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Crate V16 15W Class A Tube Combo Amp

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The Palomino V16 is a little 15W Class A tube screamer loaded with toneful soul and wrapped in Sunday's best. The V16 combo amplifier delivers instan...Click To Read More About This Product

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Class A design for rich, powerful tone.

The Palomino V16 is a little 15W Class A tube screamer loaded with toneful soul and wrapped in Sunday's best. The V16 combo amplifier delivers instant response with great touch sensitivity. The vintage-style cream Tolex cab has gold hardware and houses a 15W Class A tube circuit, a 12" Celestion speaker, and spring reverb. The Palomino V16 amp's single channel has a Boost function that kicks in driving, rich tone and it has Gain, 3-band EQ, Level, and Reverb knobs.

FEATURES
  • 15W power
  • Class A tube circuit
  • Single channel with Boost switch
  • 12" Celestion speaker
  • Gain, 3-band EQ, Level, Reverb knobs
  • Spring reverb
  • 18-1/2"W x 16-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D
  • 38 lb.
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4.9

(based on 59 reviews)

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I like it

I still rate this pretty favorably, because it sounds great in the lower settings -- warm & round -- and it's solidly built. And it looks great as well, so...Read complete review

I still rate this pretty favorably, because it sounds great in the lower settings -- warm & round -- and it's solidly built. And it looks great as well, so I was happy to replace the reverb, use an overdrive pedal & call it good. 38 lbs means I can put it in the front seat of the car with one arm, where the V32 requires two arms & the whole back seat. Served as adequate backup when I was between V32s. If a speaker replacement or tube change would get the V16 to sound just like the V32 [and it just might!], I'd sell the V32 and never look back.

Only real regret: no standby switch. But it's not like you can't turn it off, and then back on when needed. I use mine in church, and I've never been caught waiting for the amp to be ready
standard: three tones, reverb, master volume, gain, plus the "Boost" switch [10dB increase at 900kHz]. Your typical one-channel combo tube amp with reverb. No effects loop, no "presence". At first I wondered if 15 watts might not be loud enough [for metal I guess it wouldn't] but it's plenty loud enough for everything else.
Surprisingly does not sound much like its V32 big brother. The tube richness is still there, but the sound is more brittle & less full. This is not an issue with the gain down low, but cranking into the territory it was made for gets pretty grating. Also the reverb was awful at any level; I replaced mine.

You will sometimes read people complaining about overheating issues, but that's the higher-watt combos; the V16 has no such problem. Also I have not seen a V16 that was not made in the USA.
For the price it's awesome. The cabinet is very sturdy, the knobs are metal, the chassis is secure, the leather handle is very comfortable. Side-by-side comparison with a Blues Jr [for blues slide] proved them to be equal in sound.

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Vintage tone monster

This amp is a relatively cheap way to get loud, full, class-A tube tone. It works like a dream with my LP with Duncan Antiquities. I set it for a just-on-the-edge-of-breaking-up sound:...Read complete review

This amp is a relatively cheap way to get loud, full, class-A tube tone. It works like a dream with my LP with Duncan Antiquities. I set it for a just-on-the-edge-of-breaking-up sound: gain between 1.5 and 2 and Master btw 7-10. Really nice and fat 50s vintage blues and R&R sound. It also takes pedals real well for more grit and crunch. It's light weight. I did replace the speaker to a celestion gh30, broken-in and relabeled as a Hellatone by Avatar. Stock speaker not bad, just too boxey for my tastes. I mic it for gigs, but it's plenty of volume for stage and rehearsal with no mic. Compared to Fender Blues Jr., this amp is fuller and blooms more (Class A vs Class A/B). Highly recommended!!

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5.0

Swatty Little Tone Monster

By Paddy-O

from Los Angeles, CA

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I bought the Palomino V16 15W Class A Tube Combo Amp five months ago and have never looked back. I've played Fenders, Mesa Boogie, Marshall, etc., and nothing can touch this amp for price, performane and TONE! I use it matched with a Gibson LP Vintage and that combination simply sings. The clean tones are great for jazz and oldies rock, but where this amp really cleans up is with the pure tube overdrive for blues and that classic Jimmy Paige tone. Plug in a hollow body and you won't believe the huge, rich tone. This amp makes me sound way better than I am... and inspires me to play better! I cranked this little sucker up in my living room and immediately got complaints from the neighbors. Love it! I've taken it to many gigs and jams, and other guitarists can't believe the presence of this little amp. It blows 100W solid state amps off the stage. When miked for loud shows, it screams like a half stack, without the audio-directional problems introduced by large cabinets on stage. So much power/sound in such a little package and for so little money. I played the Palomino 30W as well, and it's a fine amp, but this one's so small I can literally toss it in the front seat of my car with my axe and I'm off to someone's garage to jam. Get it, you won't be sorry.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I like it

By Joe P-UUg4X

from Seattle WA

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I still rate this pretty favorably, because it sounds great in the lower settings -- warm & round -- and it's solidly built. And it looks great as well, so I was happy to replace the reverb, use an overdrive pedal & call it good. 38 lbs means I can put it in the front seat of the car with one arm, where the V32 requires two arms & the whole back seat. Served as adequate backup when I was between V32s. If a speaker replacement or tube change would get the V16 to sound just like the V32 [and it just might!], I'd sell the V32 and never look back.

