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Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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

    Ampeg's GVT5H all-tube guitar head delivers simple, sweet tone that ranges from the sublimely clean to the down and dirty. The tone and power of the GVT5H are much bigger than you might think, with 12AX7/ 6V6 tubes and two power modes (5W / 2.5W), along with classic Ampeg looks and undeniable American tone.

    Before you take the stage, you go to great lengths to make sure everything is just right. And your tone is certainly no exception. The new all-tube Ampeg GVT guitar amps deliver the kind of great-sounding, flexible tone that working guitarists demand. With a variety of tones from clean to crunch, it's one less thing you need to worry about.

    Features
    • Dual power modes: Full power – 5 watts RMS, Half power – 2.5 watts RMS
    • 12AX7 preamp tube
    • 6V6GT power tube
    • Solid state rectifier
    • Baxandall treble and bass tone controls
    • Speaker outputs: 1 x 16 ohm, 2 x 8 ohm and 2 x 4 ohm

    Join the Ampeg legacy of outstanding tube tone. Order now!

     

    GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head Specifications:

    • 9"H x 15-1/2"W x 9"D
    • 20 lb.
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    AmpegGVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head
     
    4.9

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Excellent sound (9)
    • Portable (8)
    • Warm / comfy (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (8)
      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Professional recording (5)
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      5.0

      Cranked Tube Amp

      By Whale

      from New Jersey

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Cranked tube amp distortion without pissing off the neighbors.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great clean tones at manageable volumes

        By mordacain

        from Lexington, SC

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Massive Headroom
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Practice

        Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I really only gave this amp a shot because of the blow-out price and I was curious to see if this could deliver a better low-volume experience for my various pedals (I usually play through a clean Fender). It does take pedals well, but how well depends a lot on the EQ settings & the pedal type. My Musket Fuzz, for instance is still a bit too bright-sounding (regardless of EQ/pedal setting) on the Full Power mode, but sounds great on Half Power while my Bogner Uberschall pedal sounds best on Full Power.

        The Baxandall EQ is interesting but not as difficult to use as some make out, you'll find certain pedals work better with the EQ at different settings. The lack of a Mid adjustment is not really needed, but you can roll back the Treble & Bass controls to generate a Mid boost.

        You can overdrive the amp but the amp is really built with headroom in mind so it really has to be dimed before it starts to overdrive nicely. I tried some different tubes and settled on old Tung-Sol 12AX7 and some random old Russian 6V6 equivalent that has a slightly softer attack than the stock JJ 6V6S. This amp is Cathode-Biased so you can experiment readily with different tubes so long as they operate with the same plate voltage.

        All in all, it's a great simple amp and a realy nice home-centric tube amp but can actually get pretty loud, possibly enough to hang with a drummer.

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        4.0

        Great StudioTube Amp

        By eriwebnerr

        from Cairo, NY

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        Pros

        • Build Quality
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Excellent clean platform amp, ton of clean head room, and takes pedals really well. Baxandall controls take a little getting used to but open up a ton of possibilities and allow you to get tones that wouldn't be possible with a traditional tone stack. Especially love the half power mode. The full power mode is very Class A with an immediate, crisp attack. Half Power is more spongey. There is a considerable EQ and volume difference between the modes too.
          The amp is bigger than I expected. But that is probably a good thing for heat dissipation, realiability, and servicing. It seems to have oversized transformers too and the construction is very substantial and solid.
          It doesnt seem to be as loud as other 5W tube amps I have played, but that works for me in the Studio. I use mine with a dummy load into a DI box for recording, then use Cabinet models in my DAW. With OD pedals in front, and the versatile EQ, there arent many tones I can't nail.

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          5.0

          Great Tube Sound at a Great Price

          By Bdog77

          from Pittsburgh, PA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I bought this amp on sale. I figured it was worht a try for the price. The amp is simple to use sounds incredible with my Stat's,tele's and LP's. The half power swith really lets the amp start to crunch yet on full power you get a nice clean tone that sounds great through my 2x10 or 2x12 cab. I would recommend this amp.

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            5.0

            Bought it on a whim wish i had bought 2

            By Andrew

            from Columbia SC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Great buy
            • Portable

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording
            • Recording

            Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Versatile sound, used it with single 12 75 watt celestion cab and two twelve 100 watt eminence cab
            Good sound with my Les Paul w/ Burstbucker pros better with SG with dream 90's

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            5.0

            Great Tone

            By Lou Czar

            from Kansas City

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I've been a big fan of low watt heads for a long time now. This one sounds great and cost me less than the last overdrive pedal I bought.

              My primary amp used to be a Fender Hot Rod Deville 2x12. I thought I would miss all the extra bells and whistles of this amp, but they have all been replaced with pedals. I still think the Fender sounds a little better (glassier?) with chords, but the Ampeg sounds better with single notes.

              I bought this amp to use along with my VHT special 6. Both amps sound great, but the two tone knobs on the Ampeg provide much better control.

              I play this through a custom closed back AVATAR cab with two 12 inch vintage 30's at 16 ohms. The sound is sweet and improves after the tubes heat up.

