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Kustom 12 Gauge Guitar Combo Amplifier

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With the 12 Gauge Combo, Kustom introduces an industry-first: a 16W practice amp that sports a big 12" speaker and a breakthrough price. The 12 Gauge...Click To Read More About This Product

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A practice amp that's locked and loaded with a 12" speaker.

With the 12 Gauge Combo, Kustom introduces an industry-first: a 16W practice amp that sports a big 12" speaker and a breakthrough price. The 12 Gauge delivers a huge, aggressive sound for its size and price. Features include 3-band EQ, a plywood baffle board to enhance cabinet resonance, metal knobs, and built-in reverb and delay effects. There's plenty of flexibility thanks to separate rhythm and lead channels, an external speaker jack, a headphone jack and a CD/tape/iPod input. It has a big sound as is, and you can use the external speaker jack to connect a 4x12 speaker cabinet. You'll be amazed at the enormous sound!

FEATURES
16W RMS output
12" speaker
Solid-state preamp
2 channels (lead and rhythm)
3-band EQ
Analog reverb and delay
External speaker jack
Headphone jack
CD/tape/iPod input

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SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions: 17"W x 16"H x 9-4/5"D
Weight: 25 lbs/ 11.3 kg
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4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

As a practice amp, absolutely superb

I bought this amp from my local music store with gift money. When I first looked at it, I thought it must be a at least a 50W amp. So I was surprised...Read complete review

I bought this amp from my local music store with gift money. When I first looked at it, I thought it must be a at least a 50W amp. So I was surprised when I saw the price tag. I found that it is actually a 16W amp, which kind of blew my mind. I brought my new amp home, and as I started playing, I thought to myself that my effects from my pedal (digitech RP 8 good low end pedal) came through exactly as I wanted them to sound. My previous amp was a simple 5W, which I blew playing my bass guitar on, and the settings on the pedal were closer to what I wanted on the 12 gauge than I got on my old one, without changing anything. Of course all of this was on the clean channel. I took this amp to a small gig once, and after I turned it to about level eight I got a certain static under-sound. It is understandable, but the amp wasn't really loud enough for even the room I played in. The effects on the amp are absolutely minimal. It is my opinion that the gain on the lead channel gives a nice jazz buzz at about level four, but don't expect any metal distortion on it. The reverb/delay effect isn't really good for anything. I turn the knob all the way up and I put it on the reverb. This gives a nice backing to my effects, but it's entirely supplementary. The delay is not even worth considering using. I usually use the clean channel all the time, with the reverb as I said. This little amp's clean sound is absolutely beautiful to me, and it carries my effects pedal extremely well. To summarize, this is a large practice amp. It is not loud enough to perform well at gigs, and to get anything but a great clean sound, one must use a pedal. Kustom amps would do well to make 50W and 100W copies of this amp, if they do not already. My suggestion is to cut out the lead channel entirely to cut down on the price slightly, seeing as it is fairly unusable.

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A Piece of Rubbish

Let's see aside from the fact it is loud...it is ugly loud. Loud is all it is. NO bottom at all even with every thing else rolled back and the low end...Read complete review

Let's see aside from the fact it is loud...it is ugly loud. Loud is all it is. NO bottom at all even with every thing else rolled back and the low end cranked to ten. Some sort of so called reverb/delay like someone who has no idea of what either of those should sound like was charged with putting it in this truly incredibly crappy amp. Had it for four weeks tried like hell to like it. Sent it back. A waste of money.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

A Piece of Rubbish

By Forgoneconclusion

from Phoenix

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Let's see aside from the fact it is loud...it is ugly loud. Loud is all it is. NO bottom at all even with every thing else rolled back and the low end cranked to ten. Some sort of so called reverb/delay like someone who has no idea of what either of those should sound like was charged with putting it in this truly incredibly crappy amp. Had it for four weeks tried like hell to like it. Sent it back. A waste of money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As a practice amp, absolutely superb

