Black Box MKII by Riot (power supply test / review)

Test / Review by Have Guitar

Need a power supply for your pedals? Short on money? Then the Riot Black Box MKII might be something for you. I got tired of my bulky adaptors that takes up more than one space in the power strip so I went to the local music store to see what they could offer. I had planned to spend some more money but then I got greedy and thought I could try this one out.

Seems like this model is quite new and there is not much info to get about it. Heard a rumour that it might be Harley-Benton who’s making these but that is nothing but a rumour so far. It is made in china and the build of the unit seems more than descent for the price. Metal casing and 10 outs for less than 60 Euros? Great. Have a look at the video for my ‘verdict’.

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Equipment used:
Riot Black Box MKII
Tone City Golden Plexi
Tone CIty Sweet Cream
Laney Black Country Customs TI Boost
TC Electronics Forcefield
EBS DynaVerb Guitar Edition
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Live Ready Sound Reverend G-120 profile pack

Kemper Profiling Amp

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Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100, Sony XLR-K2M, Rode NT-2a, edited in Reaper DAW and Davinci Resolve.
Guitar signal line (unless other noted) is Kemper – SPDIF – Focusrite Saffire 6i6 2nd gen – USB -Computer/Reaper.

Serenity Gain by Live Ready Sound (Kemper profiles demo)

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Time to take a look at a new profile pack from Live Ready Sound – Serenity Gain! This pack recreates the sound from a Mezzabarba Trinity amplifier – I must confess I had never heard about this brand before! But the Kemper profiles from Live Ready Sound rocks… as always!

So, the original amplifier is a handbuilt three channel 100 watts head. Seems to designed to handle whatever you want, from crystal clear to high gain Nirvana (that’s Mezzabarbas own words!). It’s midi programmable, can hold 48 different settings with 128 presets, FX loop and so. Packed with functonality for sure!

So this profile pack is already massive, counting over 200 profiles for your Kemper! Very cool, sounds great and well… just watch the demo. I hope you’ll dig this demo, feel free to support me with a subscription to Have Guitar! A massive Thanks goes out to all of you who already do!

By the way… I could not watch this video via Chromecast, very confusing! Let me know if anyone else experience similar problems.

Equipment used:
ESP Phoenix II
Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley
Morley Bad Horsie 2 wha
Kemper Profiling Amp

Serenity Gain @ Live Ready Sound:

New – Serenity Gain V7

Mezzabarba Trinity Amplifier:

Trinity

Mezzabarba Trinity review @ Guitar PLayer:
https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/watch-our-review-of-the-mezzabarba-custom-amplification-m-zero-overdrive-amplifier

Kemper Profiling Amp:
https://www.kemper-amps.com/

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Marshall DSL20H – Test & Review!

Marshall DSL20H – Test & Review!
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In this video we’ll take an extensive look at the Marshall DSL20H tube amplifier – can you get a better tube amplifier in this price range?! This little head can do most styles and let have a look at the spec’s:

2 Channels (Classic gain and Ultra gain)
20W switchable to 10W
Outputs: 3 x 1/4″ (16/8 Ohm load) + 1 x 1.35 mm jack emulated line out
Inputs: 1 x 1/4″ instrument jack, 1 x 1,35 mm jack aux in, footswitch
FX Loop w Send/Return
Digital Reverb built-in
Preamp valves: 3 x ECC83
Power amp valves: 2 x EL34
Weight: 9.7 kg / 21 lbs

So this is small and light, can go from close to clean to screaming gain, has loads of EQ options and can be bought brand new for less than 390 euros / 440 USD. I was totally impressed by this little power pack and would not mind getting one myself.

Would also like to throw in that this was the first time we recorded at this location, the light was worse than I though so next time I’ll bring my studio lights. Also the sound is picked up as we hear it in the room but, next time I think still I should place the microphones close to the speaker.

