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Crate V Series V33-212 33W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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    Thick Class A rock and blues tone made affordable.

    The Crate two-channel V33-212 combo produces 33 watts of all tube Class A tone through dual 12" speakers. Set one channel for crystal clear cleans, and the other for overdrive. The power section features four EL84 cathode biased output tubes you can goose with a boost function that lets your solos soar above the band. The three-band EQ, fluid channel switching and spring reverb give you ultimate sonic control in a loud, durable package.

    The British invasion not only brought long hair, Cuban heels and phony accents to our shores, it also brought the now-classic cathode-biased 30 watt Class A guitar amplifier. At moderate volumes, these gifts from the Commonwealth produce a fantastic chime that will be your ticket to ride. Crank them into saturation, and you'll have a multi-dimensional roar that will cause any bohemian to rhapsodize on their articulation and sustain.

    Just the smell of those glass bottle tubes 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 amps 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-Series combos.

    Features

    • 33W all-tube power
    • Class A circuit
    • 2 x 12" speakers
    • Two channels
    • 4 x EL84 output tubes, cathode biased

    Genuine Class A tube tone for gigs and the garage, that's good enough to take to the studio! Order yours today!

     
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    4.8

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    5.0

    you can

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought two of these amps as most of us were under the impression that they weren

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    4.0

    Great for the money...

    By Artie Fisk-xjs-W

    from Hudson Valley

    This amp has a very nice clean channel, but is a bit lacking in top end. So you need to hit the "presence" button (a knob with variable presence would be better), and this makes the amp NOISY. Mine often crackles even before any instruments are plugged in. The overdrive channel is not great, and when I want that sound, I need to use pedals in front of the clean channel. No footswitch is included with this amp anyway, so channel switching isn't a big thing anyway. The reverb sounds nice, but gets very muddy after about 2 or 3 on the dial. I use this with an Electro Harmonix Holy Stain in front of it as a tone booster and substitute for the reverb, and I get the sound I want. If I had it to do over, I'd get the V-18 112, since this amp is big, heavy, and LOUD, much more of those three things than I need. Still, for the money, it's great. Many people have done well replacing one or more of the preamp tubes, and perhaps I will try this.

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    5.0

    it cost less than a botique pedal

    By lao tzu

    from NC

    The value should be 7 out of 5. I bought a scratch and dent so it cost even less. Most people say it is loud, they are not joking. a level of 2 is way loud. The speakers are fine and don't need to be replaced the preamp tubes are weak and V1 should at least be replaced with a decent tube. Reverb is insane past two, but great at low settings. I got one of these and an 18watt 1-12. this has more features including 2 channels and an effect loop. If you don't have a tube amp I would definitely get one of these, scratch and dent if possible and 18 watts if you don't need the extra features.

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    5.0

    V33-212 Excellent Value

    By GuitarBuilder1970

    from Bloomington, IL

    I was impressed with my Crate V33-212 right out of the box. It's big, its heavy, has a solid feel and looks good. It has a nice sweet sound on the clean channel, not too twangy and not too dull. The distortion channel is impressive also, it has its own gain and volume and can go anywhere from an almost clean sound to an "over the top" agressive death metal sound with the twist of a knob. I turn the gain up to about 3 or 4 for that ZZtop sound. Please note that this thing can get LOUD!! I mean really loud. Probably the loudest 2x12 combo I've heard, and I've been around my fair share of others in my days. We jam in the garage most of the time and keep the volume around 1 or 2, so if you have an apartment or close neighbors you may want to consider something smaller. Has a good amount of low end thump for an open back and can project the highest highs with ease. At first you'll notice a "pop" when you switch between the clean and overdrive channels, thats just the relay and will go away after it gets broken in a bit. I have a handfull of pedals that I run through the loop, or you can put them inline with your guitar. For the price you absolutely cant go wrong. I've had mine for a month now and no problems whatsoever. I also have the matching Crate V212B extension cabinet which works perfectly with this. I highly recommend this amp.

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    5.0

    WOW!!!!

    By Kevron75-sIrk5

    from wenatchee, wa

    I bought this amp online on a whim without reading any reviews first. I was a little nervous after making the purchase as I have not really heard alot of good about crate amps. But let me put those fears to rest for others. This is an INCREDIBLE sounding amp! The cleans just sing. Others have noted a muddy or blanketed sound on the distortion channel. I think this can mainly be attributed to the lack of separate channel eq's. If you play with the gain and eq on the gain channel, you can get some beautiful tones. I use a behringer VT999 tube distortion pedal in front of it with a tung sol 12ax7 installed. I couldn't ask for a better setup. With the cleans as great as they are with a solid stomp box, this amp sounds PERFECT.

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    5.0

    Awesome potential - Needs tubes to be a 10!

