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Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head

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For the big gigs.

The TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head rocks as hard as an Ibanez guitar. 150W means you're covered for most venues. 2 discreet channels, each with their own 3-band active EQ and a parametric midrange in second channel gives you tons of tonal flexibility. The Normal channel features switchable overdrive, and the Hot channel has switchable boost. Both channels have gain, volume, reverb, and resonance controls.

An effect loop lets you hook up outboard effects, while LED indicators for Channel, Reverb, Overdrive, and Boost take away any guesswork about how you're set up.

FEATURES
  • 150W at 4 ohms
  • Two discreet channels
  • 2 separate 3-band active EQs with parametric midrange on channel 2
  • Normal Channel w/Switchable Overdrive
  • Hot Channel w/Switchable Boost
  • Gain and Volume Controls Each Channel
  • Reverb and Resonance
  • Channel, Reverb, Overdrive and Boost Footswitch Jacks
  • Accessory Compartment
  • LED Indicators for Channel, Reverb, Overdrive, and Boost
  • Effect Loop
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 25"W x 10.1"H x 10.1"D
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IbanezTBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 62 reviews)

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The Ibanez Tone Blaster amp head is super durable!

Overall, this amp is exactly what I need in an amp; rugged, well-rounded, and dependable. I've been playing this amp on the road since January 2008 and it's been through a lot....Read complete review

Overall, this amp is exactly what I need in an amp; rugged, well-rounded, and dependable. I've been playing this amp on the road since January 2008 and it's been through a lot. Good shows, bad shows, band practice, etc. The Ibanez Tone Blaster has been there for me when I needed it the most, and I know I can rely on it to melt people's faces night after night.
The features are awesome. This amp has a good clean tone that can get really sweet when you use a little bit of the gain. As far as the distortion channel goes, you have enough tone-shaping abilities that you can model any amp you can imagine out of it. I don't really use the "X-mode" feature that much, but it's useful if you want to make your tone stand out a little bit more and have a sort of squawky sound to it. I really like how there's a secret compartment in the back to put cables and stuff. Now I don't have to carry a little bag to put them in.
The quality is awesome for the price! The tone does the job, the knobs and buttons are heavy-duty, and it's really a durable amp. The reason I'm giving this amp a 10 on quality is because I used it at an outside gig and it got soaked with rain right before we had to play. I was worried we wouldn't be able to play our set and that I'd have to buy a new head before our next show, but this amp and the cab that goes with it worked perfectly regardless of the rain! It's a VERY well built piece of gear.
This head and the cab combined cost less than most heads out there, and this Ibanez has a lot more potential than a lot of those amps do. The value is basically unbeatable.

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Bad Amp

I've had this amp for a little over a year now and it has completly fallen apart. The input and output jacks are made out of plastic nuts so they are fragile. One day...Read complete review

I've had this amp for a little over a year now and it has completly fallen apart. The input and output jacks are made out of plastic nuts so they are fragile. One day I accidently stepped on my cord and it totally broke the input jack. Shouldn't have broke but I can understand somewhat. Another day I was placing a cord in my output jack in the back and the nut just broke off. My overdrive light burned out. The most frusterating thing was when I couldn't get much volume out of it. After I broke the main input jack I later took it apart and was able to put my cord into the jack. Not the best fix in the world but it worked. It started out working great again and after a few weeks it just stoped producing volume. Now I almost can't hear it. Ibanez is very difficult to get a hold of too. They hide there number so I had to search for a really long time online before I found it. They offer a 2year warrenty on this product and my problem qualifys as a warrenty fix. They wanted me to pay shipping to them and they will pay it back. I shouldn't really have to pay shipping on it at all since its there product that went bad. I have yet to deal with this. I would NOT reccomend buying this product. Mine has completly fallen apart.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Ibanez Tone Blaster amp head is super durable!

By CalebTheBarnes

from Valdosta, GA

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Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

Overall, this amp is exactly what I need in an amp; rugged, well-rounded, and dependable. I've been playing this amp on the road since January 2008 and it's been through a lot. Good shows, bad shows, band practice, etc. The Ibanez Tone Blaster has been there for me when I needed it the most, and I know I can rely on it to melt people's faces night after night.
The features are awesome. This amp has a good clean tone that can get really sweet when you use a little bit of the gain. As far as the distortion channel goes, you have enough tone-shaping abilities that you can model any amp you can imagine out of it. I don't really use the "X-mode" feature that much, but it's useful if you want to make your tone stand out a little bit more and have a sort of squawky sound to it. I really like how there's a secret compartment in the back to put cables and stuff. Now I don't have to carry a little bag to put them in.
The quality is awesome for the price! The tone does the job, the knobs and buttons are heavy-duty, and it's really a durable amp. The reason I'm giving this amp a 10 on quality is because I used it at an outside gig and it got soaked with rain right before we had to play. I was worried we wouldn't be able to play our set and that I'd have to buy a new head before our next show, but this amp and the cab that goes with it worked perfectly regardless of the rain! It's a VERY well built piece of gear.
This head and the cab combined cost less than most heads out there, and this Ibanez has a lot more potential than a lot of those amps do. The value is basically unbeatable.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome amp!!!

