MAGNATONE Unveils Baby M-80, A New BILLY GIBBONS-Designed Masterpiece

Review of Magnatone Baby M-80 Combo

The music world has recently been buzzing with the announcement of the collaboration between Magnatone and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on the production of the groundbreaking Baby M-80 combo. Following Magnatone’s earlier association with Slash, this latest project confirms the brand’s commitment to working with iconic names in the annals of rock.

Designed as a compact version with a powerful punch of sound, the Baby M-80 is a promising addition to the arsenal of any discerning guitarist. Magnatone engineered the Baby M-80 with the specific aim to be a small-size amp with a substantial amount of gain structure, staying true to Gibbons’s mantra of “retain the gain or feel the pain.”

Product Features

The Baby M-80 is not your average amplifier. Despite its compact size, it offers a robust 12 watts of power supplied by a dual NOS 6AQ5/6005 power section and a triplet of 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section. This amplifier is designed to give you complete control, with a Master Volume control, a 2-band EQ, Gain knob, and adaptable Hi/Lo gain modes.

The amplifier doesn’t skimp on extra features, either. Players will appreciate the tube-buffered FX loop directly on the front panel, which offers easy access and simplicity. In addition, the Baby M-80 is equipped with a punchy 10-inch ceramic speaker courtesy of Warehouse Guitar Speakers, ensuring the best possible sound quality for your performances.


– Compact yet powerful: Despite its small size, it packs a punch with a solid 12 watts of power.
– Control in your hands: The Master Volume, 2-band EQ, Gain knob, and Hi/Lo gain modes offer extensive control over sound production.
– Quality sound: The 10-inch ceramic speaker from Warehouse Guitar Speakers guarantees excellent sound.


– Price: Retailing at $1,849, the Baby M-80 comes at a steep price, which may be a barrier for those on a tighter budget.

In collaboration with a name as big as Billy Gibbons, and maintaining the quality and innovation synonymous with the Magnatone brand, the Baby M-80 is set to become a coveted piece of kit for guitarists. Despite its price tag, the features, and the potential of this compact combo make it a worthwhile investment for musicians dedicated to achieving the best possible sound. - Music News, Music Reviews, Music Store, Shop For Great Deals