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Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier

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Packing heat in your pocket.

The Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum guitar amp provides 44W of clean and natural power and also delivers true amplifier overdrive at the turn of a knob. From your pocket to the stage, the E-H 44 Magnum is a perfect gigging and practice amp. Despite being described as a "guitar head" the 44 Magnum has the character and control to work with any electric-powered instrument. Flip the brightness switch for a more defined top end. The Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum amp has the sweet tone of the legendary 22 Caliber but with an extra power edge that can make a difference.

FEATURES
  • 44 watts of power into 8 or 16 ohms
  • Tone switch toggles between a neutral, flat setting and a Musical top end boost
  • Maximum headroom potential
  • Can be driven to a natural, true amplifier saturation
  • Fits in the palm of your hand
  • Comes with a 24DC-3000 power supply

The 44 Magnum's sweet sound and extreme portability guarantee it to be an integral part of your rig for rehearsal, recording, or playing out. Order now.

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Electro-Harmonix44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier
 
4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great for digital processors

I use a Boss GT-8 in my cover band. It is great for getting all the tones and effects of all the various artists. When this little gem came out, I was...Read complete review

I use a Boss GT-8 in my cover band. It is great for getting all the tones and effects of all the various artists. When this little gem came out, I was overjoyed! Now instead of going direct into the PA or running my FX processor into my amp, I now can simply run through this into a 4 x 12 cabinet. I go from the guitar into the GT-8, then to a direct box which goes xlr into the PA and quarter inch into this 44 magnum, then out to the cabinet. I sometimes mic the cabinet if I don't wanna use the direct box, just depends on the stage I'm on. Anyway, this little amp drives my cabinet very well. It has plenty of clean power to do what I need. I did hook it up without any preamp and it sounded pretty good. It breaks up some when you crank it and has a nice warmth to it considering it is not tube driven. Will it get loud? You bet! It wont keep up with you non-dynamic super loud drummers or you 1000 watt bass players who want to blow the windows out. It is plenty loud for any clubs or auditoriums. In my experience, if you play louder than this amp, you'll get kicked out of most venues! I run it about a third of the way up at practice and can hear it fine. It is small and less expensive than a rack power amp and sounds really good. I cant wait to run my POD into it. The Boss GT sounds killer with it into a 4 x 12.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Simply not worth it...

I bought this to use with my Kemper Profiling Amp and a Voodoo Amps 2x12 cabinet. I'm upgrading all of my equipment and needed a power amp. I was trying to avoid using a...Read complete review

I bought this to use with my Kemper Profiling Amp and a Voodoo Amps 2x12 cabinet. I'm upgrading all of my equipment and needed a power amp. I was trying to avoid using a rack so i can have quick access to local shows. Get in, get out. I thought this would get the job done. I have read other reviews on this and they said it is way loud enough to compete with anything and great headroom.

The bottom line...The 44 magnum is not worth the 150 you pay for it. It starts to break up around 9 oclock. So at any reasonable volume, say bye to your clean tones. For metal or heavy gain stuff, maybe its for you. The more breakup could be beneficial to you. But for me it was simply not loud enough, sounded EXTREMELY dull, even with the treble switch engaged, and was not able to access a clean tone worth my time. AT BEST, you could you use this in DIRE emergencies when your GOOD power amp fails you, and you just whip it out of your bag and connect it. That, i could see a use in... but it wont sound anywhere close. I immediately sent it back. MUSICIANS FRIEND: you're customer service is unmatched. Thank you. ELECTRO HARMONIX: This is the 3rd pedal that I've bought from you, and i will not be buying anymore. Thank you.

I've come to realize, if you're running a profiler/modeler or whatever and play gigs, don't waste your time getting a solid state power amp under 200 watts. Higher wattage is always best for better headroom and unaltered cleans. Just turn down if you're too loud.

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(12 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Simply not worth it...

By SSFORETICH

from Atlanta, GA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • No Headroom
  • Not Loud

Best Uses

  • Backup At Best

Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

I bought this to use with my Kemper Profiling Amp and a Voodoo Amps 2x12 cabinet. I'm upgrading all of my equipment and needed a power amp. I was trying to avoid using a rack so i can have quick access to local shows. Get in, get out. I thought this would get the job done. I have read other reviews on this and they said it is way loud enough to compete with anything and great headroom.

