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Crate V32 30W Class-A Tube Combo Amp

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The Palomino V32 Amp is a hot little single 12" combo amplifier that kicks serious butt. It's an all-tube, 30W class A amp featuring four EL-84 tubes...Click To Read More About This Product

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Righteous tube tone and 30W Class A power!

The Palomino V32 Amp is a hot little single 12" combo amplifier that kicks serious butt. It's an all-tube, 30W class A amp featuring four EL-84 tubes in the power section. Very solid construction with searing tone that will get you in the ZZ Top, AC/DC, Led Zep, Ted Nugent, Allman Bros, classic blues-rock frame of mind in an instant. Plug an LP or a 335 into the V32 combo and you won't be able to suppress a smile when you hear this amp perform. White Tolex covering with wheat grille gives the Palomino V32 a boutique look.

FEATURES
  • Class A 30W
  • 4 - El-84 power tubes
  • 3 - 12AX7A preamp tubes
  • Spring reverb
  • Clean/overdrive switch
  • Boost switch
  • Bass, mid, treble, and presence tone controls
  • 12" speaker
SPECIFICATIONS
  • OUTPUT POWER RATING
  • 30W RMS @ 6 % THD, 8 ohm load, 120 VAC
  • SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO
  • 71dB Typical
  • GAIN
  • Clean 56dB, Overdrive 101dB
  • TREBLE
  • 12dB range @ 6kHz
  • BOOST
  • +10dB @ 900Hz
  • MID
  • 10dB range @ 1kHz
  • BASS
  • 8dB range @ 150Hz
  • PRESENCE
  • +8dB @ 10kHz
  • PREAMP TUBES
  • (3) 12AX7A
  • POWER AMP TUBES
  • (4) EL-84
  • POWER REQUIREMENTS
  • 120 VAC, 60 Hz, 35VA
  • 100/115 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 35VA
  • 230 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 35VA
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4.8

(based on 43 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great amp for the cash!

I've owned Marshalls, Fenders, Hughes & Kettners, Peaveys, and currently have a Line6. In my quest for a good tube amp for not a ton of cash, I ran across...Read complete review

I've owned Marshalls, Fenders, Hughes & Kettners, Peaveys, and currently have a Line6. In my quest for a good tube amp for not a ton of cash, I ran across one of these. I was completely impressed with the clean tones, amazing overdrive, and power of this amp. It is VERY flexible. I use it every week live, and it simply sounds amazing!Now, an important distinction is that mine is one of the Made in the USA models. The current production is in Viet Nam. Not sure about the differences in components, but after playing through a new one, there is a bit of a difference...just not a big difference.Someone mentioned tube rattle in these amps. Mine was not exempt from this problem. After closer inspection, I found that there were covers on the preamp tubes. Took them off and reinstalled them, and no more rattle.Absolutely killer amp. Get one...you will NOT be sorry!

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Nice, but not for me

This amp does deliver tone that can be compared to some of the boutique amps I've played through. It still carries the stigma of the Crate badge, rightly or wrongly, although the name...Read complete review

This amp does deliver tone that can be compared to some of the boutique amps I've played through. It still carries the stigma of the Crate badge, rightly or wrongly, although the name Crate does not appear on the amp. When dialed in to a fairly loud level, and with the overdrive cranked, you'll feel like Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Page, or any artist that has that trademark crispy, buttery sounding OD tone.I have not seen anyone mention this in a review, and I think it's important. I had two specimens of this amp, and both of them exhibited an extremely annoying tube rattle. In addition, I could not dial out the mushy low-end overtones that some might call "Class A ghost" tones. I suspect that the heat shield might have been picking up vibrations and transferring it to the chassis, where it rattled the tubes, producing microphonic noise. I never bothered removing the shield, which would be easy enough. It's there to protect the user from burns, not to protect the amp components.Here's why I returned the second amp and chose something else:1) The boost is too over the top. It has no variable control.2) The amp has a pronounced low-end. Too low for my tastes. I have a bass player to take care of the low end.3) The aforementioned tube rattle.4) My personal desire is to use this amp both in my band and at home. Because it needs to be cranked, I was not getting satisfaction in the house. In the band though, it rocked.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp for the cash!