By Dylan K

from Iowa

I bought this amp from my local music store with gift money. When I first looked at it, I thought it must be a at least a 50W amp. So I was surprised when I saw the price tag. I found that it is actually a 16W amp, which kind of blew my mind. I brought my new amp home, and as I started playing, I thought to myself that my effects from my pedal (digitech RP 8 good low end pedal) came through exactly as I wanted them to sound. My previous amp was a simple 5W, which I blew playing my bass guitar on, and the settings on the pedal were closer to what I wanted on the 12 gauge than I got on my old one, without changing anything. Of course all of this was on the clean channel. I took this amp to a small gig once, and after I turned it to about level eight I got a certain static under-sound. It is understandable, but the amp wasn't really loud enough for even the room I played in. The effects on the amp are absolutely minimal. It is my opinion that the gain on the lead channel gives a nice jazz buzz at about level four, but don't expect any metal distortion on it. The reverb/delay effect isn't really good for anything. I turn the knob all the way up and I put it on the reverb. This gives a nice backing to my effects, but it's entirely supplementary. The delay is not even worth considering using. I usually use the clean channel all the time, with the reverb as I said. This little amp's clean sound is absolutely beautiful to me, and it carries my effects pedal extremely well. To summarize, this is a large practice amp. It is not loud enough to perform well at gigs, and to get anything but a great clean sound, one must use a pedal. Kustom amps would do well to make 50W and 100W copies of this amp, if they do not already. My suggestion is to cut out the lead channel entirely to cut down on the price slightly, seeing as it is fairly unusable.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oops, My Bad !!

By Bill Sheehan

from Central Illinois

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Supplementing my first submission, and in fairness to our friends at Kustom, I have concluded upon further tinkering that there is NOT any problem with the Clean channel on my 12 Gauge. I simply had neglected to make upward re-adjustments to the bass, middle and treble settings (which serve both the Lead and Clean channels) when I switched over from the Lead channel to the Clean channel. A big "Duh!" to me on that one!! I do have to turn the Clean channel volume up past 2 o'clock before the signal gets really punchy, but as long as it doesn't hurt the amp to do that, I'm okay with it. On the Lead channel, I get a grand amount of punch with the volume at Noon and the gain at 9 o'clock-- huge sound on that Lead channel. The guys at Kustom, by the way, have been very considerate in reponding to my inquiries on this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

no regrets

By selftaught

from VT

Have owned everything over 35 years. fender, ampeg, peavy, tube to solid state. They come and go, this one stays. Into my 3rd year with it. Never get tired of that clean warm tone. The 12 inch speaker will not break up even with the clean channel up full thottle. Overdriving the lead channel isn't really extrodinary and the echo-delay effects sound kind of strange. The guitar plug doesn't want to go in or come back out but the tone and the price make up for all of that. It's my #1 amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice little amp.

By Toxified Lucidity

from Illinois

Bought this as a temporary replacement for my blown head, something to practice on you know? Well not at ALL!I immediately plugged it in, I admit, the distortion isn't the greatest, the highs are thin, but that's I wanted it to be a little bit thin for that shrill black metal sound. So I played for a bit then plugged my RP100 effects processor into it.TOTAL CHANGE IN PACE! It sounds godly if you have the right setup! Crank up the pedal volume all the way, pedal gain all the way, and set on some heavy distortion with high lows, fairly high middle, and turn the high down a bit and you're in for some monstrous tones!Sure, it will get some feedback and white noise, but put it through a gate and all is well! For the price it's hard to match this one!I plugged mine into my version 1 Behringer 4X12" Ultrastack and holy hell, it sounds AMAZING! For the money you get monstrous amounts of volume if you find the need for it!Yet another great buy from the best music store there is!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kustom 12 guage

By rockin' grandpa

from St. Cloud, Fl.

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Purchased this as a practice amp, you know light, easy transport. I am not impressed with the distortion channel, tinny and thin, however the clean channel is excellent and with my distortion pedals it sceams. This puppy is also plenty loud and probably loud enough for gigs. The only other thing I did not like is the lack of a footswitch for channel switching but since I only use the clean channel it's no biggie.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE IT!!!

By the spongebob lover

from California

i was surprised at the size of it when it came in the mailit makes my epiphone sg sound awesome.its loud enough for me and it has great distortionit sounds pretty good cleanthe effects aren't the best but they r pretty goodoveral great!!!!!!!!! buy it!!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great little utility amp

By Gary Weaver

from Border Arizona

I ordered from this page about a month ago. I discovered that I really like the clean with all the tone knobs down - maybe a little bass boost.I have been running my Tonelab ST stereo out to the CD-input. Tonight, I went back to the guitar in for better volume control. The speaker has more mid than what I would like, but I have no problem with it.I've very happy with it. Not had a lot of amps over 30+ years, but I have had a Twin, Deluxe, and a Princeton. This is a nice little amp. I was looking for a something like my old brown Princeton with a little more bass and this does pretty well, but there is no tube drive on board.

 
5.0

SUPER AMP 4 THE PRICE

By EROC

from memphis,tn

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I bought this amp based on the other reviews and wow they were right.This little firecracker will crank out some DB's(its loud) Great distortion and clean sounds,has reverb and a little delay. A great amp for the money, don't hesitate on this one.