By christopher nealey

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

i got this amp cause i needed something new and louder than what i had but i needed something cheap so i bought this head an the 320 watt ibanez cabinet an i must say it was worth every cent, i honestly would say the price is a steal. i can turn it on 4 an cover the drums up. it is perfect to play heavy metal, even more so death metal. even some of my band mates was suprised, an they are more into Line 6, peavy, etc. the only flaw is you will need a effect pedal if you wonna play on something other than clean or distortion. but overall i would recomend this amp to anyone exspectly if your lookin for a good quality amp at a low price. YOU WONT REGRET IT!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A beast..when It wants to work that is.

By MatthewXmayhem

from New York

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Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I received my TBX150H from MusiciansFriend. I bought mine as a condition 2 used item, the only thing wrong with it was some scuffs (which I couldn't even find). This amp has an extremely nice distortion, is extremely loud at 8 or 4 ohms, looks like a tube head, and sounds perfect in any guitar tuning. However, the sound and looks are the only good things about this, from what me and my other guitarist have experienced. I play in a band that plays shows about 6 times each month. At band practices, the amp head worked and sounded perfect, nice and loud. But, at the very first show I brought it to, it cut out/died on me mid song, and I had to borrow another bands rig to get through the set. There was a significant volume drop with the TBX. I brought it back to practice the very next day, it worked absolutely perfect. Then I brought it to another show, and it also worked perfect. Then, figuring it was fine, brought it to another show..and It cut out/died again. Then back at practice, it started to cut out as well, and only worked properly when you smacked it on the top a little. Don't get me wrong, I loved the sound, volume, definition, and price of this amp head..it really can't be beat in terms of a heavy distortion sound, for the price. However, the reliability was something that made me worry too much, and I was forced to return it. I couldn't risk any more issues at my shows. The other guitarist in my band also has one that he bought NEW about two months ago. Tt had worked fine for him..but just recently, it's done the same thing mine had done. Maybe the ones we bought had missed the quality control department, maybe not. It was too big of a risk to keep this amp. If the amp head was more reliable, I would have definitely kept it. Sounded brutal with my Marshall 1960AV cab.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp...better than I expected

By Buke

from Clemson, South Carolina

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I bought this amp as a back up for my all tube amp and was blown away with the tone. I've already got a complete pedal board so I didn't need an amp with cheesy effects built into it. I plugged it into my cabinet with celestion vintage 30's and a/b'ed with my Carvin Legacy amp and was able to match the tones almost exactly. This amp has got tons of different tones and plenty of gain. I keep the gain at about 60% which is plenty, especially when I step on my tubescreamer. The mid frequency sweep knob is awesome. Crank up the amp until you get feedback, sweep the mid frequency knob until it goes away...theres your sweet spot for that guitar. All amps should have this feature.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Stop Reading and JUST BUY IT

By Ryan

from Conneaut , OH

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

  • A bit heavy
  • Jacks Are Weak
  • Not Rackable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

If you waffling on buying this or another amp at this price ... BUY THIS ONE ... even if your willing to spend more .. This Head may still be better.
I have owned this Amp since 09 and has been my main Gig Head for 4 bands and it has so many gigs under its belt .. and has yet to give me any problems with sound.
The jacks are weak but what jacks aren't .. but here is the reason I bring up the jacks .. the back ones that connect to the cab .. can only be replaced through Ibanez.. so make sure you don't try to lift this thing off the cab with out disconnecting everything.
Don't let the other reviews steer you wrong .. with if you don't own the thousand bux amp then its garbage .. not true .. nothing wrong with gigging on a budget.
The Cleans are a Warm but I don't mind it too much it goes well with my Strymon Blue Sky. and The Distortion Channel is about as un complex as you can get Low Mid High Volume and Double Tone knob and a Hugh knob .. sounds great .. I even jam my squire with stock pick ups with it and I sound exactly like the New Norma Jean sound.
A Neat Feature with this .. if you plug an Original Cry Baby Wah in this thing .. The Hugh Reverses the Wah effect and gives that Bodies from Drowning Pool Effect and flip to Clean and u get your wah back.
So Its Road Worthy .. Sounds Great .. and Unreal Cheap .. Buy it

