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Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier

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A practice combo that can rock with the band.

The Raven RG20 is a solid-state, hard rock combo amp with great looks and a killer price. An easy-to-use amp with aggressive distortion, the Raven RG20 has more power and a bigger speaker than many amps that cost a lot more. Features a built-in tuner, reverb and delay, and has a headphone output and CD input.

FEATURES
  • 20 Watts RMS
  • 12" Speaker
  • Channel Switching
  • Gain & Volume in Distortion Mode
  • Volume in Clean mode
  • Global 3-band EQ
  • Delay / Reverb Select with Level Control
  • Built-In Chromatic Tuner
  • Headphone jack
  • Aux input for CD or MP3 player
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RavenRG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
4.6

(based on 58 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Amp!

Overall, this was my first really decent practice amp, and it's my pride and joy. I have recommended this to a friend and do not regret it one time.If you get any of...Read complete review

Overall, this was my first really decent practice amp, and it's my pride and joy. I have recommended this to a friend and do not regret it one time.If you get any of the raven amps, just be ready to change out the speakers for and 8 ohm ANYTHING, because this amp has a 6 ohm speaker...or at least all mine did. I have no idea if they've changed that up at all. But other than that one, count 'em, ONE flaw, these amps are perfection. Get one ASAP. You won't regret it.
These days, it's very hard to find a solid state amp that doesn't have a built in effects rack. This is one of the few exceptions. I'm not a very smart girl, so I enjoy the simplicity of a two-channel solid state like this little monster. It has a rhythm channel, which for all intensive purposes is basically a clean setting, and a lead channel, which is a somewhat lacking overdrive channel (but for the $100 I paid, I can't really complain too much). So, I use a Digitech RP90 mutieffects pedal with a crybaby wah," and that gives it that amazing death metal tone I wanted. It has a single 12"" speaker...and this is my only issue with it. This speaker", even with a noise gate, causes the harshest feedback at high levels. So, I replaced it with an Eminence Black Powder and that stopped the feedback. I can't believe no one else addressed this one problem, but oh well. The tuner is, well, the tuner sucks. It skips around the note and gets confused quite easily. But I tune by ear anyway, so it's not an issue.
This thing is built like a tank! I know this because in early February of this year, my bassist and I were driving down the road, and we had an accident in which his suv flipped and landed in a ditch. His tube amp and my raven were thrown all over the back of this truck and my raven survived! It still works, and long story short, I'd buy another one if this one were lost or stolen. So yes, this amp is worth your hard earned money.
I honestly think that musicians friend is screwing themselves by dropping the price on these amps. They're amazing pieces of equipment, that with a little work, get even better! I don't understand why people bash these amps because of the OD channel. In all honesty, these amps were intended for use by beginners. And with that being said, I'm playing shows all over the Southeast US and I love this amp. I also own the 60, the 100, and their UNGODLY LOUD half stack. I'm a member of the raven army, and anyone who doesn't like that knows where they can go.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cheep Cheep Cheep

I bought one of these and played it for fun at home while our Peavy Bandit was in the shop. It was fun to have the built in tuner. The sound with the Stratocaster...Read complete review

I bought one of these and played it for fun at home while our Peavy Bandit was in the shop. It was fun to have the built in tuner. The sound with the Stratocaster was passable. The sound with the Telecaster was horrid. The sound with the J-45 electric acoustic was worse than horrid. Probably the greatest features were the built in tuner, and the headphone jack. I think this is a great amp for a kid starting out with his/her first electric guitar. And, of course, that is the market this amp is pitched to. I give it a thumbs up for this application. When the Peavy Bandit came back from being serviced, this amp was traded. There wasn't room at our house for an amp with this kind of voice.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Amp!

By Elizabeth Shari

from Tennessee

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

Overall, this was my first really decent practice amp, and it's my pride and joy. I have recommended this to a friend and do not regret it one time.If you get any of the raven amps, just be ready to change out the speakers for and 8 ohm ANYTHING, because this amp has a 6 ohm speaker...or at least all mine did. I have no idea if they've changed that up at all. But other than that one, count 'em, ONE flaw, these amps are perfection. Get one ASAP. You won't regret it.
These days, it's very hard to find a solid state amp that doesn't have a built in effects rack. This is one of the few exceptions. I'm not a very smart girl, so I enjoy the simplicity of a two-channel solid state like this little monster. It has a rhythm channel, which for all intensive purposes is basically a clean setting, and a lead channel, which is a somewhat lacking overdrive channel (but for the $100 I paid, I can't really complain too much). So, I use a Digitech RP90 mutieffects pedal with a crybaby wah," and that gives it that amazing death metal tone I wanted. It has a single 12"" speaker...and this is my only issue with it. This speaker", even with a noise gate, causes the harshest feedback at high levels. So, I replaced it with an Eminence Black Powder and that stopped the feedback. I can't believe no one else addressed this one problem, but oh well. The tuner is, well, the tuner sucks. It skips around the note and gets confused quite easily. But I tune by ear anyway, so it's not an issue.
This thing is built like a tank! I know this because in early February of this year, my bassist and I were driving down the road, and we had an accident in which his suv flipped and landed in a ditch. His tube amp and my raven were thrown all over the back of this truck and my raven survived! It still works, and long story short, I'd buy another one if this one were lost or stolen. So yes, this amp is worth your hard earned money.
I honestly think that musicians friend is screwing themselves by dropping the price on these amps. They're amazing pieces of equipment, that with a little work, get even better! I don't understand why people bash these amps because of the OD channel. In all honesty, these amps were intended for use by beginners. And with that being said, I'm playing shows all over the Southeast US and I love this amp. I also own the 60, the 100, and their UNGODLY LOUD half stack. I'm a member of the raven army, and anyone who doesn't like that knows where they can go.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new amp

