Genzler Amplification Magellan 800 and 112T Review
The Genz is back! That’s Jeff Genzler, the founder and former head of Genz-Benz. His latest venture, Genzler Amplification, is the new chapter in a storied amp-design career spanning over three decades. The first of his wares is the Magellan series—bass amplification that combines portability, power, and assertive tone at a competitive price. Here, we checked out the 800-watt Magellan 800 amplifier paired with two Magellan 112T cabs.
Jeff Genzler has been involved in the guitar and bass amplification world since 1986, or so. Around 2008, his work on bass amps surpassed the guitar amps, and he has established himself and his products as a favorite of bass players around the world. His long-time brand, Genz-Benz™, was for a time affiliated with Fender™, but he is now operating under the brand name Genzler™ Amplification. Jeff first made us aware of his new brand and product line at the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, and needless to say, he had our attention with the “top secret” designs he showed us. They all sounded great on paper, but we were all eager to get our hands on them. Later, I had an opportunity to spend some time with the prototype of the Magellan™ 800 head, and this definitely ramped up my excitement level quite a bit. Once the Bass Array™ cabs became officially available, Jeff sent us a pair to check out, and we posted a First Look Facebook exclusive mini review.
Bass Player Magazine Magellan 800 head & Bass Array12-3 cabinet
JEFF GENZLER IS ONE OF BASSDOM’S MOST seasoned amplification gurus, having offered up a host of innovative designs over a three-decade-plus career. While many players were saddened to hear of the demise of his old company Genz Benz, those same fans are thrilled that he’s back, this time with Genzler Amplification. An early proponent of Class D/SMPS amps, Genzler currently offers a single head, the Magellan 800 reviewed here, with new designs forthcoming.