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Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Ampeg's GVT52-112 guitar combo is powerful, with a huge range of tones - from clean with reverb to tube-soaked gain with attitude. The dual-channel, ...Read More

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The new voice of legendary Ampeg all-tube guitar amps.

Ampeg's GVT52-112 guitar combo is powerful, with a huge range of tones - from clean with reverb to tube-soaked gain with attitude. The dual-channel, dual power (50W/25W) design with Baxandall 3-band EQ provides true flexibility while 12AX7/6L6 tubes and a 12" Celestion® speaker deliver pure American tone in a vintage Ampeg look.

FEATURES
  • 50W/25W power modes
  • Dual channels with footswitchable gain boost
  • Channel 1 delivers low to moderate gain
  • Channel 2 provides moderate to high gain
  • 3 - 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • 2 - 6L6GC power tubes
  • Solid state rectifier
  • 12" Celestion speaker
  • Baxandall treble, mid, and bass controls
  • Spring reverb
  • 1x16 ohm, 2x8 ohm, and 2x4 ohm speaker outputs
  • Open-back cabinet design
  • Optional GVT-FS2 two-button footswitch for reverb and effects loop (sold separately)

Straight-up American guitar tone, Ampeg style! Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS

GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • 24"W x 19-1/2"H x 11"D
  • 52 lb.
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AmpegGVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

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    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Warm / comfy (18)
  • Good power output (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Top Notch Tube Amp - 5 Stars

This is the most under-rated tube amp in the market today and it is an amazing value. It can standup to amps 3 times the price I paid new. MF runs sales every monday...Read complete review

This is the most under-rated tube amp in the market today and it is an amazing value. It can standup to amps 3 times the price I paid new. MF runs sales every monday until XMAS and I picked this up at a big discount last week.

The amp exceeded my expectations. The cleans are very good. The EQ is amazing and you can dial in any...and I mean any....sound. The red channel had enough distortion to play just about any style. The thing that standsout the most is the tone. The voicing on this amp is unique and not your typical tone. Its not radically different but it is different than a Marshall or Fender. My guitars sing with this amp. I played a Steve Morse Musicman, Blackmore Strat, 1974 and 1973 Fender Strats and a Gibson Les Paul Standard and they all sound amazing. This amp will make your tone standout live. The cleans with the strats will challenge Fender tube amps with that great highs and clarity. I love gain and this thing has just enough and it is warm with great bottom end. Its not an over the top high gain amp but it has plenty of usable gain. If I need more I put my Ibanez Tube Screamer in the chain with moderate to low gain and it takes this amp over the top while still maintaining clarity. Sounds amazing.

Now the comparisons. I have right now in my studio a Peavey 5150 1/2 Stack, Carvin MTS 3200 100W 1/2 Stack, Carvin V3 100W Combo, Marshall Haze Combo and Marshall Class 5 Combo. All are tube amps and all have atleast one very strong point. This Ampeg's price point is very competitive and it is the most affordable rightnow. Here are my rankings based on sound and not price:

Clean: Carvin MTS, Carvin V3, Ampeg GVT52, Haze, Class 5, Peavey 5i50. The carvins and the Ampeg stand out. The Haze is ok.

Overdrive: Peavey 5150, Carvin V3, Ampeg GVT52, Haze, Class 5 (with overdrive pedal), Carvin MTS. The Peavey is a champion in this category but all the amps deliver. The Peavey, Carvin V3, Ampeg and Marshalls all shine. They are all really good except the Carvin MTS which does have its moments but needs lots of tweaking.

Tone: I am a tone freak and always looking. I usually play the red channel but I am also factoring in the clean channel. I rate the amps in this order: Ampeg, Peavey 5150, Carvin V3, Marshall Class 5, Haze, and Carvin MTS 3200. I love the voicing of the Ampeg. With work you can get great amazing tones out of the Class 5 too but the Ampeg was easier to dial in.

Ease of Use - How hard is to dial in tone is key. Both the Peavey 5150 and this Ampeg standout. I easily dialed in killer tones in seconds the first time I used them. The Marshall Haze and V3 are next and also not hard to get great tones. The Class 5 and Carvin MTS took a lot of experimenting with pedals and eq.

Versatility: Can it do it all. In rank order - Carvin V3, Ampeg GVT, Marshall Haze, Carvin MTS, Peavey 5150 and Marshall Class 5.

With the Ampeg you can play any style from Jazz to blues to classic rock and even metal. I love Blackmore and Morse and can get their tones. Page, Slash, Clapton, Iommi, no problem. Purple, Zeppelin, GnR, Aerosmith.....all easy.