Only real regret: no standby switch. But it's not like you can't turn it off, and then back on when needed. I use mine in church, and I've never been caught waiting for the amp to be ready
standard: three tones, reverb, master volume, gain, plus the "Boost" switch [10dB increase at 900kHz]. Your typical one-channel combo tube amp with reverb. No effects loop, no "presence". At first I wondered if 15 watts might not be loud enough [for metal I guess it wouldn't] but it's plenty loud enough for everything else.
Surprisingly does not sound much like its V32 big brother. The tube richness is still there, but the sound is more brittle & less full. This is not an issue with the gain down low, but cranking into the territory it was made for gets pretty grating. Also the reverb was awful at any level; I replaced mine.

You will sometimes read people complaining about overheating issues, but that's the higher-watt combos; the V16 has no such problem. Also I have not seen a V16 that was not made in the USA.
For the price it's awesome. The cabinet is very sturdy, the knobs are metal, the chassis is secure, the leather handle is very comfortable. Side-by-side comparison with a Blues Jr [for blues slide] proved them to be equal in sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Forget Bang for the Buck, this is just a good AMP

By davewhoz

from Wyomissing, PA

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I purchased this amp about 8 months ago. It is basic (no FX loop, one channel, built in spring reverb, gain, treb, mid, bass knobs, power knob) - but then again, so are some of the most expensive boutique guitar amps. In this case, it's all about tone. I use with many different guitars (teles, strats, with various pickup setups SSH, SHH, SS, SSS). I've found that this amp is not a do-all - it won't give you the kind of mesa crunch some want, but it WILL give you round, warm, beautiful tone, overdriven or clean - somewhere between a AC30 and a Marshall. It's great for many different music styles, but I wouldn't recommend for a shredder. The amp itself is pretty, and unique looking, but not built with the same attention to detail, and heavy-duty parts that you would see with $1k+ amps - but then again, this thing costs much less. Mine came with scratchy pots, but a quick deoxit spray cleaning made it sound clean as a whistle. It has plenty of volume for most purposes - remember, volume/wattage is not a linear relationship. A 50w amp is not twice as loud as a 25w amp (given all other specs are the same). The only real thing I could see improve in this amp is the spring reverb -- most likely due to the space confinement, the spring reverb is pretty short, and accordingly, the reverb is not particularly lush. I use a holiest grail in front of it if I ever want radically lush reverb. As far as the tubes go, they are cheap ones, and I could see replacing them helping to really fatten up tone, but only do it if you really know what you're doing, or go to a trusted amp tech. I know too many people who try to replace tubes themselves, don't bias properly, and miss out on how the amp really should sound. At this price point, this is a no-brainer for someone looking for their first tube-amp. Even for me, owning several greats (fender reverb, ac30), I couldn't pass up at this price point.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect for some but not all

By classified

from Ohio

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I love this amp for what it can do and can't find it in myself to dislike it for what it can't do. Jazz to blues on up to moderate distortion AC/DC type sounds are very easy to get out of it. However it isn't very flexible beyond that and if thats not what you want you will have to work to get your sound out of it (i.e. get to knob tweaking and go buy some pedals). The tone controls aren't quite sensitive enough for me and their frequency centers aren't where i'd like them to be. The boost button is great for adding warmth in clean to clean-ish tones but completely useless for moderate to heavy distortion. The reverb is pretty bad but acceptable at levels under 10 o'clock. Dispite all that I can't help but loving it. It can't do everything but what it does do well is amazing. It's easy to get a very expensive sounding blues tone from it and it takes pedals great. The quality was much better than expected. Mine came equipped with Groove Tubes (a trio of 12X7A preamps and a pair of EL84 power tubes by the way) that sound good enough to keep me from experimenting with others for now. The speaker sounds nice but its just a little lacking in the low end department. If you want a lot of flexibility in this price range you'd probably have to resort to solid state equipment (don't get me wrong there is some nice solid-state stuff out there) but if you're looking for good tube sound in this price range this ones hard to beat.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Got Tone!

