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Hotone Effects Nano Legacy British Invasion Guitar Amplifier Head   

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Killer Plexi sound in a super-portable rig.

Introducing Hotones Nano Legacy Series Guitar Amplifier Heads, the ultimate companions for guitar players that want serious tone wherever they go. The 5-watt Nano Legacy British Invasion (inspired by the legendary Vox AC30)is packed with essential guitar amp features and weighs exactly 1 lb. It's the perfect addition to any guitar player's arsenal.

FEATURES
  • Power: 5W
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, gain, volume
  • Impedance: 4-16 ohm (variable)
  • FX loop
  • Headphone output
  • Aux. input
  • Dimensions: 5" x 2.9" x 2.3"

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Hotone EffectsNano Legacy British Invasion Guitar Amplifier Head
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Excellent sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Professional musician (3)

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great little amplifier

By Rick

from Massachusetts

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Problems Out Of The Box

Best Uses

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

Comments about Hotone Effects Nano Legacy British Invasion Guitar Amplifier Head:

Let me start by getting the problems out of the way. Right out of the box the treble control did not work. I could have sent it back but I repaired it. Very easy if you have simple skills. The earlier versions of this amp had this problem and the problem was supposed to be corrected in the new ones.....oh well they better try again. My fix was simple, take the bottom off of the amp and resolder the horribly cold solder joints on the treble pot. Then you have to take some electrical tape and line the inside of the bottom cover so the component legs that stick through the PC board do not short out on the bottom metal cover. The insulator material that they use is much too small to keep shorts from happening. Fix Done!! AMP AWESOME!!!

I also bought the HotOne (or is it HoTone?)EKO delay at the same due to a great youtube review by Brett Kingman (best demos on youtube).

This REALLY is a very good representation of a Vox amp! It is analog also. It accepts my pedals with ease. Right now my board consists of: Tuner, CryBaby, Xotic SP comp, VooDoo micro Vibe, Xotic SL drive, Ramble FX Marvel drive, Mooer Green Mile, Xotic EP booster and HotOne Eko. I have used the amp non stop for the past week recording, at rehearsals mic'd up through cabs as well as running the headphone out direct to the PA. My band tries to run everything direct to keep the stage volume low and to save our aging ears. This little amp is wonderful direct to the board. MUCH better than any multi-fx boards I have used in the past...that includes L6 HD500, Boss GT8 and Zoom. The Fender Mustang Floor is a great FX board to run direct though. What ever they did at the headphone out seems to require no headache tweaking of the EQ at the amp or board to get a nice guitar sound in the mix. I was amazed just by that alone. I have been gigging since I was 14 and prior to that, I started playing at church when I was in 3rd grade. I am in the latter half of my 50s now. I still have most of my tube amps from the 60s to present day stuff. I like a good clean amp pushed to the point of breakup and then I let my pedals do the work. No hard distortion for me. I am just trying to give you a basis for where my review comes from. Most of my guitars are Strats and teles. Everything else whether it had humbuckers or not has been converted to humbucker sized P90s or has had a strat pickup put in place of the humbucker. I have never found an acceptable humbucker sound that works for me. That is unfortunate!!! I play guitar hero music from days long gone...Trower, Hendrix, ZZ Top, Cream, SRV, Johnny Winter, Skynrd, Petty, Doobies, Chris DUarte, KWS and to remain marketable we also play some of the newer country pop rock that seems to be the latest craze.

So this amp IS my gigging amp running direct now with the Blackstar HT-1HR (that I run direct) as my backup amp.....running direct! I hope it stands up to the rigors of a few gigs per month (my schedule is light). It is quiet! Soundwise, I love it! It is not a tube amp! But it is a wonderful amp. It feels like a tube amp and sounds very close to a Vox tube amp. I haven't yanked the circuit out to look at it but I would imagine that it has the typical preamp ICs that you could change and tinker with to your liking. No micro, no firmware, no data wheel....oh yeah this is a real amp. LOL.

