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Epiphone So Cal 50 Watt Amp Head  

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    Fantastically affordable all-tube head with the stuff you need to rock!

    Sublime tonal quality with quiet operation from DC-powered filaments and superb definition from a solid-state rectifier make the Epiphone So Cal 50-watt one of the finest amplifiers we've had the pleasure to play through. A unique EQ switch lets you choose between independent treble and bass vs. treble that rolls off the bass when boosted and vice-versa. Presence control lets you sharpen up the sound while 25W (triode) option lets you drive the power section hard without driving the neighbors nuts. Contour knob presents dramatic tonal options and the tube-driven reverb is silky smooth and natural. Multiple speaker outs for great flexibility onstage. Works great with the optional So Cal 412SL cab. (See accessory box on this page.)

    Winner of a GuitarWorld gold award for overall value!

    Features

    • Designed and engineered in the USA by Gibson
    • 50W or 25W Class AB switchable
    • All-tube circuitry
    • 2 channels
    • Solid state rectifier
    • Presence control
    • Contour knob and gain control for channel 2
    • 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
    • EL34 power tubes
    • Footswitch jack (switch not included)
    • High-tension fuse
    • 16-gauge bent and spot-welded chassis
    • 11-ply plywood cab construction
    • 26"W x 10-3/4"D x 10-3/4"H
    • 42 lbs.

    Certainly one of the best values in a premium head ever. Make your move today!

     
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    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

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    So Cal 50 amp Head

    I am using a Gibson les paul Standard with a Mesa Engineering rectifier cab Loade with celstion Vintage 30 speakers.y review is based on the first week. The first time i plugged it in...Read complete review

    I am using a Gibson les paul Standard with a Mesa Engineering rectifier cab Loade with celstion Vintage 30 speakers.y review is based on the first week. The first time i plugged it in the reverb did not work and the red light stayed on even when i switched the cannel to clean. Ok i know a little about amps so i had replace the tube that controls the reverb. Now the reverb works. I tried using the gain channel and did not like it. I tweaked the eq settings and the amp comes alive. I can get a good overdriven tone , a distorted tone and if you reverse the volume and gain controls you can get a marshall 1959 tone. Ok that said what id do not like about this is when you are on the clean channel the gain control bleeds over in the clean channel and you have to turn it all the way down to play clean. So you have to either play dirt or set it up clean and use a pedal to play dirty. I emailed support to see if they will fix these problems under warranty but they have not returned my email yet. I do think you need to retube this thing to get a better sound i recommend JJ's or the Mullard re issues. I have them both and rock.This amp seems to be a cros sbetween a marshall and soldano hybrid. Yes i can say this because i own a Marshall 1959 & 1987, peavey 5150 , laney gh100l and a soldano slo. This amp if you get it retubed bias everyone will want to know what it is your playing. I use a SRB808 pedal.

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    Don't waste your money...

    ok, a few days ago i went down to the music store expecting to love this amp, but i couldnt have been more wrong. I tried the head on both the matching epi...Read complete review

    ok, a few days ago i went down to the music store expecting to love this amp, but i couldnt have been more wrong. I tried the head on both the matching epi cab and also a Marshall 1960A cab and it didnt help it any. The first problem is the reverb, not only u cant turn it completely off or even to a low level, but when you turn it all the way up there isn't much difference. Not only that but there is a serious lack of power here. In the store where i was the only customer at the time, sitting right infront if the amp i had to have the master volume at 5 with all other controles that affect the volume at 10 just for a low practice volume! Also i have played on many amps, alot of high end tube amps and alot of cheaper solid state amps, and this was by far one of the worse ive played on. Do your self a favor and buy something better.

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    5.0

    Great Price for Maximum Perfromance

    By Joe White

    from Nashville

    I've played through many amps however this is the first all tube amp I've owned. Well built and solid. Tubes are easily upgradable, but I'm keeping the 12AX7's and the EL34's. I still can't believe that I only paid $499 for this baby.
    Can't say enoght about his 50 watt wonder. Even better in small places at 25w. Wish it had a line out and effects loop. If I want that real heavy metal sound I'll put my Saturator in front of it.
    Truly outstanding. Works fine, lasts a long time. I've had mine for over 5 years. No frills, yet many thrills.
    Nothing else compares.

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    5.0

    WILL_TRADE_CARVIN_4_THIS

    I had one of these so - cal amps but returned it becuase a filter cap went bad. ((AT THE TIME)) it was "closeout" item and I thought better to just get rid of it and move on. Now that I see that they are STILL IN PRODUCTION I wish like hell I would have tried for another one. What I got instead was a Carvin MTS3200. Its a fine amp, well built and all, but only a rivet head could like the way it sounds. This so-cal is such a sweet sounding amp not a day goes by that I don't wish I still had it. I'm ditching the carvin and buying another one of these. I will wait till may, hell I would wait till christmass. This is NOT A METAL AMP. it's a bada** amp FOR THE REST OF US.

