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Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp  

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    All tube, all Genz-Benz, all good.

    The Genz-Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp is a classic, all-tube, EL 84, Class A design combined with the upgrades, enhancements and tone you would expect from Genz-Benz. This amplifier is built for those that know tone and feel are inseparable.

    Single 12" cabinet design loaded with the Red Fang Alnico loudspeaker from Eminence, for those who crave the more compact Class A vibe.

    Features

    • Class A, EL 84 power tubes
    • All-tube signal path
    • Flexible power selections-pentode/triode selector - 30 watts/15 watts/8 watts
    • Tube boost preamp stage (footswitchable)
    • Passive 3-band EQ
    • Five-position voicing circuitry
    • Tube-driven reverb
    • Tube rectifier
    • Accutronics long pan reverb
    • 12" Alnico Red Fang speakers by Eminence
    • Solid 13-ply Baltic birch plywood cabinet

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    Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Power Output: 30W/15W/8W
    • Channels: 1
    • Preamp Tubes: 5x12AX7/12AU7
    • Power Amp Tubes: 4xEL 84
    • Speaker configuration: 1 x 12
    • Weight Lbs.: 53
    • Dimensions HxWxD: 20-1/2" x 22" x 12"
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    5.0

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Answered my search for tone!

    By Artguy47

    from Encinitas, CA

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    While I'm a relative newby compared to many who have written reviews, this amp has probably saved me years (decades?) in searching for great sound. Like another reveiwer, I'm still on the clean channel, which is why I bought it. It has really opened up my the sound of my Quicksilver so much, I decided against an order for a new custom(though still buying a Suhr!), as my guitar is now giving my exactly the tones I was seeking. Nearly pulled my bad back out pulling this amp out of it's box. Built like a tank, and weighs about the same, to me.This isn't a metal amp, but that suits me to a tee. If you are looking for amazingly clean open tone, then this is an amp to consider. Basically a 'boutique sound' without the 'boutique price.'Buy one if you can, you won't regret it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Genz Benz Black Pearl 30

    By Wade Dawson

    from Granbury Texas

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    I've had this amp a while and this is my second review. I've used it twice at gigs so far the 1st was a disaster my fault. This is not your average plug and play amp. There are a multitude of sounds and you may need to get in bed with this one. After taking to the factory twice I'm getting more familiar with all the freegin options. If you dont have the best eyesight you may have problems seeing on a band stand so you must put time in and study the settings because there lots of great sounds there. The only knock on this amp is it's a heavey basturd and I'm 70 you might need a roady or two but it's probably heavy for a reason. Bottom line is it's a kick ass amp.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best of 'em ALL!

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    This my 1st Benz. I didn't know what I was missing. The build quality is like a tank. The sound is sweeter than you can even imagine!If you can hear it, this amp will deliver it! The amp is perfect and in combination with the Red Fang speaker the sounds you WISH you could make are right here! Expensive, a little, you get what you pay for so it's a bargain! Been playing electric guitar since 1958 and this is the best yet!!!!!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    genz benz BP

    By Wade Dawson

    from Granbury Texas

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    I'm still playing it clean, just cant get past it. No doubt its one of the sweetest things I ever played through, maybe the sweetest. Haven't gigged through it yet. It's a heavey booger I will say that...54 lbs I guess. I'm an old man so every thing is heavy. I play country and 'ol' rock....it's pricey but I guess ya only go aroud once....Tele's Strat's and Les Pauls....no problem.....

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Tone Monster

    By Snouter-.tVkx

    from New York City

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    The Black Pearl 30 is pretty amazing. I have only use it at the 8 watt setting and that can get pretty loud. It is cool to know it can get even louder if necessary. I love the Alnico Eminence Red Fang, the EL84 tubes, the all tube signal path, the all tube boost, the reverb, everything. I was considering various Fenders, but gave this amp a try and am very happy I did. I emailed the designer and no biasing is necessary when the tubes are replaced. Put a Fulltone Ultimate Octave in front of it and get some amazing sounds from vintage to metal.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's about tone...

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    Look at the tube/trans/PI of a random "botique" amp and you'll see a very similar amp in the BP. At this point I am still playing this amp with no effects at all, why? Because it has amazing tone. Not a super cascading gain amp, but you want to start with a clean sound anyway. You have the option of Pentode or Triode, 8-15-30 Watts without turning the amp off. Then there's the 5 voicings on the voicing switch. Plug in, use the first voicing, use your pick up selector and the T and V knobs on your guitar. You'll be there a while...and there's 4 more voicings on the amp. I plugged in a 1980's Dean V, a Variax and a 2007 modified Gibson Firebird. You get a clean sound with a soft pick attack and a snarl with a more aggressive attack. If you're the type that turns the guitar knobs up and flails away, this might not be the amp for you. If part of your sound is playing the amp as well as the guitar, a test drive is a must.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone Arsenal

    By Dano3319

    from Endicott, NY

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    The combine timbre and ownage that comes out of this amp are astounding. The class A tube tone is beautiful - getting ecclectic sounds for diverse genres is easy. It's ready for professional use: buy it!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Top Notch Amp!!

    By Tone Lover

    from Midwest

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    This amp is absolutely amazing. Its versatility is astounding. Why get a modeling amp, when you can get so many amazing tones from a pure tube amp? I have owned Several combo amp, Fender Blues Jr. NOS, Hughes Ketter 20W, Crate and have played on dozens more, and this is definitely my favorite combo amp ever. I run a pretty simple rig either my Parker or my Strat through Budda wah, keeley modded Rat and DS-1.

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    5.0

    A vibe that'll make you smile

    By Eric-aU6M.

    from Philly

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    I bought this amp on the strength of other reviews and was not disappointed. The tone is clear and rich and warm. I added a Boss pedal for overdrive and distortion, and it sounds righteous. While it does not have an outright overdriven sound of its own, there are an amazing array of voicings and watt choices (30, 15, 7.5), each of which is different. I'd highly recommend this amp.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is a nice amp.

    By Derek-6CTAi

    from Tacoma, WA

    Comments about Genz Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo Amp:

    This could very well be the best overall combo amp on the market, at any price. I just got mine and the LP Classic Custom came alive. After a while I think the two of them were playing themselves. I was just an innocent bystander. Pick on up and see what I mean.

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