    By Tubehead4Life

    from Alberta, Canada

    The Crate V33-212 blew me away upon arriving at my house. How can they build amps this nice for so cheap. There must be something wrong with it. Looks awesome , well made, and should stand up to reasonable use (don't throw it on a concrete floor like the V50 Crate ad- It did still work though!)This amp sounds glassy smooth with beautiful depth and chime. Sounds great with single coil and humbuckers with one side note. Many people have commented that the overdive channel is "dark" and muddy, but sounds ok with full treble ,presence, boost on. My amp had hiss, hum on the lead channel. It roared like a lion on the lead channel but sounded muddy and lacked the beautiful tone range of the claen channel. I traced the culprit(s) to the noisy and harsh preamp tubes- a well known tube website also said they are noisy, hiss, hum & often cause problems. I do not fault Crate for this - they have to be cost conscious and i would rather change preamp tubes than have a crappy amp design. After changing preamp tubes the lead channel roars and has searing lead that delivers Marshall like mayhem that wins instant respect.Only tubes can do that. The V33 includes lots of other nice features like line out, effects loop, presence, Boost, footswitchable also. The reverb should be used sparingly, anything above 1/4 should be called the Lewis and Clark Cavern setting. My entry level Crate flexwave amp has fantastic reverb. I suspect the normal vibration in this ( and any other) combo amp may be causing the problem and better isolating the reverb should help. Historically , I avoided Crate amps but I have 4 now and I think they are ALL fantastic. If they changed the name on this amp to something chic it could sell for 2-3 times this price. I would gig with this amp without a backup if I had to but I always carry extra gear just in case. I have owned many tube amps some hand wired and some not. I like both and beleive a well designed amp will last and a poorly designed amp won't. I hope to use this amp for a long time and would definitely buy another if this one got stolen.

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    5.0

    V33-212 Review

    By EsquireJ

    from Cary, IL

    Ok... Back in the day I was the first to review the Crate Palomino V32 on here. Well, now I get the honor of being the first to review the V33. I FINALLY got one after hearing of their forthcoming release last year and let me just say "WOW"!!I had replaced my old Dr. Z with a Crate V32 several years ago because the Z kept giving me issues. I bought the Palomino to "sub" for the Z and never looked back. Two years and over 100 shows later, she still sings like day one. Could anything ever replace her? Yep. This V33I want CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN and I get TONS of it with the V33. I use pedals to get "bite" and such, so I can't say much about the "drive" channel on the amp. I'm a big fan of Brad Paisley, Pete Anderson, Keith Urban, James Burton, etc... I want a clean palate from my amp and this one fills the bill. I used it at it's first show the other night and let me just say the tone that flowed out of the two 12" speakers was nothing short of phenomenal. The crate speakers are much warmer than the Palomino's Celestions...but that doesn't sacrifice the crystal clear chime on the high end. My 2002 Custom Shop "Z" Esquire NEVER sounded better. I had an amazing tonal palate to work with. I could go on for days about construction, value, features, etc...Let me just say in short that there is NO better tube amp on the "non-boutique" market today... and this one gives the boutique guys quite a run... dollar for dollar and pound for pound.This amp out-Twins a Twin, out-Vox's a Vox and Out-Z's a Z. It pretty much out-performs anything I've ever played through. And it looks dang good, too! Thanks again, Crate!!

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    5.0

    Crate... You did it again!!

    By Esquire J-unQ83

    from Chicago, IL

    Ok... Back in the day I reviewed the Crate Palomino V32 on here. Well, now I get the honor of being the first to review the V33. I FINALLY got one after hearing of their forthcoming release last year and let me just say "WOW"!!I had replaced my old Dr. Z with a Crate V32 several years ago because the Z kept giving me issues. I bought the Palomino to "sub" for the Z and never looked back. Two years and over 100 shows later, she still sings like day one. Could anything ever replace her? Yep. This V33I want CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN and I get TONS of it with the V33. I use pedals to get "bite" and such, so I can't say much about the "drive" channel on the amp. I'm a big fan of Brad Paisley, Pete Anderson, Keith Urban, James Burton, etc... I want a clean palate from my amp and this one fills the bill. I used it at it's first show the other night and let me just say the tone that flowed out of the two 12" speakers was nothing short of phenomenal. The crate speakers are much warmer than the Palomino's Celestions...but that doesn't sacrifice the crystal clear chime on the high end. My 2002 Custom Shop "Z" Esquire NEVER sounded better. I had an amazing tonal palate to work with. I could go on for days about construction, value, features, etc...Let me just say in short that there is NO better tube amp on the "non-boutique" market today... and this one gives the boutique guys quite a run... dollar for dollar and pound for pound.This amp out-Twins a Twin, out-Vox's a Vox and Out-Z's a Z. It pretty much out-performs anything I've ever played through. And it looks dang good, too! Thanks again, Crate!!

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    4.0

    Crate V33-212 guitar amp

    By TeleFella-5GdSy

    from W.Siloam Springs, OK

    The Crate V33-212. I ended up with this amp after a long search trying to match the sound of an older Crate VC60-212 that I had before. I tried some more expensive Fender amps before coming back to a Crate.This amp has all the crisp cleans and bell-like tones that I was looking for.I could go on and on about the great sounds and how pleased I am about the clean channel, but I was not quite as impressed with the drive channel.Yes the thing will growl, it definitely has a warm sound as described. A bit too bassy for me and my Telecaster (only on the drive channel). I've found that with a little EQ and volume manipulation I can get the light to medium distortion on the clean channel that I was looking for. Now the most surprising feature to me, The Reverb,this amp has more reverb than I have ever heard in any amp! I mean so much that it creates it's own tremelo effect almost. You can get some prettywild sounds playing around with this, you can also turn it down to about "one" for some more typical reverb you're used to. A good amp for a "sound purist", it put a stop to my search, at least for now.

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