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    All-tube Class A circuitry for one hot little practice and studio amp.

    The Crate V5 Class A combo amplifier features a single EL84 output tube producing 5 watts through a single 10" speaker. You won't find a tube circuit much simpler than that, and it gives you the sweet, pure cleans and warm, crunchy overdrive that can only come from tubes. Simple volume and tone/shape controls give you the widest range of sounds you can find on a practice/recording amplifier.

    The Crate V5 guitar amp is based on a classic American all-tube circuit, delivering brilliant cleans and crunchy overdrive sounds. Low wattage through minimal EQ and a small speaker can equal awesome tone when dimmed. That's why the small tube amp is a long time secret weapon of toneful guitarists and wily producers to getting big, cranked-to-the-max tube tones down on tape.

    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-Series amps.

    Features

    • 5W all-tube power
    • Single-ended, Class A circuit
    • 1 x 10" speaker
    • 1 x EL84 output tube
    • one and master volume controls

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    4.3

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    Best amp in price range

    I don't know what some of you expect for $99. This is a practice amp, and for this price you find me another one that is tube and has a 10 inch speaker....Read complete review

    I don't know what some of you expect for $99. This is a practice amp, and for this price you find me another one that is tube and has a 10 inch speaker. Most are 8inches except for a few solid state amps out there in this price. If you plan on playing gigs you should think of ponying up and buying an amp ment for playing live. This is the best $99 amp period. I play professionally for 20+ years, have been signed to a big label and really don't get what some of these fools are expecting like the one who hooks it up to his 2x12 or the guy who starts out "this is really not a good amp." It is a practice amp, not a Marshall stack. If you are looking for a practice amp that has a fuller sound that one with an 8 inch speaker, get it but don't expect this to sound like a Fender Twin Reverb. You won't be let down if you have real expectations.

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    Poor speaker and tone

    Crate has had several versions from the Palomino V5, V58, and now this V5 with a 10" speaker. I thought this amp could be a less expensive challenger to the Blackheart combo...Read complete review

    Crate has had several versions from the Palomino V5, V58, and now this V5 with a 10" speaker. I thought this amp could be a less expensive challenger to the Blackheart combo because of the larger speaker than most of the other 5 watt tube combos. Boy, what a disappointment! Absolutely no bass and extremely trebly sounding. No amount of break-in is going to help the speaker. I tried a Jensen Mod 10-35 extension cab (that sounds great with a Valve Jr. head) that helped a bit, but the amp itself still has a treble emphasis. Also, when pushed, it distorts poorly. I sent it back to exchange for a Valve Jr head that I'll use with a Jensen.

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    4.0

    Good Value

    By Rick330man

    from Florida Keys

    I have two of these. I removed the stock speaker and only use each V5 as a head. This lets the amp ventilate better and more more efficiently dissipate the heat generated by the tubes. Tone is very good for a budget amp. I run a V5 into an open back Avatar G112 loaded with an Eminence Legend 122 alnico and am amazed at how good it sounds. Replacing tubes is very important. One V5 has a JAN Philips 12AT7. The other a JAN GE 5751. Each V5 got an NOS EL84, but the amp takes very well to the JJ EL84. Simple amp but surprisingly well built. For the money, you can't beat it.

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    4.0

    Decent little amp

    By Dave888

    from Mass

    First off, right out of the box, you can get some decent little clean tones out of it at low volumes. However, crank the volume around 6 or 7 and the natural overdrive is very, lets say, "ice picky". By that I mean it has to much highs and not enough lows. However, I swapped the stock crate speaker out for an Eminence Delta Demon, and i'm stocked I did. The harsh highs are evened out, and it sound considerably better. After the speaker change I would give the sound quality a 4-4.5.

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    4.0

    the next small amp mod platform???

    By Rock_Mumbles

    from Podunk, Idaho

    Out of the box the Crate V5 is an OK tube amp at lower volumes, it has a usable clean tone, hampered by the overly bright stock speaker and an "odd" tone control. Replace the speaker and do some soldering and you can get it into the same category as a modded Valve Junior combo, but it has a bigger speaker, and costs less.

