• Gift Certificate
  • Track Order
  • Help
  • Feedback [+]
  • Ship To: US Flag
  • Shop All Categories
  • Hot Deals

MF MD HG Labor Day Inclusion 8-22-14 EXT

Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

  • Write a Review
Product #H79026

We're sorry—this item is unavailable.

Find a similar product below or contact our experts for a recommendation of great alternatives. Call us at 800-449-9128.

Similar Items:
  • See All Fender Tube Combo Guitar Amplifiers
    Fender

    Quaint retro style in a compact tapletop amplifier.

    In the playfully diminutive form of a vintage tabletop radio, the Pawn Shop Special Greta model is quite possibly the most unusual Fender tube amp ever. In fact, nobody would blame you if you saw a Greta and, not yet realizing its true identity, tried to tune in the local weather on it. But an amp is exactly what it is—a two-watt tabletop beauty with a 4” Special Design speaker, old-school VU meter with “clean to overload” indicator display and simple volume and tone controls. Its charmingly vintage-style enclosure has front and rear wood panels finished in bright red, gold-finished metal top and sides for increased shielding, “Greta” script badge on the front panel and tabletop feet. Under the hood and on the back panel, the Greta features a single 12AT7 output tube and 12AX7 preamp tube, with a 1/4” instrument jack and 1/4” line out jack (for preamp use with another amplifier). Greta produces a variety of low-volume clean and overdriven guitar tones, but even if you never plug a guitar into it, the 1/8” back-panel auxiliary input is perfect for iPod or other media player use, with great mono tube playback sound that’ll have you rocking right there at your desk.

    Features
    • Two watts
    • A single 12AT7 output tube and 12AX7 preamp tube
    • 4” Special Design speaker
    • Old-school VU meter with “clean to overload” indicator display
    • Simple volume and tone controls
    • 1/4” Instrument jack

    Give your desk some vintage style. Call or click to order.retro

     
    Customer Reviews
    Loading....

    Review Snapshot®

    by PowerReviews
    FenderPawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
     
    3.9

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Portable (7)
    • Warm / comfy (7)
    • Excellent sound (6)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (5)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Home studio (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Solidly built, great sound - not the novelty it appears to be

    I agree about the speaker when new - it needs (MO) 6-8 hours of break in time. But if you have a cab, no break-in is required. The tubes are typical...Read complete review

    I agree about the speaker when new - it needs (MO) 6-8 hours of break in time. But if you have a cab, no break-in is required. The tubes are typical decent generics - but plug in (like I ended up doing) an Amperex 12AT7 and NOS 5751 preamp tube and the character really changes - more headroom, more "open" harmonic range, and even better control.

    It does have limitations. Players who never move their tone knob off "10" and rarely use the volume control might have trouble controlling it - it's definitely a "touch player" amp. Crank it up, use a heavy pick, pick as lightly as you can and roll down the *guitar* controls to find your clean level - then all you eed to do is dig in and/or slowly turn up the volume and/or tone knob *on the guitar* to milk the sustain.
    Hard picking and guitar controls frozen on 10 will result in nothing but a distorted tone - but IMO it's not really the best way to get tone out of ANY amp. This one REALLY shines when you drive it from your fingers. I find a 2x10 cabinet with a couple vintage C10Q's or a single-12 Greenback will really bring out the best in the amp - the internal speaker is just for low-volume home practice or desktop iPod use.

    The only negative to me - too many screws to remove to get to the tubes. That's not much aof a negative!
    Fender really painted outside the lines with this one, even more than with the Valco/Arline-ish Excelsior (which is another winner). IMO You just can't get this much usefulness at this price point. Volue, tone, 1/8 stereo input jack, internal speaker, 8-16 ohm external speaker jack (which shuts off the internal speaker and a line out to use it as a two-stage preamp into another amp.'

    Heck, it'd have enough "features" with the knobs, internal speaker and an extension jack.
    Mine was opened up about 15 minutes after I got it home to look at the build quality. The wood sides/base are MDF, the the gold-painted rop is heavy gage steel, it really holds it together well, base plate nd chassis are much heavier gage aluminum that "budget" amps, all wiring looks like 16 gage and up (not the tiny little noodles or horrid computer connectors in most inexpensive amps). It has a choke for ripple current reduction instead of more caps nd big resistors - a far more expensive way to go, which indicates this isn't plannd as a huge profit generator The circuit board has some 1/4 watt but many 1/2 and 1 watt metal film resistors - not PCB implant-types left over from some effects box experiment. And ceramic tube sockets. This is, to me, a huge point, as this amp is perfect for experimenting with tube types and combinations - and board-mounted tube sockets used on even high-end PCB amps are no match for these as far as durability. Heavy PCB as well. It'd take a lot to bust one o these to the point where it wouldn't play.
    There's nothing on the market remotely like it for the price Yes, lots of small tube amps - but either expensive or light on the build quality. There's just an ton of usage options packed into an affordable.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I think I know why they called it Greta

    I think I know why they called it "Greta"... because it would be re-GRETA-ble if you bought it without hearing it first. Sounds weak, sterile and muffled for the...Read complete review

    I think I know why they called it "Greta"... because it would be re-GRETA-ble if you bought it without hearing it first. Sounds weak, sterile and muffled for the first 1/10 of the dial, then it turns into a horrid (not nice) distortion that is absolutely unusable. A total miss on Fender's part. I've heard it sounds better through an external speaker or used as a pre-amp on the front-end to another amp, but I'll have to take their word for it. Throw in a little more money and get it's stable-mate, the Excelsior, which is truly stellar and far superior in every respect.

