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Epiphone Blues Custom 30W 2x12 Combo Amp  

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    A serious competitor in the premium amp market, at a fraction of the price!

    The 30W Epiphone Blues Custom 30 combo guitar amp takes the competition down at the knees with pro performance and features at a phenomenally low price. Dual-channel 30W AB operation (pentode) or 15W Class A operation (triode) plus independent or interactive tone controls and specially designed Lady Luck 12" speakers by Eminence are impressive enough on paper, but when you hear the tonal quality and feel the organic interactivity, you won't believe your ears.

    The Blues Custom 30 amp's tube rectifier provides bluesy sag while the tube-driven reverb sounds incredibly natural. 3-band EQ plus added mid-control on the hot channel let you dial in hard-hitting definition. The Epiphone Blues Custom amp's 12AX7 preamp tubes with DC powered filaments operate very quietly.

    Features
    • Designed and engineered in the USA by Gibson
    • 30W Class AB or 15W Class A switchable All-tube circuitry
    • 2 channels
    • (pentode/triode)
    • Tube rectifier
    • Mid control for channel 2
    • Dual 12" special-design Eminence Lady Luck speakers
    • Tube-powered reverb
    • Independent/interactive EQ switch
    • Standby switch
    • Shared 3-band EQ
    • Master volume
    • Dual 4-ohm, dual 8-ohm, and 16-ohm speaker outs
    • 12AX7 preamp tubes with DC powered filaments
    • 5881 power tubes
    • High-tension fuse
    • 16-gauge bent and spot-welded chassis
    • 11-ply plywood cab construction

    We had one of these at headquarters for review and everybody who plugged into it loved it! Order yours today.

     
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    4.7

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    Seattlite Classic 60's/70's Player

    Epiphone has rejoined the high-end quality music market without the high-end price. Epiphone was origonally top-shelf stuff before being purchased by Gibson Way back when. After being completely impressed with the Elite Series of...Read complete review

    Epiphone has rejoined the high-end quality music market without the high-end price. Epiphone was origonally top-shelf stuff before being purchased by Gibson Way back when. After being completely impressed with the Elite Series of Epiphone guitars, I purchased the Epiphone Blues Custom Amplifier, unseen or tried, in confidence of quality. Incredible! I was born in the fifties, was introduced to Rock 'N Roll in the sixties, and have had professional musicians in my home since I was but a sprout. I loved those days and that sound. Now I am recapturing those days of Analog sound for my own with reissue hardware. Epiphone rules with the Elite Guitars and the Valve Series Amplifiers. The Epiphone Blues Custom has exceeded my best hopes and expectations in every respect, even with price not being the issue. The tone, volume, quality, looks and versitility are unmatched, period! These tube amps put-out amazing volume and projection for their wattage. Back in the day, low watt amps created the sound and P A Systems projected the volume for the space. I have yet to see another amplifier project so well at even the 15watt setting and the 30 watt setting is remarkable. The Blues Custom has multiple jacks for extension speaker cabinets with several ohm choices. Only my 100 Watt Peavey Valve King 2X12 comes close to the perfection of quality, versitility and price of the Blues Custom. Don't let the word Blues fool you. Just follow the simple suggested amp settings for Clean Blues, Clean Jazz, Texas Heat, Thunder From Down Under, and Classic Crunch to give you a five minute lesson on what this amp can do. I own Fender Strat American Deluxe w/S1, Gibson Les Paul 1960 Classic, and Epiphone Elitist 1961 SG, Elitist 1965 Casino, Elitist ES-335, Epi Firebird and several nice acoustics that all really come alive though the Blues Custom whether plugged dirrectly or mic'd. There is the caracteristic tube hiss at higher volume for live playing that really is not much of an issue on stage. For recording, the volume levels are much lower (with no sacrifice of tonal qualities) so then mic'ing hiss is no problem. There is a fan, but it is very quiet and probably prolongs the life of the tubes, wich is a good thing, right? I could easily go on about this great guitar amplifier and other applications, as with; harmonica, piano, etc..Vox, Marshall, Fender,... eat your hearts out. This jewell is made like Epiphone has got something to prove, and they do, but not for long. Remember, this is 100% top-o-the-line Gibson designing and engineering with those remarkable custom designed Eminance Lady Luck Speakers with spectacular quality control. I am totally sold. This amplifier is the best money I have ever spent. I got the Valve Junior Small Stack too, love it, but that's another story. Peace, Love and Music! - Scotty

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    Don't believe the hype!

