American Beauties: Magnatone, Bad Cat, Swart Amp Reviews

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They’re all hand-made with high-quality components, custom transformers and finger-jointed cabinets, but that’s where the similarities end. Huw Price samples three contrasting slices of boutique American pie…  Although many boutique amps still have a retro vibe, it’s no longer enough to simply rehash vintage designs. These days, boutique More...

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