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer Price, Killer Tone

By Andrew Nye

from Bay area

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

Let me start out by saying, this is one loud solid state. the first time i had band practice with it, a guy down the street 3 houses down said he could hear it in his back room and he threatened to call the cops! this amp is at a great price and you cant beat the tone, it has a tight, punchy metal tone with a warm and deep overdriven clean sound. although the cleans on this amp are sub par, its a must have for metal players you can dial back the mids and crank the frequency and get a really great modern metal tone. i play it through a line 6 flextone 412 cab and it sounds killer, and if you think this isnt enough, i compete with a Marshall JCM900 for stage volume and this will kick its butt if its cranked all the way. The only complaint i have is that it rings quite a bit when the gain is on full which can be corrected with a noise supressor but just something to keep in mind when buying this.
This amp is actually prettly barbones, an effects loop, 3 band EQ on the clean channel (4 on the Lead channel) and an "x mode" button that more or less makes your tone tighter on the lead channel. it also has a hue nob to dial up the brightness of your tone but cranked, it doesnt make much of an effect. the mid range is average and the bass range is actually very large and can be overpowering at times when you have it up at higher volume and can get kind of muddy. it has two speaker outputs and a footswitch input but thats about it.
The quality is so-so. its made out of cheap telex (which i dont even think is telex) but it comes in a relitivly solid chasis. the nobs are plastic with chrome paint on them and the inputs are also made of you guessed it, plastic. with all that said, its an affordably priced amplifier so im definateley not complaining.
The value you achive with this amp is astounding! for the price you cant beat it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing amp

By Icarus-C.djF

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Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I went to guitar store looking for a possible amp to buy. I first tried a Marshall for about the same price and I couldn't get the right tone out of it and I was using a jackson with emgs! I tried for about 20 minutes and I decided that the marshall amp sucked. Then I tried this ibanez amp out and WOW! I was very impressed by the sound and volume. For the price I couldn't find any amp that had the features. The amp gives you a lot of crunch without breaking up. The cleans are amazingly crisp. I couldn't believe that this amp was 150 watts! As soon as I get some money this amp is mine. Ibanez really impressed me...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp

By gtslow

from Tomball, TX

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Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I bought this amp after my Line 6 went out. This is the 7th amp that I have played on though. I will say it sounds the best. This amp is a Metal amp, and with that being said it is very good at what it was meant for. Love it.
Great amp to start with. Gain channel is very good and has enough gain from amp alone, without the need for a distortion pedal. The x-mode brings out the mids more and in my opinion, really makes this amp shine. Cleans are alot better than i though they would be. Not the best but very good. I did not buy the matching cabinet. After researching, I discovered the ibanez cabinet just could not keep up with this head. I purchased the B-52 ls412 cab. to get the job done. I also purchased a noise suppressor pedal (highly recomended for this amp do to the high gain). Sound is amazing!
Good quality for an amp in this price range. Remember this is not a $2k Mesa. Really though, It seems to be build very well.
Cant beat this amp for the money, Period.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME CHOICE!

By MetalManofGOD777

from Bristow, VA

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I chose this along with a Kustom KG412. Probably the BEST music decision i have ever made in my entire life (I was only 15 when I chose it)! I love the crunch and amazing tone they both give together. I also got the Ibanez 4 Button Footswitch a little later. Another GREAT decision! Overall, I absolutely LOVE it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OH MY GOD!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

THIS AMP IS AMAZING! this amplifier is nothing short of incredible! i compared it side by side with two other high end tube amps, *cough*marshall*cough*MESA*, and it blew both of them out of the water! it can do ANYTHING! anything from Bach to BB king to Black metal! this also pairs well with 7 strings and other ibanez guitars. dont hesitate buying this!(along with the matching cabs)IT IS PURELY AMAZING!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

METAL FO SHO!!!

By bigboy-vvepH

from Bechtelsville, PA

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

this amp is by far the most amazing thing i have ever had the pleasure to play. the distortion is biting and the cleans are crisp and angelic. The X mode realy makes things interesting.this blows everyone away at gigs when they find out how little i payed for this.ITS A STEAL!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By Ibanez Freak-m_QWr

from Circle Pines, MN

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Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

this amp is worth the money i own just about everything ibanez the tones are so clean the volume wonderful i play with the ibanez RGT6EX those two deadly metal awesome... clean smooth jazz pure.. glad didnt go with the marshall MG100 this amp blows it away in clarity and cheaper too!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Loud

By DanMan206

from Seattle

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I own this head. Run no additional effects with it and it is loud enough to keep of with any size of band. It is good for doing metal and rock. But the clean and lo gain settings sound a little cheesey. The reverb is not that great either. But if you are like me and just play brutal metal it is great for the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Bad Amp

