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Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier  

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Overview
  • Power: 5W
  • Speaker: 10 inch
  • Controls: Volume, Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass
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    $129.99
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Get great tube-like tone in a low-watt, portable rig.

The EM-1 is a 12 lb., 5 watt, Class A amplifier that uses a state-of-the art J-Fet pre-amp & audiophile Mosfet power amp to bring out all the details of your music. The unique pre-amp allows excellent dynamic range, allowing you to play softly or really dig in without any amplifier compression, unlike typical modeling amps. These amps are equipped with our unique Tube Illusion circuitry, which allows a smooth transition from clean to overdrive, like high-end tube amps.

Features
  • Power: 5W
  • Speaker: 10 inch
  • Controls: Volume, Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass
  • Weight: 12 lbs.
  • Cabinet: High Density Polyethylene
  • Terminals: Input, Speaker Output
  • Dimensions: 18” x 17.8” x 10.5”

Get the great tone without the hassle of tubes. Order today!

 
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Four ForceEM-1 Guitar Amplifier
 
4.0

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (7)
    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Performances (6)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Small amp with Mighty Tones!

    This is a killer little amplifier! Don't let the small size and low price of this amplifier fool you. I generally am not a real big on tube emulating amplifiers, but this one...Read complete review

    This is a killer little amplifier! Don't let the small size and low price of this amplifier fool you. I generally am not a real big on tube emulating amplifiers, but this one changed my mind. What really blows me away is the dynamics and response this amp brings. The harder you dig in to it, the amp responds like a tube amp. This is a low wattage amp, and while 5 Watts doesn't seem like much on paper, when you plug your guitar into in and crank it up, get ready for lift off! I can't recommend this amp enough. I absolutely LOVE mine, as it can cover anything from sparkly clean to in your face "hey buddy, it's about to get real serious" distortion.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    WARNING

    I got this in brand new , has loud sound for 5 watts , looks cool, light weight , .. watched all the videos , read all these reviews and others . took me...Read complete review

    I got this in brand new , has loud sound for 5 watts , looks cool, light weight , .. watched all the videos , read all these reviews and others . took me 15 minutes to find out it was horrible. my wife thought so too . she would pull the cord out of this amp and plug into my other little practice solid state amp . I tried pedals , adjustments , everything I could , sounds like it has a weird effect running all the time . sound to much bass . even with it turned down . controls are hard to adjust any great sounds unless you play acoustic only . I ran it through high end guitars too. so it wasn't that . I have had many amps through the years , this one ranks in the top 3 duds . its loud for its watts and clear clean , but be warned , its not that great .. I packed it back up . quick . I don't write many reviews , but I had to warn others , cant believe all the reviews on here are good ???

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    4.0

    Great amp for the money spent.

    By LEM

    from Uniontown, PA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Pretty Good For The Money

    Cons

    • No reverb

    Best Uses

    • Practice Amp

    Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

    Amp is worth the money. I just wish they would add a reverb. Still sounds great though.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Four Force EM-1

    By JD Picker 59

    from Shreveport, Louisiana

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Small And Simple

    Cons

    • No Usable Gain
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Backup Amp

    Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

    Like the other guy said in his review, it's hard to believe all the positive reviews on this amp. It's loud enough, but not easy to get a good sound out of it. As far as even getting enough gain out of it, there's no way except using a distortion pedal which I plan to buy. I love single channel amps and was hopeful that it would be what I was looking for...a nice little amp that could be a backup if needed. All the people at four force need to do is make these amps with more gain...it's better to have more than you need than not enough. Anyway I'm keeping it, theres nothing wrong with it, it just didn't turn out to be what I was looking for. I'll get a distortion pedal, maybe with that I can make it useable.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    WARNING

    By not picky

    from kingsport tn

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Looks Firm Knobs
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weird Sound