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Equipment used:
Marshall DSL20H
Orange 2×12 Cab
Gibson 2019 Explorer Tribute
Fender Telecaster Reissue ’52 Custom shop
Gibson Les Paul Studio 2008
Harley Benton Vintage Overdrive
MXR ZW-44 Zakk Wylde Berzerker Overdrive

Marshall DSL20H @ Marshall Amplification

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Vintage Overdrive by Harley Benton (Thomann) Pedal Test

Vintage Overdrive by Harley Benton (Thomann) Pedal Test
Pedal Frenzy by Have Guitar!

Wow, it’s been way too long since I did a Pedal Frenzy (review) here! So this feature is now back AND in a revamped presentation. I do think this format is better, as it’ll show you in real time exactly what I’m doing with the pedals settings… and yeah, it is a long video and you might or might not like that. I however got tired of some pedal videos where you hardly get to hear the pedal so I set this up with two very different guitars and three different “amps” (Kemper profiles!); Fender Bassman, Revv 120 & the mighty PRS Archon. And I’ve also included an index so you can jump around as you please. In the video that is but sure if you wanna jump around whilst watching this video, go ahead!

I’ve had my eyes on the Harley Benton Vintage Overdrive for quite some time now, actually I heard a lot of good talk about it, from other guitarists. Gotta say after I had a go with it, I was pleasantly pleased with its performance. It’s cheap, it’s green and it’s a Tube Screamer clone – also well built for that sake! In my ears this low budget stomp box sounded much better than one might expect and well… I guess you just have to watch the video to hear it for yourself.

Index –
02:24 – 65 Lowman by ToneJunkie, clean with Fender Stratocaster
05:04 – 65 Lowman by ToneJunkie, clean with Gibson Explorer
10:16 – Red General by Warm Chord Music, low gain with Fender Stratocaster
12:43 – Red General by Warm Chord Music, low gain with Gibson Explorer
17:46 – Ruler of Amps by Live Ready Sound, mid gain with Fender Stratocaster
22:18 – Ruler of Amps by Live Ready Sound, mid gain with Gibson Explorer
26:24 – Conclusion and goodbye!

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Equipment used in this video:
Harley Benton Vintage Overdrive
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers +)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Kemper Profiling Amp

HB Vintage Overdrive at Thomann.de

Profiles from the following vendors is used in this video –

ToneJunkie

Warm Chord Music

Live Ready Sound

Kemper official website

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Harley Benton Tele with Fender Texas Specials

So, here’s a crazy Have Guitar! video for you: a 160 dollar guitar with a set of 200 dollar Fender singlecoil pickups. Yes, it’s a Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley Telecaster model, Thomanns own house brand, on which I have switched the original pickups (Wilkinson) to Fender Texas Specials. In this video I’ll show you how I did it and of course you will get a side by side sound comparision of the pickups, using Kemper profiles ranging from clean to full high gain. So was it worth it? Bah, you gotta watch the video to find out, but have a look at the index below if you just wanna skip to the sound examples! But I can tell you that these Fender Texas Specials have a really nice character… Might add that I have changed the strings from Daddario EXL110 to Elixir .010 as I changed the pickups.

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My original review of the Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley.

ReampZone Kemper profiles

M Britt Kemper profiles:

Harley Benton TE-70 at Thomann

Seymour Duncan wiring diagrams

Video Index –
05:40 – Clean, Fender SuperRev Clean
06:59 – HiGain, Fat Ed
09:10 – Crunch, Fuchs FH50
11:00 – HiGain, HKTrilogy Ultra 8S

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Review: Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley

Time for new review from Have Guitar – in this video it’s a guitar from Thomanns low cost brand, the Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley! It’s telecaster style guitar that can be yours for under 150 euros (or 160 US dollars)!! Can a low budget guitar like this have place in your collection?! Watch this review of the Black Paisley to find out…

This tele-model from Harley Benton comes in the style of Brad Paisley’s Fender Telecaster, hardware and pickups from Wilkinson and strings from Daddario (EXL). In the video I’ll give my impressions of it and of course you will get sound examples as well, from clean to raw distortion.