By voxfan

from Austin, TX

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I've owned Marshalls, Fenders, Hughes & Kettners, Peaveys, and currently have a Line6. In my quest for a good tube amp for not a ton of cash, I ran across one of these. I was completely impressed with the clean tones, amazing overdrive, and power of this amp. It is VERY flexible. I use it every week live, and it simply sounds amazing!Now, an important distinction is that mine is one of the Made in the USA models. The current production is in Viet Nam. Not sure about the differences in components, but after playing through a new one, there is a bit of a difference...just not a big difference.Someone mentioned tube rattle in these amps. Mine was not exempt from this problem. After closer inspection, I found that there were covers on the preamp tubes. Took them off and reinstalled them, and no more rattle.Absolutely killer amp. Get one...you will NOT be sorry!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Affordable Class A

By Southwinds Worship

from California

I have owned this amp for a little more than a month and am so pleased with my purchase. It sounds wonderful. The clean channel is great with my Highway 1 strat. The overdirve channel is punchy and warm. I also use a Route 66 Distortion petal with it and it too sounds great. The guys in my band can't believe how great this inexpensive amp sounds. I have played Accoustic for a long time and figured it was time I learn to play Elecric. I have tried and tried to get good tone using, POD XT live, Flextone, Fender classic and just couldn't do it. This amp has really helped me to find what I was looking for. Additionally, this is a great amp for worship. Plenty of sound for the stage and mics nicely. I absolutely recommend this amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Quality control aside, a great amp!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Believe the hype. It doesn't sound QUITE as good as a comparable Fender, Mesa Boogie, Vox, etc, but it also isn't NEARLY as expensive. If you are looking for a fantastic low-budget tube combo, this is the amp for you. It has a very versatile sweet spot. However, the one that I got has developed a nasty sympathetic buzz, and I'm having to send it back to get a new one. I would like to criticize Crate for poor quality control, but that costs money, and this is an affordable amp. Get it if you don't mind running the risk of having to return it for a new one. Minus 1 star for quality control; otherwise a 5-star amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp for the money

By danielj

from L.A.

This is the best value for a tube amp. A-Class! Loud 30 watt.Tone is rich, but changing the tubes and upgrading the speakers to greenbacks improves it all around, amazing, closer to a VOX. But, still distinct. Use it to sculpt your sound. Even putting in a few hundred will still put you way under the price of a Vox AC30. I paid $450 out the door. Upgrading the reverb would be better as well. That is creating an ideal combo amp, though. Out of the box, it is still great. Thick sounding, highly recommended for hard rock type stuff or blues. When you play live, tube is what you need to cut through, this does not disappoint.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome for Blues

By Telemike

from Greensboro, NC

Love the overdrive channel. It's creamy and perfect for blues and classic rock. The clean is nice and chimey, wish it had a more blackface tone but it is very good. Reverb is good but not Fendery and Surfy, it's a good ambience reverb rather than sproingy. Amp runs hot from the cathode biased EL84's and lack of ventilation. The Celestion 70/80 is nice. I really like this amp for the money and is a great looker too with cream tolex and gold panel.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stop your search, this is a great amp

By toneman-HY0mD

from Jeffersonville, Indiana

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Wow... This amp is the total package for just about any style of music. It's not a metal amp but pedals work great with it. I have been playing for 36 years and have had many many amps. This tone machine will hold its own with the high dollar amps and sound better than a lot of them. The last 3 months I have been trying out many diferent amps. "This gets expensive" However, I have settled on this little tone beast. Strats, LP, Carvin CT6M all sound great. It is not one that you have to spend a lot of time with getting the tone you want. Very straight forward amp!! No adjusting for hours to end up with a sound you are just ok with........you will get it quick with this pony. Not many bells and whistles but it diffently does the job without them. This is the only amp that you will actually turn the bass down. It has a celestion Palomino speaker that thumps. Sort a sounds like the AC30, has the chime and a loose bass that is great sounding. I generally have purchased 212 cabs but this little pony has more bass than them. Not USA made, but not much is anymore.If you are looking for a great amp at a fantastic price, you should buy this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i'm at a loss for words but i'll try anyway