In short, this amp is a hidden star. It really is and if you want only one map, this Ampeg has the chops to meet any tonal objective. It is unfortunate that Ampeg really is not getting any street cred for their GVT line. One last thing, looks well built. Highly recommended, especially with the specials being run right now.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ampeg GVT52-112

This amp has a lot of promise, hopefully the one I received was a complete 1 off and other people don't have the same experience.
Half power mode, tone controls for each...Read complete review

This amp has a lot of promise, hopefully the one I received was a complete 1 off and other people don't have the same experience.
Half power mode, tone controls for each channel, built in boost and an optional footswitch for reverb and effects loop. Great features at this price point.
The one I received - Channel 1 was really quiet and the reverb didn't work.
This amp has a ton of features for this price point.

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5.0

Tone Monster!

By DetVan

from Detroit, MI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've had this amp for 2 years now, I got it from MF during an xmas sale. Glad to see they are still selling these amps, cuz Ampeg ain't making them...why? I have no idea.

      First off, I removed the suspect 70/80 celestion speaker it came with and dropped in a Jensen Falcon. I did that because I just love the this speaker, but any quality speaker would be better than the 70/80 they come with. Anyway, this amp just sounds great and has very low noise for a tube amp. I opened it up and it is very solidly built from what I can tell. The clean channel is very clean, but it 'could be' a tad weak if you use it live. However, any clean boost pedal can easily solve that. With the gain channel, you can get a lot of varied tones. From Slash to Zakk to Iron Maiden, but if you are looking for that thick saturated gain like Messhuggah, the amp alone won't get you there, you'll need to use some pedal(s) for that. Which, BTW, this amp is great with pedals, both in front and in the effects loop. Get one, you'll enjoy it too!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Potentially awesome, but didn't work...

      By giventofly99

      from DetroitRockCity

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Ordered one of these because the deal was too good to pass up. Unfortunately, as they say, if it's too good to be true... The first one came and the indicator light didn't work, no power chord, footswitch boost didn't work. Sent it back and got a replacement, which didn't have a footswitch and the input jack had fallen out of the socket.

            For the short while I played with the first one, it had some really nice tones and plenty of overdrive/gain if you're not playing metal (and probably good for metal with a pedal in front). But, alas, it wasn't meant to be.

            All of that said, MF's customer service on this was impeccable. They quickly got a replacement sent out to me after the first one was a bust, and basically bent over backwards to make me happy after the 2nd one was a bust too. Offered to refund my money, but ended up giving me a significant discount on a different amp instead. Honestly, I think it all worked out for the best in the end.

            As for the amp... I wouldn't recommend it unless you get a used one somewhere else and know that it works. I think all of these factory restocks are probably a bust. When working, this seems like it would be a really great sounding, versatile amp.

            As for MF, I can't even express how awesome they have been. If only every place treated their customers like MF!

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Tonal flexibility, good tone

            By Acme Music Company

            from Stone Ridge, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Clean Channel
            • Extreme Tonal Flexibility
            • Roaring Lead Channel

            Cons

            • Clean Channel A Bit Soft
            • Lead Channel Extreme

            Best Uses

            • Small Club Dates Or Mic'd

            Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I own a number of amps, from a vintage '59 Tweed Vibrolux to a '65 Reissue Twin and a Vox AC15. I was looking for something between the 15 watter and the over-the-top 90-plus watts of the Twin. Took a chance on this, remembering great Ampegs from the '60s and early '70s. Indeed, the most important feature of this amp matches those-- using special tone circuits that allow quite extreme tone balancing to fit your specific style and guitar(s). The clean channel is significantly louder than the 15 watters in my retinue, and has a gorgeous sweetness with bite and lots of bottom end when you want it. The reverb is fine-- like almost all these days, the action's between "off" and "1" but it's still sweet, better than the Blues Jr. reverb by far. Combining Volume and Gain controls enables further tonal flexibility, especially good for blues and break-up country crunch.
            What's odd about this amp is the significant, even huge, variation between the loudness of the two channels. The lead channel ROARS, but can't be tamed to a loud clean. That said, it does enable good crunch and then just goes from there to full-on Plexi- tone. The speaker itself is excellent, though oddly it's 16 ohm; and I've run it out to various other speaker cabs with excellent results. But I always come back to the dedicated speaker, which is a good sign.
            Build quality? It feels excellent; I've gigged with it quite a bit and haven't felt particularly nervous (though of course there's a spare in the back of the car, a requirement with any tube amp). I'm at a loss as to why Ampeg dropped this amp from the lineup; I assume it must not have sold particularly well; in addition, early versions of the amp had real problems with the clean channel and the reverb, and the troubles may have been structural, as replacements for those who sought them often had the same issues. Not the case with mine, though! It's now my #1 amp-- not just for gigging but for practice as well.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best hidden value out there!!

