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Ibanez TN120 Thermion Guitar Amp Head

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Immediately striking with it's wide open vents, the Thermion 120 looks both vintage and modern, offering rugged simplicity and get-down-to-business v...Click To Read More About This Product

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The all-tube, all-you-need amp head.

Immediately striking with it's wide open vents, the Thermion 120 looks both vintage and modern, offering rugged simplicity and get-down-to-business versatility. The amp head has two independent channels, a tube circuit effects loop and highly customizable distortion characteristics ensure you'll have the options you need always readily available. And the illuminated Ibanez logo is just, well... cool!

Maintenance friendly, professional-grade design includes metal nut jacks, bias adjustment interface for output tube replacement on top of chassis, UL/CSA compliance (under application), high efficiency toroidal core transformer with automatically resetting thermal fuse, durable 3/4" plywood cabinet, heavy-duty toggle switches, potentiometers with dust-covers, and more.

FEATURES
  • 120W 5%THD @ 4, 8, or 16 ohms
  • All tube signal (NO SOLID-STATE!) line circuitry with mechanical relays
  • 4 x 6L6GCMSTRMATCHED Ruby Tubes output tubes (user switchable to 6550s)
  • 5 x 12AX7A-SELECTED Ruby Tubes preamp tubes
  • HI/LO input impedance switch
  • Two independent channels: Vintage Channel & Hot Channel
  • Tube circuit Effects Loop w/Send and Return Level Control on the front panel
  • Blend/Series switch and 0dB/-20dB switch
  • Illuminated front panel and illuminated Ibanez logo
  • Dampening switch enables different distortion characteristics out of Hot channel
  • Rotary 3-position bright switch in Vintage channel
  • Traditional passive EQ in both channels
  • 3-button footswitch for channel switching, dampening and effects loop on/off.
  • Weight: 50lbs

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4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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Ibanez Thermion

I've owned this amp for about a year and have had the opportunity to use it in a variety of situations from recording to live performance. Ibanez makes great guitars and basses, but I've...Read complete review

I've owned this amp for about a year and have had the opportunity to use it in a variety of situations from recording to live performance. Ibanez makes great guitars and basses, but I've found their amps lacking in tone, power, or both. The Thermion certainly delivers in both respects - I rarely need to turn the amp up past 2 or 3 for rehearsal, and I've gotten compliments on my tone even without using my effects pedals to augment my sound. The vintage (clean) channel sounds crisp and clean, especially with a touch of chorus and reverb. The hot channel sounds kind of like a plexi without the dampening, and sort of like a 5150 with it switched on. My major gripe is that there isn't a master volume and a real "lead" channel, although the effects loop can be engaged as a sort of pseudo-lead channel. I?m used to having a separate preamp and power amp, and I like to be able to set the clean/crunch/lead parameters relative to one another and just have one knob to turn instead of two when I need to raise or lower the volume. As far as tube amps go, it is a better deal than most. It's not a JCM-900 or Dual Rectifier (my two personal favs), but for the price of a new Marshall or Mesa head alone, you can have both the Thermion head plus the matching cabinet. All in all, it's solid, reliable, and versatile.

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Features are all there, tone isn't

Well, basically this amp would be awesome, if only it didn't sound like garbage. Ibanez was VERY close to coming out with a serious all tube amp able to compete with the JSX,...Read complete review

Well, basically this amp would be awesome, if only it didn't sound like garbage. Ibanez was VERY close to coming out with a serious all tube amp able to compete with the JSX, and other likes, but the tone isn't there really. Although with enough effects you can probably make this amp do whatever you want it to.

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5.0

Ibanez Thermion

By Mike from Laetus

from Bangor, ME

I've owned this amp for about a year and have had the opportunity to use it in a variety of situations from recording to live performance. Ibanez makes great guitars and basses, but I've found their amps lacking in tone, power, or both. The Thermion certainly delivers in both respects - I rarely need to turn the amp up past 2 or 3 for rehearsal, and I've gotten compliments on my tone even without using my effects pedals to augment my sound. The vintage (clean) channel sounds crisp and clean, especially with a touch of chorus and reverb. The hot channel sounds kind of like a plexi without the dampening, and sort of like a 5150 with it switched on. My major gripe is that there isn't a master volume and a real "lead" channel, although the effects loop can be engaged as a sort of pseudo-lead channel. I?m used to having a separate preamp and power amp, and I like to be able to set the clean/crunch/lead parameters relative to one another and just have one knob to turn instead of two when I need to raise or lower the volume. As far as tube amps go, it is a better deal than most. It's not a JCM-900 or Dual Rectifier (my two personal favs), but for the price of a new Marshall or Mesa head alone, you can have both the Thermion head plus the matching cabinet. All in all, it's solid, reliable, and versatile.

 
5.0

Blow away the competition

By Octopus the 13th

from Brunswick, ME

I have owned this amp for about 6 months. I use a Hagstrom F-200 and a Epiphone SG mod w/ Gibson vintage pickups. I also run a pedal board through the effect loop onboard the Thermion. A common mistake is that this amp's tone and distortion are lacking, but i believe that opinion is due to playing it at low volumes. This amp is LOUD. You have to let the tubes heat up before this amp will show you its true tone. Then it is a beast. I have the matched Thermion speaker cab and it companions well with the head. It produces a warm sound with great clarity to pick up subtle differences in sound.

 
5.0

Great amp for gearheads...

