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

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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 t...Click To Read More About This Product

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

By sandinonett

from Mexico

Verified Reviewer

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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(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

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.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Cheap is Cheap!

By The Raygun

from Columbus, Ohio

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

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.

 
5.0

giving it away

By Bloozer

from kcmo

This amp is well-built and packs a wallop! Clean sound can crack walls, overdrive is good. Reverb isn't the best, but I don't need it much. An electric/acoustic sounds LIKE AN ELECTRIC/ACOUSTIC. My strat just LOVES it. This thing's got GUTS. At this price, buy it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great While It Lasted

By gdmitchy

from Charlotte, NC

I really liked my Crate V Series V18-112 amp. I bought it to use as my back up amp (my other is a Marshall JCM 900 50 watt combo). It has a nice, well rounded tone with a great bottom end due to the longer than usual cabinet length. Pretty good clean sounds better and better as you increase the drive (sounds best loud, especially with a Tube Screamer). Unfortunately, it would not power up after six weeks use. It would have been a great value had it worked.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

NICE AMP FOR THE PRICE

By Venturas-8UH0G

from Louisville KY

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)

 
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.

 
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

I got this last week

By Vox 847 wah is better

from Boston, MA USA

I just got the Crate V18 1x12 tube amp last week - 3 12AX7s, 2 EL84s, nice clean tone, master volume(single channel), spring reverb, 3-band EQ, but because it's 18 watts, it doesn't have far to go to get some break up.It's got massive amounts of low end - I really had to dial the bass back... if that's a plus or a minus is completely subjective. It can do from clean to classic rock on it's own, but it loves pedals, so... I kick on a Big Muff and play some Electric Wizard, no problem.And believe me, it's LOUD. It can keep up with a drummer, no worries.

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