Delivers legendary tube amp sounds.
The 2-channel, 60W Tech 21 Trademark 60 Guitar Combo Amp gives you the flexibility to create your own mind-blowing tones. Go from vintage to modern with 2 versatile channels. Boost function expands these 2 chan...
Delivers legendary tube amp sounds.
The 2-channel, 60W Tech 21 Trademark 60 Guitar Combo Amp gives you the flexibility to create your own mind-blowing tones. Go from vintage to modern with 2 versatile channels. Boost function expands these 2 channels to give you 4 footswitchable sound options. The Tech 21 1x12 amp has a master section with low, high, reverb, and boost controls; low and high EQ; 12" speaker; built-in direct box for going straight into a mixer or recording gear, or tapping directly into PA monitors; footswitchable effects loop; headphone output; and more. Plus, the Trademark 60 acoustic guitar amp is lightweight for easy transport and heavy duty for total reliability.
When I utilized the Trademark 60 in solo practice and writing sessions, I found it incredibly inspirational. While it doesn't have the attenuator-type of technology found in, say, Vox's hybrid amplifiers--meaning that like a true tube amp, the Trademark 60 sounds better the louder you push it--even at low volumes, I had no trouble finding tones and sounds I really liked, making it a lot of fun to play through.
Recording was a fairly easy proposition, too, as the amp sounds great either miked up (I suggest pointing your microphone directly at the center of the cone, though, because the thick basket-weave grill cover does absorb a certain amount of sound that typically passes right through cloth covers) or when connected directly to a recording source via the SamsAmp's XLR output. In fact, when comparing two tracks played with the same amp side-by-side--one miked up, one sent through the SansAmp output--it was a little difficult to tell which was which. In the end, the miked track had a little more "air" to it, giving it a tiny bit more of a realistic feeling, but this is unlikely to be something an average listener would notice.
In a live context, Tech 21's creation becomes a little more of a complicated proposition. While the amp sounds fantastic on its own, and is more than capable of keeping pace with a full band (I had several scenarios where I had to turn it lower than expected so as not to deafen a drummer), when playing on the same stage as another guitarist who has a tube amplifier things can get trickier. It's then that the solid state thinness of the tones become a little more noticeable, and while you can compensate somewhat via the EQ knobs, it still lacks that fundamental punch that comes with real tubes.
With that said, this amp has some pretty cool tones that are uniquely its own, and it makes one wish after awhile that instead of going the modeling route, Tech 21 had pursued the creation of an analog-circuit solid state amp with a singular character... Read More
I bought a pretty beat up one used at a pawnshop, thinking it was a tube amp. Lo and behold, after further inspection, I found out to my surprise that it was a solid state. At first I thought that I was being ripped off as I had thought that it was a tube amp (although the price was not so bad). However, I was so impressed with it's tone and it dawned on me that I would get the sound of a tube amp without worrying about blown out tubes and such that I decided to keep it. It's now become one of my favorite combo amps.
What's that in your rig?? It's a Fender Twin! It's a Marshall! No! It's a Tech21 Trademark 60! This amp is affordable and incredibly versatile. For any tube purists, it's not exactly the same but with two channels, effects loop, spring reverb and Tech21's SansAmp direct out, it's a great sounding amp for the price.