NAMM 2019: Blackstar Amps has teamed up with US bluesman Jared James Nichols on a new signature head and cab, dubbed the JJN-20R.
The two-channel amp is flavoured by a combination of two EL84 valves in the power stage and an ECC83 in the preamp. There are clean and overdrive channels, with a footswitchable 'BLUESPOWER' voicing (a reference to Nichols' self-ascribed tagline). In addition, there are some studio/practice friendly features, including built-in reverb, plus the option to reduce the power to 2-watts, not to mention USB audio and XLR DI outs.
There's also an accompanying 2x12 vertical cab, the JJN-212VOC MkII, which has been matched to the head and comes in a complementary Racing Green tolex, featuring two Celestion speakers, a V-Type and G12T-75. There's also an easily detachable panel at the rear of the cab to allow players the option of closed-back and 'semi-open back' tones.
The signature head and cab are offered as a limited edition and by the look of it should tread a similarly fine line between vintage rawness and modern power as the man himself.
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