B-52 Amps North Andover 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.

Da Bider Music Co
(978) 686-2898
33 S Broadway
Lawrence, MA

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Guitar Garage
(978) 682-9630
4 Hampshire St
Methuen, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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(978) 664-2183
162 Park St
North Reading, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Music Place,The
(978) 664-6213
41 Main St
North Reading, MA

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Londonderry Organ & Piano
(603) 898-9910
20 N Broadway
Salem, NH

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E&J Music
(978) 470-3073
5 Lowell St A
Andover, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Haverhill Music Ctr
(978) 372-9552
2 Washington St
Haverhill, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Piano Forte
(617) 266-4933
339 N Main St
Middleton, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Tewksbury Music Ctr
(978) 851-6700
1269 Main St
Tewksbury, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Londonderry Piano & Organ Studios
(603) 898-9910
517 S Broad St
Salem, NH
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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


PRICE $599 retail/$299 street (head)
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
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
WEIGHT 34 lbs (head)
KUDOS Great amp for agreat price. Widerange of tones.Instant gratification.

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