The bottom line...The 44 magnum is not worth the 150 you pay for it. It starts to break up around 9 oclock. So at any reasonable volume, say bye to your clean tones. For metal or heavy gain stuff, maybe its for you. The more breakup could be beneficial to you. But for me it was simply not loud enough, sounded EXTREMELY dull, even with the treble switch engaged, and was not able to access a clean tone worth my time. AT BEST, you could you use this in DIRE emergencies when your GOOD power amp fails you, and you just whip it out of your bag and connect it. That, i could see a use in... but it wont sound anywhere close. I immediately sent it back. MUSICIANS FRIEND: you're customer service is unmatched. Thank you. ELECTRO HARMONIX: This is the 3rd pedal that I've bought from you, and i will not be buying anymore. Thank you.

I've come to realize, if you're running a profiler/modeler or whatever and play gigs, don't waste your time getting a solid state power amp under 200 watts. Higher wattage is always best for better headroom and unaltered cleans. Just turn down if you're too loud.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Your amp solution has arrived

By Jeffro B

from Sonoma, CA

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Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

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First off, this is a powerful little devise. I play in a cover band that gigs in medium sized clubs and large wineries and this thing can handle all. I played last weekend at a good sized club and had the 44 mag on 1 going thru a Marshall 4x12 cab @ 16 ohms and people were saying it was a bit loud. Now here's the dilemma: you really have to turn it up to get tube saturation tone, so what I did was spent a little more and got the EHX LPB-1 Linear Power Boost. You use this just like the gain on a Marshall in front of the 44 Mag. Turn the volume on the LPB-1 to 3 o'clock position and you will have the PERFECT saturation that is responsive to pick attack - compare it to a Marshall JCM 800. Now, put a tube screamer (or something more radical for Metal) in front of the LPB-1 and there is your lead boost. Forget spending $$$ on a boutique amp. Do the above and I promise you you will have THE tone and control - you will be blown away at how good it sounds!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great for digital processors

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

I use a Boss GT-8 in my cover band. It is great for getting all the tones and effects of all the various artists. When this little gem came out, I was overjoyed! Now instead of going direct into the PA or running my FX processor into my amp, I now can simply run through this into a 4 x 12 cabinet. I go from the guitar into the GT-8, then to a direct box which goes xlr into the PA and quarter inch into this 44 magnum, then out to the cabinet. I sometimes mic the cabinet if I don't wanna use the direct box, just depends on the stage I'm on. Anyway, this little amp drives my cabinet very well. It has plenty of clean power to do what I need. I did hook it up without any preamp and it sounded pretty good. It breaks up some when you crank it and has a nice warmth to it considering it is not tube driven. Will it get loud? You bet! It wont keep up with you non-dynamic super loud drummers or you 1000 watt bass players who want to blow the windows out. It is plenty loud for any clubs or auditoriums. In my experience, if you play louder than this amp, you'll get kicked out of most venues! I run it about a third of the way up at practice and can hear it fine. It is small and less expensive than a rack power amp and sounds really good. I cant wait to run my POD into it. The Boss GT sounds killer with it into a 4 x 12.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I was blown away!

By Bo Deadly

from California

Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

This morning I tried out the EH 44 magnum power amp. This little thing is awsome! I played my Zoom G9.2tt into it,driving an old cab from the 60s with a single Jensen 12. Really LOUD but also really musical. The bright switch gives clean tones a nice chime, the normal setting is great for gutsy lead. Still can't believe how loud it is. The power supply is about the same size as the little amp chassis, but other than that, its killer! Can't wait to check out the 22 watt one!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small but powerful!

By SamuraIrish

from Pennsylvania

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Practice Amp

Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

I typically lug around an extremely heavy Mesa/Boogie combo, but it is a major pain...and lets be honest, how often do you need 100W of power? Likely...never. I find that even at big venues, all you need is decent stage volume and the sound guy will take care of the rest. Bottom line... the 44 Magnum holds its own.

I used this little amp with a few different distortion/overdrive pedals with amazing results. [Mesa Boogie V-Twin, Boss Dual Overdrive, Tech 21 California]

At the first non-practice I used it, I plugged it into a borrowed 4x12 cabinet and started wailing. After a few minutes the sound guy started looking around then slowly walked over and said, "what amp are you playing out of???" I pointed to a small pedal on the ground, to which he replied, "seriously? amazing"

That sort of response is what I get all the time.