By Chris-AfDbC

from Las Cruces, NM

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

Got this a few months ago and I'm really enjoying it. It has a lot of power and the 12" speaker really lets you know about it. I can barely turn the volume up past the 3 without being blown away while playing in the house. The only draw back is the distortion channel seems to be a little weak even with the gain maxed out. It would probably work really well for jazz or soft rock. I pretty much only play metal and hard rock and I would suggest using a distortion pedal with on the clean channel if you really want to get the best crunch for metal. For the price though this thing is great, and the money you save can buy you a decent pedal for the heavy distortion. Despite the distortion channel being a little weak I would recommend this. Great amp.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Korean made PRS Tremonti SE

By The Dreamed-to-be-Guitar Hero

from Panama City Beach, FL

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

How are you all doing Rocking people ??? Well, it's me again. Let me go on with my next review here. I'll tell you (No BS !), this guitar is one of the lightest guitar out there. Feel so light that it feels like you're just holding an empty carton box. I've own a Schecter and a Fender before but you can't compare the weight of this guitar to those 2 because they're heavy. As far as tone/performance, the PU's on this are good contrary to the negative comments other people had to say about it. I'd like to upgrade the PU's (to SEYMOUR DUNCAN Humbuckers) though, because I've been wanting that classic Rock sound. Also, I want to upgrade the tuners to Grover Rotomatics. Plenty of good reviews about these Tuners which I believe because I've had them come standard with my SCHECTER Damien Elite. Anyway, I really recommend this guitar for its value, looks and performance and mostly the weight because it makes a big difference on your playing, especially if you play standing a lot. Buy this guitar you're gonna love it ! Keep Rockin' on the free world !

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bang for your buck

By John La Valley

from Wisconsin

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

If you are looking for crystal clear clean channel, and a classic rock/great blues sound from the Gain/lead channel - this is the amp you want, trust me you won't find better in this price range. If you're looking for heavy screech distortion/metal sound - get a pedal to go with it...cuz you still won't find a better practice amp for the price. It all starts with the clean channel. What this amp lacks in 'features' like on other amps, modeling amps in particular - it more than makes up for in quality construction, and great tone. It's plenty loud enough to irritate your neighbors to boot - heh heh heh...oops. Also - for those who may not know...you need to break this amp in a bit before it opens up (and most others as well)...use it for a couple hours, then the tone will loosen up and the volume will also go up a bit. The way I do this, is simply plug a cd/mp3 player into the line in jack. Keep the volume down for awhile...it'll rise on it's own...then turn it up a bit. Wanna ruin your amp? Crank it up right after you get it, may as well punch holes in the speaker while your at it and get it over with. Dream on XD.
Just what I wanted.
Built like a tank.
Excellent Construction, GREAT clean channel, very good blues/classic rock tone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar Amplifier Highly Recommended

By Linda Luper

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I purchased this amp a while back I am very impressed by its quality not only in build but sound. Its lead channel is great for blues and classic rock, its clean channel is very nice with tons of tone. Its controls are perfect for the beginning guitarist simple and affective, the knobs are very sensitive a slight turn can make a huge diffrence in your volume or tone. This amplifier gets loud it runs me out of the room turned up almost half way up, it also takes pedals very well without feedback or hissing. I love this amp and Im sure you would too. I highly recommend this amplifier, from begginers to experienced players.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Low Watt Combo

By VoN-.W3ph

from Cleveland, OH

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I got this for use in an apartment (I don't want to annoy the neighbors). I play an Epiphone SG and a hand-built Telecaster thru a Digitech RP9 DigiTech XMS; DigiTech DGR; Danelectro CT- DOD GFX7 Rocktron Deep Blue Chorus; MXR M101. The amp sounds good for the price. It works well with amp modulation and effects pedals. I only use the ?Rhythm? channel (the Digitech DGR provides heavy distortion that sounds far better than the ?Lead? channel). As far as a small amp goes for practice and low volume jams, I would say look no further. I used to practice with low watt solid state Fender and Orange amps (both a little more expensive) and I enjoy the Raven RG20 a lot more (both those amps got sold and I don?t miss them). Save the extra cash and pick up this amp!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WORTH IT!!!!

