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Gibson Power Stealth Power Attenuator
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Perfect for practice and recording, Gibson's Power Stealth Attenuator allows you to crank up your favorite combo or head and control its output level...Click To Read More About This Product
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Delivers high-output amplifier tone at bedroom and studio levels.
Perfect for practice and recording, Gibson's Power Stealth Attenuator allows you to crank up your favorite combo or head and control its output levels to low volumes with all of your precious tone intact. It comes with a Load switch, an XLR balanced out for a live or studio DI, an auto-on/off fan to keep things cool while limiting noise, and Deep and Bright switches for tone control.
- XLR balanced out
- Line level output
- Auto on/off fan
- Power switch
- Load switch
- Deep and Bright tone switches
- Robust construction
This attenuation device is small, stylish, and hungry for power—perfect for delivering the tone you need. Order now!
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Buy this thing. Not only is it cheaper, but it is even made by THD, says so right on the back. They are hand built and serialized, and markings on the back clearly state that they are designed by Andy Marshall and hand built in the USA by THD, so why be stupid and buy the same thing from the same company but for more? I run mine from a Marshall JCM 900 with Svetlana EL-34s and EH 12AX7 preamp tubes, and run it into a 1960TV Marshall cab and it sounds absolutely amazing. I already loved the growl of my head, but now it is a show stopper. I'm thinking about going with a Mercury transformer and give it even more gain. In any case, I was sceptical about buying this thing, but after I got it and saw the back, it was a bargain.
Gibson's Power Stealth Power AttenuatorHooked up between my Crate BV120H head and my B-2 4x12 cab.As far as features go--lots of little buttons knobs bells & whistles.Quality--built like a tanks my brothers and sisters--built like a tank.Unfortunately that is where the fun ends. plug your speakers into the output of this little baby and a speaker cable into the input and measure the resistance with a VOM. I found 8 Ohms in only one detante setting-- everything else was from 3 ohms to 14 ohms. Nice way to blow tubes and transformers. Add to that the tonal changes this box inflicts on your tone changing from moment to moment and you'll see why I sent mine back the day after receiving it.Guess I'll stick with my home made soak--with it my amp ONLY sees 8 Ohms of load.
I've been performing for 30 years, and have owned countless amps, all of them tube amps. This unit (which is a THD Hot Plate, and was made by THD for Gibson) is the best-sounding and safest attenuator in existence, and I've tried them all. When connected to a cabinet of the correct impedance (whatever is marked on the unit), it ALWAYS shows the amp that impedance, regardless of how much attenuation is dialed in. Anyone who claims otherwise is erroneously using an ohm-meter, which measures only the DC resistance component of the unit, not the actual impedance, which is, in truth, not a number at all, but a complex curve. The number assigned as an impedance is an average of that curve. THD has made over 50,000 of these (their own version and the Gibson version). I see them all the time, and have used one since the early 1990s, and I have never heard of anyone who has hurt their amp with it. Everyone loves them, and countless amp manufacturers recommend them. I love mine, always have, and, as far as my band-mates, friends and techs are concerned, there is no better attenuator on the market. This Gibson version is a particularly great deal, as most people seem to want the one with the THD name on it, so I'm jumping on it to get an extra one at a great price.
This attenuator saved a major recording project for me! In fact, I felt compelled to submit this review so others could benefit from my experience... Recently, I was hired to play on a session for a Nashville artist. The producer loved the sound of my Marshall rig (80's JCM 800 into vintage 4x12's) but for many resons, we needed to capture the ENTIRE Sound of the rig at a reduced volume. The engineer and I knew we had to drive the tubes to get "that sound" but the artist and producer were "divas" and insisted we just had to turn the volume down to record. Yeah, right... After a wasted session, I went online and purchased a 16ohm Stealth from Musician's Friend. MF sent the unit to me via Fed-Ex and it arrived at 10:00 am the next morning. I spent 10 minutes dialing in the sound and it was THE EXACT SOUND of my rig - at a reduced volume! Needless to say, it was the sound they were looking for and it saved the session. In fact it was so great, I just ordered another unit (8 ohm) for one of my 30 watt vinatgae combo amps! If you love the sound of your rig but can't run at full volume (neighbors, home studio), GET THIS UNIT! You'll be 100% happy! I will never be without a Stealth again! NOTE: 1/4" speaker inputs are required to run your cab (be sure you use speaker cables). If your combo amp is hard wired, let your local tech install a 1/4" lead and you're done... Be sure you select the proper unit ( 4, 8 or 16 ohm). Check your amp/cab before you order.
I must admit that it's cool looking. But honestly, there is not $75.00 worth of gold and black paint. This is the same exact thing as the THD attenuator. But if you gotta have that Gibson name on your stuff, go for it.These are the best attenuators on the market, but I prefer the purple THD that costs less. One thing to note. These are not designed to work with solid state amps.