Matchless Nighthawk Reverb 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

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The Matchless Nighthawk Reverb 1x12 is a high-end guitar combo amp that seamlessly blends British and American overdriven sounds to create a stunning tone which can make nearly any guitar sound like a winner. The tube setup for the Nighthawk at first appears standard as you’ve got a 12AX7 that drives a pair of EL84s, working alongside a 5AR4 rectifier and two additional 12AX7s to power the optional all-valve reverb circuit.

What gives this amp its unique character is its EF86 valve, a small high-gain component prominently used in the normal channel of vintage Vox AC15 and AC30 amplifiers. This produces an exceptional amount of gain. Depending on the pickups in your guitar, this feature can really make this an ideal tool for those who seek a heavier rock sound.

Cleaner sounds may lose some headroom with this model, so if possible, it’s best to explore the sound with your exact guitar before purchasing this item. The Nighthawk’s six position rotary switch will allow players to incrementally decrease the bass and mid frequencies of their tone. However, operating in this capacity allows an easy and precise way to find the sounds that you want rather than loosely twisting knobs.Rating: 4.25/5

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