By BC rich man

from vegas

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

im 14. i dont have much money. i got this when i saw it. its worth it. built like a brick. i bring it everywhere and nothing has happened yet. i would recomend casters though. great tone for a beginner. speaker gets wobbly when it is loud though. really good value though

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Amp

By William Slade

from NY

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

Fantastic Amp for the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

this amp is amazing

By xavier-WQDOb

from minnesota

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

i actually bought this amp at a used music store, i was just looking for a practicing amp. but this amp is pretty good. you dont get any buzzing from it. and the effects it has are great. you can play it clean cut or with the distortion, either way you get a great sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet

By Rockin' Old Man

from Morrilton, Arkansas

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

This Amp is SWEET. It's a Great little practice amp with plenty of power. Over drive is good, and the clean is great. Love it and I may buy it's Big Brother next.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Bang For The Buck

By Songsinger

from Michigan

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I purchased this amp for rehearsals only. My Heritage 555 sounds great through the rhythm channel and my Tele sounds good through the lead channel. . .best of both worlds. The only thing that I really don't care for is the effects, but when you have played through a Fender Twin for as long as I have, you kind of get used to that sound. For the money . . . nice amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing for a starter

By Wes-aiRZS

from MD

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

Well, this was my second amp after having a terrible 15 watt fender frontman... I've been playing for about a year now and have pretty much figured this amp out. The clean channel is pretty good and the overdrive sucks. I run it with a digitech rp250 and it's great. The pedal makes the amp sound great. Plan on buying a distortion pedal if you're going to purchase this amp. Unfortunately I was jamming with my friends and was playing next to the drums so I turned the volume to about 6 with alot of gain...... I'm pretty sure it peaked. I get some pretty nasty feedback now. Overall though definitely my best guitar purchase.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Amp. Great Deal.

By BrokenFighter

from Arizona

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

This amp is good, if you get a good one. I have played three of theses amps. Mine is very good, sounds great, the other two I played at a the store sounded horrible. Honestly, the distortion on this amp is not great, but I use pedals for distortion anyways so this has never been a problem. The tuner is so-so. Its not extremely accurate, but it enough to get you close to being in tune. This amp is great for the local jazz band I play in. It can get a great, smooth bass sound, and the reverb is nice and warm. I have not found any use for the delay, it seems pretty useless too me. My biggest complaint is the lack of a 1/4" line out. I have needed that several times to be mixed in to a monitor system. You can get nice rock and metal tones out of this amp if you are willing to spend the time messing with it, and to invest in some good distortion pedals. This amp is a great value, there are better amps out there, but none anywhere near this price range.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

quite nice for the price

By gdubbmx

from new york

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I just got this amp, and I'm quite pleased w/ the overall product. The only thing I had trouble with, is the high end of things is HIGH!!! Especially if you tilt it back, and stand in front of it. Turn down the treb to about the 10 o'clock position, boost a little low end, and it sounds phoenominal! As a musician for over 20 yrs, I think this is a fantastic little practice amp for the price. And yes, use a good distortion pedal if you want more growl. Other than that, so far, great product thanx raven.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Good

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I bought this amp about a year ago. After a month of research, I found that this amp was the best for the money. Its clean channel is very clear and crisp, easily comparable to a Fender Frontman. Though, the gain setting isnt too good. Its very raw, and noisy. Its more suited for grunge and punk that the high-gain metal (Pantera, Job for a Cowboy) sound I was looking for. Pinch and regular harmonics arent very clear. I run a Line 6 POD X3 Live into it, through the clean channel, and it more than compensates for any flaws in the distortion.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Disappointed

By Playon-rDGJB

from Austin, TX.

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

Fender Blues Jr., step aside, It seems everytime a plug in to play, it the Raven RG20. As mentioned before, this amp is Great for the price.I'm extremely please with the Tone,either Lead or Rythem. Has this guy got power, loud enough for what I need. You can't go wrong with the RG20.One more thing, yes the Tuner is off.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review

By Hillbilly-kxZ1n

from Tri CitiesTenn

Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I love the sound particularly on the clear channel and I really like the tuner. I believe it would be plenty loud for rooms 30x50 or smaller. The main things that I did not like are the knobs. I have trouble seeing the red line that indicates the setting. White would show up a lot better. A whale of a buy !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great practice amp

By steve

from Summit,ms

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Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I bought the raven RG20 a few months ago for a practice amp and was very pleased with it. The clean and overdrive channels sound as good as many more expensive amps.The reverb is okay but the delay is not usable for performance, however this 20 watt amp has more volume than anything in its class. It's could easily be miked through a P.A. and with stomp boxes used for live gigs. This little is also built very sturdy and dosn't smell funny. I highly recommend this amp.

 
5.0

Great practice amp and 4 using as stereo amp (need 2nd amp)

By cski

from Burke VA 22015

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Pros

  • Built in Digital Tuner is A++
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality Sound-Not Excellent
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Hook my Line6 in and use this for true stereo

    Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Great amp for 35 at a pawn shop

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Terrible Amp

    By Stevo7777

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    • price

    Cons

    • Everything else

    Best Uses

    • Holds Door Open Well

    Comments about Raven RG20 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Terrible sound, distortion and tuner are worthless. Boss D-1 does help some. Buy anything other than this amp - and watch out for the amp being sold under various names.

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