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Amplifiers / Boss Katana Mini Ultra-Compact Guitar Amp
« on: June 24, 2017, 05:44:32 PM »
Boss Katana Mini Ultra-Compact Guitar Amp

•Great Katana tone in a highly portable amp
•Rich, full sound that far exceeds other amps in its class
•Authentic multi-stage analog gain circuit and three-band analog tone stack
•Three versatile amp types: Brown, Crunch, and Clean
•Built-in tape-style delay for warm ambience
•Aux input for jamming with music from a smartphone
•Phones/recording output with cabinet voicing
•Runs on six AA-size batteries or optional AC adapter

Available to order at

Or from

General Discussion / Get 60% off AmpliTube 4
« on: May 13, 2017, 12:20:07 PM »
Don't miss out on this great deal.  Get you copy of AmpliTube 4 for $/€59.99 today from the IK Online Store or local music retailer! This special promotion is now extended until May 18th, 2017.

Amplifiers / Re: The Fender Mustang GT Amp Range
« on: May 07, 2017, 12:08:54 PM »
Howard, I'll be sticking with my Mustang 3 v2 for some time to come. I think.  Unless I win the lottery or I get one to demo.  ;)  I'm getting jittery over the Katana though, itching to try one now. 

Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Looper Pedals
« on: May 07, 2017, 11:47:42 AM »
Do you use Looper pedals, and if so what's your preferred make and model.  I have a looper built into my Zoom G5, but don't use it very often, or at least not as much as I could.  I'd probably use it more often if I could get my head around the G5 controls. 

Anyway, what do you use, and is it really easy to operate?

Noticed this one at,  The NUX Loop Core Guitar Effects Pedal  Looks like a pretty neat and feature packed pedal for the money, at only £82.99

"The NUX Loop Core Guitar Effects Pedal offers up to 6 hours of mono and stereo recording time, allowing you to fully experiment with layering up your sounds. As well as the main looper function, the Loop Core also offers 99 user memories, built-in drum patterns with tap tempo, tru bypass and many more. It is the perfect tool for composers or simply for and guitarist wanting to jam."

Amplifiers / The Fender Mustang GT Amp Range
« on: May 01, 2017, 01:54:43 PM »
The poplar Fender Mustang amps get a complete makeover with the introduction of the new Fender Mustang GT Amps

Fender Mustang GT Amps - Exclusive First Look!

General Discussion / Re: Vape Tanks, or E-Cigarettes
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:54:13 AM »
After reading and watching many reviews I finally decided to upgrade to a cheap mod and tank setup, and found the one I wanted on

The Aspire Zelos 50w Kit Nautilus 2 Tank (Black).  it's a great little mod and tank combo, and does exactly what I need to move on from real cigarettes.  The Nautilus 2 Tank has adjustable air flow so it can be turned down to give you that tight draw like you'd get from a real cig.  Open up the airflow and crank up the wattage and your doing virtually mouth to lung.

The Nautilus 2 tank is a very neat looking tank, but it has its drawbacks for me.  One being, because it's a top filling tank and toe top cap has a integrated cover that slides over the glass tube, it's quite difficult to grip the thing to unscrew the cap /Cover to refill it, it's very smooth with no knurling to gain any grip. Its small, only hold 2ml of juice, but that's the size all tanks will be soon due to the new laws being introduced.

Apart from that this thing is fantastic, and the mod itself is extremely easy to operate, has loads of functions if you want to explore, or use different tanks. And a built in 2500mAh Battery so you'll get a lot of vaping in between charges.

More links with the same kit.

Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« on: April 15, 2017, 01:32:56 PM »
Ah, but it has the 0.5w power choke, which is what I use it on all the time in the house . . .  :legit:

Good point Howard, I'd forgotten about that.  So in reality the Katana is probably more controllable than the Mustang 3.  I find the master volume on the Mustang very touchy for living room use, either very quiet, or very loud lol. 

General Discussion / Easter Weekend Deals
« on: April 15, 2017, 12:57:00 PM »
Some of the online shops are offering deals for the Easter weekend, here's one that I found from, seems like a bargain.

Yamaha RGX220DZ Electric Guitar, Satin Black for just £199.00

Some other gear from Easter weekend sale page,

Some more Easter Weekend deals from End today.

