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Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp

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For the big gigs.

The TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp rocks as hard as an Ibanez guitar. 150W pumping into 2 - 12" speakers 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 tone flexibility. The Normal channel features switchable overdrive, and the Hot channel has switchable boost. Both channels have gain and volume controls. Reverb and Resonance effects are built in, and an effect loop lets you hook up stomp boxes with ease.

LED indicators for Channel, Reverb, Overdrive and Boost take away any guesswork about how you're set up.

FEATURES
  • 150W with 2 x 12" speakers
  • 2 discreet channels
  • 2 separate 3-band active EQs with parametric midrange in second channel
  • Normal Channel with switchable overdrive
  • Hot channel with switchable boost
  • Gain and volume controls on each channel
  • Reverb and resonance
  • Channel, reverb, overdrive and boost footswitch jacks
  • Closed back
  • LED Indicator for channel, reverb, overdrive and boost
  • Effect Loop
  • 26.4"W x 19.5"H x 10.9"D
  • Weight: 71 lbs.

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IbanezTBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Plenty of power and tone for a bargain price

I felt it important to contribute a review of this amp because I have played it for hundreds of hours by now, and wish tell others that it is one of the best kept...Read complete review

I felt it important to contribute a review of this amp because I have played it for hundreds of hours by now, and wish tell others that it is one of the best kept secrets out there. Also, I'm an EE, so I always take an amp apart to examine it's construction. [goodbye warranty, no worries there..]It's a good looking amp, and it's highlights are visible by looking thru the 2 cooling vents on the top of the combo. The largest is a giant aluminum heatsink w. the power transistors mounted directly on it. The second is a vent over the power supply transformer. It's a nice looking toroid (donut shaped) that has less noise and quicker response than a 'normal' transformer. This gives the amp an incredibly snappy sound with very quick attack, even at crazy voume levels. Very nice !The clean channel sounds good, and pressing the overdrive switch yields a Tube Screamer type of overdrive sound. The circuitry could be nearly identical. I noticed it uses the standard 4558 chips throughout. The 'hot' channel has a parametric EQ that lets you do the usual midrange scoop, and it really screams. Again, it's basically like having a built in distortion pedal. To be clear-- distortion, NOT overdrive. If your pedal board quit, you could make it thru almost any gig w. just this amp. The X-mode button is a midrange boost, might be useful for some but I don't use it much.It's amusing how loudly you can turn this amp up before it even gets warm. The power amp section is brutal. Just one thing, tho: to get the most of this amp, swap out the speakers w. something of your choice. The factory ones are fine for clean sounds, but I put Celestions in and found a huge improvement. If you are not sure and want to test things, just plug in an external cab and note the difference. I run 2 amps for a complete stereo rig; this amp is my R channel, the L is a 100W Marshall tube amp. I love them both. A bargain any way you look at it, and it sounds great too !!

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A Sterile Mess of an Amp

I was so excited to see this amp at my doorstep. This was my first REAL guitar amp I got. Before then I was using A Boss HM-2 plugged into a Behringer V-Amp...Read complete review

I was so excited to see this amp at my doorstep. This was my first REAL guitar amp I got. Before then I was using A Boss HM-2 plugged into a Behringer V-Amp plugged into some old stereo reciever plugged into two DUAL(the actual namebrand) TV home theater speakers for my sound. This sound was very raw, but it was also a very thick and warm sounding distortion. This amp on the otherhand is just a sterile mess.As soon as I plugged it in an started playing it I had trouble trying to find a good sound. I didn't even bother try out the clean channel cause I wanted to go straight to the "Hot" channel and it didn't matter what EQ I put in there; nothing sounded good. Here's a list of the flaws:1)The sound is sterile. It has no warmth, no exuburance, little thickness, and it doesn't matter how high you turn the gain up. It just sounds so rad and uninspired to provoke any good attention.2)The muted notes only sound good at slow speeds. Don't even try to play Vader, Slayer or any kind of metal that requires a great amount of tremolo picking. At high speeds, it sounds like the notes are only like 70% distorted. There is like this strange twangy sound when you start to play fast. This twangy sound also appears when you play fast open notes as well. Which brings me to my next problem with this amp.3)The slow muted notes are the ONLY notes that sound good on this amp. As soon as you start to play chords or anything other than slow muted E notes it sounds like a)the guitar is going out of tune and b)the sound is barely cutting through the mixThis amp overemphasizes slow muted playing and de-emphasizes speed, playing chords an well....GOOD MUSIC.4)The "X-Mode" is pretty much unusable. It basically makes a sterile sounding amp even worse by adding a mild wah-wah effect that no one would be duped into think it was real Wah.5)There is no headphone jack!I thought maybe I could ressurect the amp buy putting my Boss HM-2 in front of the clean channel, but the same problems emerged (except for problems 1&4). My prior amp setup before I bought this amp doesn't have ANY of these problems that this amp has AND that setup is actually cheaper. The only reason you should by this amp is if you want to amplify your guitar. Otherwise, don't buy it. All it's doing right now is collecting dust and I don't feel comfortable selling this to anyone. I would never forgive myself if I did.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plenty of power and tone for a bargain price

