‘Lunchbox’ style guitar amp heads have become very popular in today’s market and are almost becoming a must-have piece of guitar gear for many guitarists. Here are some of our favourites that would be perfect for the house, studio and stage!
Orange Brent Hinds Terror
The recently announced Brent Hinds Terror is a collaborative effort between Orange and the Mastodon guitarist. The amp features two channels with a newly designed gain structure that makes it a completely unique Terror.
From the Orange website: ‘The single control on the natural channel has been redesigned with more bottom end but retains the finely balanced and highly playable character of the Rocker series. The dirty channel has a different 3 stage gain structure. It’s brighter at lower gain levels and fattens up the more you dial the gain in. The new gain structure also means that the gain comes in more quickly.’
PRS MT 15
Mark Tremonti, the guitarist of Alter Bridge amongst other projects has teamed up with PRS, a company he has been with for almost two decades to design a ‘lunchbox’ type amp to suit his needs and guitarists around the world.
From the PRS website: ‘The MT 15 is a two channel amp with balanced aggression and articulation. Powered by 6L6 tubes, the MT 15 has a large, bold sound, so you can dig in heavy with rhythms but also get singing lead tones out of one amp. Whether recording, practicing, writing, or playing a small room, this amp has everything you need.’
The Blackstar HT-5 isn’t a recent release, but remains to be one of our favourite small amps. Being only 5 watts doesn’t mean it lacks power, this thing is LOUD and sounds beastly. And also has features that are perfect for home and the studio.
From the Blackstar Website: ‘The HT-5RH is a head version of the HT-5R combo. With all the same great features and tone it’s compact and portable, and more than capable of driving a 4×12! This award winning guitar amp is fully equipped for the studio or practice and features stereo reverb, enhanced tone controls and a speaker emulated output. For 5 watts, this thing is incredibly loud, and could be used live in the right application.’
Victory VX Kraken
Victory Amps don’t get seen a lot in guitar stores across Australia, but they do have a big name overseas and online. The VX The Kraken
From the Victory website: ‘This two-channel monster starts with classic British-inspired rhythm tones in Gain I mode. Gain II sears on into tight, aggressive American high-gain grind, perfect for progressive and extended-range players. One for the gain addicts, VX The Kraken pushes all the boundaries of what you can expect from a ‘small’ amp. It’ll even travel as hand luggage when you fly.’