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Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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The BH5H Little Giant amplifier head has a truly classic boutique design delivered in a robust, stylish package. With a switchable pentode/triode sel...Click To Read More About This Product

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From greasy to two-fisted.

The BH5H Little Giant amplifier head has a truly classic boutique design delivered in a robust, stylish package. With a switchable pentode/triode selector and 3-band EQ controls, you get the only amp head in its class to deliver true tonal range from instantaneous punch to deliciously greasy overdrive and with precise control over output volume.

Every feature of the Blackheart Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head represents zealous dedication to true quality in tone, looks, and ruggedness. Under its sexy exterior you'll find a 16-gauge steel chassis, 1/2" corner radiuses, and meticulous Tolex work ensuring years of reliable performance. Powered by an EL84 and voiced through a 12AX7 preamp tube.

FEATURES
  • 16-gauge steel chassis
  • 1/2" corner radiuses
SPECIFICATIONS

BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head

  • 5W single-ended, Class A
    4-, 8-, and 16-ohm speaker outs
    Solid state rectifier
    Volume with 3-band EQ
    Pentode (5W)/triode (3W) switch
    DC power to filaments for super quiet operation
    11-ply (18mm) thick
    17"W x 11"H x 12"L
    20 lb.
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BlackheartBH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 62 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
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Little Giant Big Tone

The Little Giant is a unbeliveable little amp head, that has super dynamics and tone. I have been using this head in my cover/bar band for about a year now and one thing...Read complete review

The Little Giant is a unbeliveable little amp head, that has super dynamics and tone. I have been using this head in my cover/bar band for about a year now and one thing is for sure, I always get complemented on my sound. People cant belive that I get so much true guitar tone out of this "Little Giant". I play a lot of Bars and small to mid-sized venues and always play on 3 watts. If I need to get louder the sound men just mic my cabnet. And at 3 watts you can max the master volume and control output with your guitars volume knob, Making it veristile and very dynamic, cleaning up with just the twist of a knob. This amp loves pedals. Buy this head you will not regret it!

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Blackheart Little Giant Poor Quality

I bought this Blackheart BH5H amp and two Blackhart 1x12 specker cabs both new from a local guitar shop.Once I got it home I noticed the amp and speaker cabs female connectors seemed very...Read complete review

I bought this Blackheart BH5H amp and two Blackhart 1x12 specker cabs both new from a local guitar shop.Once I got it home I noticed the amp and speaker cabs female connectors seemed very cheap. After I plugged my guitar in the amp I noticed the cable connections were very loose. I tried several cables but got the same results. The connectors from the amp to the speaker cabinets were the same way, very cheap hardware! This amp is NEW and when I tip my amp head 45 degrees the guitar wire FALLS OUT of the amp head all by its self. WOW!I also have two Blackheart 1x12 speaker cabs and the connectors are also the same way, VERY CHEAP hardware causing poor connections. I called the factory HELP number to discuss my concerns. They would not help me!Knowing what I know now, I would not buy anything from Blackheart because of their poor quality and poor customer service.

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beautiful cleans - mediocre crunch

By Jdog1

from Minnesota

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Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

If you are thinking about buying this as a practice amp for a band or in the basement and you play classic rock, new rock, hard rock, hair rock - don't bother or get a good distortion pedal. I was looking for a small, low watt head to set up in my basement for casual playing. The idea was to not have to carry my main 50 watt head up and down the stairs between gigs. So after much research I decided on this head. I have a love/hate affair with this head and here's why: The clean tone on this thing (especially after I stuck a 12au7 in it) is to die for. It sounds so fantastic that it inspires me to play everyday. The tone is just that smooth. The problem comes at the other end - gain. First, you have to crank the gain on this thing (regardless of tube type) to 10 to get any sort of crunch/overdrive and then crank the treble to 10 to clean up the muddy mess that is the result of turning the gain up to 10. The sound is mushy noise. I'm playing through a 2x12 with Eminence speakers and it just doesn't sound good. And even if you like the overdrive tone that this thing produces you're not going to be happy that you have to crank it to 10 to get there if you bought this amp to use as a bedroom type practice amp. It's LOUD. Not really band loud. But much to loud for quiet basement jamming while the kids are asleep - unless of course you are playing clean. Then it sounds like gold and it can be played quietly. I must add that I can get some passable crunch/overdrive/metal type tones using an overdrive pedal.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little Giant Big Tone

By musicianforlife

from Michigan

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Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

The Little Giant is a unbeliveable little amp head, that has super dynamics and tone. I have been using this head in my cover/bar band for about a year now and one thing is for sure, I always get complemented on my sound. People cant belive that I get so much true guitar tone out of this "Little Giant". I play a lot of Bars and small to mid-sized venues and always play on 3 watts. If I need to get louder the sound men just mic my cabnet. And at 3 watts you can max the master volume and control output with your guitars volume knob, Making it veristile and very dynamic, cleaning up with just the twist of a knob. This amp loves pedals. Buy this head you will not regret it!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good, but better when modded

