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Crate V Series V18-112 18W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp   

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Blazing Class A British blues tone!

The Crate V18-112 combo features a single-channel 18W Class A design with gain and master volume controls, 3-band EQ, and spring reverb for awesome tone and versatility. Its dual cathode-biased EL84 output tubes pump their searing mojo into a single 12" speaker.

The V18's Class A design delivers the hot guitar tones of early British valve amplifiers with smooth clean sounds and thick, meaty overdrive. Take a simple cathode-biased Class A tube circuit, add a tone stack and 12" speaker, and you've got a small recording/practice amp with some lead in its pencil.

Tubes! Just the smell of those glass bottles blazing with fire gets amp aficionados to perk up and lose their cool. Giving our all for the evolution of all-tube tone, Crate's V Series combos and stacks produce the sweet cleans and earthy distortion that can only come from tubes. Roadworthy construction, modern features and genuine value are causing legendary players and novices alike to develop a thermionic love-Jones for the Crate V-Seriestube amplifiers.

FEATURES
  • 18W power
  • Class A, all tube circuitry
  • 1 x 12" speaker
  • 2 x EL84 output tubes, cathode biased
  • Gain, Level, Treble, Middle, Bass, and Reverb controls

British blues mojo in a very portable combo. Order now!

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4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

awesome value

I'm really impressed with this amp. I normally play on a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier half stack, but that simply won't work in an apartment. This amp is a little bit loud for...Read complete review

I'm really impressed with this amp. I normally play on a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier half stack, but that simply won't work in an apartment. This amp is a little bit loud for that to (don't let 18 watts fool you - this thing can rip), but i can get decent tone at low volume. I was looking for a smaller tube amp that wouldn't break the bank and this is it. As others have said the reverb is way over the top if you turn it up, but leave it down and it sounds fine. This amp is very bass heavy - but nothing a BBE sonic maximizer or EQ pedal can't fix. I know people have suggested changing the speaker and reverb tank, but this amp really does have a decent sound stock. I'd recommend this over any solid state modeling amp any day.

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It's only usable if it gets modded, otherwise........

I agree with most of the reviews.
I got this amp because i wanted to jump from solid state to tube amp and seemed like a good option (affordable, nice looking)...Read complete review

I agree with most of the reviews.
I got this amp because i wanted to jump from solid state to tube amp and seemed like a good option (affordable, nice looking) and got one for like 220 on eBay, mint condition.
After i got it, i plugged it and i started playing with it and noticed right away that it was breaking too soon....
I tried playing with the settings, EQ seemed responsive, reverb was awfully big (not in a good way) and noisy, not usable after 1, could only use this amp at low volume to get a good clean tone. Bottom line, i was disappointed that i got a good lookin' crate but not usable.
I investigated on the web, and found that there were some easy modes to make it break up later.
I had a friend that helped me and we started modifying it, after a couple of hours, we succeded!
Amp improved like a 60%! Clean headroom was bigger and EQ seemed way more responsive.
I replaced the 12ax7 with some chinese 12au7 and gave us a little bit more headroom but Tone changed as well.
Definitely not as loud as i wanted to be but it was usable, very usable...
After awhile, i decided to sell it to jump to Fender tube amps, in this case, a Blues Jr (LOUD AND GREATTT TONE).

You could make it a better amp with some better speakers, stocks were just OK, seemed kind of muddy.
Also some better tubes would work great on it.

I would like to have it again to modify it even more but definitely just for practicing at home or small rehearsals.

Long story short:
If you ever get one of this, you NEED to mod it, IT WOULD BE A NECESSITY, otherwise you will have a nice looking furniture for your living room.

(MOD was easy.. something about removing some caps or resistence and replacing one or two)

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Cheap is Cheap!

By The Raygun

from Columbus, Ohio

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I got suckered into the hype on these amps. Yes, they are the most inexpensive combo amp out there. There is a reason for that. The reverb is only usable at 1 and it's pushing it at that. There is no clean headroom in the amp and the distortion sounds worse than my Crate GTD15 solid state practice amp. Save your money and buy a Blackheart or a Valve Junior.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

awesome value

By supermallard

from St. Paul, MN

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I'm really impressed with this amp. I normally play on a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier half stack, but that simply won't work in an apartment. This amp is a little bit loud for that to (don't let 18 watts fool you - this thing can rip), but i can get decent tone at low volume. I was looking for a smaller tube amp that wouldn't break the bank and this is it. As others have said the reverb is way over the top if you turn it up, but leave it down and it sounds fine. This amp is very bass heavy - but nothing a BBE sonic maximizer or EQ pedal can't fix. I know people have suggested changing the speaker and reverb tank, but this amp really does have a decent sound stock. I'd recommend this over any solid state modeling amp any day.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Impressive

By Need4Tweed

from Midwest

I had a Palomino V16 when I picked one of these up as well. The Palomino took me a few days to get that 'smile factor' going. Within minutes of playing the V18, the smile factor was already there. Although identical features, the V18 is a larger cabinet and so the 12" really can breathe and produce much more depth in the lows. Gone is the boxy sound from the Palomino V16 (that I can manage to dial out with some effort). But with the V18 you didn't need to bother. You also have more room to play with in the Gain - a much more gradual transition from light blues to all out distortion. With my Epi Dot, I can switch between the neck and bridge pickups w/o having to touch the tone controls on the V18. Each position sounded great. With the Palamino V16 I needed to do some tone tweaking. I only wish the V18 came with the same 'boost' switch the V16 has. That's a great feature to have.I was also very impressed with how 'boutique' it looked. I don't know how well the materials used will last, but it does look very impressive.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't go wrong with this low cost amp

