The Trademark 30 single-channel 1x10 guitar amp features a modified version of the super flexible SansAmp GT2 pedal design at its heart. Construct your tone by selecting amp character, gain structure,... Read More
The Trademark 30 single-channel 1x10 guitar amp features a modified version of the super flexible SansAmp GT2 pedal design at its heart. Construct your tone by selecting amp character, gain structure, and speaker type, and then use the drive controls and active 3-band EQ to nail your sound. The 30W output is plenty loud for practice and monitoring and the balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs bring the big tones of this little combo to the studio mixer or PA system.
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It's bright, punchy, and loud, easily over 100 db if you need it. If you need more volume, the XLR out will get you into a board. The tones are sweet and authentic, especially the various combinations of overdrive. There are plenty of combinations to get you close, and the active pots allow you to accurately fine-tune to taste. For the price, there is no better all-around light combo, and I've tried dozens of them. The added benefit of all of this coming in a 14 lbs. Solid State amp, just has to be heard to be believed. You can also defeat the speaker and use it for recording, where high volume is an issue. Tech 21, hits it out of the park with this amp.
I've had the Trademark 30 for about 2 weeks now so have had time to get used to it and experiment with different settings, so I feel I can now write a realistic review. If you are reading this, you most likely know that the Trademark 30 is quite versatile and allows you to create a range of sounds that are analog approximations of various amp types. It takes some experimentation to figure out what sounds best, but it did not take too long to dial in tones that I really like. Also, if you try some of the suggested settings (such as the SRV sound), they can be remarkably close to what they are trying to replicate. My first impression of the general sound of the amp was that it was too boxy and mid-range heavy on the basic clean settings. But by plugging in headphones or an external speaker, that goes away and you hear what the amp is truly capable of, and I find it produces a full, rich sound with much more chime and sparkle compared to what I'm used to with other solid state amps. Very impressive. Can't say how it compares directly to tube amps, but it achieves a beautiful sound that you would hope a tube amp would match or exceed. It also has the benefit of achieving those sounds at lower volumes and without the maintenance requirements of tube amps. To me, the Trademark 30 would be improved by being in a larger cabinet with a 12 inch speaker. Of course, it is meant as a recording/practice amp, so its current configuration is sensible. But a 12 inch speaker would make it more useful in other settings as well. The reverb sounds good, but you have to turn it up to 12 o'clock to get a decent effect, so I would say it's a bit weak. I don't use the highest gain settings as those Mesa type sounds are not my style, but the others work well - I like the clean amp setting with the middle gain setting to dial in some raunchy sounds with overdrive. Overall I would rate the amp at 4.5 stars - sounds great, does a lot, but I would much rather have a slightly bigger cabinet and 12" speaker to get the best sounds while playing. I'm going to re-house it and test different speakers, which should make it much more ideal (you could argue that I should just save my money and buy a good tube amp instead, but I would rather avoid the issues of weight and maintenance, as well as the need to play loud to hit the sweet spot). I'm very impressed with what this solid state amp achieves, and I plan to take it farther.
i have a good friend who has a TM10 and i played through it several times when i was at his place never knowing i wasnt playing through a quality tube amp! when i realized that amazing sound was coming out of a 10 watt, 8" speaker solid state i knew i had to have one. I also have the 10 watt version and this is my main amplifier. i also own a Vox AC4TV and an old silverface Fender Champ but those 2 almost never get plugged in! on the rare occasion i play in front of people the XLR output goes right to the soundboard so theres no need to cart a monster amplifier around. not only is this the best solid state amplifier i've ever owned, it's as good as or better than most of the tube amps i've ever onwed. the cost seems high until you realize just how amazing these amplifiers are
This is too wonderful for words. Find one & listen to it. 30W, 14pounds, responsive, bright .. what more can you ask? Cleans are wonderfully defined and bright whether using single coil or humbuckers. Overdriven this baby screams with everything from mild growls all the way to wailing shrieks. It emulates a tube sound very well, better than most. It's more expensive than most little 30W modelling amps out today, but it's worth every extra cent you pay. Buyit.Loveit.Use it.
This is a great amp for a teacher or someone who experiments with many different genres. Best practice amp I've ever played. This is also great for recording. Worth every penny!
I recorded a song for a 'shredder' friend of mine. Being a speed and gain freak, I expected him to roll in with a half or full stack, or even a truck load of amps. To be honest, when he walked in with just his guitar and this little amp, I laughed! I said, "Where are all of your FX, and your big amp?" He just replied, "Wait until you hear this thing." I insisted that in addition to the XLR direct out, we mic the speaker with a Neumann 103 - I never trust most direct outs. I was blown away, he didn't need a truck-load of amps, this thing has a truck-load of tone! We recorded multiple guitar parts - all with this amp. Rhythm, lead parts, and solo all sang from this amp, and when it came time to mix, we didn't need much from the Neumann. The direct out gave us a great sound, with out any phase worries or proximity problems. My only improvement would be to add an attenuator for the speaker volume/direct out after the preamp. Allowing you to run the pre hot while keeping the DI/speaker volume down especially for practice. Well worth the money IMO.
If you're unfamiliar with Tech 21 amps, you're in for a surpise. Without using digital modeling or tubes, Tech 21 has figured out how to emulate some classic amps for a fraction of what a boutique amp would cost, and at less than half the weight! There are three amp styles to choose from (California, Tweed, and British), and three broad tone categories (clean, high gain and hot). From there, you adjust the master level, gain, volume, mids, lows, highs, and (spring) reverb. The tonal possibilities are so endless that users have set up a website on which to share their favorite settings. I've played a Tele, a Godin with P90s, and a Epiphone Dot thorugh this amp, and was able to get everything from Buddy Guy to Billy Gibbons to Joe Perry out of it. The super-clean Fender tone is the hardest to dial in, but once you figure out that the mid control really works like a volume boost when on the "tweed' setting, you're good to go. For grit, crunch, or scooped-mids, you have a vast range of available sounds, from subtle breakup to full-on screaming distortion. The Celestion speaker never gets flabby, even with the bass cranked, and the reverb is wet and never too "boinky" unless it's dimed. You'll be amazed at what a slight shift in the tone controls will do - the more you play with it the more you'll discover; it's a twiddler's dream! The best feature, though, is the direct output via an XLR jack, which allows you to record direct from the amp, keeping the tone exactly like what would be coming from the speaker. No more fussing with mic positioning when you want to quickly record an idea. For live playing it's plenty loud, but an extension cabinet or even power head can be linked to the amp in case you need more stage volume. I never in a million years would have believed that I'd be singing the praises of a solid state amp, but this USA-made Tech 21 nails the tube tone at half the cost and half the weight, and you don't have to bias the amp or deal with fragile tubes. Go ahead, be skeptical -- I was -- but only until I tried it.