Month: June 2014

Six scary questions—Dialtone Pickups

The six scary questions series continues with these new questions and answers that the awesome people at Dialtone Pickups agreed to make happen. Well, I made the questions happen. They made the answers happen. You know how these things work. Perhaps what you don’t know is who Dialtone Pickups is? Perhaps you don’t know what they have on offer? Perhaps you don’t know how six scary questions equates to seven questions. Many of these questions will be answered below. Enjoy the learning.

You’re welcome.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 26—Suhr Corso 5

At the halfway mark of this series of bedroom friendly all-tube amplifier heads, I thought I’d step it up a notch. I’m sure many followers have been thinking that the longer this series went on, the weaker the amplifier quality would get. I may have thought that too when I first started this series—52 amplifiers heads from 52 different manufacturers is a big ask. But not today. Not at the halfway mark. No, with a 5 watt amplifier head from Suhr, I think this series is alive and kicking. It also helps that the Corso 5 is a sexy looking amp head.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 25—DV Mark Galileo 15

I like to every now and then come across something that looks simple, but has more to it than meets the eye. A bit like a Transformer really. Having said that, I don’t want an amp head that turns into a small robot with a mind of its own. That would be too much to deal with when you wanted to play guitar.

“Get back here and sit on the cabinet! Stop trying to save the world!”

Luckily the DV Mark Galileo 15 doesn’t appear to turn into anything other than the all-tube packed amplifier it starts off as. But it does have a lot more tube action than I’d have expected for a small amplifier head. That’s exactly the level of surprise I’m comfortable with.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 24—Randall Diavlo RD5H

After 24 weeks of researching what will be the first tube amplifier head I am destined to purchase, I thought it was time to revisit my needs. What am I after exactly? A tube head obviously. But what are the specifics? Basically, they are this:

  • Low wattage for home use
  • Ability to produce brutal metal tones

As you can see, my needs are simple. But what I’m really after is something that provides more metal tones than anything else. I want a built-in metal tone that I can expand upon with my pedal farm. I want an amplifier head that looks metal because it is metal. Hello Randall Diavlo RD5H.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 23—Laney Cub Head

Plenty of guitar gear seems to come out of the United Kingdom (UK). A lot of it seems to be seriously good too. Must be all the hours they have to spend inside on account of the terrible weather. Whatever the reason, I’m glad. It makes my ongoing search for a tube amplifier head easier. I just search for something like guitar amplifier manufacturer UK and discover companies like Laney. Then I peruse their website and before you know it, Bam! Laney Cub head. Perfect.