Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb 25 Combo
Let’s not forget that Mesa started life as one of the first true ‘boutique’ names and it has never lost its mojo.
The stunning Recto-Verb 25 pulls off the impossible – a Rectifier in a small, very portable and competitively priced combo.
Featuring Mesa’s typically perfect finish and great build quality, the Recto-Verb 25 is huge value for money.
We said: "Mesa scores big time with the Recto-Verb Twenty- Five - it's the best small combo the company has made in ages."
Carr Amps 'The Bloke'
Steve Carr’s Bloke is another immaculately built amp that provides nothing less than totally killer Plexi tone.
More aggressive perhaps, with an attitude reinforced by motorcycle-inspired styling, but wicked fun and impossible to unplug.
The Bloke has incredible touch response that puts a full spectrum of overdrive under your fingertips.
We said: "Another great amp from Steve Carr that delivers serious classic rock tone. Don't miss it!"
Okay, perhaps not the first name you’d think of for boutique tone, but listen to this: it has no fewer than five EL34 output valves, in parallel single-ended configuration for stunning class A tone.
It’s a unique design that nobody else does, and it sounds incredible when wound up. Real multilayered overdrive and superb touch response set the L50H apart and provide world-class boutique tone, at a price that’s practically bargain basement.
We said: "One of the best-sounding amps we've ever plugged into, this Laney could change your world if you try one."
Fargen Olde 800 Head
Fargen’s Olde 800 is more of a classic Marshall tribute, with a clever ‘decade switch’ that changes the amp’s character from 60s (JTM45), to 70s (1959), to 80s (JCM800).
It’s impeccably built, with staggering attention to detail, and about as close as anyone has come to building the perfect Plexi.
We said: "The Fargen is very close to being our ideal 'Plexi'-style amp. Don't pass up a chance to try one."
Tone King Royalist 45C
Mark Bartel’s painstaking attention to detail provides some of the most dialled-in amps out there, and the Royalist 45 nails the ‘Plexi’ experience, with a built-in specially-voiced Ironman attenuator for incredible tone at any volume. It’s available as a 1x12 combo or a head.
We said: "If you want the ultimate British tone experience, the Royalist is pretty much in a league of its own."
BUY: Tone King Royalist 45 Combo currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
Brunetti Singleman 35 Combo
Available in a range of power ratings and head/ combo formats, the Singleman is Marco Brunetti’s ‘less is more’ masterpiece, with perfectly sculpted tones that sound instantly alive in a mix.
A sound engineer’s dream, the lower power versions are perfect for the studio, but if you need extra punch live, the 35-watt 6L6 version is just the ticket.