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Like two boutique amps in one reasonably priced package.
Following on the success of the micro-sized Micro Plex, the Townhouse sports the same compact design, while offering handbuilt, made in the USA boutique tube amp quality and tone. The two-way Decade Switch features a 50's setting with vintage tweed-inspired tones, and a 60′s setting inspired by brownface tones.
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Comments about Fargen Amps Fargen Townhouse 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:
I like simple things that deliver. I don't want a bunch of knobs. I want something that you plug in and that works. This thing works. Ballsy, warm, full, responsive. Hooked up to a PRS 1x12 cabinet, the sound reminds me of the things that I liked about my old Twin Reverb but none of the things I didn't. Compared it to a Princeton Reverb BF reissue and a Tiny Terror HW. Apart from the obvious (reverb and tremolo on the PR, MV on the TT), the sound is just a little richer, a little more bell-like. Less compressed than the PR (which I don't think of as compressed), but even more responsive (and the PR is pretty responsive). The TT has similar clean tones, a different breakup -- darker; no surprise there, either, with the TT's EL84 -- but the Fargen has a greater depth of tone. The decades switch -- the 50's is wild and wooly. Really cool. The 60's is more compressed, a little less gain, and doesn't grab you as immediately as the 50's circuit does, but it is a very nice sound. Fargen describes it as between black face and brown face. I've never played a brown face, so I can say only that it's not quite as spanky as my Deluxe Reverb BF RI. I have not played it with a drummer, so I don't know how it cuts it at stage volumes (5w is 5w), but miked it can be very effective I'm sure. It's loud in the house, but it isn't something that shakes the walls of my little rehearsal space, like my DR or even my old Ampeg Gemini. Not something you want for big gain, but it gets nice and crunchy. A great natural sound. Fargen says it takes pedals well; I'm sure it does, but I haven't used them. The tone control I think of as adjusting for the characteristics of the guitar or the space than changing the sound of one instrument for different purposes -- each guitar seems to have a sweet spot where the amp responds the best. Very nice boutique amp that reeks of quality.