              The tone is exceptionally clean and takes pedals very well. It's perfect for home studio work. The two tone controls provide a wide range of tones and allow you to adjust to different pickups.

              You might be surprised by how loud this thing can get. However, it does provide plenty of clean head room. You can still crank it and get that overdriven power section tone, but I prefer using pedals in front at lower volumes.

              I don't use the low wattage setting. I find that using the higher wattage setting sounds better and can always be rolled off using the guitar's volume knob.

              The knobs and switches are all high quality components.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Super clean sounding, great tone shaping

              By SimonT

              from Jersey City, NJ

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                This little 5W all tube single-ended, cathode-biased amp head is small in size and super portable. It sounds great with all the cabs and speakers I have on hand (Celestion Blue, G12H30, Jensen C12R). The tone is quite unique and leans toward Fender Blackface Fender Princeton Reverb territory but is not a clone of the PR by any means. It's a bright sounding amp but still sounds nice and warm. I always run mine with treble at noon or below, and the bass at 2 o'clock or higher to get a slightly fatter sound.

                The Baxandall EQ controls provide a HUGE range of tones - much more than I'm used to hearing with tube amps. The treble and bass have a +/- 12dB range which is ALOT of range and allows me to dial in many different tones.

                The amp has a 5W/2W setting but I mainly use it on 5W. Running at 5W, the amp is very quiet for a tube amp. However at the 2W setting, it produces a noticeable hum. Strange. I just keep it at the 5W setting.

                The amp is clean, super-clean! It's very hard to get it to break up with just a guitar even with all the knobs full up (and it gets really loud when pushed to the max!). So it takes pedals very well - I don't miss not having an effects loop at all.

                This amp has been selling for crazy low prices recently. I recommend getting one if you can for your amp collection!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fat and clean

                By Travst

                from Birmingham, AL

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  I picked up the Ampeg GVT5H on sale at Musician's Friend. At that price, it was an absolute steal.

                  The build quality of the little Ampeg seems very good. It's very portable, but feels solid. The size is big enough for everything to fit inside without wasting a lot of space or increasing the size of the head. Fit and finish is excellent.

                  There aren't a lot of features, but that is as intended. On the front you'll find volume, treble and bass controls. As is typical of Ampeg, the tone controls have Baxandall EQ, and there's a half-power switch that shifts between 5w and 2.5w settings. A Baxandall EQ can boost the mids by turning down both the lows and highs, and the center will shift lower and higher as you adjust the relative levels of the two knobs. I'm a simple guy who loves Ampeg and this amp gives me what I need and no more.

                  On the back there are output jacks for 4, 8, and 16 ohm cabs and an IEC power input. That's it. Quite functional, but my immediate thought was that it'd be nice to have a line out since this is such a nice recording amp. An effects loop would be cool as well.

                  I ran the amp into a 2x12 cab loaded with vintage Carvin speakers and also tried my well-broken-in Celestion V30 that sounds fantastic with my '67 Ampeg Reverberocket. A V30 112 cab is available from Ampeg as well. The guitars used were a custom Strat with Tom Short Swinging Singles pickups and a stock '76 Les Paul Custom as well as a custom Tele with Slider's '52 pickups.

                  The tone is big, fat, and warm with all of the guitars and I prefer the V30 with the new head vs the Carvins. There's a nice round twang with a Tele. I've not played with switching out tubes yet, but the stock tubes are quite adequate. The amp produces a big sound that drove the 2x12 very well. Attack and note definition are precise. I couldn't find any mud in the settings and there's a fair amount of tonal variation.

                  This amp is clean. Very, very clean with a great deal of headroom. At full volume there was a slight bit of crunch with the Strat and Tele and a great deal more with the LP. The Tele produced some very nice bell-like tones with clear and bright harmonics.

                  I found it to be very pedal friendly and preferred to use a drive pedal with the Strat and Tele. If you want high gain tones, you will need a pedal.

                  The GVT5H is also one of the quietest amps I've used over 42 years of playing. Given that it's a tube amp, it's almost unbelievably quiet and is wonderful for recording. The low, low noise floor made me forget about the lack of a line out.

                  I gave this amp a 4 for bang for the buck at the retail price. On sale, it's a 5 all the way.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Rockin' the house !

                  By BeeAge Harpin'

                  from Sandy Springs, GA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Ampeg GVT5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                    This amp head goes perfect with harpin'! Taken it out of the box, connected it to a VOX NT cabinet, I played along to some blues rock and jazzy tunes and the sound is awesome. The Treble/Bass poties work as an EQ and this helps tremendously to create various sounds. So far I can say that I am absolutely satisfied with this purchase from MF. IF you expect this so-called Chicago Blues sound, then you better take your choice on other amps, which are built for such purpose only. IF you want to play other stuff, it might be the perfect gear for your playing. The sound out of this amp head/cabinet combination is clear, crisp (NOT harsh !!), warm and the amp is pedal-friendly. I use some OD and slight delay. Great product !!

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