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Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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Guitarists normally have to depend on a separate effect pedal to get the distinctive, warm overdrive sounds of a tube amp. Not anymore. The Ibanez TSA15H tube amp has a genuine Tube Screamer circuit, built right into the front end, for all the warm tube overdrive punch and crunch you'll need. The all-tube amp head features 2 - 12AX7 preamp tubes and 2 - 6V6 power tubes. The result is loud, balanced sound that cuts through the mix with plenty of full, meaty guitar tone. Built with rugged Ibanez craftsmanship, this guitar amp head is sure to last for many years, able to stand up to the toughest conditions of heavy gigging. Includes footswitchable function with Tube Screamer Overdrive, Tone, and Level controls. Ibanez TSA112C speaker cabinet and IFS2G footswitch sold separately.

Balanced tone and powerful projection that stands out in any mix.

FEATURES
  • 15W All-tube head
  • 2 x 12AX7 tubes (Pre)
  • 2 x 6V6 tubes (Power)
  • Genuine Tube Screamer circuit built into the front end
  • Controls: Tube Screamer”Overdrive, Tone, Level; Amp”Treble, Bass, Volume

This amp is a class act all the way. Order today and let it scream.

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IbanezTSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Portable (11)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best budget tube amp out there

I have played just about all of these budget mini-tube amps from China, including the "original" Valve Junior, but also the Blackheart / Blackstar / Jet City amps, and a few...Read complete review

I have played just about all of these budget mini-tube amps from China, including the "original" Valve Junior, but also the Blackheart / Blackstar / Jet City amps, and a few cheap bigger tube heads and combos of recent vintage by Fender, Crate, etc. The Ibanez is one of the first of this generation / style of amps I've actually liked at all or thought worth buying.

I think a lot of this has to do with the TSA15H's smart use of 6V6 power tubes rather than the brighter, frankly harsher EL84s used in most of the rest. I personally prefer deep, rich, resounding vintage-Fender-like clean tones. None of these other cheapies have that at all, but the Ibanez does, and reminds me to a surprising degree of the original blackface and silverface Princetons and Deluxes I used to own-- if missing some of the chime, air and/or soul of real-deal Fender amps... but missing far *less* of those characteristics than the current crop of comparable Fender products, in my humble opinion. The Tube Screamer "side" also sounds very good and, particularly with the boost, adds an awful lot of versatility to this box, whereas most of the competition consists of one-trick ponies.

One thing to note is that the tone does change pretty dramatically in 5W mode. It doesn't sound bad in this mode, but it gives up a noticeable amount of low-end punch and chime from the 15W "full on" mode. I find I never make the switch because of this, despite the arguable breakup "benefits." 5W of tube amp actually breaking up is still way too loud for an apartment anyway; get your modelers out if that's your application. Speaking of volume, with the right speaker I think you could probably get by gigging with this thing in many full-band applications, as long as your drummer isn't hammer-handed. I am running mine with a Weber Silver Bell 1x12" and it gets quite loud.

At the price, this is a real winner and puts a lot of not only its direct competition, but also quite a few much more expensive amps to shame.
Effects send included. The footswitchable Tube Screamer and boost features effectively make this a 2.5-channel amp. The switchable 5/15W mode is also nice to have, at least in theory. I'd like a sweepable midrange control instead of just bass / treble cut and boost, but at this price I may be asking a bit much.
Not sure about build quality yet; some componentry looks a little sketchy through the vent grille. At the price I'm not all that surprised.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

Read all the great reviews, so I ordered one because I love the 6V6 sound.
Big disappointment: 1. the amp came without an input jack, just a hole in the front...Read complete review

Read all the great reviews, so I ordered one because I love the 6V6 sound.
Big disappointment: 1. the amp came without an input jack, just a hole in the front panel. I guess this means poor quality control for Ibanez. 2. Beyond that, I think mine was electronically defective as well. I've played many 12-15 watt amps, and the one I received was very low, even at maximum volume (10). At max, it still wasn't close to a Princeton Reverb at less than half volume. Sent it back. Didn't want to try another. Saving my money for a professional amp, not a toy. Musician's Friend is handling the return. Thanks MF

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1.0

Disappointed

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from ny

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Pros

  • Portable

Cons

  • defective
  • poor quality control, Ibanez
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Beer table, pic holder, cat jungle jim

Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Read all the great reviews, so I ordered one because I love the 6V6 sound.
Big disappointment: 1. the amp came without an input jack, just a hole in the front panel. I guess this means poor quality control for Ibanez. 2. Beyond that, I think mine was electronically defective as well. I've played many 12-15 watt amps, and the one I received was very low, even at maximum volume (10). At max, it still wasn't close to a Princeton Reverb at less than half volume. Sent it back. Didn't want to try another. Saving my money for a professional amp, not a toy. Musician's Friend is handling the return. Thanks MF

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5.0

Solid Value

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    For the money this is a great all around head. The tube screamer being built in is nice, the tone is good and everything works like it should! Limited eq setting since no mid control, but still sounds great. Think of this as a 1 channel amp... because that's what it is, however it takes pedals well. I have played metal to classical on this amp and can get good tones (with pedals for anything dirtier than classic rock) for all types of music. Also all this is way less than anything else as good I have tried.

