-Yeah, that sounds great, man.
-Sweet. So let’s talk about the BOSS Nextone amplifiers. I’ve got the “Stage” 40 watts here. Cool, I’ve got the “Artist” 80 watt version. They’re really cool, it’s a new concept from BOSS. Typically, a normal amp would have one power amp circuit in there, which dictates how the amp feels, -Responds, absolutely.
-Yeah, all of that stuff. So this has got 4 analog class AB power amp circuits built into it. So you’ve got your 6V6, 6L6, EL84 and your EL34 in there. So that kind of American clean stuff, right through to British rock stuff I guess. Absolutely. So we’ve got using the latest evolution of Tube Logic, using some discrete analog solid state circuitry, which means that every time you change the power amp selection, totally revoices the amp from input to output. And that’s really cool because then it gives you that authentic feel, from whichever guitar you use, if you use Telecasters, the pickups,
the touch and the feel and all that stuff… -Every kind of nuance is coming through.
-Exactly. Like you would, when you use the actual 6V6 amplifier,
for instance, and that’s really cool. I’m really digging this lower wattage 6V6 thing at the minute, it’s giving me that kind of sponginess,
and that really nice clean thing happening. -That Princeton kind of vibe…
-Yeah, absolutely, really sounds… -Yeah man, it sounds super nice,
-Sounds so great. and I’m on the EL84, get more Voxy type thing, and it’s really cool how, when you set it to the tube, to that power section, how it actually inspires you
to play those kind of things. -Like you would do, when you plug into a Vox amp…
-Yeah, you play the amp. -Exactly, so like this… -Sounds great, man.
-Yeah, it sounds… and feels like it as well. So you did some sound examples just today with the amp today right,
and used some pedals as well? What was that like? Really cool, I used the SD-1W pushing at the front end of the EL34, a little bit more Marshally I guess, and the front end reacts exactly how you would want, front end of a tube amp reacts to be honest that
nice natural compression and sustain. So you’ve got clean tone. Kick that with the pedal. -Oh… that’s nice, man.
-Sounds good, doesn’t it? The first thing you’ll notice, is that it’s set up incredibly intuitively, it’s just like a normal amp to be honest, there’s no kinda menus to cycle through. it’s just pretty straight forward and very easy to get your head around. And there’s two, so there’s the “Stage”, which is 40 watts, and there’s the “Artist” which is 80 watts. And they’ve both got one 12” inch speaker in them, very light, very portable, and powerful enough basically for any scenario. Yeah, absolutely. This is a 2 channel amp, we’ve got really cool a couple of features as well, with the boost and the tone switches on the top and the foot switch. Pretty self explanatory really, with the boost you’re going to get some extra level or some distortion, and with the tone, it either fatten things up, or if you’re on the clean channel,
it give you a nice sparkle, little bit like a bright switch. OK, well let me demonstrate, see what it sounds like, I’m on the clean channel now, I’m on the 6L6 setting and this is what that sounds like… So if I engage the boost, which will add crunch, it sounds like this… -Which is really cool.
-Sweet. And if I’m on the lead channel, which is gonna be more gainy… It’ll add more distortion when I kick in the boost, so it sounds like this… -Yeah, it’s great, isn’t it?
-Nice. Awesome. So I’m looking at the tone, so similar kind of vibe, you kick the tone in on the clean channel, like I said, it’s gonna be a little bit like a bright switch,
just sparkles things up little bit, so clean tone… Kick the tone switch in… Just a little bit of sparkle and top end, then on the lead channel,
it’s just gonna add a bit of fatness. Kick it in… -Sweet, man.
-Really cool. So there’s loads of versatility in the amp, it’s got 2 channels, but if you combine the boost and the tone, you’ve actually got 8 tones in total, to play with. That’s quite a lot. But let’s have a look at the rest of the features. This is a really cool feature. Notice the “Power Control”. So obviously, valve amps, tube amps tend to sound best when they’re really cranked. But obviously depending on the situation, that’s not always entirely practical, but you can actually dial this back to half the wattage, Or more bedroom friendly stuff, you can really turn it back to 1/2 a watt. -Which is a great little feature.
-Yeah, good for home, isn’t it? So you’ve got some cool effects in here, you’ve got reverb of course, then delay, and tremolo, and on the back of the amp, there’s a foot switchable effects loop as well. And this tremolo sounds really cool. -Nice man, sounds really warm, doesn’t it?
-Yeah, nice and warm. Take a look at the back panel, we’ve actually got speaker out. So say for example you’re on the EL34 setting, and you want to get that full stack experience, you can run that into a 4×12. -And really crank it up.
-And you’ve also got recording out, you’ve got a headphone out, and you’ve got a USB out on the back as well. So talking about the USB in the back, you can use it for home recording, you can use it for re-amping, and you can also connect it to the editor, which I’m gonna show you in a minute. So jumping over to the power amp selection, on the left hand side we’ve got 6V6, which is more lower wattage, think Fender Princeton, something like a Deluxe Reverb maybe, lower wattage, nice organic compression under the fingers. Then over to the 6L6, think maybe more Fender Bassman, Twin, high headroom, stiffer under the fingers, I guess. But if we take a look at the 6V6, like I said quite organic, quite spongy, that really nice American sound. Really cool sound. What’s on there for the British stuff? I’ve got on the British side, you’ve got the EL84, which is kind of Voxy, AC30, like toppy and Brian May kind of sound. And then you’ve got your EL34 on the other side, which is more your Marshally tone, so like 1959 that kind of tone, so if I give you a few examples, like… -Sweet.
-Yeah, so you’ve got the idea, right? Normally you’re stuck with whatever amp it is you’re using, but having those 4 different power amp selections, it’s just a great way to experience different amps, having your clean channel as the American sound, 6L6 for that kind of pristine clean stuff, through to your dirty British stuff will be EL34, -it’s creating this personal, call it dream amp, it’s a really cool concept.
-Yeah, all in one amp as well. -But anyway, let’s just have a jam.
-Let’s have a jam.