By Slide-eiHl9

from Marietta, GA

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This little guy's got TONE! Bought mine a year ago and love it for practice and for mic recording. Small enough you can crank it up and bake those tubes for searing tone without crushing your mic; loud enough to hold its own in a session with bigger boys. I played with some guys pushing big wattage and twins, and still cut through when it was time to solo. Not that I'd recommend this as a stage amp, but in a pinch... I chose it over the small Fender for its crunch and reberb, but it also has the same sweet clean sound. Great deal for super sound. If only it had 2 channels.

 
5.0

Who would of known?

By David-.3d1B

from Costa Mesa, CA

I never really even considered a Crate Amp before. Not that I thought there was anything wrong with them, It's just that for 30 years of playing through Marshalls and Fenders. I thought Crate was sort of the beginners amp - Low priced and versitile. What caught my eye was the blond and gold shell with the "V" in front. I don't know why, maybe its vitage look.? But when I pluged one in, using an off the shelf Strat, I almost wet myself. I bought one on the spot. No matter what I put throught it, a simple adjustmet of the gain and volume was all that was necessary to get one of the best low to mid volume sounds I've ever herd.(Custom Shop Les Paul, 70's Strat with personally custom wound pick-ups by Symore Duncan, '62 Gretsch Viking hollow body, Custom Shop Fender Tele, Gibson Night Hawk Delux, And my old Eddie Van Halen thrasher, Krammer Focus 3000.)The one I purchased was the floor model. That was all they had in stock. Oddly enough, It comes with no manual, scamatics, specs., nothing. I tryed to find info on the internet about it and...nothing. I made many calls to locate one, which to a lot of calls, and finally found one. Again it was the only one in stock, but at least it was in the box. I said PLEASE hold it for me. I drove for an hour to pick it up. I had to get one for my brother because I didn't know if these were the last two. But my brother had a six month early birthday. And were still living happily ever after. (My brother's came in the box and still didn't have a stich of info on it. Makes it mysterios in a way.)K. RossCosta Mesa, CA

 
5.0

I've Found My Tone

By Flying V's Best Friend

from Hanover Park, IL

My search is finally over. This is the best little amp with Big Tone that money can buy. The Distortion on this amp is amazing - no need for pedals anymore. The 15 watts will blow you away. So go get yourself The V16, you will not be sorry.

 
5.0

My New Favorite Amp

By NitroWoman

from Undisclosed

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The first time I heard this amp I thought, "Where have you been all my life". Great clean tones and overdrive to die for. My Ibanez SD160 with a SD SH-6 Humbucker on the bridge is an awesome combination with this amp. The cream tolex and gold hardware is a gorgeous combination and the price was incredible for the tone this little box can deal out. If you can't tell, I Love this Amp.

 
5.0

Great sound!

By DuranDuran

from Newberg, Or

I compared this amp with the Fender Blues Jr. and I loved the sound and quality of distortion from this little amp. Much more Versitile of distortion levels and lower volume levels, but can still sing loud as well. Very Pleased. Sounds great with a varity of guitars as well from a les paul to a strat.

 
5.0

Palomino Pleased

By Buddo

from Madison, WI

First one was not so good. Microphonic tubes, crackling, popping. Sent it back. 2nd one arrived (one week). Much improved. Great as is, but a little noisy. I took other's advice and changed tubes (Mullard & EH 12ax7s, Sovtek EL84s). Now it is a quiet amp, and it just sings or screams when it's engaged. Great overtones. Full bottom end. Definitely ample volume. Hard to believe the sounds ringing out of this 15 watt, 12" celestion. I put my prized Vibro King in the anvil, and will be carting this 40 pound V16 to my gigs. Nice amp!

 
5.0

This thing screams!

By Dan-o-Rfvf5

from Seattle

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Just bought this amp and was impressed right from the box! Great tones, distortion like butta. Play it through my LP, couldn't be more pleased with the tone. Even at low volumes. Great vintage looks. Don't let the 15 watts fool you this thing screams!

 
4.0

Had mine a year now

By gibson 101

from Prince George VA

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I bought my palomino v16 a year ago. First off, if your looking for a metal or hard rock amp, keep looking. This amp is great for blues and a acdc type sound. There is no foot pedal and I personaly would like it to have a little more gain, that's the reason for my 7 on features. I play my clapton strat and my es-135 through this thing and it really sounds sweet. Clean sounds are good also but the warm tube break-up is were its at with this amp. Don't be fooled with the 15 watts,cause this class A tube monster can rock this house. Hope this was helpful.

 
5.0

I love this amp!

By MJF

from Home

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I've had this amp for about 5 months now, and it consistently delivers rich, ceamy, classic tube goodness. I actually take it to recording sessions and mic it while other players are posturing for whatever stack is available. I have to say I don't like the reverb, but who cares? Clean or dirty, this amp is just beautiful sounding.

