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Delivering vintage vibe and screaming tube tone, The Palomino V8 Combo Amp is upscale but ready to get dirty. The Palamino V8 features 5W power from ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Class and sass make it the perfect little all-tube combo.

Delivering vintage vibe and screaming tube tone, The Palomino V8 Combo Amp is upscale but ready to get dirty. The Palamino V8 features 5W power from a pure Class A tube circuit, a 10" speaker, and a line out. The simple, powerful single channel has Gain, Tone, and Volume knobs. Crank your Palomino V8 up and dive into luscious tube tone.

FEATURES
  • 5W power
  • Class A tube design
  • 10" Celestion speaker
  • Single channel
  • Gain, Tone, Volume knobs
  • Line out
  • 13"W x 12"H x 7-1/2"D
  • 18 lbs.
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4.7

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Awesome all tube goodness for cheap!

In my search for a great all tube combo practice amp under $500, I chose the V8. I also tried the fender blues jr, the vox valvetronix series, and the palomino V16.The...Read complete review

In my search for a great all tube combo practice amp under $500, I chose the V8. I also tried the fender blues jr, the vox valvetronix series, and the palomino V16.The first reaction I get from friends and family when they see it is, "It looks expensive!". It is definately classy looking with the big gold V8 logo, jewel power light, cream casing, and the little jewel indicators on each knob.I mostly play classic rock and blues, and this little amp delivers the proper tone. It's low wattage makes it perfect for home practice, since you can get that nice overdrive without pissing off other people in the apartment complex. That's the main reason why I chose this over the 15 watt V16 model.In comparison, I found that the Blues Jr had a more pristine clean tone, which is fenders specialty, but the palomino had it beat with the overdrive sound. The groove tubes and celestion speaker in the V8 really gives it a lot of balls.It's small and light enough to make you want to bring it to friends and familys homes. It works out great because I can take it to places where I have the liberty to crank it as loud as I please. With a heavier amp I would have been too lazy to carry it up and down 3 stories.The amp is pretty basic when it comes to features. I do wish it had reverb, but I can always add the effect from a pedal. The V16 model has a real spring reverb tank that sounds great. But what the V8 lacks in features it makes up for in tone. I am glad though that they included a line out so that I can run this into my 8 track for recording.This is the first all tube amp I've owned, and I'm now a firm believer! So if you're looking for an all tube combo for practicing/recording, for a good price, definately give this thing a test drive.

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Buyer Beware!

These used to be great little american made amps. Crate now manufactures these amps in Vietnam. They are NOT the same amp as far as quality and tone is concerned. My buddy owns...Read complete review

These used to be great little american made amps. Crate now manufactures these amps in Vietnam. They are NOT the same amp as far as quality and tone is concerned. My buddy owns an american made version and I really liked it. Everything about it was just awesome, so I ordered one and I got the overseas made Palomino. The controls are weak and noisey when adjusted. The tolex looks like it was applied by a blind man, and the tone is tinny and hollow sounding. I guess when Crate decided to cut cost and manufacture these overseas they also cut costs on parts, and they killed a great line of affordable, American made amps. Too bad. Mine was sent back one day after I received it.

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5.0

The little amp that could...

By ItsAllInTheTubesBaby!

from Springfield, OH

You won't find another amp in this class that offers a Line Out, a Tone Control, and a 10" Speaker. Having said that, the Tone Control is not your standard one. Clockwise increases Bass & Treble while attentuating Midrange. Couterclockwise increases Midrange while attenuating Bass & Treble.The amp is well built and it looks every part the Vintage Series amp that it is. The color scheme works, period.You won't find a better value or sound in this class, and even though it's rated at 5 Watts remember 5 Watts is 50% as loud as 50 Watts. It can get surprisingly loud when cranked. Hobbyists will find it relatively easy to install a Speaker Out jack to drive a 4 Ohm External Cabinet for a fuller sound.Mine shipped stocked with Groove Tubes, (1) GT-12AX7-R and (1) GT-EL84-R. I replaced the preamp tube with a GT-12AX7-C and the power tube with a GT-EL84-S. The results are a warmer, fatter tone with a little more sparkle and higher output.It's the perfect recording amp. I mic it for guitar work, and run Line out for recording Bass. It's just as impressive as a Bass preamp as it is a Guitar amp. It can be a little noisy with single coil pickups, but that can be resolved by dialing the guitar in to work properly with the amp. Humbuckers are another matter.This amp should pretty much make modelers and VSTs obsolete.Get one while you can!