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    5.0

    So Cal 50 amp Head

    I am using a Gibson les paul Standard with a Mesa Engineering rectifier cab Loade with celstion Vintage 30 speakers.y review is based on the first week. The first time i plugged it in the reverb did not work and the red light stayed on even when i switched the cannel to clean. Ok i know a little about amps so i had replace the tube that controls the reverb. Now the reverb works. I tried using the gain channel and did not like it. I tweaked the eq settings and the amp comes alive. I can get a good overdriven tone , a distorted tone and if you reverse the volume and gain controls you can get a marshall 1959 tone. Ok that said what id do not like about this is when you are on the clean channel the gain control bleeds over in the clean channel and you have to turn it all the way down to play clean. So you have to either play dirt or set it up clean and use a pedal to play dirty. I emailed support to see if they will fix these problems under warranty but they have not returned my email yet. I do think you need to retube this thing to get a better sound i recommend JJ's or the Mullard re issues. I have them both and rock.This amp seems to be a cros sbetween a marshall and soldano hybrid. Yes i can say this because i own a Marshall 1959 & 1987, peavey 5150 , laney gh100l and a soldano slo. This amp if you get it retubed bias everyone will want to know what it is your playing. I use a SRB808 pedal.

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    4.0

    epiphone so cal 50 head

    By GibsonMan-70NbX

    from Corbin, Ky

    This is a really good amp for playing blues to rock, but did not suit me. The clean does not have as much low end as I like, and it breaks up at very low volume. The distortion did not have any punch to it for my needs. I play mainly rythm, but if you are a lead player, this amp is for you. I will stick with my valveking 212 combo, and use the 4x12 cab I have as an extention for a deeper low end. I am returning this head and exchanging it for the Demonizer dual tube preamp distortion stompbox by Damage Control to try out with my valveking.

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    5.0

    So-Call

    By Garrett-bY1Ab

    from Washington

    I've owned the So-Cal for a while now, and I have to say it is an awesome amp. The price was reasonable, and it sounds a lot better than what I thought it would for the cost. IT can run at 50 W and at 25, (Better for a blues tone). If you are looking for a good Combo Head that won't cost a fortune, the So-cal is for you.

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    5.0

    when they say So-Cal, they mean it

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I had my doubts when I heard about this thing. I only play epiphone guitars but I didn't think that an Epiphone amp would be good. I played it at the local guitar store and traded in my Vox AD100 VT that next day for it. The clean still sounds a slight bit dirty and the dirty channel has just the right amout of distortion for what I play. Now this is definantly not a metal amp, i play powerpop and pop punk music. All in all, it's the best for the value and the type of music i play. NOT A METAL AMP.

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    5.0

    One Word...WOW!

    Sorry Guitar guy, but you couldn't be more wrong if you wrote your review backwards!!I have owned Marshalls, Mesas, Peaveys and many others, but I have never heard an amp quite like this! The versatility is amazing. Great clean tones, and the range of gain is unmatched by ANYBODY. The reverb was the only thing less than stellar, but it was still pretty good. I spent 6 straight hours exploring this thing when I got it home, and it was simply one surprise after another! Strat?s, SG's, PRS's all sound amazing through it. All this tone for under $800 (with cab), simply amazing!! Don't be a snob about your amps, go with the tone, and this has it in spades. I'm still in shock.....

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    5.0

    Good stuff

    By Steve-fYed7

    from Battle Creek, MI

    Well for the price of this thing, you really can't beat it.The clean is kind of bland, but the overdrive is killer. The mid-sweep control is really, really useful. It sounds a lot like a Marshall JCM800 IMO. I mean, it isnt exactly like a JCM800, but that is what it reminds me of when I play it.The reverb on mine was broken when I got it, so I sent it back and the new one was fine. I really don't think you can find much better in this price range.

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    5.0

    nice amp....

    By Chainsaw77

    from Suisun city, california

    I bought this amp to replace a line 6 SP II 150w head. It was a great purchese. The clean is real nice, I don't like the overdrive channel when in 25w mode its way to muddy. But in 50w mode very nice. this thing is loud, it really moves some air. I never go above 3-4 on the volume whan practicing, and only 5-6 when playing out. Get this amp instead of the peavys in this price range, Unless your a real metal guy. Great Amp

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    5.0

    very impressed

    By Equipment Pro

    from San Diego, CA

    I played this head at a local guitar shop through a 1960a marshall cabinet. I wasnt expecting much but was blown away. The clean channel is very clear and warm. The distortion can take you from vintage to modern tones with a roll of the gain knob. Its plenty of a load at 50 watts, 25 watts is probably good enough for most situations. The reverb was great too. The only complaint I have about this amp was that there was only one eq for both channels. A small price to pay for this awesome deal. Can't get a better tube head for the money.

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