Australian Guitar magazine reviews the DV Gen 15.

May 2, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

Here some excerpts:

  • If you like that whole ‘70s/’80s Fender/Music Man vibe but don’t like the weight, this amp should have you at least a little intrigued.
  • Variously plugging in a vintage Strat, a Firebird V, an old 335 Dot and a Godin Icon Convertible, the Gen 15 offered up some marvellous sounds
  • The Gen 15 handled them all without ever producing that gnarly crunch of an overloaded (in a bad way) circuit. In fact, the Gen 15 handled all of these guitars without ever having to compensate tonally for each – there are simply no dud sounds here
  • The clean sounds are pristine and surprisingly broad thanks to the 12” speaker, but maxing the gain knob with the master volume at midday produced a nice furriness that wasn’t quite distorted but wasn’t really clean. This is actually a really handy tone because it adds density to a ‘clean’ rhythm part and absolutely loves to be pushed by a boost or low-gain drive pedal. 
  • The Gen 15 happily worked with all my pedals without any fizzing or barking.
  • The Gen 15 seems to handle all manners of gain-based input. The clarity remained consistent from pedal to pedal, no matter which guitar was employed
  • The interactive tone controls have plenty of range
  • The gain circuit – while not metal heaven – has more than enough drive for the whole barroom boogie/Aussie rock vibe
  • Use a pedal – the Gen 15 loves ‘em
  • I used a vintage Mesa 412 and a custom 212 (with G12-65s) – the Gen 15 filled the room with a seriously big, but controlled tone.
  • The Gen 15 is simple to understand and operate, and the amp readily delivers high quality tones
  • Its dynamic, touch-sensitive feel is great, and there’s no missing that Fender-style spank (even with EL84s) when you just want to hear a really clean amp.
  • Turn up the mids and it’ll go all Vox-y on you
  • The Gen 15 has plenty of power for home, studio and rehearsals
  • Even for small gigs, the Gen 15 will provide the kind of proximity level that will work for the player, then mike it up for the room
  • The Gen 15 is, in its simplicity, a clever little amp that delivers the core of what we want: nice tone, nice gain, appropriate volume, and exceptional portability

Special Thanks to our Australian distributor CMC Music / DV Mark Australia

 

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