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    4.0

    great little amp

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    from VA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      Great little amp for what it is. It's not the best but a great clean channel. the amps excepts pedals well if you want to add like a uber metal to change the versatility of the amp. Great vintage tone. think old blues. just remember its 15 watts and can get quite middy turned up.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ibanez nailed it!

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      from NY

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None
      • None That I've Encountere

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      Nicely crafted, versatile, portable, great clean and crunch! Excellent value with a lot of nice features. Pentode/Triode mode (5w/15w) built in tube screamer effect, multiple speaker inputs, boost switch(6db), excellent cleans and nice crunch with the screamer circuit engaged. Easier to transport than comparable combo amp, great value at this price point! Buy one you won't look back!

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      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Had to Sent it Back!!

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      from Palm Bay, Florida

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      Pros

      • Clean Channel Nice Tone
      • Easy To Use
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Effects Loop Not Working
      • Tube Screamer Very Weak

      Best Uses

      • Practice In The Garage

      Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I have two complaints about this amp. Out of the box brand new effects loop did not work. Also, the Tube Screamer channel was tinny. I have a Tube Screamer pedal, this channel sounded weak compared to actual pedal. I did like the clean channel, sounded great, loud too, especially for a 15 watt amp. Had to send it back to MF.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sounding and lightweight!

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      from Underworld

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Lots Of Clean Headroom
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I grew tired of carrying heavy tube combo amps around, so I decided to give this a try. I already had a couple 1 x 12" speaker cabs (Epiphone Valve Jr. extention cabs w/70 watt Eminence Lady Luck speakers), so I bought this in hopes of using it with my Vox Tonelab LE. Its obvious that Ibanez put some forethought into this amp. Plenty of tube tone but CLEAN tube tone! It sounds fantastic through one or both of the cabs and its loud enough for most of the gigs I play. Now, instead of waddling around with a 60 pound combo I carry this amp (12 lbs?) and one of the Epiphone cabs (26 lbs). The Vox sounds great through it and I can use the footswitchable boost to solo in any preset. Awesome.

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        5.0

        What a gem...

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        from Quincy,, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          To get the most out of it, run a clean boost in front and all other pedals in the Fx loop. Evens out output differences between guitars, allows you to boost the TS. The TS may then boost all other dirt pedals, which gives you many more tonal possibilities. Putting a 12AX7 driven real tube overdrive after the TS allows you to drive the tube harder, effectively giving you 3 12AX7s in the preamp stage! Most of my drive pedals just became obsolete.
          Also particularly sweet sounding is a Bad Monkey after the TS (add bass to taste) followed by a RAT. Literally everything from pristine clean through balls-out grind and everything in between, all controllable with your volume knob! Epic.
          Perfect for gigging a 3 piece, needs to be mic'ed in two guitar bands.
          Unbeatable at this price. Get one.

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          4.0

          Nice head

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          from Santa Clara

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Cover For It

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I bought the head looking for a clean version to my Vox. I found the head to be very clean and I like the Overdrive. Its boost works great for leads. I do find it a little brite for my taste. I run it through a 4 12 cab and that gives it all the bottom end I need. But compared to my JCM, It comes up a little short. I do like the send and return feature as I use it for my echo and delays. Overall I would recomend it to a friend. I play it in our band with a fairly loud drummer and a bass player and never felt under powered. In fact my drummer asked me to turn my speakers a little cause I was pounding his ears. SO loud enought.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sweet

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          from bainbridge, ny

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Great little amp. Very light to carry around and the sound is excellant. And the tube screamer circuitry is great. Have it plugged into an old carvin 2x10 bass speaker and it sounds great. When you turn up the bass it sounds like a bass guitar. The cleans are very nice and when you flip the tube screamer it really wails. Buy this amp you won't be disappointed.

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            5.0

            Awesome little amp.

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            from Oklahoma

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I wanted a tube amp that would push a 4x12 for guitar and a 2x10 for bass. This works great for both. I use the 5W mode for guitar and the 15W mode for bass. I use it for recording in my home studio and I am so proud of this little amp that can. My tracks are sweet. Nice and warm just the way I like them. The Tube Screamer is awesome but it loves other pedals as well. My favorite is a fuzz pedal with the Tube Screamer turned off. I use the Tube Screamer for bass and it rules. It's louder than I thought it would be. Plenty of lows and the highs will hurt your ears. It's well built. 5 different speaker outputs and an effects loop make it versatile. The footswitch should have came with it. It works great with humbucker and single coil pickups. I need more pedals now. It's not a metal amp so get a metal pedal for metal. ;)

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