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4.0

Not Tube Like but Still Good

By MulletDrivenIROCZ

from USA

I tried this thing out for about an hour the other day. 1st let me say that for the money this is a good amp but there still are other choices in its price range. The pros are it has a 10" speaker. 5 watts is good for home/apt jammin which is the purpose of this amp. I like how it has a gain knob. I like the "retro" looks.The cons are the "Tone" knob is more like a contour knob and I could not find a good inbetween ice pick fuzzy highs or really muddy. Im sure a EQ pedal would help that out.Overall Im comparing this to other "low priced practice amps" Now I had a older crate with a 10" and 20watts solid state and it the polimino didnt sound much better but Id rather have the polimino however compare the polimino to my pro junior and the pro junior blow this thing away. To me the polimino didnt sound as much like a tube amp as the pro junior but the pro junior cost 2 times as much. Over all I gave this lil crate a 4.0 because it is a great buy but just be aware for a lil bit more money you could get a pro junior.

 
5.0

Highly Recommended

By Skip Everheart

from Austin, TX

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I finally bought this little guy, and it's a great value. Very well made, and it does everything I want from a single channel 5W amp. Sounds awesome with humbuckers, but not as great with single coils. Amazing smooth distortion with the gain cranked at lower volumes. This is not a stack or a high volume gig amp, or even a Blues Jr. I'm getting some really nice resonances with an Ibanez Artcore AF105NT. Definitely worth trying out if you care about tone.

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3.0

Buyer Beware!

By Franc

from Rhode Island

These used to be great little american made amps. Crate now manufactures these amps in Vietnam. They are NOT the same amp as far as quality and tone is concerned. My buddy owns an american made version and I really liked it. Everything about it was just awesome, so I ordered one and I got the overseas made Palomino. The controls are weak and noisey when adjusted. The tolex looks like it was applied by a blind man, and the tone is tinny and hollow sounding. I guess when Crate decided to cut cost and manufacture these overseas they also cut costs on parts, and they killed a great line of affordable, American made amps. Too bad. Mine was sent back one day after I received it.

 
5.0

If you know what yer after...

By Stray Cat-KjWHQ

from Fremont, NE

A dream come true. I consider this amp's defining feature its 5-watts of Class 'A' tube power through a single 10" speaker. That's the only feature you need! The character of the overtones I get from my single P-90 equiped SG Jr are complex and rich, that DARE you to slow that scale down, hold that chord out a little longer, vibrato that note until the feedback sets in... Remember that the volume knob on your guitar is an important feature! It is the most musical amp in it's price range. It challenges you to ENJOY the threshold of distortion, not race past it... Ladies and Gents... this is what it's ALL about! Studio ready and small gig-ready (when mic'd). If I told you how good it sounds on the neck position of a real 72 Tele Custom, I'd be givin' my secrets away ;-) ... made in the USA just like me... buy one and begin...

 
5.0

Got Tone?

By Guitar Picker Daren

from middletown, PA

Now I've got tone. I was looking for a small practice amp that could sound good at low volumes. What I found was this crate 5w amp has an awesome Mississippi blues tone. I just love the sound I get out of this. Note, I say sound, not sounds. It is very one dimensional. It has a nice bluesy clean and distorted tone to it. Interestingly enough, I played the V32 Palomino for Guitar Center's Guitarmagendon, and the V8 kicks that amps butt for tone. You can get a little crunch for rock, but this is really a blues amp. Keep in mind the size of the cabinet. That certainly limits the crunch aspect of this amp. I play several guitars, Les Paul, Strat, Ibanez. They all sound great. Sometimes I'll put a tube screamer in front of it for some really wild tones. If you're a metal head, forget it. This amp is well worth the money and I would replace it if lost (how do you lose an amp anyway?).