By stangme

from Chicago burbs

I just had to submit a review of this amp. I just heard the best amp i've ever had the pleasure of hearing.....i thought this was just supposed to be a GC speciall "looking" edition of the vfx3112 without the effects? NOT AT ALL i think crate is a great brand who has had some reliability problems......well so does BMW they are known for reliability problems but are considered about the best car to drive in the world, but they break down constantly. Well this little amp is just absolutely incredible. It sounded so rich, and detailed, and warm, yet clear (impossible right? LOL) so much that i had to grab a used crate vintage club 30 to hear it side by side. now the Vintage is considered a pretty good sounding budget tube amp. Well it sounded very lifeless and plain in comparison. I compared it to A hot rod deluxe, no contest, a classic 30.....not even close. A Hughes & Kettner (spelling?) tube 50 which was very nice but just didn't have what it takes, a modded Peavey Delta BLues (better tubes) came close but no cigar. THe only thing that came close was this reissue Ampeg that was modded and still didn't have it! So i tried out a Mesa that was covered in purple suede like material costing thousands and was about the closest thing to beating the Palomino but didn't I just cannot stop thinking about this amp...... I don't even think the guys at GC had ever heard this amp lol because they all came over and started listening as well as a few customers that were shocked to see a crate logo on the amp :D For $*** i am shocked. On the dirty channel you can get NASTY heavy metal tones, on the clean channel its just so incredible. I had 5 amps on at 1 time all on standby (cept he **** Delta friggin thing didn't have 1!!!!!) just going back and forth trying to find a setting on other amps to beat this little sucker! I feel like a newbie all over again, i am watching myself type this stupid review that sounds like a 5 year old but cannot stop myself! Love that thing!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you'd have told me...

By Esquire J

from Cary, IL

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...If you'd have told me a year ago that I'd be gigging with a Crate, I'd have told you that would be the day I traded my beloved Tele for a pointy guitar.Well, that day has come and my Telecaster NEVER sounded better!! This amp will give you that vintage clean sound with TONS of headroom as well as a second channel for you Drive-driven folks!The mid-boost is useful (though I still prefer a clean boost pedal) and the effects loop is the cherry on top!I've owned 'em all...from vintage Fenders to Dr. Z's...and I must say that the Palomino is the BEST value pound for pound out there for players from Country to Blues to Rock!PLEASE do yourself a favor and check one out!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow! Do Not Let This One Pass You By!

By 49man

from Ohio, near Akron

I have had enough amps over the years to start my own music store. My favorites over the years were Marshall, Fender, Mesa Boogie and a few others. But for the money you can get an amp like this? Only in America (God bless her)! An American amp that just absolutley screams! It blows away anything I have owned or played. You will pay 3-4 times as much for a Boogie that really does not sound any better. This class "A" amp is just so sweet sounding it is incredible. It is cleaner sounding than a Fender but also more rounded. It has more gain than Marshall and sounds better. You really can not get a bad sound out of it. Do not let the 30 watt rating bother you, this is class "A" and it sounds like 75 watts of class "A-B". Show up with guitar in one hand Palomino in the other and blow their doors off! My friends have come over, tried this amp now they want one. I never had anything against Crate amps before, I just never paid attention to them. But when I first heard this amp I knew it was special. This US made amp is made by the same people that make the Ampeg amps and that ain't bad. Comes with groove tubes (4-EL84's and 3-12AX7A's) and 1 special designed 12" 80 watt Celestion speaker. Also get this...5 Year Warranty! It is a dream come true, go test this amp, you owe to yourself, you will not be sorry!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So Warm... So Happy...