    Reviewed by 14 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-10

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Better than I thought possible.

    By ObsessedGuitarPlayer

    from The waves of Montana

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • High Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Ideal for the living room, practicing licks or developing music. Works best with single coils, but add on a reverb pedal and humbuckers can be tamed. Need patience with the Greta tone knob and the guitar tone/volume knobs. Perfect, if you want to just hit that sweet spot when the tubes start to add a hint of distortion. My wife is happy with the retro look and she likes the low volume, nice tone too. Allow quite a few hours of break in time.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fun little amp,

      By Jaded777777

      from Vernon, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Good For Around The House

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Great little tube amp. Easy to move from room to room. Don't expect a half stack, it's only a 4 inch speaker but it is fun.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      NO-BRAINER 2012 BLACK FRIDAY sale !!!

      By Chrisincranberry

      from Formerly Cranberry Pa .Now Mobile Al..

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Probably Hard To Find

      Best Uses

      • Home Friendly Tube Tone

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      So at black Friday 2012 I get one of these for less than one hundred MONETARY UNITS, with free shipping. Bizarre look and fairly limited internal speaker, but sounds great thru my EarCandy 2X10 cabinet. Not heavy metal distortion or high decibels, but it takes pedals well, and pumps out a solid tube tone at home(wife) friendly volumes. As long as you have a decent external cab available, this is A no brainer for a quality low volume classic tube type tone. Useful for practice/jamming/reording situations.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great little tabletop Amp

      By Jaded777777

      from Vernon, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Play Anywhere

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Great little amp that you can move to any room in the house. Don't expect a Marshall half stack, it's a good little amp with a 4 inch speaker. It does what it does.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Do not misjudge this little guy...

      By nickguitarguy1

      from VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mic Up On Stage
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This amp is insane for the price. It just looks so rad with the vintage radio vibe and the tv-stand legs it has, not to mention the retro VU Meter which is just a joy to stare at when your playing, to see how it reacts. I WILL admit that the Greta sounds mediocre through the amp's stock 4 inch speaker, most people know this. With that being said, the real magic happens when you plug this guy up to a 4x12; the sound opens up immensely and you will NOT believe the drastic change in tone. I would gladly put mine up to battle with say a Hot Rod Deluxe or anything along those lines, because the tone is true high quality tube tone. You will love it's touch sensitivity and overall sound. I can't believe the value for these amps! I ordered another one just to keep brand new in the box and save for some time. Buy this thing now, the sound is inspiring.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Screamin' little thing!

      By Luke Hunter

      from Muscle Shoals

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Weak Line Out

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I picked this thing up just a few days ago, and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces of gear. I needed it to record very quietly in my apartment all night, and it did that in spades. The overdriven and dirty tones this thing can produce are pretty spectacular, and it has surprisingly full sound for a 4 inch speaker.

      As for some negatives, the line out is not at true line level. It's a bit quieter than line level. When I used this to record with my Motu Hybrid I had to use a compressor to bring the volume up in my DAW. Also there is not as much headroom as I was hoping for. I love the overdrive, but I'd like a little more clean headroom before I got there.

      Overall I rather enjoy it, great dirty sound, exactly the low-volume I was looking for, but a little more headroom would have been nice.

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Greta Table Top Tube Guitar Amp.

      By Jim Bob

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This thing does best at moderate volume & clean tones. With both Humbuckers & single coils. A little distortion and the tones are still sweet. However, extreme distortion sounds too course & too distorted. But, really don't want in for being loud it is a great practice amp for while your watching tv, then play during commercials. SWEET CLEAN TONES

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good dirt

      By Matthew Bear

      from somewhere

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Flexible use via spkr out
      • Portable
      • Practice volume dirt

      Cons

      • Not loud at all

      Best Uses

      • Line out function

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      It's sounds good dirty! you should know how to use your volume/tone knobs to find a sweet spot as this thing sounds like a fuzz pedal full up...I wound up returning it ONLY because I have a converted tube radio that does the same thing, it was redundant in my gear stable.

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      "Cute little Thing"

      By Kazman

      from Iowa

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I really wanted to love this thing cuz it's just so darn cute but..... it ended up being way short on clean volume...plenty of overdrive distortion volume...not much clean volume.....but cute!!!! I had to send it back.

            Comment on this review

            (10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            I think I know why they called it Greta

            By Donny Danger

            from Austin, TX y'all

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Looks cool

            Cons

            • Sounds like doody

            Best Uses

            • Paperweight

            Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta 2W 1x4 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I think I know why they called it "Greta"... because it would be re-GRETA-ble if you bought it without hearing it first. Sounds weak, sterile and muffled for the first 1/10 of the dial, then it turns into a horrid (not nice) distortion that is absolutely unusable. A total miss on Fender's part. I've heard it sounds better through an external speaker or used as a pre-amp on the front-end to another amp, but I'll have to take their word for it. Throw in a little more money and get it's stable-mate, the Excelsior, which is truly stellar and far superior in every respect.

            Comment on this review

            Displaying reviews 1-10

            Back to top

            Previous | Next »

            You are changing the Ship-To country.

            Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.