BlackVerb 1x12 Combo

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Player Review: RedPlate BlackVerb 1x12" Combo: 

Pete Galanis 


"I've been gigging and doing recording sessions with my Blackverb for about two years now.  It's been one of the most trouble free and inspiring amps I've ever owned.  I have a pretty large collection containing all the usual suspects.  Some of the amps in my collection are:


1952 Danelectro Challenger

1959 5E3 Tweed Deluxe

1960 Gibson GA19rvt

1964 Fender Bassman

1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb

1966 Fender Super Reverb

1969 Marshall 50 Watt Tremelo small box

-  and a handful of low wattage Alamo's, Supro's, Magnatones, etc.  You get the picture.


Being a fan of Robben Ford and Larry Carlton, I jumped on the D-style bandwagon pretty early on.  Having played and owned most of the clones and derivative amps available,  I got my hands on my first Redplate amp.  

Built in the vein of D-style amplifiers, the BlackVerb added nuances and harmonic content I didn't hear or feel in other amps I've owned.  First off, the clean channel has more sustain and harmonic content than any other amp I've ever heard.  Even at low volumes.  Cranking it up to gig volume accentuates this even more.  All of my guitars retain their character, with complex overtones and articulation.  The string separation when playing complex chord voicing needs to be felt and heard to be believed.  The overdrive section is flat-out amazing!  It's very touch sensitive to picking dynamics and cleans up very well using the guitar's volume control.  

I usually set the overdrive just a touch louder than the clean channel setting for a medium breakup when I dig in hard, and a dirty clean when I play lightly.  That approach allows me to use the Mid Boost ("Tweed") and or Preamp Boost ("Boost") pedal switches to push the amp into full-on saturation.  This way I've got 6 different tones available just using the footswitch.  Clean, Clean with Midboost, Clean with preamp boost, Overdrive, Overdrive with Mid Boost, Overdrive with Preamp boost.  Setup this way, with one amp, I can cover just about any style gig I may encounter from Country, Jazz, Blues, Rock to Fusion tones.  

I used to have to pick the right amp for each gig and room I was playing, but my Blackverb takes all the guesswork out of any situation for me.  I normally play a '66 ES-335, '58 Historic Les Paul, Vintique Telecaster, and a PRS Spruce Hollowbody I. The Blackverb brings out the best in all of them.  This amp takes pedals extraordinarily well (you can retire all your overdrive boxes). I run a delay (Providence Chrono Delay) in the amp's tube buffered effects loop.  Everything else I run into the front end when using my pedalboard.  If you are looking for a small, lightweight, versitile combo with enough power for just about any gig situation-This is it!!"


- Pete Galanis



About Pete


Pete Galanis is best known as guitarist for Chicago Blues/Jam Band, Howard and the White Boys, having joined the band in 2004 at just 26 years old. Galanis’ tight blues chops—coupled with his natural versatility at handling the funk, R & B, and rock styles that have become Howard & the White Boys trademarks—have magnificently slotted right in with the group’s signature sound and have also lent it an exciting, youthful exuberance, readily apparent on the bands new Evidence Records release "Made in Chicago".

In August 2007, Pete Galanis Band featuring Nate Manos, began a residendency Tuesday Nights as the house band at Chicago's Rosa's Lounge.

In 2010 Galanis Joined Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues, performed on the band's debut album-Big Otis Blues and went on to place 3rd in the world in The 2011 International Blues Challenge

Galanis has also shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crow, Steppenwolf, Aretha Franklin, John Mayer, Robert Randolph, Dave Myer, Jimbo Mathus, R.L Burnside, Junior Kimborough, Model T Ford, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lurrie Bell, Eddie Clearwater, Lonnie Brooks, Wayne Brooks,Ronnie Baker Brooks, Hubert Sumlin, Carrie Bell, Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Branch, Bob Margolin, Kid Ramos, Carlos Johnson, Albert Castiglia, Mississippi Heat, Nigel Mack, Joe Moss, Nick Moss, Lil' Ed, Bob Stroger, Wille "Big Eyes" Smith, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Jimmy Burns, Toronzo Cannon, Eric Davis, Dave Spector, Tab Benoit, Smokin'Joe Kubek to name a few… and the list keeps growing!

Check out Pete's latest here: http://petegalanis.com

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