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Randall RD100H Diavlo 100W Tube Guitar Head  Black 

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The Randall RD100H 100W amp head is the flagship model in the company's high-gain, metal-geared Diavlo series, and it has the tube overdrive and mena...Read More

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A metal monster with focused features.

The Randall RD100H 100W amp head is the flagship model in the company's high-gain, metal-geared Diavlo series, and it has the tube overdrive and menacing tone that shredders crave.

It features three footswitchable channels (Clean, Overdrive 1 and Overdrive 2), with shared master volume and four-band EQ controls, and independent volume and gain knobs on each channel. The included four-button footswitch also features a "Turbo Boost" for when you need to cut through the mix.

The crushing high-gain tube overdrive is handled by a combination of 12AX7 preamp tubes and 6L6 power tubes. Also housed in the ruggedly constructed metal monster are a speaker-emulated XLR output for direct recording or PA mixing, and a Class-A discrete FX loop.

FEATURES
  • Power: 100W tube
  • Three channels & turbo boost
  • Four-function footswitch
  • FX loop
  • Speaker-emulated XLR output
  • Impedance: 4Î, 8Î, 16Î
  • Dimensions: 27" x 9.4" x 10"
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RandallRD100H Diavlo 100W Tube Guitar Head
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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4.0

Drop Low or keep walking

By sharkbait_612

from Twin Cities, MN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Randall RD100H Diavlo 100W Tube Guitar Head:

    I picked this up used about 6 months ago, and so far i've been pretty happy.
    At first i was underwhelmed, using my esp M-350 with a duncan full shred tuned to E standard.
    drive was meh... felt kind of hollow. but then i plugged in my ibanez halberd, and shecter 7 string, both with blackouts, tuned to drob Bb, and WOW!!! palm muted chugs make everything in my studio shake, and my brain rattle...

    One note, set the gain lower than you think it should be. too many people crank it up to max initially, and then complain about it being muddy, or lacking definition. I started with everything at 12 o'clock, and spent a couple days tweaking, before i was completely happy... also make sure to adjust it at your "normal" playing volume, as the tone will change dramatically when you turn up or down... that is the nature of tubes after all...

    All in all, this thing rips. similar to any peavey, until it's dialed in correctly, it may sound like crud.

     
    4.0

    Randall comes back strong.

    By How

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Randall RD100H Diavlo 100W Tube Guitar Head:

      I have played heavy metal guitar for over 15 years and wanted a half stack to compliment my 6505+. After reading reviews and listening to demonstrations online I felt confident in ordering the Randall Diavlo RD100H with 4x12 cab. It offers three channels with independent volume and gain plus master EQ and volume. Comes with a solidly built footswitch with channel color coded LED's. Great tube sound: cleans are very clean with low noise floor and the high gain screams out as much distortion as you can handle. Only con is no spring reverb but it has an effects loop. Great performance, quality build and a great price. Your neighbors will love it.

       
      5.0

      A New Favorite

      By jsmalleus

      from Frederick, MD

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Randall RD100H Diavlo 100W Tube Guitar Head:

        Grabbed an rd100 on the used market and am loving how great it sounds. I've heard some folks mention how the rd45 lacks a bit of low end, I haven't tried the rd45 myself, but that is very much not the case with the rd100. I'm guessing the gain 2 channel makes all the difference in that department. This amp also has an excellent clean channel, which coupled with the crushing distortion makes me plug it in over my 50w evh and 6505+ for most applications. Lets be honest, neither have great clean channels, but the rd100 sure does. As fate would have it, I actually got the evh and the rd100 within a week of each other expecting the evh to easily best the Diavlo from all the reviews I had read. However, I was blown away with the rd100 instead. Mike Fortin and Randall knocked it out of the park with this one.

        (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Defective right out of the box....

        By Michael Glass

        from Wilkesboro NC

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        Pros

        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Randall RD100H Diavlo 100W Tube Guitar Head:

            I been waiting on an inexpensive high gain head with a decent clean channel. Based on some reviews and sounds clips, I figured this was the way to go. I been playing for close to 20 years. I play Gibson guitars and K100 Celestion powered cabs.

            I unboxed the amp set it to the proper ohms and let the amp sit idle for a moment to get the tubes warmed up. I flipped the power on and for about two minutes, the amp produced no sound at all. I checked connections and all was legit. After a couple of minutes, I got sound but at a lower volume than it should have been for 100 tube amp.
            I tapped the channel switcher with my foot and it switched from clean to channel two without issue.
            I switched it to channel three and that was a no go. It would automatically switch back to the clean channel on it's own. I then checked the channel switch on the front of the head and it moved in and out freely not clicking like it should have been.

            The sound was okay and the boost was certainly aggressive. I just hope that others have a better experience than me. I had the Warhead before this and it gave so many issues it was unusable at a live show. I will only buy Randall cabs. No more amp heads. I won't be buying anymore off shore made amps either. I got what I paid for. I can't say to buy this because it was a brand new amp having these issues. I returned it and didn't want a replacement. If they aren't made any better than that, I don't need one.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Value For A Real High Gain Head

            By Tomnic1

            from Portland, Or

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Clean Channel
            • Excellent Sound
            • Footswitch Included
            • Fortin Designed
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful
            • Ruby Tubes
            • Selectable Ohms
            • Three Channels
            • Tube Boost
            • Tube Failure Led's

            Cons

            • Wattage Not Selectable

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Metal And Hard Rock
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Randall RD100H Diavlo 100W Tube Guitar Head:

            I spent a lot of time checking different high gain heads out before making this purchase. The RD100 was the winner. I considered Mesa, Framus, Rivera, 5150, and Marshall. But the Fortin designed amps demoed on Youtube sounded the best. How do you get Fortin tone on a budget?... Randall. They have relaunched their whole line with Mike Fortin as their engineer. The result is blistering high gain, with quality build and attention to details like the clean channel and FX loop. The tube boost is very useable. You don't need a Maxon 808 or TS in front, and the loop was designed to take pedals and processors equally well.And it does. All three channels are voiced differently and work well together. I have owned several different high gain heads over the years and this one eats them all for breakfast. Hands down. My experience with MF was great too. I found the best deal and they matched it no problem. It shipped on time and arrived in great condition. Buy this now!!!!!!

            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gnarly Tube Tone

            By N.M. JoJo

            from Tulsa, OK

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Chunky
            • Crunchy
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Like Peanut Butter
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Digging A Canal
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording
              • Rockmetal

              Comments about Randall RD100H Diavlo 100W Tube Guitar Head:

              Randall made right with the tubes! I've used Randall for over a decade now, constantly pleased with their Solid-state, high-gain, tight sounding amplifiers. This is a welcome addition to the family. Big and warm, but still tight and crunchy like a Randall. The added tube punch says it all. 4, 8, and 16ohm operation makes this fit nicely with your favorite cab. Round, clear cleans, but we all know this amp was designed to play loud, angry rock and metal. Can't wait to get a THRASHER!

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