Marshall Custom JTM Offset – review

I’m a big fan of Fender amps. I own a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III, which has been my amp of choice for several years. So why did I buy a 1-Watt Marshall Custom JTM Offset? Quite simply, it looks beautiful, sounds glorious and can be cranked at home without blowing the windows out. What’s not to love?
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3 Monkeys Amplifiers

One night, a few weeks ago, I was lounging on the sofa with a whisky in hand watching Jools Holland’s “Later” on TV when I spotted an amp I didn’t recognise. Ooooh! I sat up and took note. It was being used by Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and he was getting great tone from it. Read more…

I was happily married until I met a Matchless DC-30

I recently bought a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III and was perfectly happy with my fabulous new amplifier. Me, my amp and Daphne Blue Fender Stratocaster were enjoying a love triangle. We made wonderful music together.

Then one night at rehearsal in rocked Neil lugging something very heavy – a Matchless DC-30 amplifier. When I saw the Matchless I was speechless. Neil is a drummer that I play with occasionally. An incredibly good drummer. He says he doesn’t play guitar, but he owns some wonderful guitars and amps. I suspect he’s a bit of a collector. The DC-30  is generally regarded as one of the best amplifiers ever made and is as rare as rocking horse shit. As far as I know, only one dealer in the UK stocks Matchless, World Guitars in Gloucestershire. Read more…

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

I recently bought a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III. This is the latest version of the single-speaker 40-Watt combo from Fender’s Hot Rod Range, which includes the:

  • DeVillle 410 III (60-Watts with 4 x 10″ speakers)
  • DeVille 212 III (60-Watts with 2 x 12″ speakers)
  • Blues Junior III (15-Watt 1 x 12″ speaker)
  • Pro Junior III (15-Watt 1 x 10″ speaker)
  • Blues DeVille reissue (60-Watts with 4 x 10″ speakers)
  • Blues Deluxe reissue (40-Watts with 1 x 12″ speakers).

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