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Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp  

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    Practice with real tube tone and dynamics.

    This little 12-watter uses a 12AX7 tube preamp and an 8" Celestion speaker to get warm, gutsy, real vintage amp tone. Controls include gain, low, high, volume with selectable Gain On and Frequency Shift functions. Headphone jack.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features
    • 12W of power
    • 8" Celestion speaker
    • 12AX7 preamp section
    • Gain and volume controls
    • Selectable Gain and Mid Shift functions
    • Low/high EQ controls
    • Headphone jack

    Why not have the real sound when you practice? Order your Tube 12 today.

     
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    KustomTube 12A Practice Amp
     
    4.5

    (based on 55 reviews)

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      (7)

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    Excellent Little Amp

    I've never added to these reviews but they do help so here goes. This little amp is great. I was a bit suspicious since it is not really a "tube"...Read complete review

    I've never added to these reviews but they do help so here goes. This little amp is great. I was a bit suspicious since it is not really a "tube" amp but more of a hybrid. I have a Spider Jam which is great fun but a bit antiseptic so wanted a little tube amp that had that tube tone/feel and didn't cost an arm & a leg. Well, that's what I got. I am very surprised at the tube tone and the bottom end from such a small unit. I play a Epi Les Paul Ultra and an Ibanez RG-350 through it and the RG really pushes the drive to a point where you almost don't need any additional distortion. The clean sound is great. I also purchased a Digitech RP 150 at the same time because I knew this amp would really shine with some reverb & effects and it absolutely does. I only gave the amp a 4 on features bc it does not have reverb. Add reverb and this would be a perfect little amp. This has really been a pleasant surprise for the price and I have a feeling this will become my favorite amp.

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    Decent Practice Amp for the $$

    I purchased this amp in hopes in would give me the time to save up for an all tube amp. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the size and looks of the...Read complete review

    I purchased this amp in hopes in would give me the time to save up for an all tube amp. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the size and looks of the amp. I thought it had that old vintage amp look. When I plugged it in (using an Epiphone Les Paul and Dot), the amp produced a noticeable hiss. In the meantime, the amp sound wasn't too bad, but you need to take time to find the sound you like. As I was playing a noticeable buzz also came from the amp. I checked all the screws (found some that required tightening) and looked for any possible causes. I could not get rid of the buzz. Perhaps I just received a bad amp.I could not live with the hiss and buzzing so I returned the amp. If you get an amp minus the problems I had, you have a decent practice amp for the money.

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    4.0

    For the price, it is a good practice amp

    By Roger

    from Kansas

    Pros

    • Simple to use
    • small and lightweight

    Cons

    • No Reverb

    Best Uses

      Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

      This amp is adequate for practice or a small venue gig. It has a decent clean sound. The line out and external speaker out are nice features, not generally found on an amp of this size.

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      5.0

      Very happy

      By Verna

      from Michigan

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            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            Very happy with purchase. Does exactly what I want it to do.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Kustom tube 12 amp

            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            I replaced the ax7 tube with an au7 tube as I am a harp player. With a minimum of reverb and a small delay this amp performs very well. a great value. Do not try to get much gain on the harp. Bass up treble down gain on but way down, good sound.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            tube tone for harmonica

            By Hobostubs Ashlock

            from wagoner oklahoma

            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            need that chicago tube tone for harmonica but on a budget. well this is a excellent value. My 1st tube amp and i love it. Got it to go with a fender 15r in a dual harp amp setup. And it works great gives a great low end. to the overall sound. gives me some tube tone needed so the fender15r aint so crispy. And by itsself aint to bad either. has a couple out jacks making it easier to use with a PA. And has a switch for 2 types of amp sounds other than the 2 drives it offers so you in effect have 4 modes of sound to play around with. I highly recomend this amp to the harmonca player on a budget.