 
5.0

Awesome all tube goodness for cheap!

By rezillos1977

from california

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In my search for a great all tube combo practice amp under $500, I chose the V8. I also tried the fender blues jr, the vox valvetronix series, and the palomino V16.The first reaction I get from friends and family when they see it is, "It looks expensive!". It is definately classy looking with the big gold V8 logo, jewel power light, cream casing, and the little jewel indicators on each knob.I mostly play classic rock and blues, and this little amp delivers the proper tone. It's low wattage makes it perfect for home practice, since you can get that nice overdrive without pissing off other people in the apartment complex. That's the main reason why I chose this over the 15 watt V16 model.In comparison, I found that the Blues Jr had a more pristine clean tone, which is fenders specialty, but the palomino had it beat with the overdrive sound. The groove tubes and celestion speaker in the V8 really gives it a lot of balls.It's small and light enough to make you want to bring it to friends and familys homes. It works out great because I can take it to places where I have the liberty to crank it as loud as I please. With a heavier amp I would have been too lazy to carry it up and down 3 stories.The amp is pretty basic when it comes to features. I do wish it had reverb, but I can always add the effect from a pedal. The V16 model has a real spring reverb tank that sounds great. But what the V8 lacks in features it makes up for in tone. I am glad though that they included a line out so that I can run this into my 8 track for recording.This is the first all tube amp I've owned, and I'm now a firm believer! So if you're looking for an all tube combo for practicing/recording, for a good price, definately give this thing a test drive.

 
5.0

Warm and simple... thank you.

By RW-A_Uv2

from Washington, DC

Not many features, volume, gain and tone, but so what, if you're not into cheesy dsp effects or whatever built in, this amp is great, it's also got a line out which is a big plus ( if you had'nt noticed low priced tube amps usually don't). Only thing it missing is reverb, I'll live. I just couldn't belive a tiny mass produced amp could get tones like this. This amp is well worth the money. it's got this just mello enough warm crunch you'd expect from tubes, be advised though the tubes are really tough to get to, I don't know why, they put them where they did. That said, I actually didnt want to change them when I got it. I've owned a few low priced tube amps, I also own an early 60's Ampeg vt-22 , and this litte amp still sounds good to my earhole. My opinion, this is the best you will do for the money. Do it, you won't regret it. Oh yeah, thanks Crate for looking out for us broke guys.

 
5.0

great little tube amp

By GrokMoo

from Washington, D.C.

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I bought this amp as a practice amp and for an amp that I could easily move around. It is definitely much more portable than my 130 W 2x12 monster!This is a sweet little tube amp with a great, crunchy, bluesy distortion. Don't let the small size fool you, either, this thing is plenty loud enough for band practice or a small gig.In combination with the knobs on your guitar, the 3 knobs (gain, tone, and volume) actually give you a great deal of variety in tone. Clean tone is decent enough, and the distortion rocks.

 
5.0

A Blues Machine

By KeithB

from Saginaw, MI

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Bought this little amp looking for smooth blues tone and I got it. Control of tone is limited with the amp itself but that's what those little knobs on the guitar are for. Great clean sound with just a few harmonic overtones (which I like). The fact that you can get that overdrive sound without deafening the wife and kids is great as is the line out doubling as an effects loop. Plugged my multi-effects unit into the line out jack with a stereo cable inserted about halfway in and it brought out the best sounds yet. Am planning to buy another for the family room. At this price it is the best bang for your buck. Only problem is a slight rattle/buzz from the amp when I play a lower octave A, despite tightening everything down. I can live with it though.

