Tube Combo Amps Martinsburg WV

Arguably the ultimate American blues and rock-and-roll tube for recording and smaller venues, the 6V6 has a sweet, musical sound with balanced highs and lows, a slightly gritty midrange, and tactile compression. It also has the “benefit” of putting out only about half the wattage of its big brother the 6L6, making it perfect in small clubs and studios when you want to hit the sweet spot without generating deafening volume.

Ellsworth Music, Inc.
(304) 876-1936
Po Box 1195
Shepherdstown, WV
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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Mizell Music
(301) 791-1305
835 S Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Carpenters World Of Music
(301) 791-8119
17559 York Rd
Hagerstown, MD
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin
restring, refret, and custom electronic repair.
Hours
Monday - Friday 11:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday Closed

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Drums On Sale
(301) 733-3786
11375 Robinwood Dr
Hagerstown, MD

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Guitar Room, The
(304) 263-1847
574 Railroad Drive
Martinsburg, WV
 
Music And Arts Center
(301) 799-9039
401 Elm Crest Avenue
Boonsboro, MD
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Guitar Room
(301) 797-2464
315 N Cleveland Ave
Hagerstown, MD
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Maryland Percussion Ctr
(301) 733-6880
13536 Halifax Dr
Hagerstown, MD

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Callahan Custom Guitars & Amps
(540) 665-8045
114 Tudor Dr
Winchester, VA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Carpenters World Of Music
(301) 791-8119
17559 York Rd
Hagerstown, MD
 
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5 6V6-Powered, Low-Wattage Tube Combos

FOR MANY PLAYERS, THE 6V6-POWERED 1X12 CLUB COMBOis an American classic akin to mom and apple pie. This is thanks largely to Fender’s seminal ’50s tweed Deluxe and mid-’60sblackface Deluxe Reverb, but also in part the many great Gibson amps of those eras, such as the GA-20, GA-30, and GA-40Les Paul. The 6V6 output tube faded from use with many makers in the 1990s because of a lack of good new-manufacture versions—and the expense and scarcity of new old stock (NOS)tubes—to the extent that even Fender’s 20-watter for the masses, the Blues Junior, was fitted with a pair of EL84s. The arrival, however, of reliable and good-sounding 6V6s from the likes of Electro-Harmonix. JJ/Tesla, Groove Tubes, and others in recent years has sent makers back to this classic bottle with a vengeance.

Arguably the ultimate American blues and rock-and-roll tube for recording and smaller venues, the 6V6 has a sweet, musical sound with balanced highs and lows, a slightly gritty midrange, and tactile compression. It also has the “benefit” of putting out only about half the wattage of its big brother the 6L6, making it perfect in small clubs and studios when you want to hit the sweet spot without generating deafening volume. This month, we’re throwing five hot new U.S.-made contenders into the Cage of Death: three from new makers Divided by 13,Nolatone, and Smith Custom Amps; one from established California high-gainers Budda, and one from Fender—the brand where this mojo caught fire in the first place. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s bets-on-the-table time.

Budda Superdrive V20

LONG A HIGH-GAIN AMP MAKER TO BE reckoned with, Budda branches out into rather new territory with the release of the V20,which should just be hitting retailers by the time this goes to print. While this amp is an extension of the Superdrive II series, it also promises to introduce sonic elements previously not found in the Budda camp. In addition to Budda’s established “California high-gain” voice, the V20 includes a reworking of the company’s clean voice, with an easy segue between the two thanks to this amp being the only channel-switcher in this test. The V20 is also the only printed circuit board(PCB) amp in this review, but I don’t mention that with any derogatory implications.The brainchild of respected designer Jeff Bober,this circuit is laid out on a board that’s solid and extremely linear, and is accompanied by a lot of hand wiring, chassis-mounted rectifier and output-tube sockets, and a plethora of quality components. As with all Buddas,the control layout is fairly simple: there’s a knob each for Rhythm and Drive channel levels,a three-knob tone stack, and a Master Volume,with pull Bright and Thick switches on the Rhythm and Mid pots respectively (these pointer knobs are a little slippery to pull, however).You can also pull the Master to switch channels, although most players will want to use the included footswitch. Added features around the back include Send and Return jacks for the series effects loop, parallel out putjacks wit...

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