By TimBug2

from Rosemount, MN

I researched for over a year and never looked at Crate. Then I stumbled upon a Palomino forum and was intrigued so I forcibly quelled all the bad feelings associated with Crate and searched out a Palomino V32 112 Combo. I got it, played through it with my '89 JS1000, '76 Strat, Seagull Le Patrie 'Etude Classical and have regained my love of playing clean and mildly gritty guitar. It is so rich sounding with a mellow smooth distortion that has gain to spare. I tried a Digitech Valve FX through the line in/lineout and it worked perfectly with delay and reverb behind the distortion of the amp. It is very loud and can be a bit difficult to get bedroom levels. A re-tube is probably in order (to lower the noise-floor) but I could get by without it. This is a beautifully voiced amp with great classy looks and since I bought it I have struggled at prioritizing its importance in my life. I understand that the V3112 is the same amp in a new skin but I like the skin mine is in.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

V32

By Green Meenie

from Humble, TX

If you gig with a tube amp, make sure you consider this one. I have had my V32 for about 8 months now. I was litterally in a local music shop one day with cash in hand to buy a brand new Mesa Lonestar Custom. I had taken my gigging guitar, a custom Carvin CT6 to the store to play around with the Mesa, only to be dissapointed with not being able to get the bass tones to calm down. So I plugged up to a V32 and was just blown away. I could not believe how clean and full a tube amp for under a grand could perform. My gigging set up is a Boss chorus and delay run thru the loop and a Morley Volume/Wah, Boss Compression/Sustainer, Super Overdrive, EQ, Acoustic Simulator, & Super Octave thru the front. I do not use the gain channel or the boost pedal but get my overdrive tones and volume boosts thru my pedals. The only draw back is that it is a class A, meaning it's loud right out of the gate. My master volume is usually set just below 1, to help keep our stage volume down. So mic this puppy and you can maintain all your preferred tones thru peddals.Should I ever have a problem with it, I would buy another one in a heartbeat...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent with very few minor flaws.

By RetroTones

from Midwest

Bought this amp right here just two months ago. Very solidly built in the US Midwest. Excellent fit and finish. Quality vintage cream tolex. Really nice removable wicker grille. Great class A sound! Clean channel is clean, deep, and powerful. It loves pedals in front. Distortion channel is strong and all tube - nice. The sound is classic all the way and easily sounds as good or better than far more costly amps. Very cool gold chassis with gold knobs that have little jewel markers inlaid in them. Oddly, it likes standard pedals in it's effects loop too but impedance mismatches eliminate the use of nicer rackmount effects. Worst point? The cheap reverb can. You can read below about others' problems with hum instead of reverb. It's the cheap no-name 2-spring reverb can they use. The internal spring pan mounting springs easily slip off the outer tank tabs. The pan bounces around inside and the hookup wires break. Result: major hum and no reverb. Solution? Simply replace the cheap can with the far better US Accutronics 3-spring 8EB2C1B with is exactly the same size so it mounts correctly where the bad one came out. They're inexpensive online, eBay, etc. There's room in the bottom for the long Accutronics can if so desired. Don't use much spring here but I wanted it woking nonetheless. Only one speaker jack so it's either the internal speaker (an 8&#848 Celestion Seventy-80) or an external cab - not both. Very loud as is. The Celestion sounds great. It has a Palomino label on it with the small Celestion label on the edge. Very quiet unlike many other amps in this range. A real keeper. It does run hot. There is vent on top. I simply clamp a small Pabst 115vac fan on the back panel which blows right on the tubes. Keeps it nice and cool. Any decent electrionics shop has 'em. Bottom line: This amp is truly a keeper. Great classic sound, plenty loud, well-built, and not too expensive to boot. Includes dual pedal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Palomino V32 amp

By Krusher-V6twH

from Toled, Ohio

I tried all the small tube amp combo's ,Fender ,Boogie, DR. Z, Rivera... I never considered a crate, but the tone sold me! The clean is so pure and rich, but if you Turn it up it gets a great blues sound. The distortion is great for classic rock, but not metal. The reverb is good but not great, the FX loop is a nice feature. This amp is real loud 30 watts of tube power is plenty for me. One of the best looking amps also!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big thumbs up

By ScoreForPicture

from Los Angeles area

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Versatile combo. Both clean and overdrive channels sound rich and great. Excellent price-to-quality ratio. If you play pop/rock/blues/indie/etc. styles, I highly recommend it.