    I received my amp a few weeks ago after waiting patiently for about two and a half months. I was all excited about having an amp that has the potential of making the boutique...Read complete review

    I received my amp a few weeks ago after waiting patiently for about two and a half months. I was all excited about having an amp that has the potential of making the boutique amp makers tremble in their booties. Lets just say that they are not going to loose any sleep or business due to this amp. It is sterile, noisy, and lacks a creamy overdrive all together. It sounds a lot better with humbuckers than single coils. My Strats really brings the amp to its knees and shows its weakness. You can do a whole lot better! Mine's going back by the end of the week. I was really looking forward to it, but it looks like Chinese products aren't there yet.

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    5.0

    Sweet Tone/Great Price

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Bought this amp a year ago. I have read that some believe this amp to be harsh on the treble, but that has not been a problem for me. I like the classic distortion you can get from the dirty channel and hitting it with an overdrive really makes this beast roar. I almost never use the clean channel as simply turning the volume down on my guitar is enough to tame the distortion. The only problem I have with this amp is no effects loop. So I give it a 4.5 star.

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    5.0

    This beast roars!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This amp is a beast. I have no serious complaints after owning it for six months. I have used it for everything from practice by myself in the basement to gigs and its been perfect the whole time. First off it is LOUD. even on the 15 watt setting i have a hard time not pissing off the other people in my house when i play it. I am not a huge fan of the overdrive channel. i prefer to get my od from the cranked clean channel and a tube screamer. it sounds godly with this combination. the built in reverb is also amazing. it doesnt come with a foot switch though. I would have liked an effects loop, using a boss flanger for instance kind of over powers the rest of your tone, but for the price of this thing i wont complain too much. It is also heavy. if youre looking for somthing that is easy to move this is not it. The great tone also dies when the volume is turned too low, but thats not the end of the world either. over all its a great amp at an even better price. one would be hard pressed to find another gig worthy tube amp at this price.

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    5.0

    tonal monster literal monster

    By Budrowil3

    from Manchester, KY

    I bought this amp about a year and a half ago, and have gigged with it numerous times. Which brings me to the amps only downfall right off the bat, this thing is a brute, which like most tube amps it should be, but invest in some small wheels or a road case for this thing if you plan on gigging with it. This amp has the warmest most pristine clean channel I've ever heard. Plug in a strat to this thing, bump the mids, take down the treble, give some bass, turn the reverb to about 6.5 or 7, and your heart will melt. As for the dirt, its great too, but im just a clean kinda guy for blues amps, I usually use pedals for the rest. With a vox bulldog distortion, this amp screams, but all in all, its very hard to beat at this price.

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    1.0

    changed mind...

    I wrote a 5 star review for this amp after three months. Now it's 1.5 years old, and the reverb springs broke, and the power supply and internal fan have failed. Haven't been able to get it fixed either. I loved the sound, but the quality has been horrible.

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    5.0

    Blues Custom 30 has arrived!!!

    By TomfromFlorida

    from Florida

    What an outstanding product. The Epiphone Blues Custom 30 delivers top quality tone at a budget price. I went to go purchase a new USA Strat from a local music store and ended up buying not only the strat but the amp that I tried it out on! I trading my 150watt "emulator" amp in for the Blues Custom 30. One always looses money on those deals but I had no problem with it as I came out way ahead in sound quality. I have heard very few stock amps that have comparable, rich tones to this amp. I am not easily impressed - in this case I am extremely please. I am having a very difficult time putting down my guitars (Charvel model 4, Epi LP, and USA Standard Strat) since I brought this thing home. I usually do not submit a review for a product but I felt compelled to share my feelings about this amp - do not hesitate to buy it - you will not be disappointed.

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    5.0

    great stuff!