By WhammyMan135

from Harrisburg, PA

Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

I felt it important to contribute a review of this amp because I have played it for hundreds of hours by now, and wish tell others that it is one of the best kept secrets out there. Also, I'm an EE, so I always take an amp apart to examine it's construction. [goodbye warranty, no worries there..]It's a good looking amp, and it's highlights are visible by looking thru the 2 cooling vents on the top of the combo. The largest is a giant aluminum heatsink w. the power transistors mounted directly on it. The second is a vent over the power supply transformer. It's a nice looking toroid (donut shaped) that has less noise and quicker response than a 'normal' transformer. This gives the amp an incredibly snappy sound with very quick attack, even at crazy voume levels. Very nice !The clean channel sounds good, and pressing the overdrive switch yields a Tube Screamer type of overdrive sound. The circuitry could be nearly identical. I noticed it uses the standard 4558 chips throughout. The 'hot' channel has a parametric EQ that lets you do the usual midrange scoop, and it really screams. Again, it's basically like having a built in distortion pedal. To be clear-- distortion, NOT overdrive. If your pedal board quit, you could make it thru almost any gig w. just this amp. The X-mode button is a midrange boost, might be useful for some but I don't use it much.It's amusing how loudly you can turn this amp up before it even gets warm. The power amp section is brutal. Just one thing, tho: to get the most of this amp, swap out the speakers w. something of your choice. The factory ones are fine for clean sounds, but I put Celestions in and found a huge improvement. If you are not sure and want to test things, just plug in an external cab and note the difference. I run 2 amps for a complete stereo rig; this amp is my R channel, the L is a 100W Marshall tube amp. I love them both. A bargain any way you look at it, and it sounds great too !!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For Any Kind of Music

By Mr GuitarHero

from Greenville, SC

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've had mine for over a year and have had 0 problems. It's reliable and covers whatever i need. I play gospel and occasionally use distortion, jazz riffs, and other styles. This amp faithfully carries all of the above well in a performance. Best of all, has never let me down at a gig like some others. A good purchase if you can find one.

    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not worth the money

    By Kevin-mqv7w

    from Oregon

    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    I bought this amp because I was on a very tight budget at the time. While the clean channel is pretty nice, the distortion is terrible. I ran a Boss MT2 through it and it helped, but still it sounds pretty bad. The construction is cheap particle board, and the speakers really are very cheap too. I have had it cranked up and it had a very hard time keeping up with a drummer. Very disappointed. Ibanez is a great company, but they really failed on this amp. I would buy a Line6 over this amp anyday.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING!

    By Fretdestroyer

    from Uncasville, CT

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    I just recently bought this at a local guitar shop, and I am absolutely stunned at the quality of this amp! The clean channel is super bright and crisp, without a hint of distortion even at high volumes, the overdrive channel is nice and chunky, the Hot channel is what metalheads from the 80s are looking for, and the X-Mode is just phenomenal. No pedals (besides the footswitch) are needed for this amp. I've blared this amp full volume on all channels, and there isnt a hint of breakup out of those two 12s. Excellent value for crushing metal.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    POSSIBLY THE BEST AMP EVER

    By guitarguy

    from Oregon

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    I just bought this baby a couple of days ago and can not stop playing it. The distortion is excellent. It has a ton of gain and lots of low end chunk and thump. The best feature of this amp is the tone shaping ability. The tone controls are very responsive and incredibly versatile. ANY SOUND YOU CAN IMAGINE is in this thing. I prefer that hot overdriven in your face sound rather than the fuzzy, buzzing sound. It is here and more. You can get a full out scooped sound if that is what you want. The only complaint is the reverb. It is worthless, but it does have an effects loop, so you can make due.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sounding Amp.

    By Ken-ZqvBF

    from NY

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    I never understood the Line 6 Spider. Do yourself a favor and try out the Ibanez TBX150R. It sounds better at higher volumes; both clean and dirty than the Spider. It's one of the best solid state amp I've played. It's kind of like a Roland JC 120 (without chorus of course) and wonderfully rich sounding distortion (selectable by independent channel). I think people bypass Ibanez with regard to amps. I almost passed it up too. Absolutely the best amp in it's price range.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    There goes my pedals....

    By ingrindwecrust

    from Santa Rosa, CA

    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is awesome, I feel like a damn fool for paying for pedals for my crappy amp when i should have just bought this one, and plus the price is so low, I already paid for it by selling the stupid pedals! I haven't even been able to turn it up past 3, it's too loud. I love my new amp and I don't care what anyone says, It is much louder than the other guitarist's (in my band) Marshall half-stack and it has way better crunch and bass.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pure metal!

