B-52 Amps Malden MA

Even though it's one of the most affordable amps in this roundup, the B-52 LS-100 has the power and features to share the stage with any amp here.

Keyboard Korner
(617) 387-9707
38 Wilbur St
Everett, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Broadway Piano & Organ
(781) 396-2224
141 Main St
Medford, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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East Cambridge Piano
(617) 354-4061
343 Medford St
Somerville, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Newbury Music
(781) 246-0510
1222 Main St
Wakefield, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Music Center
(617) 426-5100
1906 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

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Music Shop
(781) 979-7600
128 W Emerson St
Melrose, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Carlino Guitars
(781) 391-4600
392 Main St
Medford, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment
Store Information
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Full setups, electronic repair on guitars, and basses.
Hours
Monday Thru Friday 3:00PM-9:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM

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Guitar Stop
(617) 876-0687
1760 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Minor repairs are done at Guitar Stop 7 days a week which includes: restringing, set-ups, intonation and neck adjustments.
Electrical and major repairs are done at Guitar Stop on Sundays 12:00- 6:00 by appointment.
Hours
Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time

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Timeline Music
(781) 246-4424
337 North Ave
Wakefield, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Caruso Musical Insts
(781) 438-1406
139 Green St
Stoneham, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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B-52 LS 100

GJ7T0351.jpgEVEN THOUGH IT’S ONE OF THE MOST AFFORDABLE AMPS IN THIS ROUNDUP, THE B-52 LS-100 HAS THEpower and features to share the stage with any amp here. The solid-state, 100-watt LS-100 hasa Clean channel, two Overdrive channels, an effects loop, and even a line out for recording. Despiteits wide range of tonal options, this amp is simple to use and provides instant gratification inboth clean and distorted modes. The Clean channel is straightforward with a 3-band EQ and aMid Cut button. It excels at very clean, pure sounds, and with the Mid Cut engaged it almostsounds like you’re playing an acoustic guitar. With the Mid Cut out, you get fuller, warmer tones.This channel is capable of huge headroom, remaining clean even at deafening volumes.

On the dirty side, you get a medium-gain Overdrive channel and a high-gain Overdrive channel,each with its own Gain and Volume knobs, although they share the 3-band EQ. Both candish out an incredible amount of distortion and are perfect for chugging metal tones and gutwrenchinglead sounds. There is a Contour control that can be assigned to either Overdrive channelor both. This is a super-intuitive control for changing the overall midrange character of theLS-100, from old-school bark with more mids to a fully scooped death tone. We liked it with Gain1 about halfway up with the Contour set for a mid scoop and Gain 2 cranked with no Contour.This made it easy to switch between a tight, chunky rhythm tone and a louder, more mid-heavylead tone that could cut through any mix.

The LS-100’s rear panel is fairly simple, but B-52 provides level controls for the effect sendand return—a welcome addition. There is also a level control on the speaker-simulated RecordOut. This obviously comes in handy for direct recording, but it can also go to a mixing board,saving you the hassle of miking your LS-100 on a gig. The LS-100 is full of versatility, with tonesthat range from sparkling clean sounds to killer heavy tones with monstrous gain. This amp is amust-have for rockers who want a powerful, great-sounding metal amp at an unbelievable price.—Stephen Ordonez

SPECS

B-52
MODEL LS-100
PRICE $599 retail/$299 street (head)
CHANNELS Three
CONTROLS Front panel: Gain 1,Gain 2, Contourassign, Bass, Mid,Treble, Volume 1,Volume 2 (Overdrivechannel); Volume,Bass, Mid, Treble,Mid cut switch(Clean channel);Master Volume,Reverb; Switchesfor Channel, Gainselect, and Contourassign. Rear panel:Effects loop withSend and ReturnLevel controls,International VoltageSelect switchfor 115 volt and230 volts.
POWER 100 watts
TUBES N/A
EXTRAS Three-buttonfootswitch (Channeland Gain Select,Reverb on/off),Speaker-SimulatedLine Out with Levelcontrol for directrecording, 16-gaugemetal grille forprotection
SPEAKER B-52 4x12 w/custom-built, 100-wattspeakers; $599retail/$299 street
MAXIMUM MEASURED VOLUME118dB
WEIGHT 34 lbs (head)
KUDOS Great amp for agreat price. Widerange of tones.Instant gratification.
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