Guitarist Magazine in Australia has reviewed the Frank Gambale FG 112 Combo in their August issue, and has chosen it for their Guitarist Choice award!
Here are some excerpts:
"When guys like Marco and Frank have something to say, it’s time to listen."
"The DV Mark Frank Gambale Combo 112 strikes you first with its lightweight construction (it’s a super-easy lug) and then with its good looks."
"The control panel features two independent channels that are completely logical and free of any nonessential bells and whistles."
"It has a sweet reverb"
"It’ll deliver 250 watts into a 4 ohm cab – and that’s a lot for an 80 watt combo!"
"Channel 1 has a beautifully clean tone – big and warm with humbuckers, bright and throaty with single coils"
"We’ve never heard an amp reproduce each individual pickup quite so transparently – this channel simply doesn’t impose its own character on the sound."
"It’s an infectious arrangement, and highlights the quality (or lack thereof) of the pickups in whatever guitar you might be playing."
"Here’s a solid-state clean channel ... reproducing every overtone and nuance that a pickup has to offer without ever sounding dry and clinical"
"Our Telecasters sounded wonderfully woody, while still having plenty of rounded treble."
"The gain can be increased to give it some edge and fur, but the channel remains dynamic and accurate – a kind of hi-fi attitude but still very musical"
"The overdrive channel is ... four 12AX7s create a complex signal path, providing any level of overdrive, from warm clean to smooth drive"
"The tone set covers a little more sonic real estate than usual and the critical mid Q is a little broader"
"With humbuckers, it’s a very smooth drive sound – very modern, very fusion, very Gambale"
"335 or a Les Paul feels right at home in this channel – any top-end bite is readily tempered with the dedicated Presence knob to smooth out the tone even more"
"The mids are very even and loaded with a soft harmonic flavour, and the lows are defined and entirely useful"
"The Strat-style guitar ... with EMG SAs, had a sweet, soft drive with plenty of sustain"
"Our Godin Icon Convertible sounded great in its P-90 mode"
"This drive level is superbly fine-tunable – almost any amount of overdrive is available"
"Tweak the Gain and Master, and those four little bottles create a harmonic complexity that oozes class"
"There’s sustain to burn, and the articulation and note definition are first-rate"
"This channel really “feels” your playing dynamics and we found it to be tonally flexible in its response, offering various flavours as the dynamics alter"
"Gain based pedals hit the front end without barking or clipping the circuit, and time-based units sound smooth and sweet through the loop"
"There’s plenty of power on tap but, because of the “solidstateness” of the power stage, the delivery doesn’t wane and fade out as it is attenuated"
"Plug in a 4 ohm load and stand back…’cause there’s over 200 watts available to the fearless (and soon-to-be hard of hearing) adventurer"
"The Gambale combo is a very cool package"
"It’s got everything a professional needs to do the business and it’s an easy lug for the gigging muso"
"In spite of its light weight, it feels like it will last forever, and the pots and switches have a smooth, positive feel"
"Marco and Frank have put together a really good-looking (check out the figured tolex) and practical combo that offers powerful and tonally sophisticated amplification for the fusion, modern rock or jazz player"
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