quilter products, it makes a tube amp-like sound that isn’t like a transistor amp. Only players who have actually used Quilter amps can feel it, but especially those who think “a transistor amp is still just a transistor amp no matter how much technology advances,” and those who have been listening to the tube amp sound for a long time, will be surprised.
Again a small amp, the BQ Boutique from the VOX MV series is in the Top 5. A hybrid model equipped with a new vacuum tube, Nutube, in the preamp section. This series has 5 models, all with different characters, and this Boutique creates a fat but sharp sound, not muffled, a responsive sound so comfortable to hear. Is it just me, or does the VU meter alone excite you, too?
A model I personally feel is attractive as it’s equipped with a built-in speaker although it’s an amp head. A newly added function, STEREO EXPAND, is useful as well. You might often choose stereo effectors when you practice using effectors and amp simulators, or when you’re developing a sound, don’t you? However, the reality is that it’s pretty hard to do it on an actual stage. But if you use two KATANA-HEAD MkII, you can easily set it up. I think this function is so attractive for guitarists who would like to introduce a more effective sound.
A modern dual super lead that carries the name of the masterpiece, JCM2000/DSL100, which is used in many music bars and studios even today. There are no hidden settings in the back like many recent amps have, and you can create the sound intuitively with its simple controls. Good for anything from the clean to high gain tones! The silent recording function has been added to the latest model, and you can now practice at home even with a 100W all-tube. I think it’s safe to say this one is meant to be the standard.
How was it? Looks like the characteristics of each manufacturer are more noticeable than in the combos! By the way, most of the models are compatible with silent recording without the need of a load box now… It has become convenient, hasn’t it?