            By kelicula

            from Carolina beach , nc

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • heavy

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I had read a lot about this amp before I purchased it, and it's true the baxandall EQ does take some getting used to. But once you have that ah ha moment, and you "get" how it works, you really can dial in ANY sound you want. It's the only stock eq type that allows for a mid-boost, even a Marshall with the mid on ten and treble/bass on zero, it's only shelving the bass and treble and leaving the mid flat, no mid boost. But this little puppy allows you to cut through the other instruments and be heard! And talk about power, this thing will shatter your windows, if that's what you're into. One great thing is the clean tone, plenty of headroom, in channel 1, turn your master and channel volume on ten and use the gain as your volume (meaning you are always at the lowest level of gain) and you can get VERY loud before breaking up too much. I would recommend at some point replacing the tubes for higher quality ones, but at least it comes with decent tubes, not the cheap Chinese ones. Overall GREAT amp.

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Three times isn't the charm

            By Anonymous

            from USA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

            • Doesn't work

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I went through 3 of these amps before I called it quits. I got my first one and it arrived and the reverb did not work. So, Musician's Friend sent me a new one. After an hour of playing it (with the volume on 1), all the bass went and all I had was distorted treble. So, they sent me a third one, and this one had the reverb stuck on 10, and it sounded like an airplane hanger. Finally returned it and got a Bad Cat. This amp sounded great for the little bit of time I used it. MF handled this whole situation wonderfully.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Amp I have owned

            By Tucknfoldman

            from West Palm Beach, Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful
            • Quality Components
            • Versitile
            • Well Made

            Cons

            • heavy

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            First I have studied this Amp for several months and I own a Ampeg 20 tube and other amps. So I was looking for something special. The Amp 20 is good for small gigs and I have a Vox 30 or Roland 15X for jamming. I saw this amp on sale for less than half price so I had to try it.
            It is the Hammer!! It kicks butt with power, warm tone, good versitility in two channels, and good looks. Simple but effective. But this is a tube amp so I spent the saved money and bought the extended warrantee.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            nice for the price

            Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            This is an addendum to my prior review. With further use it is obvious that the bandaxial tone controls produce some very nice tones. One needs to adjust differently than usual tone controls. I found the best option was to turn treb, mids and bass all the way up and then back off as needed. bass ended up all the way up in the end. the mids and treb were set around 3 oclock. Overall a much nicer sounding amp now that I have learned to use the tone controls differently. If you set this like most of us do with treb and bass at 1 and the mids at 11 it will probably not sound as you expect
            a lot of amp for the price

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great deal

            By Schchster85

            from Mostly Miami

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Takes Pedals Well
            • Versatile Eq

            Cons

            • Ch 1 Weaker Vs Ch 2
            • heavy

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Best 2 channel valve amp deal at the recent sale price. Very nice clean channel, but is is noticeably weaker than the lead channel 2. Good thing every channel has its own EQ so you can compensate for that. Channel 2 is not a super high gain deal, but it takes pedals very well, as does Ch 1. Built in reverb is ok. This thing is heavy... Should last.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Amp at a Great Price from MF

            By Boaty

            from Philadelphia, PA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

            • Heavy Ish

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            MF put this on a "too good to be true" sale and I had to check it out. Amp arrived in a couple of days in perfect shape. Easy to dial in lots of tones. Nice clean channel. Probably not your amp if you're into death metal but it can cover most other things pretty well. It is a bit heavy but it was made strong to take a beating, and I'm sure it will just fine. I'd buy the 15W head version in a pinch if I had the money laying around for it. My son has already asked to borrow it, and he has a nice Blackstar 40HT.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Amp

            By zionsnoiz

            from Williamstown NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Value
            • Unique Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ampeg GVT52-112 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                In an age when it seams like every amp tries to copy the Fender, Vox, or Marshall classics with good reasons they are great sounding amps the Ampeg is very different. The clean channel has a lot of headroom and is great with pedals and cranked has a great blues tone. There are alot of tone options if you take the time to get used to the eq controls they are a little quirky. Channel 2 was a great surprise it is super expressive and when you crank the gain you get a great vintage "metal sound" ala black sabbath or mastadon but back off the gain a bit and its a great blues or rock crunch sound nice and open with good note clarity. The reverb is good not a ten but still good. Overall a great purchase that gives me a little bit of a different tone than alot of the other amps out there.

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