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Like anything else, the concept of "what sounds good" is purely subjective—it's in the ears of the beholder. Therefore, it's impossible to declare that one guitar amp sounds—or simply is —"better" than another. And there are other factors to consider. Case in point: If your $3,667 vintage British amp weighs 85 lbs., and you're an easily flustered busy gigging musician with a little Subaru and an achy back, guess what: that cheap 20-pound amp in the basement is suddenly "better.". That said, it's a lot easier to determine whether or not an amp is "classic," or better still, iconic. After all, we've had 70-plus years to listen, learn, put two and two together and decide which amps have a special place in the history of, well, amps. Full story

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