I won't say that this is the most amazing sound you'll ever hear.

What I'm saying is that for the price/SIZE/use it is great at what it does.

It is a great small amplifier for use with other pedals and can put out a great sound. Period.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EHX 44 MAGNUM!

By Klarissa Bilae

from Doha, Qatar

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Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

This tiny little amp is SO Loud! I could'nt get it past 9'0 clock without having to disturb my housemates. I ran this with a Randal RD112 speaker cab, a Boss EQ Replica and a Boss MT-2 then BAM! I just could not believe how much sound i was getting from this freakin' little thing and I barely even touched the volume knob!. Recommended for bedroom/ garage players and gigging musicians looking for a portable solution to their rig. Can't wait to run an AMT SS-20 preamp and a Maxon OD 808 with this true "tiny terror".

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

44 MAGNUM PACKS A PUNCH

By Alan Tavarez

from NEW YORK

Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

This little thing is freaking loud! I use it with the Digitech gsp 1101 and it sounds killer and loud. The bright switch is handy for playing in low volumes so if you want to bring back some of the highs.
not much to it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Control From Across the Room, EHX A+++

By Gulf Coast

from Gulf Coast

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

      Love you EHX. I am running the 12" speaker (35w Jensen) in my tube amp combo 15' across the room (with a 25' speaker cable) and it sounds great. I can control all my tones and volume on a end table in front my couch in the back room. I use the Magnum with one of my Tech 21 Character Series or AMT SS-20 preamp (plus other pedals). An injury keeps me from being able to go back and forth to tweak an amp. Now I can use an amp again (it's not 3 feet from my head). With the Magnum pushing a quality speaker it makes one hell of an amp. It is as worthy of recording as my preamps with a cab sim direct and my tube amp miked.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Louder than expected

      By David Morgan

      from Germantown, MD

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

      I think this is a nice compact solution to those who are tired of lugging 50 pieces of gear to every show.
      Good and loud. Easily loud enough for club gigs. If you have an effects processor and you just need something to drive speakers, this is a nice portable solution.
      Good
      Great

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Review

      By Coolness

      from Maryland

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

      My current setup is a tech 21 TRI AC to a reverb pedal to the 44 Magnum and into a Rocktron 112 cabinet. I cant believe that this little box is so powerful and loud. I can only turn it up a quarter for live shows. The effect box feels very light and empty. It can easilly blow away many high end guitar amps by feel and loudness. Highly recomended.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You'll Be Surprised

      By Bud Man

      from Boston, MA

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

      It doesn't look like much, but the Electro-Harmonix .44 Magnum packs quite a whallop. I gig out with it regularly, and it's loud enough to keep up with the rest of the band. This thing gets a nice, clean sound. If you have a 1X12 or 2X12 cabinet laying around, you should pick one of these up. You won't regret it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Awesome alternative to an amp!

      By Rushfan in Las Vegas

      from Las Vegas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

      This pedal does exactly what it claims to do. Strong sounding and acts like a real tube amplifier with respect to how the pedal reacts to your guitars volume knob. My only complaint is that it has very little clean headroom. With the volume set at around 3, you'll get a nice clean tone but it isn't very loud at that setting. Once you're past 3, the pedal starts to break up and give you some nice distortion which, if that's what you're looking for is great however I was expecting to get a clean, louder tone from the pedal. Excellent device just don't expect great cleans.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this pedal again.

      By none

      from Manchester,Ohio

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

      I purchase this pedal for a backup amp, Due to a power tube failed me at a gig one night. This little thing is powerful enough to get you through a show.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Convenient choice for small gigs

      By Tuba

      from Chicago

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

      The luxury of having a small, reliable amplifier that's loud enough for small gigs is incredible. I run it through a small, closed-back 1x12 cabinet. There's not a TON of headroom, but it can EASILY be heard over a drummer, even if the drummer is loud.

      Its natural tone is bland as can be, so it's best to use an equalizer pedal, and possibly even a compressor pedal to make it sound a bit more tube-like if that's your schtick.

      Here's the bottom line: you buy this product for convenience. It's not a recording amp. You buy it because you can get it from gig to gig easily. Because you don't want to hurt your back or worry about your tube amp dying on you. Because it sounds just good enough.

