June 2016 by Joe Gore
When reviewing gear, you sometimes encounter a product that makes you scratch your head and wonder, “Yeah, but who is it for?”Not so with the SA9+, a high-end 40-watt head from boutique builder Tim Schroeder. You know within seconds of plugging in exactly the types of guitarists who will be in heaven here. Players who rely on subtle variations in touch and intensity will relish the amp’s explosive, hair-trigger dynamics. Rock guitarists who tend to generate distortion via stompboxes rather than amp gain will dig the extended clean headroom and vast frequency range. And, of course, it helps if you can afford to spend nearly four grand on a head.