By Into_Forever

from Mansfield, TX

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This amp is awesome as a tone machine. The only thing you have to do is get a good drive rackmount to run before the guitar and you're set. I've played on them all and personally this one is perfect. You play a note and it doesn't feedback afterwards. My guitarist and I call it "Hit & Quit". I play a Kelly San Dimas Made in USA, with a TB-10 Full Shred in the bridge, running through a Digitech 2120 followed by a BBE 362 Sonic Maximizer straight into the input of this amp; which is immediately followed by a Rocktron Hush Super C. (The hush is used to take out the little bit of hiss I get from the 2120 preamp. I wouldn't need one otherwise.) The reason I don't use the effects loop is that it works famously as a solo boost channel to help bring you out when you solo. My band does a lot of solos so trust me on this one. Buy this amp.The only problems I have are the price and a much needed third channel. Ibanez needs to add a heavier distortion and chop about $200 off. They would then see these things fly off the shelf faster than they could restock. Either way, great amp.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice TOOBS!

By Thermal50

from Thompson, CT

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I don't think that "performance wise", I could play live shows well w/out it. It delivers amazing high quality. My advice: Put as much amazing effects that you can through this head. It can handle it. Be sure to get a Noise Suppressor if you don't need that feedback from loud playing though. Want it? Get it.

 
5.0

versatile!

By gibson_guitars_rawk96

from maine

This amp is killer! I bought it from a local music store a few weeks ago, and since then I have barely found time to do anything other than play through this amp. I have tried out many amps before (Marshall, Mesa, VHT, etc.) and I can say with confidence that this sounds as good as any of them. If you play anything in the hard rock or metal genres, this head is especially versatile, and can be used for anything from jam sessions to live play. If you have used an Ibanez solid state head before, DO NOT stick with your previous opinions! Their tubes heads are an ENTIRELY different story. If you are looking for an amp that can be used for any aspect of the music-making process (or just to jam with) this head covers it all.

 
4.0

Freakin Sweet!

By LPforlife09

from Charleston WV

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My guitar player in my band has this head and he uses the matching cabinet to go with it. I would hve to say that this is a pretty sweet amp. We use a boss disortion pedal through it and it sounds amazing. I would strongly reccomend a distortion pedal. But this is pretty sweet.

 
5.0

KICKS THE GOALS

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I use an ElectroHarmonix metal muff through the clean channelwhen I gig this amp. This is because the Hot channel is good, but not for brutal metal. The Hot channel sounds like the distortion on Isis recordings (a great band btw).So all in all, this amp rocks, it has the quality construction, good features/controls.Reccommend you give it a thorough explore first though.

 
5.0

The Next Big Thing

By Sweet Lobstah O' Mine

from Owls Head, ME

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Ibanez finally came out with an all tube amp. Many of their guitar playing signed artists have said that they love working w/Ibanez and wish they would develop a pro-level tube amp. Well they did and as contracts expire, you will see more big names using this. It has the same tube set up as a 5150 (now called the 6505), but this is a little more versatile because of the dampening switch. I love mine.

 
5.0

Ibanez Thermion Tube Head

By BWC

from Seattle WA

I just sold the Krank Krankenstein, I have owned 4 Mesa Boogie's Dual & Triple Rectifiers, I also own a 5150 Peavey Combo. Anyways to make a long story short this amp KICKS BUTT. Where you really notice the sound is in a Band setting. My band members like it better than all of the amps listed above. I run a Zakk Wylde MXR Overdrive into the front of the amp just for a little boost you dont have to though I prefer to run a boost with any tube head. If you are in a band check this head out running even in a 212 open back cabinet it sounds bigger Than the Krank did running through a 412 Cab.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IBANEZ KICKS WITH A PUNCH!

By Thermal50

from Thompson, CT

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This amp has the punch that every musician is looking for. I learn something new about this amp each time that I use it. Features include: channels "HOT" and "VINTAGE". This is deffiantely one to choose for live shows, recording, or even jam sessions. Don't underestimate the Thermion!

 
1.0

Features are all there, tone isn't

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Well, basically this amp would be awesome, if only it didn't sound like garbage. Ibanez was VERY close to coming out with a serious all tube amp able to compete with the JSX, and other likes, but the tone isn't there really. Although with enough effects you can probably make this amp do whatever you want it to.

 
5.0

I love it

By I <3 Death Metal

from Slc, Ut

I have owned a few amps, but nothing like this. However I have played through many oranges, marshalls, avatars, etc. This is by far the best bang for your buck. It Produces a nice heavy deep sound on the Hot Channel and a beautiful clean sound through the vintage channel. I wouldn't recomend it unless without good pedals but an with a head like this you should always use pedals. Overall it is an amazing head.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very dissatisfied

By Boyd-DulF.

from Oklahoma

I put such a low rating due to the distortion. I personally don't like it at all and I have spent hours trying to make the perfect distortion sound and I just can't seem to find the right one. I've had this for about 8 months or so. The clean channel is beautiful, but I just don't like the other channels.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sounds amazing

By bill-N1Yr2

from southington, connecticut

this is definitely the best piece of equipment i've invested in yet. i use it with it's corresponding cab (ibanez thermion 4x12 guitar speaker cabinet) and the sound is unbeatable. i'm not too crazy about most ibanez products, i'm a big schecter fan and i personally say that ibanez ripped off schecters design on a lot of their guitar models, but this is a professional-quality all tube head, and you really can't go wrong with that. i usually plug it in at 1x16 ohms. i could easily over power every other instrument if i wanted to. (but i'm not a band dictator)definitely buy this head if you can afford it.

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