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            5.0

            Great Harp Amp

            By Jeremy Terry

            from Helena, MT

            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            This makes a great harmonica amplifier! I have been using a Fender Blues Junior (with one 12AU7 in place of one of the 12AX7 tubes) and this amp sounds better! The tone produced by this amp is similar to the vintage harp sounds of Little Walter. The only feature that it doesn't have is reverb, but it doesn't seem to need any.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Very Un-Rad

            By BCBD

            from USA

            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            I was not impressed with this amp at all. I purchased it about a month ago from the local guitar shop because it seemed like a good deal at the time. Unfortunately, I blew the speaker after a few weeks with never pushing the volume over 4. I used to have a little peavey 8 inch practice amp and that thing was a tank. I would definitely recommend skipping on this amp.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Little Amp

            By Beldar

            from Upstate, NY

            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            I've never added to these reviews but they do help so here goes. This little amp is great. I was a bit suspicious since it is not really a "tube" amp but more of a hybrid. I have a Spider Jam which is great fun but a bit antiseptic so wanted a little tube amp that had that tube tone/feel and didn't cost an arm & a leg. Well, that's what I got. I am very surprised at the tube tone and the bottom end from such a small unit. I play a Epi Les Paul Ultra and an Ibanez RG-350 through it and the RG really pushes the drive to a point where you almost don't need any additional distortion. The clean sound is great. I also purchased a Digitech RP 150 at the same time because I knew this amp would really shine with some reverb & effects and it absolutely does. I only gave the amp a 4 on features bc it does not have reverb. Add reverb and this would be a perfect little amp. This has really been a pleasant surprise for the price and I have a feeling this will become my favorite amp.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Little Barker

            By Hairball

            from watertown, wisconsin

            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            I bought this little amp about 2 years ago. Thing works perfect. Replaced the tube with a jj. Sounds much warmer now. You can get a real classic tube distortion like a marshall plexi out of it. Cleans are nice. Ok, your not going to get a slayer, children of bodem, ect distortion out of it. But distortion is NOT tone. If you want more distorion use a pedal or a preamp. To me this thing has that classic marshall tone that I love. Great little practice amp. Worth the money!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Keep in mind it's a practice amp...

            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            I bought this amp (and a guitar) for my 8 year old son to have around if he gets the itch to play guitar. I didn't want to break the bank either, which you won't do with this amp. Of course I had to try it out. The more I played it (and experimented with tweaking the knobs) the more I realized you can get some truly great tones out of this amp. An overdriven blues/rock sound is really phat. Metal, not so much with the amp gain, but add a Boss MT-2 and shred away...within reason, a 12" speaker it is not. I also ditched the Chinese tube and experimented with a Groove Tube and a Sovtek. Sovtek really brings out the tube "ambiance". I normally play a Soldano Hot Rod 50 half stack so I do appreciate, and love, good tube tone. I've had this amp for prolly close to a year now. Been playing a no-name semi-hollowbody through it mostly. There was some stuff rattling around inside it (I work it pretty hard) so I took the whole thing apart and tightened all the screws. Made a big difference, but theres still a tiny buzz coming from the enclosed circuit board area. I can hear it when I'm cranking it on the bench, but if it's 3 feet away it gets drowned out by the speaker. Maybe I'll catch that next tune-up.For what it is, a practice amp, you can't really go wrong. Tweakable tube tone, quality speaker and a great price. I would happily recommend this amp to anyone asking.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            save your money

            By el guitarro

            from NYC, NY

            Comments about Kustom Tube 12A Practice Amp:

            You should DEFINETLY think about actually trying out an amp before buying it, especially online. First, the distortion on this amp is terrible, you can go as far as soft bluesy music with the gain on, no hard rock or anything. To fix this, I read that using a tungsol 12ax7 to replace the stock tube would help, although this barely helped at all. I tried running my DOD distortion pedal thru it, and it did not work properly, the only tone I could get out of it was an early Black Sabbath sounding tone. All in all, distorted tones are horrible, but, I do think the clean channel is unmatched by anything in it's price range and size. The only other pro I can mention is that theres no buzz or hum while your'e playing. My other amp, the 30 watt Behringer solid state GM110, to me at least, is superior in every way, except the clean channel isn't as good. The Behringer was a bit cheaper as well. If your'e planning on playing even the softest rock ( don't even give this a second though if you're into metal), I suggest you get something else and save your money

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