By Bandit the rocker

from Iowa

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Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I've had this amp for a little over a year now and it has completly fallen apart. The input and output jacks are made out of plastic nuts so they are fragile. One day I accidently stepped on my cord and it totally broke the input jack. Shouldn't have broke but I can understand somewhat. Another day I was placing a cord in my output jack in the back and the nut just broke off. My overdrive light burned out. The most frusterating thing was when I couldn't get much volume out of it. After I broke the main input jack I later took it apart and was able to put my cord into the jack. Not the best fix in the world but it worked. It started out working great again and after a few weeks it just stoped producing volume. Now I almost can't hear it. Ibanez is very difficult to get a hold of too. They hide there number so I had to search for a really long time online before I found it. They offer a 2year warrenty on this product and my problem qualifys as a warrenty fix. They wanted me to pay shipping to them and they will pay it back. I shouldn't really have to pay shipping on it at all since its there product that went bad. I have yet to deal with this. I would NOT reccomend buying this product. Mine has completly fallen apart.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't be afraid to turn some knobs...

By theHillsHaveMetal

from VT!!!!

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

So, the Ibanez TBX150H... This amp kicks. I only have it running through one of the Ibanez cabs (for now) and it still drowns out the drums in our band room if I go to about 80% capacity! Anyone who says that you can't get the right tone just hasn't taken the time to tweak it. The clean is GREAT! The onboard distortion is lethal, but I still use pedals... Run a Boss Compressor into it with the sustain turned up and yes, you CAN get a tubelike sound out of the onboard dist. Also, I guess I should mention that I play a 28-5/8 scale Baritone that I built myself. Even with a low B or A I am pleasantly surprised at the tone response I get from this cab. No low end problems, and the highs still cut. For the money it's absolutely amazing. The only reason I gave it a 4.5 on features and quality is because I am confused about the X-thingy feature. I'm sure with scrutiny this will change. If you play any type of heavy music, do yourself a favor and go try one out somewhere. You'll probably want it after you try it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEASTLY DISTORTION...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I got my TBX150H two days ago and cannot stop playing through it. Previously, I owned a crate flexwave half-stack. I was very unhappy with the on-board distortion, so I sold the thing and purchased this head. This amp is perfect for the style of music I play which leans towards metal and hardcore. I love how much low end this amp has, and the EQ is great. The distortion sounds amazing, somewhere between As I Lay Dying and Haste the Day. The X-Mode is pretty cool, but I can't really use it. Unfortunately my crate cab only handles 120 watts, so when I kick on the X-Mode the cab sorta' just shuts down. So I'm gonna' have to get a new cab, most likely a marshal. The only thing that I'm not completely in love with is the clean channel. I'm used the clean channel on my Princeton Chorus, so compared to a fender amp its not quite as full. But thats really not a problem considering I rarely use the clean channel on this amp anyways. At this price, the amp is a steal. Go buy one today. You will not regret it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Christmassacre

By tuffghost

from Portland Oregon

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I recently purchased this half-stack, It is so incredible and theres nothing that can beat it! The cleans are so crisp and warm and the crunch channel is violent and heavy. I run this amp on stage with my band in sync with the peavey 6505+ and the 2 amps together make an impecable combo.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My next purchase

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

My friend just got this head. We both have been playing old Crate combos and his just crapped out. He's using the old Crate as a cab until he gets the matching 4x12. All I have to say is, WOW! CHUNKY! This thing has some nuts. It's all about a big chunky metal sound. Lots of different possibilities in shaping the tone out of this amp. Sweepable mids/frequency selection on the mid knob is a plus that adds a lot of flexibility. And this is playing through those old Crate speakers. I can imagine how it sounds through the matching cab. I am going to buy one of these, soon.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TBX150H Great for the money!

By Stoneyman

from West Homestead, PA

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Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

Over the last 20 years of gigging, teaching, and recording I have played a ton of different amps. I have owned amps from all of the big names. My sister bought this head for nephew for christmas. He called me immediately and said that I would have to hear this amp. I heard it and bought one asap. Killer distortion tone and simple controls. No nonsense, ballsy, punchy crunch. The clean takes a little tweaking but it will differ depending on the guitar/pickups used. One thing I would change is having the effects send/return in back rather than the front. I will certainly use this amp live with no hesitation. It makes my 7 string sound HUGE.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Amazing sound, but not dependable.

By Hinged

from Spokane, WA

Comments about Ibanez TBX150H Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Amp Head:

I bought the matching head and cabinet, it sounds unbelievable for price and being solid state. Just the sound I've been looking for. I had it under 2 weeks and the head started to cut out during play. Soon after it finally just stopped working. Maybe a factory defect but now I'm scared it will happen on stage with me so I am getting my cash back!

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