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Crate V58 Guitar Combo
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It may not seem like much, but you'll be astounded by the volume 5 Class A watts can produce, especially though the heavy-magnet Celestion 8" speaker...Click To Read More About This Product
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All-tube Class A circuitry for one hot little practice and studio amp.
It may not seem like much, but you'll be astounded by the volume 5 Class A watts can produce, especially though the heavy-magnet Celestion 8" speaker. The Groove Tubes 12AX7 preamp tube features a gain control, so you can get it to break up without waking the neighbors. The Groove Tubes EL84 power tube really burns it. Line out jack and tone controls provide great flexibility.
- 5 watt all-tube design
- Class A amplifier
- One 12AX7 preamp tube (Groove Tube)
- One EL84 power tube (Groove Tube)
- Celestion 8" speaker
- Line out jack
- Gain, tone, and level controls
- 12"W x 13"H x 7-1/2"D
- 18 lbs.
Loud enough to jam with reasonable partners, very cool looking, and amazingly sweet sounding. Put it in the cart!
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For playing in my room with family in the house, this amp is ALL & EVERYTHING I'm looking for in an amp. I'm a quadriplegic and I've gone to great lengths to play slide guitar lapstyle and this little 5 watter is built tough, a lightweight weighing in at 18lbs. This amp is simple to dial in and sounds sweeter than Mama's cornbread and honey. It sounds brilliant at low volume and I can still tick off the neighbors. Save yourself the grief of buying 6 amps... BUY THIS ONE. I run a lil effects pedal with it now and again for grins.
First, get yourself some JJ's Tubes. Once I changed out the tubes, the tone improved considerably. The speaker sounds a little spikey when you push this amp really hard. My V58 lives at our, pretty busy project studio, and the little guy finds it's way onto quite a few recordings. I'm going to change out the stock speaker for another 8" which, others commented on giving their little amps, a much tighter low end...We'll see, soon enough. The amp does seem to enjoy being dimed out though. I have 2 Strats set up for high gain rock sounds, each has only 1 pickup, and one volume control. Both guitars are loaded with Seymour Duncan Invader pickups, one pickup is, more than, a decade older than, the other. Both guitars are made of entirely different woods. One has a maple board, the other rosewood. The volume control's value's are both 2MegaOhm instead of the usual 500K resistance. This has the same effect on tone and volume as releasing a kinked garden hose which has had the flow of water slowed down...BAM, instant dimed out amp (direct recording these guitars, requires a 20db pad). Run one of these beasts into a lo-gain preamp, and into a second high gain OD pedal, and we're talking, full-bore metal meltdown, the only thing it's missing is a decent low-end. Like I said, the stock speaker sounds spitty, at least when dimed. With a set up like this one, one could get away with using a 12AT7 (I will try this soon). I know, I hardly have to use any gain from the amp's controls at all, and this little guy is cooking! Crank the amp's gain, and we're talking obscene levels of tube overload. It is nice to be able to pull the microphone back about a foot, and angle it in towards the center of the speaker cone, the angle, and distance helps to tame the spitty highs. Using a condenser microphone on this amp, with a "normally" set up guitar on, a clean tone sounds pretty amazing, nice and "chimey" sounding. The amp loves stomp boxes. Cool little recording tool.
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This little guy is the best bang for your buck on a low cost tube amp! This amp is super tiny, but don't let that fool you. It's 5 watts of tube! The only known mainstream 5-watt tube amp is a Gibson GA-5 which is twice the cost of this amp. This is ALSO made in the USA. It's built solid and has a unique grill and tolex. ALL TUBE, minimum controls. Crank tube sound and ultimate dymanics really pop out of this amp.
I bought this after reading some decent reviews. I have Fender Champ and wanted another small tube amp that would give me crunchy power tube overdrive you can't get out of a champ. Basically I was looking for more of a Marshall sound. Unfortunately the V58 sounds extremely brittle. It was unbearable. I read that others have changed the tubes and gotten better sounds out of it, but I thought if it sounds terrible to begin with, why bother. After a week this went back to MF and my search for a low powered tube amp that will do overdrive continues.
I bought my Crate V58 at a local music store a couple of years ago. On a technical level I like to keep things very simple,(it only has three knobs)I play a 1957 Gibson ES125T through it(it only has two knobs). I just mike it,and everyone comments on how good it sounds. I love it.
I have an Ashdown Peachmaker 40 (Sterile, Souless) and a Reissue Fender Reverb Deluxe (noisy but worthy) I bought the V58 to give my family a break, it gives me smiles and more. Play my Suhr Classic and all my Teles with grins. Thinking about a V15 down the road...
I opened the box and was amazed at the sound that comes out of this 5 watt amp. For jamming in your house this is true tube sound. This is the sound that got me wanting to play guitar. If your playing solid state your not hearing the music as it sounds. You'll like your music and yourself better after playing with this for only a few seconds. Now I can jamm with a full overdriven tube amp in my house and not be heard down the street. My lovely new amp!
i bought this little bad boy b/c with my schedule almost all my playing is done in my bedroom when the kiddos are playing. i made the mistake of getting 2 solid state combos and none fit the bill. none provided that tube sound we all want. i figured with the price of this thing it'd still be worth it if it sucked, but wow, it gives all i need. i can get great sounds with my tonebone pedals at real bedroom levels. this thing takes a backseat to no one. replaced the tubes once and i recommend that you do so when you get it anyways. in a word, this little combo does everything you want a small bedroom amp to do. now my focus is to find the perfect large amp for gigging b/c this thing has all the other bases covered. with effects pedals this thing will go from eric johnson to ac/dc to metallica easily and at low volume levels but can be cranked up pretty loud. in fact i'm so impressed i'm thinking of giving the v series a shot at the 50watt level. great little amp and had no probs with it.
You will NOT find a better tube amp at this price. PERIOD! It's VERY tiny. It's not just slapped together. It's actually built really well physically and cosmetic wise. Has a Volume, gain, and tone. The volume is a ganged one meaning you turn it one way and it cuts the mids and the other way is the opposite. Just like a Gibson Goldtone-5 amp. The Gain lets you control the breakup point. I wish it had a line out. Celestion 8" speaker is nice. I'm getting another one and running them in stereo. I compared this to a solid state amp. You can definately tell the difference. The V58 is much much clearer than a solid state just like tubes are supposed to be. Works awesome with multieffects/modeling amps.I wish it had more bass, but I'll be fixing that soon.