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Friday, April 20, 2012

Moxie Amplification, Rock 15W Combo Amplifier ... (Review)

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $1,399.99 USD + Shiping
About: 
Moxie Amplification is the manufacturer of boutique hand crafted all-tube guitar amplifiers based out of Chelmsford, MA.

  
This Moxie Amplification Rock 15 is powered by two EL84s and two 12AX7s in class AB push-pull configuration with an 8-ohm speaker out. It sports a full-wave rectifier for more punch. It has 15 tube-watts  of output and is equipped with Gain, Tone and Volume controls. Currently it is available from Moxie Amps as a 1-12 combo but will soon be available as a head.

Amp Features: 
15-Watts Class AB, Power Tubes: (2) EL84s, Preamp Tubes: (2) 12AX7s, Full Wave Rectifier, Gain, Tone, Volume, Jensen Blackbird 100 watt alnico speaker.
Amp Casing: 
Solid poplar cabinet with dovetailed corners and exotic padouk wood front panel 
22"L x 11"W x 20"H
34 lb

Sound 
Guitar used: 
Jarrett Forza
 

Cables used:
Mogami

Reliability & Durability:
This is built like a tank. Erik from Moxie lent us this amp to use at our booth at Guitar Con. It was on for a solid eight hrs and was bumped, tripped over and used as a foot rest while playing. Lets just say they hold up. 
 
Impression: 
A warm round tone with clear highs and punchy tight attack. If felt like a blend of the 1960's tweed Southern American and 1970's London rock tube amp sounds that everything is compared to, but this was a unique blend of their best qualities. I found that I didn't have to crank this amp to dial in my sound so it would make a great studio and gigging amp. When I am buying an amp I'm normally more critical then when buying a guitar since I will bring one amp and up to five guitar to one show. An amp needs to be versatile for me to even look at it; the Moxie was a perfect fit for may different sounds and styles of play. On top of it all the guys from Moxie amps are just a good old fashioned, family owned and run business with good core values and pride in their products.

My advice:
If you're a VOX, Marshell, Fender, Orange, Blackstar, etc. player and you are ready for a real American Built boutique all tube amp check out these guys.

Contact   
Moxie Amplification 
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts 
Posted 04/2012