By unSane

from Ontario

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Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Out of the box this little amp has a lot of gain and a very shrill top end. Switching from 5w to 3w tones it down a bit but the trebles are still like an ice pick to the skull. Swapping out the 12AX7 for a 12AT7 results in am immediate improvement in tone, but you really have to install something like the Bitmo Triple Bypass mod before you get into genuine boutique territory. With those two changes it is an excellent amp, but without them it gave me a headache.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's okay

By b0nkersx

from NC

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Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

It's well built and fulfills its intended purpose. The sound is just average. There's a lot of hype around all of these inexpensive low wattage tube amps now. They all just sound average. It has a boxy sound that I couldn't dial out even through a Mesa 4x12 cabinet. Turning it up to 10 got some pretty nifty sounds, but it would muddy up a little bit without careful tweaking. It won't keep up with a loud drummer unless you pair it up with a 4x12, and even then, it struggles. Not bad, not great, fair price (not great).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nothing Little about this Giant

By rockyourfaceoff

from San Marcos, Tx

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This is a fantastic amp, hands down! I have been very pleased with every aspect of it's functionability from practice, live, and studio performance. It outperforms almost every amp in its class. If you want every bit of tube-sonic biting, gnawing, crunching tone without paying three times as much for an amp head, you need to invest in this "Little Giant"

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Loud but Unimaginative

    By Jazzmasterman

    from Alaska

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    Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    As far as tube amps go, most of the tone variation comes from you choice in tubes. That being said, even as far as tube amps go, this one does not have a lot of versatility. You have low gain and high gain, and that's it. But, if you like the sound it has, it is a good choice. The sound is, however, uncannily close to a mid range solid state. However, it is an very well built little amp, and if I had to guess I would figure it to be about 20 watts on the Pentode setting.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid

    By Roxtar

    from Grove City, OH

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    Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I've got GAS, so when I get my mind set on a piece of gear, I've got to have it. I love my tube heads, and I wanted to add a low-wattage, lightweight head to the arsenal. I tried the Epi Valve Jr a couple years ago and was underwhelmed. I picked this up a week ago and plugged it into my 412 and 212 cabinets and loved it right out of the box. Last night, I swapped the two tubes for Tungsol 12AX7 and a Duet Ruby Tubes EL84 and love it even more. It sounds awesome by itself, with an attenuator in between it and the cabinet so that I can dime the volume, or with pedals. It is plenty loud for most club settings - and most that I've played in mic the cabs anyway. Either way it works well. It feels rock solid, and there isn't much that can go wrong with it. Two tubes, simple eq, one channel. It's basic, but it's a solid piece of gear that I plan to use quite a bit rather than lugging my 100w around to rehearsals/gigs.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A TRUE GIANT

    By Joe Jack

    from Peoria AZ

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    Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This little bastard is the best money I have ever spent on an amp and I have owned a few (Marshall, Crate, Tech 21, B52, Vox). This amp has a great clean sound even playing with high output X2N pups so I love it because I play heavy music and can switch to a clean tone w/o the need for a second amp. It is very dynamic and has brought out the life in all my instruments and pedals. The only downside is the crappy tubes, but try Sovtek or JJ and see a real difference. And it is LOUD! I wish it would run on 1 watt because all I use it is for bedroom play. I use primarily a Tonebone Hot British Distortion pedal for a killer heavy metal tone and an MXR M-108 Ten Band Graphic EQ for leadwork and use a 1x12 cab w/ Emminence Governor. Of course, the distortion is not like what you would get in a high gain amp BUT its warmth and tone absolutely make the difference. It's just solid. For $170 it can't be beat. I have played slightly better amps but that cost at least 5 times as much. Just buy it and rock out!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Little Amp

    By Stonewall Guitarist

    from Michigan

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    Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Ive owned the Little Giant for about two years now and I have giged all over the place with it and almost always get compliments on my tone. I play it thru an Avatar 2x12 with one vintage 30 and one G12H30 and its loud enough for bars on 3 watt. When I play larger venues they mic it. Plug in a wah and an overdrive and your good to go. It loves all pedals, single coils and humbuckers. Its also the most dynamic amp Ive ever owned, capturing every nuance of my picking, and cleaning up beautifully with my guitars volume knob. The Little Giant is worth every penny, and just flat out sounds like electric guitar. Buy one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Highly recommended
    I bought the Bugera 5 W combo About a year ago...after much research and due diligence.

    Somehow I missed the fact that its speaker lacks any semblance of balls. Changing the tubes still didn't get it. I went looking for a cabinet with a 10 or 12" speaker in it.

    So I got the Little Giant, with cabinet, primarily for the cabinet, thinking I would plug the 12" cab into the Bugera. I haven't gotten that far - I like this amp better.

    No reverb is the only thing, but my Pod Xt Live has all the verb I need.

    Very happy I negotiated for this one, and I love playing it.
    Solid as a tank, good looking Tolex, not that heavy
    Since I got the amp and cab used, in as new conditin, for $150 - I got a rocking value

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