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

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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

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    BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head Specifications:

    • 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 60 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Solid

    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,...Read complete review

    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.

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    It's okay

    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....Read complete review

    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).

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    5.0

    Nothing Little about this Giant

    By rockyourfaceoff

    from San Marcos, Tx

    About Me Experienced

    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"

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By Gonzo

      from USA

      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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little amp!!

      By Diegocala

      from Tempe, Arizona

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

      Bought this amp because my old Fender Bassman died and I did not have a lot to spend to replace it. After reading some of the reviews I pulled the trigger and I really like the sound I get out of this thing! I did replace the tubes however to Tunsol and Tesla. And for under $200 is great too, even with the purchase of the new tubes!!The amp really likes pedals, I run a Tube Screamer and a Distortion pedal to get a good warm sound out of it. Tube Screamer is always on though...Disto for when I need it. This amp has a GREAT clean tone!I suggest the tubes be replaced, you can get a warmer sound out of it once the cheep one's have been tossed. But it's not a deal breaker if you don't.

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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Beautiful cleans - mediocre crunch

      By Jdog1

      from Minnesota

      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.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good, but better when modded

      By unSane

      from Ontario

      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.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Little Tube Monster

      By CaspiaNova

      from New York City, NY

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

      I use this with my Santana PRS guitar. Unbelievable great tone, at 5W. Designed very well, you're not going to regret buying this.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Next best thing after slice bread

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

      I use this with my Crate V212B. It brought life to my very cheap cab. Unbelievable! At 5w and volume only at 12o'clock, it can keep up with the drums. It has great tone. You can dial in from dark to bright too. The best part is it's not going to break the bank. You're not going to regret buying this. If you get something that sounds just "ok", have it replaced as it could have been just a bad unit. 2 features missing that could have made this amp perfect are reverb and a separate drive/gain knob for the preamp.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid

      By Roxtar

      from Grove City, OH

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Little Giant Big Tone

      By musicianforlife

      from Michigan

      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!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It's okay

      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).

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