If you see any deals worth mentioning please post them up.

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Get the high gain distortion set with 11 gear models perfect for all Metalheads

For 1 week only IK is offering the unique opportunity to get the AmpliTube MetalliPack (a $/€75 value) absolutely FREE when you download, register and authorize the AmpliTube Custom Shop - our FREE desktop application that allows you to build your virtual guitar rig one piece at a time, as you need it. 

During this special giveaway you get 11 additional metal gear models including five high-quality emulations of some of the heaviest amplifiers of all time, which you can pair with four killer cabinets. Add the PROdrive and Overscream pedals, and you’ll have everything you need to create the righteous guitar tones you desire

How to get your FREE MetalliPack Collection in Custom Shop:

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For those that have already downloaded, or purchased Amplitube 4, I just went to my Custom Shop. and the free metal pack was waiting for me to restore to my gear.  Nice one IKMultimedia :tup:

Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Line-6 Helix and Helix LT
« on: April 14, 2017, 12:54:43 PM »
Anyone took the plunge and got a Line-6 helix.  Just wondered what your first impressions are on this effects processor. 

I see now they have a slightly cheaper version called the Helix LT , which I'll need to read up on to see what the differences are.  Looks like a few of the connectivity has been removed, but what else I'm not sure yet.

If you have either of these units please post your thoughts.

Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« on: April 14, 2017, 12:26:57 PM »
Nice feedback on the Katana Howard.  Sounds like you're pleased with it.  :tup:

I'm yet to try one out for myself though.  But if it's louder than the Mustang 3, I might have to go a little smaller for home use.  ;)

Guitar Accessories / Batteries for Effects Pedals, Tuners etc.
« on: April 11, 2017, 11:14:51 PM »
Here's some great deals on batteries form

For your Effects pedals, a value 10 pack of Duracell INDUSTRIAL 9V PP3 batteries.  Only £8.99

A value 10 pack of Duracell CR2032 button cell batteries for your SNARK Tuner. Only £7.29

If you're looking for a different battery, then check out the full range here,

General Discussion / Vape Tanks, or E-Cigarettes
« on: February 19, 2017, 08:17:26 PM »
OK, I'm a long term smoker, and want to try and kick the habit.  Been thinking about trying a Vape Tank instead of real tobacco, but I'm new to all this vape stuff.  Anyone here made the move?

Three days ago I purchased a cheap starter kit, and so far I haven't had a real cigarette for two and a half days, that's a record for me to be honest.  Normally I'd be going crazy for a fag.   I don't know if it's the cheapy kit I got, or perhaps the juice I'm using, but I feel it could be a little stronger. 

Quite like the look of this one on amazon, IMECIG® G3 Upgrade (Add Magnetic Dust Cap) Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit But any recommendations are welcome, I usually smoke rolling tobacco, so something with similar strength would be great.

Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« on: February 07, 2017, 07:36:23 PM »
It arrived about 2 hours ago.

F me is it loud. I've only run it on 0.5w and that is plenty for practicing. Sounds very very good. I'll have to wait until I have the house to myself before I try cranking it up, but I reckon it's going to be like my Corvette - never run flat out :)

A day later: Oh, bliss, it just sounds A Maze Zing. So much volume, even on half a watt, my ears are ringing. Such a range and depth of tone. Dare I say it? Looks like I'll never need another guitar amplifier. Just wow!

Get one before Boss change their mind about the pricing  :knuppel2:  8)

Cool.  8)  Look forward to your thoughts on the Katana, when you've had time to explore at depth.   I've watched a few YT reviews and it does sound very nice. some good effects available too.

Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« on: January 29, 2017, 12:46:22 PM »
KATANA does sound really nice in that demo I must admit.  8)

I forgot about the 10" speakers on the Blackstar's.  The Insider software is pretty rubbish IMO. plus there's a few reliability issue's and bugs that have popped up on their forums with the older ID:Core range which kind of puts me off getting another one. That said, my ID:Core 40 is really good.

The Mustang's are without doubt a very reliable range of amps, they have always been extremely good value for money.  A case of Better the devil you know.  The only thing I find with mine is, I spend a lot of time fiddling with the settings, and experimenting with different tones, instead of playing.  There's such a lot to explore. ;)

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