Harma Cabinets & Bass Metaphor’s

Got a Fender Blues Junior, Blues Deluxe, Hot Rod Deluxe or Deville? These cabs are the perfect match. The Bass Metaphor’s is a mini multi-effects unit for bass sporting a two-band EQ, distortion and compression. It can also be used simply as a preamp or as a DI unit with EQ. Six black plastic knobs sit … Read more

Victoria Electro King

Something about Gibson amps reminds us of the Tommy Cooper gag about the Stradivarius and the Rembrandt. Does Victoria Electro King know something we don’t? Huw Price makes a discovery. Considering the reverence for Gibson’s 1950s guitars, it seems inexplicable that values of Gibson amps from that era haven’t kept pace with contemporary Fender amps. … Read more

Hartke LH500 Head / HyDrive HX115 & HX410 Cabs

Hartke made its name with aluminium speakers, then offered paper ones, and now are back with both in the same package. Gareth Morgan finds out what’s going on. Hartke built its first cabinet specifically for the late, great Jaco Pastorius in 1984. But the company’s probably most famous for the later use of aluminium-coned speakers … Read more

Marshall Lead & Bass 50 PW

Paul Weller’s 50th birthday, Marshall Lead & Bass 50 PW amp, a limited edition of 50. You can’t fool us: there’s a theme developing here. Dave Petersen finds out if Marshall hits the target. Nobody would argue with Marshall’s choice of Paul Weller as a figurehead for their latest signature amp – for musical credibility. … Read more

Torres British Boxer

If you’re chasing a great valve sound but money’s too tight to mention. Then Torres British Boxer offers both factory-assembled amps and build-your-own kits. Review by Huw Price Torres Engineering has been manufacturing guitar amp kits for many years. And Dan Torres’ book Inside Tube Amps probably kickstarted the careers of many of today’s small-scale … Read more

Torres British Invasion

If you’re chasing a great valve sound but money’s too tight to mention, then Torres British Invasion offers both factory-assembled amps and build-your-own kits. Review by Huw Price There are two versions of the two-channel British Invasion, a 20W and a 50W. This is the 20W, with a pair of EL84 power valves and an … Read more