      Practically speaking, you don't need more power than this. If your gig is big enough for you to need more headroom, your gig probably has a PA system that you can mic your amp into. Reduce your stage volume, save your hearing, and make it easier for your sound engineer to get your levels right. Goal: make your job easier. This product will make your job easier.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pleasantly surprised

      By John

      from Wilton CT

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

        Bought this strictly as an emergency back up to a 60 watt Fender Concert. Never used in a gig setting but now use as my rehearsal rig. I run my pedal board into the 44 calibre and run that into a small cabinet with a 12" Celestion. Without a doubt enough power for our three piece rock band. My only con would be not enough clean headroom as the Fender. But other than that I would use at gigs as well. At least I don't have to worry about not having a capable back up amp.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Backup power amp

        By Scotterp

        from Gilbert AZ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

          This is a Fantastic backup power amp when you need one. I use a Digitech GSP 1101 preamp and typically a Carvin power amp. The Carvin blew last week and I've had to put this into use now. I've used it before in such situations and it works great. For the price, size, and surprising power it provides, it's great for a weekend warrior like me (cover band).

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          not quite an amp head

          By E LaschBro

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

          I bought this hoping to avoid buying an amp head, and given the choice, I think having an amp head is the better choice. I have a good amp to use this, but I live in a small studio apartment and can't crank the volume anyway. However, pushing the 44 Magnum past the nine O'clock position I get lots of volume but lots of unwanted noise too. It is small and easy to use though.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          killer little box

          By happycamper

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • This Little Box Kills

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

              Line 6, 44 Mag, 412 Marshall....sweet and simple.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              tiny but powerful amp

              By Joe

              from Tulsa, OK

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

              I had watched youtube videos and read reviews multiple times on these. I even studied on the 22 caliber and also the AMT Tube Cake which is 3watts. I finally made off with one of these and then have been completely blown away so far. The pros: It is easy to assemble. It fits on my pedal board. It takes pedals extremely well. and to answer a question I saw on every video or review... yes this thing is plenty loud to gig with. I use a Crate V212B cab and have been completely baffled by how loud this 44w solid state amp can get. Whats awesome about this little guy is the natural overdrive breakup when the master volume knob is turned and how it reacts to your guitars volume knob also to clean it up a bit. I keep my amp around 10 and my guitars volume knob around 7 or 8 for a perfect clean tone and spin my guitar to 10 for a natural tube-esque breakup. This great sound is with cheap stock speakers and once I throw in my pair of Eminence Texas Heats this thing will shine!

              However, the only settings you have is a bright switch. A toggle switch, not a footswitch. it will crank your highs with a decent mid boost when engaged but this thing could use a little more EQ to get the right taste. but Meh... a lot of low watt tube amps don't have an EQ so this is hardly anything for me to really complain about. especially when the bright switch does subtly effect the tone of the amp. I prefer a good EQ stompbox anyway. It's a complete power amp in a nano stompbox enclosure, what more could you really expect from it??

              I would absolutely recommend this to someone else. Be it for a main amp or even just a backup amp as many others have found it's practicality to be of good use for. Once you find your sweet-spot, which I found in a couple of hours, you'll be good to go. If you like it overdriven, it's there. If you like a smooth warm clean, it's there. If you like a clean-ish tone with some audible crunchy... yup, it'll do it.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Happy......Eventually..........

              By Terry Murphy

              from New Jersey

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              Comments about Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum 44W Guitar Power Amplifier:

              Okay, I was disappointed at first......the first 44 Magnum I received came DOA and had to be returned. I was assured that this was a one-off situation, but because of a time crunch, I could not wait for a refund and replace (what I was told they needed to do because I paid with Paypal). So I had to order another 44 Magnum from another site because I needed it right away. But the 44 Magnum itself is a compact MONSTER. I can't push this thing to it's limits. Plugged directly into it first, and the sound was clean, clear, and precise. Some warm overdrive, but only at VERY high volume levels. Once I plugged my preamp in, it was pure ecstasy. I'm impressed with this. I envisioned it as a practice rig only, but I can certainly see using this as a convenient gigging rig when needed. VERY impressed!!Pro
              Simple and straighforward controls. Nothing fancy. The "Bright" switch is a nice enhancement.
              Solidly built, and very light.
              A 44W, compact, light, portable, power amp......that delivers all the power you need with room to spare for $150.00?? Yeah, it's a GREAT value!

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