Designed for electric guitar players, the BOSS NEXTONE Artist is a guitar amplifier intended to give you the feel of tubes without the weight or fussiness that come along with valve technology. Four tube-based Class AB power amp sections have been modeled for this amp. They are switchable on the front panel. 6V6, 6L6, EL84, and EL34 output tube sections have all been emulated down to the circuit path of the I/O, ensuring an authentic tube feel.
The amp itself pushes 80W of power through a custom 1x12" speaker, giving you two-channel operation. Not only can you select between clean and lead tones, you can also hit the Boost and Tone switches for extra crunch and high-end. Effects such as reverb and delay are built into the amplifier, though more effects are achievable by connecting the amp to Nextone Editor software. The ability to fine-tune tube bias, power-amp sag, equalization, and other settings are possible via the Nextone Editor.
A panoply of I/O options can be found on the rear of the amplifier, including a line out, a record/headphone out, three speaker outs, an effects loop, and a USB connection for reamping and for recording directly to computers. Two footswitch inputs are on hand to help you put footswitches under foot. One receives a TRS input for controlling channel select and boost, while the other allows you to control the onboard delay. Footswitches are available separately, while a power cable is included.
Key Features at a Glance
- Authentic Tube Logic tone
- 4 analog Class-AB power amp circuits, selectable from the panel: 6V6, 6L6, EL84, and EL34
- Streamlined combo design with 80 watts of power and custom 12" speaker
- Clean and lead channels with standard and custom mode options
- Dynamic, responsive power control for cranked-up sound and response at reduced volumes
- Nextone Editor (Mac/Windows) for customizing internal amp parameters, including tone stack type, EQ, sag, bias, effects, system settings, and much more
- Boost and Tone switches for adding crunch or sparkle
- Built-in delay, tremolo, and reverb effects, plus loop for patching in external effects
- 3 external speaker jacks (one at 8 Ohms and two at 16 Ohms)
- Line, USB, and phones/recording outputs, with three Air Feel miked cab settings selectable from the Nextone Editor
- Support for direct recording and reamping via USB