 
5.0

No Way

By UbErLeEtMaN SIMBA!

from Munroe Falls OH

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Only a few words here...this thing is amazing. Not too many effects, but with pedals its all good. Loud. Cool. BEAST. This survived a flood in my basement...BUY NOW!

 
5.0

Great small Amp

By Jeff in Ketucky

from Pinsonfork, KY.

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I just got this amp today. Very good amp for the price. Reverb not the greatest. Overall excellent amp. Weight is prefect for home or small gigs. Line out is always a plus.

 
5.0

excellent

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

At this price, you would expect something mediocre to lousy... well this amp is just excellent. The clean channel is gorgeous, it's a good solid box, and has some usefull plug ins on the back. The speaker is terrific, and.... hey, it's just a great amp. Even if you are a gigging musician, as a secondary amp,(or only) this would do just fine... it has a line out. I reccomend this product.

 
5.0

bliss on a budget!

By mayerfan

from johnson city,TN

like many players with limited funds,finding an amp that satisfies your need for quality,tone,looks,@value can be a task that ends up with many disapointments@wasted hard earned money.when this first arrived at my local music shop it seemed to good to be true...never had i been sooo wrong!dont lrt the 16 watts fool you,to sum it up its like owning the mesa that you dream about,except you can actuly afford it!with my rp50 plugged into it its flawless,without it the clean tones still floor you,i thought the price had to be a joke!!its a real keeper.

 
5.0

Kustom 12 Rocks

By Drummaster

from Cutchogue, Long Island, NY

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Ounce for ounce, pound for pound, the Kustom 12 Gauge Guitar Combo Amplifier packs a mean little punch for the money. It is a great little practice amp and can even be used for small gigs. The 12 inch speaker has a full, clear sound and delivers great sound for a small amp. What do you expect for 100 dollars! I have used it with a blues box and Big Muff...no distortion, just a full, rich sound. I would reccomend it to anyone, with limited funds, who needs a small guitar amp.

 
5.0

Metalocalyptic!

By Rips-a-lot

from Undisclosed

This amp is magical for the price. I use this baby with an ESP F-250, which is a mainly metal guitar. It sounds like a beast on high gain distortion, and the preset guide that comes in the manual has really good suggestions for a wide range of playing styles. Clean is really smooth, and there's a huge range of tones you can get on both settings. The only drawback is the amount of effects, though that's understandable for the value. Excellent sound.

 
5.0

I love this amp!

By Wild Mike

from SF Bay Area, California

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I bought this amp right here a year ago. I have a lot of amps; most with more features and power but.. this is my favorite. Here's why: It has a presence of sound that is crystal clear yet not shrill. It's very light and small considering it houses a 12 inch speaker which is also of extreme quality. I use this amp at a small group gig every Wednesday night and it has never disappointed me and just as important, the group. They love the sound it produces. I actually split the input signal, run my mic straight in and place a Digitech RP 100 in front of the guitar. This is the only amp I've ever owned that allows me to that without a mixer and yet control the guitar volume independent of the mic. It's a match made in heaven. I could go and on but there's no need. Have no reservations about buying this amp and get free shipping too. Unreal..

 
5.0

At a loss for words

By Shichikokuyama

from Undisclosed

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All I can say is... run, don't walk, to the "Add to Cart" button. Purchase the amp, then wait for the postman to bring your new favorite amp. A 12" at this price point is unheard of. And this isn't just any 12"--it sounds fantastic. And OMFG it's loud for it's size. I'd easily pay twice the price.

 
5.0

great little amp

By pl1015891058

from Leavenworth Ks

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small, loud, light, simple. Everything anyone needs in an amp. I've had everything from cheap beginner amps to huge 120w 2x12s. This is where I've ended up, a small, nice sounding, sort of vintage amp. channels: clean channel has a nice tone. dirty channel is great, exept for all the white noise it makes once you turn it past 12 o'clockeffects: reverb is "spring", and delay is basic. I would've rather had hall reverb, but they both sound good.build: seems pretty sturdy, looks great. nice big 12" for better sound.Overall: its a great little amp for anything.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Travis Cain-cw_jw

from Manitowoc, WI

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I've had this amp for about a year and I am still amazed every time that I turn it on. For it's power and size it has incredible tone and volume. The distortion wasn't what I was looking for, but I just added a stompbox and it's perfect.

 
5.0

Kustom

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Bright sound; low noise, good construction; 16 watts; 12" speaker; small price; no foot switch jack

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