 
5.0

Great amp

By sbrenn01

from DRE, TX

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Well, I can't speak for anyone but myself, but this baby does just what it's supposed to do. There's nothing like tube sound compared to solid state. As for quality, mine is "Designed and manufactured in the USA". There was a bit of Tolex lifted away from the inside of the speaker cabinet, but a drop or two of gorilla glue fixed that right up. The ability to get different tones, distortion and sheer *volume* out of this little box will surprise you. My strat sounds like a strat, my LP studio sounds just like a LP studio. I've plugged in my cry-baby and my phase shifter, and I have nothing but praise for this amp.

 
5.0

Does what it's supposed to

By kbrown

from Austin, TX

I was a little apprehensive about buying this amp because of how few features are built in to it (especially no reverb). I had looked at, and considered, a number of different modeling amps for knocking around the house, but just never found one that accurately represented the warmth and tone of real tubes. I told myself to take a chance, and if you don't like it, send it back. Good decision.Right out of the box, this amp is a lot of fun to play through. And because of the limited number of features on the amp, you don't spend all of your time hunting for a sound your are satisfied with. Instead, you work with what you have, start to explore the volume and tone knobs on your guitar, finally, and find the tone you are looking for in a relative short period of time. And if you are looking for smoothe distortion that is not oversaturated, this is your amp. And don't be too judgemental on the 5 watt RMS rating, it is plenty loud for a practice amp.Is this an amp for everyone? Certainly not. If you are looking for that overdriven crunch with a really shrill tone, then yopu would be better off looking elsewhere. If you are looking for clean tones, warmth, and body, then this is a great amp for you. The only thing I can see doing now is adding a couple of nice vintage effects pedals and further esploring what this thing will provide. Without question, this is a purpose-built amp that does what it is supposed to do.

 
4.0

A True Keith Richards Style Amp

By Yul B. Nekst

from Northern Wisconsin

I bought this little monkey for a garage practice amp, but it is now my main gigging amp, too! I run my '98 Fender American Deluxe Strat through it. Using the guitar's middle/bridge pick-up switch, and turning the guitar volume to about 4, I turn the amp to mid gain, 3/4 volume, and mid tone. You will get an amazing Rolling Stones Tele sound on a Strat! Using the neck pick-up with the same amp setting, but a little more guitar volume, you get a pseudo, ZZ Top sound. I only gave it a 5 for features simply because it has none. But if I wanted more "features", I'd have gotten it's bigger brother, which I just may do anyway. Micing this amp at gigs now, I no longer need my Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb reissue. 'Nuff said?!

 
4.0

Murph

By MurphD

from MILTOWN

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Ths was my first amp and I have owned it for close to a year. It's a fairly good beginner amp and for tube power you can't beat the price. However, the features are limited to gain, tone, and volume; pretty minimalistic. This is good though for when you are just getting into electrics and the like so the learning curve on how to use it is pretty much zero. I take it to my friends house a lot so it can get jostled occasionly and there is some rattling at high gain/volume but it is bearable. I use a Cry Baby wah with my Gibson SG and it can get a little distorted sometimes, even when you have low gain. Solid first amp though.

 
5.0

good value very good sound

By elviejo

from Santa Cruz, CA

I recently came across an old Gibson es-150 and after 20 years of accoustic playing needed an amp again. This amp fits the bill and the guitar nicely. At low volume, it has great tube sound and can be pushed for a little edge without bothering the neighbors. Cranked up a bit it sounds even better. My only digs at it would be the gain can get out of hand pretty quickly making it easy to push into a real quacky sound, and the tone control is interesting but not much use. No big deal - I tend to use the tone on the guitar anyway. For me, the low volume versatility is a real advantage over the 'single knob', low watt tube amps in its price range. Vietnam made or not, it seems to be good quality and is full of luscious tube sound. The P-90 pickup really shines through it!

 
5.0

I own a Crate?!? Yup, and proud of it.

