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The baby of the XT family.
The Crate XT15R 15W Guitar Combo Amp is a practice amp with serious tone and major attitude. 2-channel operation lets you practice with different setups. FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp delivers the tone you seek. 15W wrings plenty of volume from its 8" speaker. Reverb for sweetening. Gain and level controls for channel 1, level only for channel 2, and 3-band master EQ lets you shape both amplifier channels. The Crate XT15R has a headphone jack and CD inputs so you can jam silently with your favorite CD via RCA inputs.
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Most Liked Positive Review
Not too shabby
This was my first amp. I've played for a year everyday for at least 5 hours, so I have a good idea of how this amp performs. The clean doesn't sound good usless...Read complete review
This was my first amp. I've played for a year everyday for at least 5 hours, so I have a good idea of how this amp performs. The clean doesn't sound good usless it's cranked all the way up. The distortion is pretty good. For a small amp this thing is loud as all get out. It's reverb is decent, if you like the feedback it gives you when it's maxed out. Sometimes it's cool but other times you want to throw it off a cliff. All in all this amp helped me rely on my playing, and not trendy effects pedals, like other youngcats. When you play something on this amp you know that good or bad it's you, it's comin' from your soul, that's what music is all about. Good for practice, and brainstorming. Even if your very expierienced an amp like this gives you an oppurtunity to test your chops on an amp that may not have all the features or effects, but gives you exactly what you give it. Peace Out. Rock On Brothers and Sisters!
Most Liked Negative Review
If you like crap, go ahead
I cannot find one good feature on this amp. Its too quiet, distortion is bad, clean is thin, reverb just makes sound harder to hear not enhance it. Um, on the plus...Read complete review
I cannot find one good feature on this amp. Its too quiet, distortion is bad, clean is thin, reverb just makes sound harder to hear not enhance it. Um, on the plus side, on off works, EQ works... not saying its good but itll turn it on and make different frequencies go away(not in a good way). Someone said in a review it was the loudest 15 watt combo they had ever heard. Obviously they hadnt heard too many amps in thier life. Try a fender pro junior, fender blues junior, marshall mg15, just about any 15 watt before 1990. Absolute crap wouldnt recommend it to anyone. Look around for a good deal on something vintage, my 70s peavey tube with reverb/tremolo didnt cost much more than this. You will not find a bigger waste of your money when it comes to 15 watts.
Reviewed by 42 customers
I've owned the 15W Crate for 7 years and it has not failed me. I'm sure it would have failed me had I tried to take it to the stage, but I never have. I keep the volume between 2 and 3 (both clean and overdrive), and that's enough sound to fill up a room. Marshals are better, I'm sure. Bigger amps would be nice, certainly. But this little daddy is the best basement companion 100 bucks can buy.
this is a great practice amp, its verry loud for its size its not ment for any gigs or anything but perfect for practice.
Crate needs to use durable electrical power cords. Perhaps detatchble power cords like Ibanez uses. I have had to replace 3 power cords on 2 different XT practice amps. The latest went out after only 2 months. I travel with this amp, but it doesn't go through any unusual wear and tear. Other than that, it is a fine amp.
My friend/other guitarist in my band went to buy a 65 watt, and Showed up with this, so I was kind of skeptical at first, but it turned out o.k. For 15 watts it screams, it has ok distortion for the wattage, but we run it throgh a series of pedals. It's loud enough, it won't fill a concert hall, but we can hear it above our drummer, which is a first.
This is amp was a good amp for the first few months when I didn't know much about tone or quality. This amp has an ok distortion that is decent for medium rock genres. The cleans are a little empty sounding and not very full. The reverb is very digital sounding and not realistic. For its price it is ok, for beginners it good.
I bought this amp and then when I got home, I pluged in and turned it on and all I heard was a buzz. Even on the clean setting, buzzzzzzzz. Im taking it back tomarrow. Caution! test it out before buying
I have two of these amps., under my coffee table.I use the speaker output jack & speaker cable to Two high end 300-watt EV speaker enclosures on each side of my couch for doodling around.I run them in stereo out a middle of the road guitar processor. I have the amp simulators off, the crates sounds as good or better than some of them.I play it through the clean channel using the effect on my processor. The sound it puts out is close to my top of the line stereo amplifier.
This amp really delivers for what it is. As far as features, you can't really ask for much more from a tiny practice amp under $100. I bought it because the tone is insane. It may have a little too much tone, because I can't always get that bright, crisp distortion. The distortion is so-so and the reverb is so-so as well. It's nothing that wouldn't be corrected by a couple pedals anyway. I am still able to simulate most styles of playing for when I practice. This amp is simply a good piece of equipment for what you pay.
I don't know what all of these people are complaining about. I have practiced a lot with this amp since I got it almost a year a go and it has been very good. I like the clean sound (turned down) and the solo distortion (turned up). Also this amp can deliver in volume. I have enjoyed this amp and find it much superior to the cheaper Marshall model.
Very good practice amp also very loud for a 15 watt. The only problem is that the distorion isn't great, but i usually run it through my boss ds1 distotion pedal which makes it sound awesome. Great value for a 15 watt.
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