    By MCbass18

    from Wollongong, Australia

    I dont have this exact amp but the Valve special, 5 watts tube...and it cranks! i bought it today, for both guitar and harmonica and it rocks!!!it is a little bit quite, but its all need!it sounds great with guitar and harmonicaand i bet the blues custom is just a great1

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    5.0

    still got the blues

    By rickster-fNCU4

    from st. augustine, fl

    I bought this amp after seeing it advertised in a guitar mag, I thought it looked pretty cool and the price was way lower than most amps of this quality. I love this thing, you turn it on , turn up the volume and it sounds sweet ...and the build quality is unreal...a fan to cool things down, plenty of pre-amp tubes, tube rectifier , wow!!!! I use it with a six piece blues band and I have the power switch set to 15 watts...I know it's hard to believe because I've been using 100 watt and 60 watt amps all my life but this thing is loud..even in the 15 watt mode....the 15 watt mode in my opinion is a bit sweeter than the 30...the reverb sounds great on a low setting..I haven't had to use a footswitch because the overdrive channel cleans up nicely when you turn the volume down on the guitar....I use an Ibanez artcore hollowbody with humbuckers and a fender strat with single coils...sounds great with both...a great deal on an excellent amp...mostly for blues and classic rock...

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    5.0

    This amp is great!

    By Psychopasta

    from Seattle WA

    I've had this amp about a year now and am still knocked out by it as much as I was when I first unpacked it. I bought it unheard based on the reviews I'd read here and in magazines. It really is as good as everyone says it is!It is one HEAVY amp, at 70 lb. Take the back off and you'll see why. Heavy plywood and thick aluminum sheets make up the chassis. This in IMHO one of the reasons it sounds so good. It gives the 2 12-inch speakers a solid frame to push against. I'd love Epi to put on two handles, or side handles, or wheels. All of which can be easily done yourself of course. Rather than swap out the tubes, put on some wheels!I gave it 5 for features, although its a fairly minimalist amp. I like it minimalist, because I want to learn how to drive a tube amp properly, rather than just select the tone for song X. No offense to Line 6 and the others who take that approach, it definitely has its place. But the BC30 is not that kind of amp. You have control of all amp parameters, of course, but its not a modeling amp.5 for quality is obvious. Built like a tank, take the back off and everythging is easily accessible if you want to perform surgery.I heard that it was not so good with single coils before I bought it, and was a little concerned. I play mainly single-coiled guitars, with a Reverend Club King with P-90s and a Tele 52 reissue as my main guitars. No problems to report, they sound great! I also have an Epi Les Paul with EMG 81/85 humbuckers and that sounds truly glorious.5 overall...I saw BB King at his club in Orlando last year and either BB Himself or Charlie Dennis was playing through a BC30...what more can I say?

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    5.0

    kick a**!!

    By loud and proud

    from portland OR.

    I know most of us don't want to believe that epiphone can make gear that is top of the line, but... this amp rules. I'm tired of all these company's popping up with 10 watt single speaker amps that cost $2500.00. Real musicians don't make loads of money and if you have kids, forget about it. The BLUES CUSTOM 30 is just the right amp at just the right price. I have two main guitars, gibson birds eye lp standard and a fender esquire reissue. They both SING through this amp. Single coils are glassy and bright like they should be. humbuckers are fat and creamy as they should be.

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    5.0

    instant classic!!

    By tdoug

    from Seattle

    imho this amp has superior sound quality with a retubing, but sounds plenty sweet stock after speaker break in. What you put in is exactly what you get out - I've now played the BC30 with a variety of guitars and this amp does it all! Keeping that in mind the BC30 will not make a cheap guitar sound vintage - it will sound good, but it will expose it as an inferior instrument. Plugging in a high end LP, Fender or PRS and you will be rewarded with vintage and modern tones as you feel the soul of warmth that only tubes will provide. With a few stomp boxes this amp can also rock out pretty heavy and loud - it's not a metal amp, but it can still crunch along with my Marshall and Peavey - take the time to understand this amp; this isn't a plug&play amp - you'll need to spend time tweaking the knobs for each instrument you plug into it - but you will be rewarded and blown away at the versatility and sound quality.

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