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    Unleash a brutal guitar assault with one of the most powerful amps on the planet.

    Fender's first true metal amp, the Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp delivers a whopping 550W into 2 ohms, 400W into 4 ohms. The solid state electronics and heavy-duty flight-case style enclosure make this a roadworthy addition to any rig. The 3-channel preamp offers a studio-pure Clean setting, Tight Drive for the ultimate rock tones and Loose Drive for those bottom-heavy drop tunings. 16 onboard effects, including the new GATE feature for noise-reduction or muting techniques, allow you to craft your heavy tone to hard rock, metal, punk, and beyond. Also has a professional speaker-emulated XLR line out with level control and ground lift. Includes 25 sets of earplugs, so you know it must be loud! Looking for the complete half or full stack? The optional MH-412 cabinets are the perfect choice to give voice to this beast! (See accessory box on this page.)

    Features

    • 550W @ 2 ohms, 400W @ 4 ohms
    • Reliable, maintenance-free solid state circuitry
    • 3-channel preamp
    • Boost knob allows footswitchable volume boost on any channel
    • 16 onboard effects
    • 4-button footswitch
    • Forced-air fan cooling
    • 29-1/4"W x 8-1/2"H x 11"D

    If ear-bleeding volume and vicious tone is what you need, the Metalhead is your amp. Order today!

     
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    FenderMH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp
     
    4.8

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    Fender MH-500... 4 years and a new cab

    There are only a few things about this amp I don't like. 1) Noise gate needs seperate controls from the FX2) FX needs "speed" controls or a Tap button for...Read complete review

    There are only a few things about this amp I don't like. 1) Noise gate needs seperate controls from the FX2) FX needs "speed" controls or a Tap button for the Delay. 3) I use a EQ pedal in the FX loop for my tone... but I have to do that with any amp, so I can't take that from the MetalHead. No amp has ever just sounded perfect to me.Other than that, it's the best head I've ever used. I even like the Tight channel!! As for the cab, I don't use it, and wouldnt. I never have liked Celestions, too much honk, no chunk(imho). I use Eminence Swamp Thang 16ohm speakers. They are the perfect match for the head and if you already have a cab, its cheaper just to pick out the speakers you really want!!! I have had this head for 4 years now, I think, and its never failed me. Apparently this amp has been discontinued...I can only hope this is an April Fools joke from Fender, but i doubt it. It is no longer on their website. This is the best amp and only amp from Fender I would ever buy and I was hoping for a combo version... oh well.

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    This head is over rated in my opinion. Yes, its loud! And it looks good. Sounds ok. but thats just it, ok. My Randall RH-200 had better tone for a...Read complete review

    This head is over rated in my opinion. Yes, its loud! And it looks good. Sounds ok. but thats just it, ok. My Randall RH-200 had better tone for a lot less scratch. If you play Metal, buy the Fender MH cabs, and get a 6505, not this thing. The 6505 has more gain anyway for roughly the same price. This is just a heavy paperweight with a pants load of dials. They just make it look like it can do something. The tone of this amp is generic. If you want Solid-state power, I recommend looking in Warhead territory! The only person I would recommend this amp to is the guy who has to own the biggest of everything, because 500W is a big bragging point. But overall, this thing is just a chromed-up worthless pile of trash that doesn't belong on stage, or in your practice room.

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    5.0

    Fender MH-500... 4 years and a new cab

    By Death by Shredding

    from Wilmington, NC currently.

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    There are only a few things about this amp I don't like. 1) Noise gate needs seperate controls from the FX2) FX needs "speed" controls or a Tap button for the Delay. 3) I use a EQ pedal in the FX loop for my tone... but I have to do that with any amp, so I can't take that from the MetalHead. No amp has ever just sounded perfect to me.Other than that, it's the best head I've ever used. I even like the Tight channel!! As for the cab, I don't use it, and wouldnt. I never have liked Celestions, too much honk, no chunk(imho). I use Eminence Swamp Thang 16ohm speakers. They are the perfect match for the head and if you already have a cab, its cheaper just to pick out the speakers you really want!!! I have had this head for 4 years now, I think, and its never failed me. Apparently this amp has been discontinued...I can only hope this is an April Fools joke from Fender, but i doubt it. It is no longer on their website. This is the best amp and only amp from Fender I would ever buy and I was hoping for a combo version... oh well.