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    5.0

    Excellent value and tone

    By RaceRevlon

    from Southern California

    When these went on sale, I immediately thought of running my BOSS GT-8 into two of these in stereo. I was not disappointed. Not only do these things sound great plugged straight in, or with a couple of pedals in front, but with a true stereo processor like a GT-8, GT-10, VOX Tonelab LE, you can get a MONSTER sound out of these little guys just by putting some distance in between them. If you're looking for just a simple practice amp, a Tube Screamer and maybe a modulation pedal and you can gig with this amp.

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    5.0

    light and loud practice amp

    By Greyback

    from Ypsi, MI

    How many 5W tube amps come with a 10 inch speaker, and a durable one at that? This thing can pump some bassy tones and screechy treble, which can help if you're rehursing but don't feel like dragging a stack or huge combo.the highs on this amp with the stock speaker and tube do get a little out of hand, but that's controlled by ddropping that tone knob. As for me, I don't see the need to replace the speaker, although I might get a better EL84 instead of the cheapy thrown in it.You can get nice deep cleans, if going for warmth cut that tone knob low. The drive's not bad either.This works good with pedals, tried it with the MM-X with the mids scooped and it's a similar sound to Randall. For the low cost, this amp is great to experiment with any genre. It's not the Valve Jr, but it's also Crate. Plus take a look at that list price. Good little amp.

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    5.0

    Nice.

    By blue13

    from DC,PA

    Crate V5 tube amp. This is a very nice simple tube circuit. Great for blues or country. Well built import amp. A speaker swap might put this amp over the top, but it is very nice out of the box. Not for heavy guitar. well worth the $$$

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    5.0

    Good amp with a good price

    By MartinMan-YRA.1

    from Owosso, MI

    The Crate V5 all tube amp is becoming a favorite of mine. Features- Its a very basic amp. Just an on off switch, an input jack, and a volume and tone control. You got a pretty wide range of sound from those two controls. I just wish it had a standby option and a headphone jack.Quality- Its built solid and has a 10 inch speaker. It does have a bit of a harsh sound at high volumes, but messing with that tone knob and your guitars controls really make a difference. Once you dial it in, you can get some nice tone. Value- The price is great. Its very affordable and its got nice tube sound. Great for practicing, sounded great recorded, I may even try and figure out a way to gig with it. Overall- Decent amp, I'm growing more and more fond of it as time goes on. Start hooking pedals up to it, experimenting and I think I'll take my sound to a whole other level with this amp.In my opinion, its a great buy. I don't regret it at all and I'm loving having that great tube tone added to my sound.

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    5.0

    Great amp for the money!

    By Tubehed

    from Westminster, CA

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    This is a well made, good sounding amp that costs as much as an average stompbox. It will lose it's brittle, metallic character if you upgrade the cheap stock speaker to something like a Celestion G10 or Eminence 1058 and keep the tone control under "2". Replace the Sovtek 12ax7 with a better new production tube (such as the Tung Sol RI), and it will really start to sing. It is no botique affair, and it won't impress the label snobs. But for the money, and especially if you can budget for a better speaker, it is hard to go wrong with this little amp.

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    5.0

    Best Bang for the Buck

    By Terry L. Smith

    from Dickson, TN

    I've heard all the reviews and I've got to say I'm extremely disappointed in those that say this could never be a pro amp. Understandably a better speaker such as a Vintage 30 and a new OT and some groove tubes would make a huge difference in its original tone, I get plenty of fat tone and volume for days simply by running a BBE Compressor and Sonic Maximizer through the input. I promise this amp will never leave my arsenal.

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    5.0

    Best amp in price range

    By WellRoundedMucisian

    from LA, Minneapolis, Memphis

    I don't know what some of you expect for $99. This is a practice amp, and for this price you find me another one that is tube and has a 10 inch speaker. Most are 8inches except for a few solid state amps out there in this price. If you plan on playing gigs you should think of ponying up and buying an amp ment for playing live. This is the best $99 amp period. I play professionally for 20+ years, have been signed to a big label and really don't get what some of these fools are expecting like the one who hooks it up to his 2x12 or the guy who starts out "this is really not a good amp." It is a practice amp, not a Marshall stack. If you are looking for a practice amp that has a fuller sound that one with an 8 inch speaker, get it but don't expect this to sound like a Fender Twin Reverb. You won't be let down if you have real expectations.

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