Monthly Archives: September 2013

Review: LTD AJ-1 Andy James + EC-1000ET Evertune

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This time we take two new LTD-models for a spin:

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The LTD AJ-1 is the brand-new signature model for British guitarist Andy James. Mr James is best known for his stellar work with the Prog Metal outfit Sacred Mother Tongue.

LTD EC-1000ET – body angle 1

The LTD EC-1000ET Evertune isn’t some rocking rapper’s axe of choice, instead it is one of currently two LTD-guitars factory-equipped with an Evertune-bridge. The Evertune-system promises to do away with the chore of having to tune your guitar for virtually the whole lifespan of a set of strings.

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LTD AJ-1 – full front

The Andy James LTD AJ-1 (current price in Finland: 986 €) is clearly based on the Horizon/MH-series of instruments, but fine-tuned in many details to Andy’s requirements.

LTD AJ-1 – full back

The most obvious difference to your regular Horizon is the AJ-1’s satin black finish, which feels very smooth to the touch and doesn’t get all slippery when you’re starting to…

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Review: Roland Micro Cube GX + Cube-80 GX

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Roland’s popular Cube-series of COSM-combos has recently been updated.

The new Cube GX-amps boast some new features, like the iCube Link (first seen in the Cube Lite), which allows you to use the guitar combo as a soundcard with Apple iOS devices.

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The Roland Micro Cube GX (current price in Finland 134 €) is the newest version of one of the most successful battery-powered practice amps ever.

At first glance the GX-version looks very similar to the Micro Cube’s previous incarnation, with only the large Cube logo on the metal grille hinting at the combo’s updated status.

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The Micro Cube GX’ back panel is a good deal smaller than on the last version.

The new combo sports mini-sized headphone and line-level outputs.

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The GX still runs on six AA-batteries, but the new battery compartment is much easier to use.

A power supply can be found in the…

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Review: Marshall Custom JTM1 Offset

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Marshall Custom Offset – teaser

Last year Marshall celebrated their 50th anniversary by releasing a whole range of limited-edition one-watt combos and half-stacks.

Now we’re in for a cool reprise, as Marshall announced a limited edition of 1,111 of a Custom Offset half-stack in Frankfurt earlier this year. The Custom Offset is based on their JTM1 50th Anniversary amp.

A couple of these rare amps even made it to Finland. Kitarablogi.com managed to get hold of one half-stack for a quick review.

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Marshall Offset – full front

The Marshall Custom JTM1 Offset (price in Finland approx 1,000 €) takes the JTM1 as its starting point, but takes the concept even further down the vintage road to give the Custom Offset the look the company’s first batch of JTM45 models. There’s the famous light grey/beige grille cloth, and the offset control panel, which has given this amp its name.

Marshall Offset – full back

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