 
5.0

Decent Amp

By CharvelModel1

from Indianapolis, IN

I've had this amp for a year now, and overall, I have to say that it is pretty good. The Clean Channel is very warm and fat, and the distortion channel offers a range of a more modern sound to a 1970's rock sound. The distortion isn't as crunchy as I like it to be, but if you have a decent pedal or fuzz box, then the amazing clarity of the amp will come through. This amp as made all of my pedals magic.

 
5.0

palamino

By Johnny one time's house of potatoes

from knoxville, tn

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Just bought it...was going to buy a mesa boogie lonestar and was all in all disappointed with the sound...The Palimino was 95% as good as the mesa on clean but was much better on crunch; it is about $1000 cheaper and just as good all around. Can't wait to use it at our next gig. It's a little noisy on the gain channel with a TS8 & TS9, nothing a noise gate won't clear up. I recommend it for the best of both worlds after playing Lone Stars, Fender Devilles, Super Reverbs, an Orange amp, a Line 6 Vetta (too complicated and non-tube, but second amongst all the amps i played), Peavey JSX.

 
5.0

WOW!!!

By David Chagrin-mNJHs

from The D, MI

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I must say that I am very impressed. Never have I read such great reviews of an amp. These reviews convinced me to purchase this amp. I couldn't be more satisfied. I now have the nicest sounding, coolest looking amp in my band. I am amazed. All of a sudden, I sound like I'm a real guitarist. Thank you Crate. You've sucked for all these year, but finally came through.

 
4.0

Crate V32 Palomino

By Igloo/Iguana

from Big Lake, MN

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The effects loop is worthless on this amp. I am very unimpressed with the effects loop. Sounds better plugging guitar into effects then directly into amp. This amp is VERY LOUD! Beware. First night I jammed with this amp I couldn't even play the clean because of the Loudness. Volume was on (almost) one. yeah, crazy!Overdrive is great! Crank up the gain!!!! The Boost effect kinda sucks...You'll be overdriving this amp and having fun, then you hit the Boost.....the sound doesn't even match. It's like a loud crappy tone.I can get Great tones from my POD XT LIVE. In fact, one of my custom tones is better than this V32 Palomino. I use the Line 6 Chemical X head, Mesa 4x12 cab, and a Very Hot compressor for effect. Sounds like Tool!!! I just need a pedal pushing amp...like the Crate GT212 combo amp ($320). Perfect price.

 
5.0

great amp!!!!!

By SchecterC-1Hellraiser409

from MN

my dad bought this amp for us to use and it sounds really nice on clean and with gain. only problem we had was a whistle sound that was a result of a rattle. so we took the head away from the speaker and built a cabanet for the head and kept it off the speaker. works awsome now with no whistle. i'd recomend this amp to anyone looking for a nice clean, loud amp. it's a very nice amp.

 
4.0

Very Nice Amp

By Sgiuffrida

from California

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This is the first review I have written thus far. I have the amp for more then a year and from day one I read the reviews and loved the amp. The key elements I love are the tone and the warmth of this amp. The line out and the foot pedal is great but I must say after playing large outside venues and smaller inside gigs that the challenge of any guitarist is to get the sound of your amp thought the PA without changing the tone. This is never mentioned. You can gig all day long with a great amp but can you get that sound out to 500 people with a sound check of 15 minutes. That is the way it is at my gigs so the amp is great just be aware that it might not sound that way across all your gigs. Here is the dilemma, when you are cursing along with great tone on the rhythm section life is good. When you hit the boot it drives the midrange and changes the tone completely. It becomes less distorted and puts more of a country twang into the lead. I added an 10 Channel MXR so to control the change and it seems to work a bit. Sure the cutout is noted as with other reviews. Again it has a lot of power. On outside venues I only get it up to 2 or 3 on the volume because the PA does all the work. We all have visions of AC/DC and wall to wall Marshall?s but these days it is not needed so before you buy this amp make sure you know what you will be using it for. Without a Mixer and PA this amp has plenty of power to be heard over a heavy drummer with no shield. That should be enough for any metal players. Otherwise this is a great amp. I use the ME-50 as well. Take care. sg

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