    By nicodemoscain

    from Muncie, IN

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This thing is awesome! I'm a metal guitar rhythm player and I was able to totally CRANK it out on this thing in a matter of seconds! It was incredible what kind of depth of brutality I could get this thing to do and how easy it was just to sit down in front of it and just turn a couple of knobs and rock out!On the flip side, the clean channel is nice, but sounds kinda wimpy and empty. (I will attribute this to just getting done jamming on a Peavey Valveking tube amp, but that's another story.) The slight overdrive that comes with the clean channel is its only saving grace. I was able to dial in a nice "Black Crowes/Skynyrd" type of dirty clean guitar sounds that was very nice to hear. Other than that, it is what I expected from a solid state.The overdriven channel, like I said before, is IMMENSE! The ability to form the sound around to where you want it and then crank the "Hue" knob on the end for that added amount of crunch just rules! I went from a nasty old-school southern rock power chord to an ear-shattering speed metal riff with the turn of a knob. The fact that I was able to pull that all off just by sitting down with the amp for less than ten minutes just shows how user friendly Ibanez is making their amps now. THANK YOU IBANEZ!!!!! Someone finally gets us lazy guitar guys. lolIf you need that combo that delivers the metal, then DO NOT HESITATE!!! For this price, you would have to be stupid to pass this thing up!

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best!

    By Mr. Laff

    from CA

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is amazing! What a dynamo... especially for the price. Please do not listen to the cynics and the nay-sayers. This amp has loads of headroom... tons of power. Yes it is rated at 150w, but that is with 4 ohm speakers. The stock speakers in this sweet combo are rated at 8 ohm, which means you really only get 100 watts, but this is more than enough power. The built-in distortion RIPS on this thing, and the parametric EQ is phenominal too. I can get an amazingly pristine clean tone - no problem! I pair my amp with an RP500 in the effects send/return and get many compliments on my tone on a regular basis. Buy this amp; it's the best deal ever!

     
    4.0

    Probably the best Metal SS amp available.

    By ardenwood

    from Portland, OR

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    It sounds better than the Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo amp. Seriously...sounds A LOT better.The clean is awful though.The overall sound of the amp lacks that sertain "something" only Tubes can deliver, but its still super awesome for a beginner metal head, a serious metal head that doesn't want to waist his tubes on his good amp, or for a guy who plays metal but isn't serious enough or rich enough to afford a more expensive amp.
    The distortion itself is SHAPEABLE which is nice.Lots of lowend.Has 2 mids on the distortion channel...just makes it even more flexable.
    Cheap materials, partical wood, plastic knobs, and cheap viynal covering. Really heavy for what it is too.
    The only reason I can't give it a 10 is because its ONLY good at METAL. It really can't do anything else. It can't do rock, punk, blues, country. If it can I'm impressed because I've tried for about 1 and half to try to get something other than metal on this thing.....you can't. At least it doesn't do it well.

     
    5.0

    Good upgrade!

    By MetalHeadedMenace

    from La Crosse, WI

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    Played this amp in a local guitar shop because I happened to be just roaming for guitar equipment that day. I was amazed at this amp and how much it could out due my Fender Deluxe 85 amp. This Ibanez amp has amazing sound to it for both acoustic and distortion, great for all forms of playing.Not to mention the X button that throws the amp into an extreme metal tone that will make a metal-heads riffs come to life.

     
    5.0

    DAMN!

    By Juggla666

    from Las Cruces, New Mexico

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This combo amp is REALLY GOOD and LOUD. This amp can get really good heavy distortion for any kind of death metal, thrash metal, and hardcore 2-step sounds. This amp can get really loud. It's loud enough to jam with the drums and it's set to 4 I like to put it at 5 cause it's just heavy! The clean channel is really good also I got a good acoustic sound out of it. Also there is no breakup out of the two 12in speakers. GET this amp it's awesome for metal and loud enough for gigs and practice. If you get this amp you will NOT Regret it.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I recommend it!

    By Sangin

    from Las Vegas, NV

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is my first major amp I've ever owned. This amp is AMAZING!! not to mention that it's 150watts. It's WORTH THE MONEY!! The distortion is amazing on it, no buzz at all in the amp, the clean is great to. When I switch over it sounds like I'm playing an acoustic guitar. The sweetest thing about this is the over drive, and X mode is sweet. I have a lot of flexibility with this, the only thing is I wish it came with a switch pedal, but that can be bought here on this website. This is a very well recommended amp.