I have also run the speaker out directly to the input of my Fender Bandmaster, Pro reverb, and all of my many Pro Jr amps. Wow it is great!!! Just start off with the volume off on the Brit Invasion so you don't kill your tube amp running 5 watts into the input. Just a killer feel and sound. I would love to give this a 5 star rating but it had issues out of the box. It sounds great and I plan on purchasing the whole series of amps that they make. You just can't go wrong for the price and amazing sound! Is it just like a tube amp? NO! Nothing is! But it weighs nothing and takes up No space and sounds great. Best of all, the guitar response and feel does give you the sense of playing through a tube amp though...for me that is worth a lot! You can post process the heck out of it to get what ever you like. This may be my best purchase this year...certainly the least expensive!!!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nano Legacy British Invasion Guitar Ampl

By david

from NorthRidge , Ca.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • David
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Scott
  • Very portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hotone Effects Nano Legacy British Invasion Guitar Amplifier Head:

    the Nano legacy British Invasion is great sounding amplifier . the tone pots , bass ,mid and treble are very responsive winding out with a range of 0 to 8 with more intensity on 9 and 10 .rich clean sounds were easy to get .the over drive and crunch sound were to me like a tube amp . I am able to get a Marshall tone and a Fender Clean tone . I use a single coil Fender Strat and a Ernie Ball Axis Super Sport with 2 humbuckers .5 watts is good at home for recording and practice and this nano amp I had pushing a
    4 by 10 cabinet and also a 1 by 12 cabinet both sounded good .My preference was the 1 by 12 with a celestion vintage 30 . Hotone made a very good product . Thanks !

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very true to the tone... but still a 5W

    By Jofaboards

    from New Jersey

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hotone Effects Nano Legacy British Invasion Guitar Amplifier Head:

    I tried this through a 412 cab and it was impressive. The tone is dead on for the AC30 sound. Great dynamics and feel.

    The only drawback (if all things were supposed to be perfect) :) is that there's really not a lot of volume out of this thing. Even with the volume pinned and the gain at 3/4, it was just over "discussion level".

    Note, this could have been because of an impedance mismatch... the guy at the store hooked it up and I didn't see the numbers.

    However, I think it might actually do better with a single 12 speaker.

    Overall, it's amazing that this pedal-sized amp sounds like it does. Plus the fact that it has an effects loop is mind blowing.

    For the price, it's a nice piece of gear.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Surprisingly for good . 4 Ohms is obrigatory!

    By Fer

    from São Paulo, Brazil

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Hotone Effects Nano Legacy British Invasion Guitar Amplifier Head:

      This is indeed a very good sounding amp and this is what matters. It sounds like a Vox AC30, it sound better han 95% of the patrice amps out there.
      I use it with a 2x12 eminence speakers in 4 Ohms (this is important for you to get volume), antoher important tip is to use a speaker with a hih sensibility like I do. I use a Eminence Governor 8 ohms and Eminence Wizard (best) 8 ohms in parallel, so it's 4 ohms this way can get the most out of it and enough volume for gigs rehearsals etc.
      I do have a very good equipment, I have my beloved Gibson CS R8 , and the other guitar is the one I use the most a Fender Standard MIM Gilmour Black Strat project, also a very good guitar.
      For comparrison I have a Orange ROckerverb 50 and a Hiwatt Hi Gain 100 , so I know what good sounding means.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very cool

      By Oldpunkguy

      from Long island new york

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Hotone Effects Nano Legacy British Invasion Guitar Amplifier Head:

        Got it cheap with 20% off promo. So small I thought it was a toy. No bigger than a pedal. Acts like a tube amp but not one in it. AC 30 clone I guess but I never played one. I wanted the plexi clone but sold out. I'm OK with it. It really warm and responsive. Louder than I expected. Paired with 1X12 cab. Will try other cabs. Love it! It's cheap, buy one!

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