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

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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
  • 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)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 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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(13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING AMP

By guitar geek12

from Undisclosed

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

this is a amazing amp it has such a warm sound. its clear but when I throw on the distortion its just as warm. buy this amp you will not be disappointed. it can go from b.b king blues to thick srv sound, to gary moore with just a button. i love this amp i cant get over how amazing it is. there is nothing wrong with it just a perfect amp.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top Notch Tube Amp - 5 Stars

By Deep Purple Fan

from Alexandria, VA

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Pros

  • Amazing Cleans
  • Can Dial In Any Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • Tone Machine

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    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.

    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Ampeg GVT52-112

    By Mitchell Luedy

    from Ohio

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

    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.

    (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.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Amp I have owned

    By Joe Guitar

    from South Florida

    About Me Experienced

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    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.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great amp!

    By marko

    from orlando Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      i know ampeg struggles to do well with guitar amps but i love em, this is a great alternative to the current fender line, very good clean warmth i may prefer over twin and vibrolux that i have but not exactly the same, the 15 head roars the combo has the power for clean headroom, i crank the clean channel for classic gain the gain channel does too much pre amp for my taste but for you modern and metal rockers out there you can scoop the mids and blast off to metalville, you get dark compressed sustain, not my thing . you have to understand the Baxandal eq by far the most expansive range of independent eq ever and you will discover this amps secret weapon, i wont share ,go buy one and see. ext cab is great as well. play rockabilly with this rig

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tone in Spades

      By AndyWTF

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful
      • Very Good Clean And Dirty
      • Wide Range Of Eq

      Cons

      • Heavy Lift

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Local Pub Gigs

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

      I expected the advertised 70's vibe and got it, plus more... Compared to my Blues Jr or even a Deluxe's classic tone, the GVT comes real close when set clean. But the surprise inside: this amp spanks with a little gain. Breakup is smooth when you push the tubes (the stock Celestion 70/80 is not even broken-in yet). Sounds expensive- surprise! Now switch channels, add moderate gain, and bend minds. Simple. Reverb is not tube driven but range is good from modest to surf. Tweaking the tone controls does stuff. A useable volume boost found on the foot pedal only, works for both channels. Half power option spares the neighbors- surprise again!

      A bit heavy for a single 12 combo. It has a back panel protecting the guts that could be lightened but you can't really complain about the substantial feel of the controls and handle. And every amp should have rubber isolator feet!

      Don't think too hard about this purchase.

      (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.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Lot of amp for the price

          By guitarman

          from rhode island

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

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

            This review is based on 30 years of playing. During that time I have owned a great number of amps.
            This is a decent amp. For the sale price it is a great value. I wont review all of the features as they are listed but here are the pro's and cons. The amp is of absolutely excellent build. It is clear that the little extras were attended to. It appears to be an amp build for the road and build to last. Components just appear top notch. I'm not too crazy about the speaker but they make up for it by including jj tubes not cheap chinese knock offs like most chinese amps seem to have. Two channels, great build but the tone is just blah. There just is not anything special about the sound. Channel one is fender clean to low overdrive without the fender sparkle. Channel two has a lot more gain on tap. It is a bit more interesting but still somewhat boring in character. There just is not any tonal complexity. That being said this is a very usable amp. Clearly gigworthy and solidly build. If you are not a complete tone freak as I am and are looking for a great deal well this may be the amp for you. You won't find a better deal for the current sale price. If you are a tone freak like me then look elsewhere. Don't get me wrong there are good tones available with this amp but not anything that is incredibly inspiring.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            hard rock heaven

            By johnny 6

            from seattle

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

            Someday I'll get my boogie but for now I'm all good with this GVT
            The GVT52 single 12 is a great amp. Did my first gig with it in January. In full power mode, it more than keeps with the drums and an Ampeg SVT. Nice gritty clean when you crank the pre and ch.2 has great distortion for our music! Per channel EQ makes a huge difference in getting the sounds I need plus there's a master volume per channel so I can balance them perfectly. The celestion 7080 is cool but I might buy a Vintage 30 down the road.
            Build quality is way better than my last Hot Rod. plus the clean channel has EQ.
            Good amp for the price

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great sounding amp, but with channel issues.

            By Scott Wilson

            from Canada

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

            For a $500+ amp, I'm hung up on the channel issue. If it were working, I'd give this amp a 9/10.

            I might update this review if I exchange for another once I return this one.
            Has common effects such as gain, treb/mid/bass, and reverb. Has dual channels and comes with stomp pad with channel selector and overdrive. What stands out is the wattage selector. You can half the watts making for a good practice amp/small gig amp.
            Channel 1 doesn't work. I see another review here with the same issue, so I feel as though it may be a common occurrence with this model. Duplicating the effects on both channels, I have to max out the volume on channel 1 to hear anything, and even then, it's still too quiet. I will be returning this amp ASAP.
            I may have received a dud, but as-is, for the price, this amp isn't worth it. The stomp pad is obsolete with my channel issue.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best hidden value out there!!

            By kelicula

            from Carolina beach , nc

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            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.

            (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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            nice for the price

            By guitarman

            from rhode island

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            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

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            An under rated Jewel

            By Fingers

            from Louisiana

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • A Unique Clean Tone
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Eq Different
            • Read Up On The Eq

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

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

            I bought this amp mainly for the pure clean sound and it suits the application just right. Sometimes I run my Nova System in front and times in the loop. Cleans are different and stand alone. Learn the EQ system and this will be a valuable asset to any guitarist. Boost function is incredable along with the half power switch. All I can say is it's worth a try.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice

            By 70Rock

            from Greenfield, IN

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Great Sound And Tone
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Great sound and tone. Great price.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                6L6 that can sound like EL34s

                By Johnny Brit

                from Seattle, WA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  First: This amp has a quality build and you won't be disappointed. The speaker is OK, but you have to break it in for more than usual... around 40+ hours.

                  Second: Most versatile eq I have used. The mid control lets you dial in EL34 like sounds if you want or scoop the mids.

                  The only complaint is the weight of the amp, and that is not actually a problem because it is due to high quality components.

                  I have experienced none of the problems described by reviewers. That's it folks!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Unbelievable value.

                  By peobus

                  from NYC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  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 purchased this to use with my students at school. This amp has proved a wonderful tool in getting my students to concentrate on their sound. Most of them own high-wattage Solid State amplifiers and aren't familiar with the subtilties of tone available with valve amps. So far, my students have been thrilled. They line up with their guitars every morning. While most of them started going for the hi-gain channel, as they progressed they spent more time exploring the clean channel.

                      This amp reminds me of the '70 Mesa's. I've been playing a Telecaster Custom (neck humbucker)and a Gretsch chambered hollow-body through it. The clean channel holds together right through most of the volume settings. The hi-gain channel has that throaty sizzle heard on many classic-rock recordings. My students have been trying some modern OD pedals and seem to love it.

                      For the price this amp is an incredible value. I'd highly recommend it for the player who'd like to begin exploring tube amplification.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Sounding Amp!

                      By firebrand13

                      from Vancouver, BC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Jamming
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

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

                        I was very impressed with the tone of 2nd channel, very crunchy and detailed, when I turned the gain down a notch it was good old classic rock vibe. Can't beat the 70's style either, I really like the face of the amp. All in all, a great buy.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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