    (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    A Sterile Mess of an Amp

    By Somed00d

    from Lake Jackson, TX

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    I was so excited to see this amp at my doorstep. This was my first REAL guitar amp I got. Before then I was using A Boss HM-2 plugged into a Behringer V-Amp plugged into some old stereo reciever plugged into two DUAL(the actual namebrand) TV home theater speakers for my sound. This sound was very raw, but it was also a very thick and warm sounding distortion. This amp on the otherhand is just a sterile mess.As soon as I plugged it in an started playing it I had trouble trying to find a good sound. I didn't even bother try out the clean channel cause I wanted to go straight to the "Hot" channel and it didn't matter what EQ I put in there; nothing sounded good. Here's a list of the flaws:1)The sound is sterile. It has no warmth, no exuburance, little thickness, and it doesn't matter how high you turn the gain up. It just sounds so rad and uninspired to provoke any good attention.2)The muted notes only sound good at slow speeds. Don't even try to play Vader, Slayer or any kind of metal that requires a great amount of tremolo picking. At high speeds, it sounds like the notes are only like 70% distorted. There is like this strange twangy sound when you start to play fast. This twangy sound also appears when you play fast open notes as well. Which brings me to my next problem with this amp.3)The slow muted notes are the ONLY notes that sound good on this amp. As soon as you start to play chords or anything other than slow muted E notes it sounds like a)the guitar is going out of tune and b)the sound is barely cutting through the mixThis amp overemphasizes slow muted playing and de-emphasizes speed, playing chords an well....GOOD MUSIC.4)The "X-Mode" is pretty much unusable. It basically makes a sterile sounding amp even worse by adding a mild wah-wah effect that no one would be duped into think it was real Wah.5)There is no headphone jack!I thought maybe I could ressurect the amp buy putting my Boss HM-2 in front of the clean channel, but the same problems emerged (except for problems 1&4). My prior amp setup before I bought this amp doesn't have ANY of these problems that this amp has AND that setup is actually cheaper. The only reason you should by this amp is if you want to amplify your guitar. Otherwise, don't buy it. All it's doing right now is collecting dust and I don't feel comfortable selling this to anyone. I would never forgive myself if I did.

     
    5.0

    Outstanding

    By goro

    from NY

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is the best combo I have ever seen and heard. I don't know what to say, it is just excellent. We play death thrash metal, and we get absolutely amazing distortion. If you play metal, this is for you, no doubts, you won't regret. You will never need any distortion pedal again and trust me you'll be surprised with the sound you get from it.

     
    5.0

    Woah!!

    By Big Tiny

    from Swamp Land Florida

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    WOAH! Thats what I said when I got this baby fired up. The distortion on this amp is so intense that it drips aggression.I have a Vox, had a Marshall ect ect but this amp is by far my fav.If you play metal then get this amp!Oh by the way...When this is set on the clean channle it drips sweetness.... :)This amp is also LOUD..

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good amp for metal, but...

    By Kokorob123

    from Shreveport

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is one of the better ones, but you need to make sure you play it before you buy it. This amp is a complete metal and hard rock amplifier, but I have had trouble finding a good tone out of it. The main reason I bought it was because it was so immensely loud. 150 watts? That is insane! It literally hurts your ears if you turn it up past 3. In order to find a good tone out of my setup, I run a Digitech RP250 through it. This gives me tone I want, while the TBX gives me the volume. Overall, if you play heavy music and are on a budget, then this amp is right for you. But make sure you go out and play it before you buy it!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Brutally Amazing

    By kaze06

    from Ohio

    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is absolutely insane. If you play metal, hard rock, or any sort of headbanging, skull crunching music, this is the amp for you. You will NOT find an amp better than this in this price range. The hot channel delivers the bone rattling distortion and sick reverb that serious metalheads demand, and the clean channel is absolute candy, especially with the overdrive feature. If you have the money to spend, buy this amp. There is no better deal.

     
    5.0

    A great amp that blows away most amps at 3x the $

    By Badboy Studios, Inc

    from Ocean City, MD

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is a great amp. As many others below have stated, the distortion on this thing is immense! You really wont need any pedal distortion for any song with this, it is truly magnificent. The clean channel seems rather flat, tough not terrible. The only downfall to this amp is that they didnt include any effects, other than spring reverb. With chorus, delay and a digital reverb, this amp would have been perfect.The power out of this thing is crazy and as loud as any stack you have heard. Through many years of playing, I havent been this impressed with an amp in many moons. FOr live or studio work, this will more than suffice.For the price, it will never be beat! It has more power than 99% of the full stacks out there!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW

    By KK96

    from Santa Fe, New Mexico

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    Comments about Ibanez TBX150R Tone Blaster Xtreme Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp has very very very good tonefrom clean to drive you can play almost anything. I've been out gigging for a few weeks now and I havnt have issues with it yet. This amp also has many inputs so I can play with friends. But my favorite part... the X button. the X button totaly blasts. It gives you a perfect edge that usaly you can onlys get from an effect pedal. And for the price... why would you not get it?

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