By Chris in the Caribbean

from St. Croix USVI

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Been using this amp for about a month now. The V18-112 sounds great right out of the box. I might experiment with different tubes and/or speaker later but for right now I'm really happy with the way it sounds. I'm glad I got mine when I had the chance. This amp could very well be the deal of the year. Very happy with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

NICE AMP FOR THE PRICE

By Venturas-8UH0G

from Louisville KY

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I was looking for a practice amp and ran across this one as was curious. After several months of looking I finally decided to try it out. For the price, this is a nice amp! It doesn't have a lot of features, but, given the price and simplicity of the controls, you can't go wrong. Some of the negatives are, It does have a lot of bass to it and no bright switch but it will HOWL!!For 18 watts this thing screams! I was not too sold on it in the begining, however, with a few pedals and one of them being an EQ pedal, I was able to achieve a real close facsimile of My fender HRD. It still is not as bright with the EQ as the HRD but, It sounds good enough that I can practice with it as well as feel confident to gig with it too. I've only had mine for about a month and only use it one a week for practice. I hope it holds up well as I do plan on gigging with it. I will comment on it in the future to report back on it durability. By the way, the 5 year warranty is nice too. For the price and value, this is one NICE AMP!!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

It's only usable if it gets modded, otherwise........

By sandinonett

from Mexico

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice looking
  • Nice tone (modded only)

Cons

  • Reverb Unusuable after 1
  • Stock amp breaks extremely early
  • Stock amp has SMALL clean headroom

Best Uses

  • Practice at your room
  • Small rehearsals

I agree with most of the reviews.
I got this amp because i wanted to jump from solid state to tube amp and seemed like a good option (affordable, nice looking) and got one for like 220 on eBay, mint condition.
After i got it, i plugged it and i started playing with it and noticed right away that it was breaking too soon....
I tried playing with the settings, EQ seemed responsive, reverb was awfully big (not in a good way) and noisy, not usable after 1, could only use this amp at low volume to get a good clean tone. Bottom line, i was disappointed that i got a good lookin' crate but not usable.
I investigated on the web, and found that there were some easy modes to make it break up later.
I had a friend that helped me and we started modifying it, after a couple of hours, we succeded!
Amp improved like a 60%! Clean headroom was bigger and EQ seemed way more responsive.
I replaced the 12ax7 with some chinese 12au7 and gave us a little bit more headroom but Tone changed as well.
Definitely not as loud as i wanted to be but it was usable, very usable...
After awhile, i decided to sell it to jump to Fender tube amps, in this case, a Blues Jr (LOUD AND GREATTT TONE).

You could make it a better amp with some better speakers, stocks were just OK, seemed kind of muddy.
Also some better tubes would work great on it.

I would like to have it again to modify it even more but definitely just for practicing at home or small rehearsals.

Long story short:
If you ever get one of this, you NEED to mod it, IT WOULD BE A NECESSITY, otherwise you will have a nice looking furniture for your living room.

(MOD was easy.. something about removing some caps or resistence and replacing one or two)

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5.0

Cheap+great tone=amazing amp

By musicwithpurpose43

from Anaheim, CA

(Crate V Series V18-112) This is one of the first live amps that I have used, and it easily outperforms most other amps I have played through. I play a lot of rock stuff, and this amp is great for such purpose. It is really loud, as I usually have it at vol. 2-4 when playing. The tone is great, I play an Agile AL-2000, and it sounds great.

 
5.0

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By VegasGuitarRock

from Las Vegas, NV

I bought this amp because it was an All Tube Class A amp and I got a good deal on it at the local shop. I am more than satisfied, I am amazed at the tone from this thing. It does everything that Crate claims and more...... I was able to get some SWEET sounding clean tones then jack up the gain and the CRUNCH sounds bad to the bone. Oh and this thing will blow the doors off if your not carefull. But it does perform well at all volume levels. I would have to say that this is THE best Tube amp for the money PERIOD!!!!!!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy it now

By Andrew Malynowsky

from Canada eh

Recently bought it for 250 and was amazed. I owned a mg100dfx which is crap compared to this. It's got an amazing british overdrive tone that gets better as you crank it up. Only need 9'0 clock gain for max volume because it fuzzes a little after. Overall a steal for the price.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crate 18 Watt Beauty

By TubeToneorDIE

from Grand Falls, NB

I just picked up this amp last night. I was looking for an all tube practice amp, something I could use for kitchen jams or learning new songs, I didn't want anything too loud.I tried the V5, and was expecting to buy it. The V5 sounded ok, but not what I was looking for, so I tried the V18.The V18 is SWEEEEET, it has a very nice tube crunch, very smooth break up. The reverb is way over the top, but it's usable on low settings. Super easy to dial in a nice sound. They should have covered the amps in tweed, it has a nice bluesy sound, maybe not for heavy rock though.It's extremely loud, 18 tube watts is extremely powerful, more amp than I need for a practice amp, but it sounds so nice.The Amp is very quiet, and people would snap these right up if it didn't say CRATE, but Mesa, or Marshall. I have been playing guitar for 22 years, I have an assortment of tube amps, 5150 combo, a Classic 50 4x10, an old Beltone AP-12 from 1964 but this CRATE has it's own voice and I like it. I have Strat (MIM) with Tex-Mex pick up and the crate really sings.I paid, In, out the door from a local music shop, they just got them in and I was the first to buy one. Yu can't go wrong. :-)The corner pieces look like very cheap, but the rest of the amp is attractive. You should test drive one when you get a chance, but bring money with you, because you are going to want to buy it after you try it.

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