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    3.0

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    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    This head is over rated in my opinion. Yes, its loud! And it looks good. Sounds ok. but thats just it, ok. My Randall RH-200 had better tone for a lot less scratch. If you play Metal, buy the Fender MH cabs, and get a 6505, not this thing. The 6505 has more gain anyway for roughly the same price. This is just a heavy paperweight with a pants load of dials. They just make it look like it can do something. The tone of this amp is generic. If you want Solid-state power, I recommend looking in Warhead territory! The only person I would recommend this amp to is the guy who has to own the biggest of everything, because 500W is a big bragging point. But overall, this thing is just a chromed-up worthless pile of trash that doesn't belong on stage, or in your practice room.

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    5.0

    the last great amp

    By king arthur-FP-RY

    from roscommon mi

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    This amp is amazing, I have had it for almost a year. I didn't have the money for the matching cab so I am running it through a b52 cab. Its true about the volume. I have to turn it down so I don't overpower miked drums. Also the gain is over the top. Picture a triple super lead mixed with a mesa. The only down side was finding a footswitch. I bought mine used. I play everything from ccr to motley crue to disturbed. no problems at all. It runs the gauntlet. Buy this amp before they stop making it.

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    5.0

    METAL MONSTER!!!

    By Steve-ca-KT

    from Midwest US

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    From the moment you plug this thing in all you can do is say "WOW!". I own many Guitars(Gibson Custom Shop Tony Iommi SG, Schecter C-1 Hellraiser with Floyd Rose, Gibson Les Paul Studio, etc . . .) and these Guitars are amazing on their own but this Amp and this Amp only brings them to incredible new heights! The Clean channel is so pure and does not pop at all like other amplifiers. The Tight channel is great for Hard Rock and Blues but you really need to work with the EQs and such to get it right. The Loose Channel is really what sets this Amp apart from all others. This thing just SCREAMS Metal. The Distortion is insane and I do mean INSANE. This amp makes dimebag look like a Blues Player, yes the Tone is that good! It has tons of headroom like all of the other channels. The Distortion and Tone on this amp are very distinctive and can't be copied or matched by anything else out on the market. I had heard a lot from people saying "Oh man its not a tube" and "Fender sucks they are only for rock and blues", they were ALL wrong. Some people have actually mistakin this for a tube amp and I have gotten tons of compliments on my sound. I could faithfully call this the Amp of all Amps. This blows away any tube amp I have played. If you are a Metalhead who wants a true pure clean and a mind numbing aussault of Distortion than this is the amp for you!

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    5.0

    Marshall/Mesa Killer

    By Madaxematt

    from Ontario, Canada

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    This amp is insane. I bought it and wont play anything else. I've tried marshalls, mesa's, and all kinds of amps but this thing kills all of them. For a solide state compared to the tubes it will blow you away for sound and reliabilty. For the features the only downfall is when I'm playing on stage and want to use the onboard effets, they have to be changed from the head only. The celestion speakers are another reason I bought it, you can buy marshalls and know what your getting but come on...its a fender it's built for nothing but quality.For quality: Amazing. It is made out of flight casing so awsomely rugged and built to take a beating. It's solid state ciruitry give you reliabilty time and time again without having to replace tubes every second jam session.Over all great amp, Nice clear, crisp clean channel, decent tight drive for the classic rock stuff. and house DESTROYING Loose drive that'll please time and time again. THANK YOU FENDER!!!!!

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    5.0

    This is THE METAL HEAD.... bow before it!!

    By Psychoholic-CDjEu

    from Asheville NC

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    I had been playing through two Blue Voodoo half stacks ran stereo and I was happy with that sound until I heard this amp. Ok , so the tight channel sounds like crap... but who is going to buy an amp named METAL HEAD for a blues sound? The loose channel on the other hand is a BEAST!! The clean channel is very clear and has a very crisp / brilliant sound. My only real gripe about this amp is the lack of pedal controls for the effects system. It has some nice effects but I just don't see a way to utilize them with no remote switching available. That was why I rated a 4.0 on features. Fender engineers; make me a pedal to change my effects!!!

