Magazine article Guitar Player

Savage Rohr 15

Magazine article Guitar Player

Savage Rohr 15

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WE'VE HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF USING THE ROHR 15X FOR QUITE SOME TIME AS ONE OF OUR PRODUCT testing amps, and it has been a consistent performer. This 15-watt class A design sports a classic-style dual-channel preamp with four inputs and two volume controls. 3-band EQ Master volume, and a tube-driven spring reverb. The thick aluminum chassis houses handwired circuitry on a glass-epoxy perf board, and all of the pots, jacks, switches, and tube sockets are chassis mounted and connected via neat wire runs. Courtesy of the high and low sensitivity inputs and the Bright and Normal channel voicings, you get several tonal options before even touching the tone knobs. And depending on what input you jack into, you can blend in the opposite channel to add beef or brightness to the sound. This makes it very easy to get happening tones with hum-bucker or single-coil guitars, and since the Rohr isn't a super high-gain amp, there is a lot of range to play with in the clean to moderately distorted realms, The Rohr doesn't sound particularly Vox-like. Rather its tones invoke a sense that you're playing an EL84-powered tweed Deluxe or Marshall JTM-45. You have to crank the volume controls fairly high to bring on the serious grind, and the master does a good job of holding down the volume without losing the tonal richness. The Stage/Studio switch also very effectively reduces the volume level without altering the amp's focus or presence, which is great when recording or performing in a small room. The Rohr 15x's reverb is useful for putting some airy space on the sounds but it doesn't deliver enough wetness for surf type tones. …

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