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Last Resort

    Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

    I got this in brand new , has loud sound for 5 watts , looks cool, light weight , .. watched all the videos , read all these reviews and others . took me 15 minutes to find out it was horrible. my wife thought so too . she would pull the cord out of this amp and plug into my other little practice solid state amp . I tried pedals , adjustments , everything I could , sounds like it has a weird effect running all the time . sound to much bass . even with it turned down . controls are hard to adjust any great sounds unless you play acoustic only . I ran it through high end guitars too. so it wasn't that . I have had many amps through the years , this one ranks in the top 3 duds . its loud for its watts and clear clean , but be warned , its not that great .. I packed it back up . quick . I don't write many reviews , but I had to warn others , cant believe all the reviews on here are good ???

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW

    By Anthony Ingoglia

    from Long Island, New York

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Speaker Out Jack

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

      I agree with all the good stuff. (The first one I had to return) An additional feature is the speaker out jack. We practice at a studio we rent. I jacked the unit into a Marshal 4 by 12. OMG. I promise you, I kept up will all the boys with their fancy tube stuff. We were all very surprised. They're shlepping all the heavy stuff and I'm marching up two flights of stairs with a 6 pounder. Psych! I bought some for my friends.

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      4.0

      Partial review

      By Mick Malkemus

      from Santee, CA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Emulator
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

          Keep in mind, this is my first amplifier.

          The gain knob needs to be fully on to operate. Not sure is this is normal or not. Other than that, it has sounds nice enough using the rest of the knobs that I'll keep it.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a bargain!

          By TheOldMan

          from Seal Beach, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

            This amp is a steal! Good sound and tube like tones are what you can expect. Looks and plays well. Snap up one of these up before the price goes higher, which it will as people discover this amp.
            I have had more expensive tube amps in the past and this does as well as amps costing 4 - 5 times the price.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Might be a good amp but......

            By Nicholas322

            from Brooklyn New York

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

              I bought two of them one for myself and one for a friend. The price was great! I watched 2 youtube videos and was sold, however both were doa. there was no sound at all in clean mode and about 40db of sound full out with full distortion.I returned them and musicians friend was great about it.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice Little Amp

              By Nemesis5486

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Value
              • Good Bottom End
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Needs Some Tweaking

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

              This amp is loud and has a very good bottom end. Be aware that although there are a few knobs and they are relatively easy to use, they must be tweaked a little more than other amps to get a good sound. The pre amp bass, mid, treble knobs must be turned up so I would suggest a 12 o'clock setting for all knobs including gain and volume would be a good place to start.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Buy

              By Ksguitarpicker

              from Kansas

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

                In 37 years of playing I have rarely seen a product that gives you so much for the price. I once was a major fan of tube amps and still own several. I never considered Solid State amps for performance and recording because solid state amps always sounded thin and tinny to me in comparisons. That thought however has changed. In the last few years there has been incredible improvements in the Solid State market. I now own a few great ones, This amp included, because it is one of those incredible improvements. It feels like a tube amp in the way it responds to your picking technique. Eveything about it makes you think it has the guts of a Princeton. Excellent warm bottom end, clear articulate highs and and a smooth mid range. I have heard the skeptics and die hard amp tube fans that call this a "Toy" It's Not a toy, it's a well built, responsive amplifier with great tones for a better than reasonable price. MF has the best price around and has brought us another great value for our money!

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Small amp with Mighty Tones!

                By The Sound Cave

                from Northern, WI

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Light weight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Four Force EM-1 Guitar Amplifier:

                  This is a killer little amplifier! Don't let the small size and low price of this amplifier fool you. I generally am not a real big on tube emulating amplifiers, but this one changed my mind. What really blows me away is the dynamics and response this amp brings. The harder you dig in to it, the amp responds like a tube amp. This is a low wattage amp, and while 5 Watts doesn't seem like much on paper, when you plug your guitar into in and crank it up, get ready for lift off! I can't recommend this amp enough. I absolutely LOVE mine, as it can cover anything from sparkly clean to in your face "hey buddy, it's about to get real serious" distortion.

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