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    5.0

    Best high-gain sound for $1000 or less

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    I've previously owned a Mesa Triple Rec, a Krankenstein, and a Line 6 Vetta II, so I consider myself to be pretty open-minded when it comes to tube vs. transistor amps. This amp is literally a godsend for the hard rock/metal guitarist with a little bit of money to spend. Personally, I got the full stack, so I would say I got it for a bargain. I bought it used, and it showed up on my doorstep nonfunctional. However, it was still under transferable warranty (hang on to your receipts!) and I had it serviced at an authorized Fender service shop for free. There were many minor repairs to be made, such as loose connections and broken filter caps, but it now works perfectly. SETTINGS: I suspect that many beginner guitarists using this amp would instinctively zero the mids, turn the noise gate to 100%, and dime the gain, but that would result in an incredibly poor tone. The "loose" channel is like 50 lbs of nitroglycerine: handle with care! Personally, I put the noise gate on about 25%, scoop the mids (more about that in a second), and here's the key part- I only put the gain at 1 o'clock. The gain on tap in this head is pretty amazing to me. My sole axe (after much searching) is a Schecter C7 Hellraiser set up for G standard (that's GCFBbEbGC for the kiddies) and the low end made possible by the MH-500 is unbelievable. I hate to say it, but this could be a Triple Rec killer for sure. The presence control is responsive but again, YOU MUST NOT DIME IT AND RIP OFF THE KNOB! Use it instead of the treble control to compensate for room dynamics. I gave it a 4.5 for features, because I wish it had a density control.The onboard effects (other than the amazing noise gate) are fairly pointless. I use a few pedals up front, and yes, this amp takes pedals very well. I scoop the mids almost all the way out for a Prong/Pantera/Korn sound, but I make up for loss of "balls" by putting an MXR 10-band thru the effects loop. I dial in a reverse "V" curve on that to put the mids back in my tone. The "tight" channel is pure s***. I don't know what they were thinking when they designed that :pThe "clean" channel is very pure, and can get quite loud. I eq it for a flat signal for jazzy clean runs. The cab-emulated direct out is pure genius for live situations. Put it thru the PA at your gig for a much fatter overall mix. Note: the MH cabs are a must have. I have a pair of them and they pump out insane low end and volume. I gave it a 4.5 overall because it lacks an assignable fx loop, a feature available in the comparable Randall V2. Looks: sexy as hell. I totally dig the flight-case look. Seems hard to even put a dent in the head+cabs. Maintenance: none, thank god. Overall: I would buy this head over and over again, but I get the feeling that this amp will last for a long, long time if taken care of. Seems to be built like a tank.

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    5.0

    MH500 MetalHead

    By Gochface

    from Omaha, NE

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    I played this at a local music store here in town that predominantly handles Mesa, Matchless, Orange, and Marshall. Just short of the Tiny Terror, this was the least expensive head in the store, and IMSO; one of the best. I couldn't believe the amazing tone this amp has. I've been using a 6505+ but I'm now switching to the MetalHead, less expensive, less bulky, all around tone is better, plus it looks cooler...

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    5.0

    This thing has everything you want...trust me

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    I bought this amp two weeks after it came out up at a local guitar store. I've owned it ever since. My pedal went out on me about two months after I had it. No big deal. I just ordered a new one. Regardless what people say about the noise gate. Personally I haven't had any problems with me. The effects are very versatile and very handy. The boost switch is a big help too for solos and you normally see it on higher end/expensive heads. I mean granted this thing isn't that cheap but it's a lot less than mesa or marshall. And when it comes to comparing it to mesa or marshall. It's great. Personally I'm not a big fan of marshall. I think they're over rated just from personal experiense. However, Mesa Boogie is amazing. My one friend owns a mesa half stack and we compared. Honestly they are very comparable. One thing I've noticed people saying is that to get it loud enough you have to turn it up to about 8 or 9. Not true. All you have to do is switch it over to 550 and you're fine. Don't worry about ruining the cab because of it. Those cabs can handle it trust me. I've done it many times and haven't had a problem yet.

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    5.0

    Unplug all your other heads

    By No Greater Joy 4 Keek

    from LaPine, Oregon

    Comments about Fender MH-500 Metalhead Guitar Amp:

    This thing is tone, tone, tone. All 3 channels have amazing tone. The loose channel is incredible. Way radder than My 6505+, than my Cybertwin, Than my Epi V-J. Not than my handwired Marshall 2061 JMP but 50 times louder and the coolest thing about it is that it has a built in noise gate and built in digital effects. No pedals needed for this bad boy. Toatally worth the moola! Get one if you can, don't even think twice. You'll be way happy. < :D

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