By wantingacableguy

from Evanston, IL

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The gigs are behind me now. My playing for the most part is reserved to practicing in the apartment. So I needed an amp to give me some quality sounds appropriate for a somewhat quiet environment, and one that wasn't an eyesore. Enter Crate. I took a leap of faith. Growing up in the 80s, Crates were pretty much a joke -- decent workhorses, but nothing to brag about. I can't speak for Crate's solid state amps today, but I can speak to this one. It is awesome. It fits my needs perfectly. No more clutter, no long line of effects pedals, just the guitar, chord, and amp. From clean to really heavy distortion at acceptable volumes. The tone control is really interesting. Not a treble boost, it focuses on the midrange, scooping it as you turn the knob clockwise. Very responsive. With the gain about halfway up, the master volume can't go above 1 without the neighbors pounding on the wall, so that might give you some idea of the power. Gigworthy? Probably not, but there's plenty of power for rocking out in my living room in front of the cats. That's all I need. The Palomino fits the bill, and its tones make it a keeper.

 
4.0

The Little Amp That Could

By The Amazing Ren

from Fort Worth/ TX.

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I bought this little baby after going into a guitar center with intention of buying a Fender 25r. I saw it sitting behind a LP right in front of the store, so i hooked it up. The sound was absolutely amazing. I walked out of the store grinning from ear to ear at what i had just bought. The clean sounds you pull out of this amp are nothing short of amazing. The overdrive is sweet sounding and can be as mild or as over-the-top as you like. But the drawback on this amp (its actually a HUGE drawback) is its extreme lack of tonal availability. The tone is always either way to thin or way to thick. But in the end, you just have to play with it to get the sound you want. This is a great amp for jazz or the blues, which is what i use it for. It can also get really, really loud. it overpowers my 75 watt Line 6 Spider III with ease. This is a really good, solid tube amp for the price, if you can look past the tone control issues.

 
5.0

A lot of tone in a little amp...

By Root

from San Diego, CA

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I bought this amp and it arrived today, in perfect condition. I was looking for an amp with great tone, low power out (I'm in a condo with the association president that lives just below me!) and a line out for recording purposes. For the money, I figured I'd give it a shot.Holy cow, this amp rocks!! I plugged my first guitar in it, a 10-year old Gibson ES-175. The tone was unbelievable! Swithched it out with my Fender Strat, increased the gain a little bit, and let 'er rip. Finally, my Strat SOUNDS like a Strat. I played my 21-year old Gibson SG and my 'G3' guitar, an Ibanez with active EMGs and a Floyd Rose, and they all sounded incredible! I turned down the gain a bit and tried my 12-string Martin and it sang like a choir of angels...For anyone looking for a low-powered (but big on sound) tube amp, this is the choice. It is the best I have ever spent on music gear, bar none!

 
5.0

The Lil Amp That Could

By FNL in LV

from LV

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After breaking in the speakers and changing tubes to JJs, this amp took on a whole new sound. Much more clear and creamy than the orighinal sound. I own the Epi Valve Jr. and the Palomino has a better highs and mids that are more clear and bright than the Epi. I run a Holy Grail through the loop of the Palomino and it sounds better than when I use it with the Epi. For the money the sound of this amp is the better deal. One problem, it has a very low frequency hum.

 
5.0

Crate V8 Palomino 5W Class A Tube Combo Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Been playing on and off for over 25 years. I have owned a lot of different AMPs. I recently got rid of a Gibson Super Goldtone (too heavy to lug around.) I am a big fan of the Class A Tube amp. This little thing cranks out some great sound. Not to be confused with massive volume. the V8 does a fine job producing a nice clean tone - to a bluesy sound - to a crunchy rock. If you are looking for a metal sound - Not the amp you want. I have played a number of guitars thru the Palomino, ranging from a a Strat, Tele, Dean Hard Tail to a Gibson Les Paul Jr Special - with the P 90's. The LP JR to sounds the best. You can take advance of the classic Lesile West sound and the one preamp tube in the V8 -- I would use this amp miked or plugged into a board using the line out. It is a lot of fun and very simple to use (three knobs) I would buy it again!! Plus it weights a lot less than my old Gibson (which I truly miss)

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