 
5.0

Almost Perfect

By Christ's Instrument

from West Des Moines, IA

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This little amp rocks. It has HUGE tube tone. The Crate cleans up really nice for either a crisp bright tone or a super clean dark jazzy tone. Turn up the gain and you will be blown away. This amp gets a sweet high gain, all tube sound for anything from blues to hard rock. Some complaints: This amp has a lot of noise at high levels which I find myself playing it at because there is not always a PA to mic it up. 15 watts can be loud but in a band of 5 people it can get a little lost. Also, mine sometimes rattles when I play loud, particularly when I play a lower note. I'm being nit picky but it also heats up a lot like all class A tube amps. Overall this amp is a steal for the money and has amazing tone.

 
5.0

Chose it over a blues jr

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this amp for christmas 2 years ago, and I intend of having it until I die. 15 watts of tube is plenty loud for what I do. You really have to turn it up at least past half way to get it's real sound; tube amps (especially class A) were mad to be played loud. I really like its tone; i usually turn the mids all the way up and then tweak the highs and lows around that. One funny thing about the eq though is that it seems like instead of turning up the lows when you turn the low knob up it is actually just turning the highs down. But I can still always find the perfect tone if I tweak for a while. Spring reverb is cool, it really gives a nice "room reverb" kind of sound. One of my only complaints is that it doesn't have any channels or channel switching but what I did was buy a volume pedal and turn it down a little when I want to go from gain to clean. It gives it a really cool, thin sound. The celestion speaker is great; you can feel it pushing the air behind you. On top of all that, it just looks so awesome. I would recomend this amp to anyone in any style of music.

 
5.0

Crossroads

By JadartJammer

from Los Angeles, CA

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If you are having a hard time deciding on a great sounding amp, play this. It sounds like the tone from Cream's "CrossRoads" or Led Zeppelins' Heartbreaker or "The Lemon Song". It has a sparkling distortion sound that you must hear to believe. This is by far better than any Valvtronix or similiar priced mod amp. This is the real thing.

 
5.0

WOW

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

When i went to the music store I started playing on this amp and the guy came over and said that the crate v16 was an awesome amp. I couldn't agree more with him. I bought it and it's one of the greatest sounding amps I have played. You can get many great sounds from this thing dispite the fact that it has basic functions. But its all the functions you realy need and it's perfect. Great amp, great price. I would definetely suggest everyone to try this amp out.

 
5.0

Teachers Pet

By Jeremy-tBQQk

from Hooper, NE

OK, so I am a schoolteacher so it is not like me to give something a perfect 10 because there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Well, this amp was worth at least a 10!First of all, right out of the box it looks awesome! You don't even have to play it for it to look cool. Then you plug a guitar in and this thing just sings. I play a Les Paul studio guitar and a 72 telecaster (weird combo, I know) and they produced sounds that I had never heard before!I have been gigging with an original 75 Fender Twin Reverb. Great vintage tone, but not good on the back, and not good for the ears of the people in the front row! With this amp, I cam crank the volume, give it a little gain and get that tube sound I was trying so hard to achieve with an extensive pedalboard . . . . without any pedals!This is by far the most musical and responsive amp I have played on. There are two things that I would chance:1. There is a boost switch that just pushes this thing to right where it needs to be, but I'd love to have a pedal to run that.2. A standby button switch would be cool too.I know, both things that can be fixed, but it would be cool if it just came like that.Bottom line . . .but it, your teacher says so.

 
5.0

The tonequest is almost complete

By Rock1withguitar

from Undisclosed

I have had the v16 for about 4 months. It is the best sounding amp I have every played. Played Marshalls, Traynor and Fender. For me it nails that classic british class A sound for way less dough. Play it loud for a month or so to really get that speaker going, your gonna love it.

 
5.0

The Unsung Tone Hero

By tonefreakness

from Midwest

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This might sound crazy but I've checked my Palomino V16 again and again against the Big Boys and I like the V16. It's distortion approaches Marshall richness: while not quite as fluid or uniform as a Marshall wall of sound, it has similar harmonic overtones and is more raw in a ZZ way. The clean sound is warm and fantastic. And I think it's spring reverb is better than Fender, more oganic sounding and more graduated as you dial it up. Fender's reverb often gets over-the-top very low on the dial. I play a Highway 1 Telecaster and have played a 2006 LP Standard through the V16. I actually prefer the tones I get with the Tele. The groove tubes kick. The Celestion speaker is beautiful. For the price I don't believe anyone can touch it. At this point if I move up, I move up to a V32 or V50 with twin 12".

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