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Randall RD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head Black

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The Randall RD45H 45W amp head provides the spine-crushing, tube-driven tone, but in a size you can use for practice, the studio or the stage.It feat...Click To Read More About This Product

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Big heavy-metal tone in a versatile size.

The Randall RD45H 45W amp head provides the spine-crushing, tube-driven tone, but in a size you can use for practice, the studio or the stage.

It features two footswitchable channels (Clean and Overdrive) with a volume boost, and shared four-band EQ and master volume. Each channel has independent gain controls, and the Overdrive channel has an independent Volume control.

Around the back of the ruggedly constructed head are dual speaker outputs, speaker-emulated XLR output for direct recording or feeding directly to a house PA, an FX loop and the tone complement of two 6L6 power tubes and four 12AX7 preamp tubes.

FEATURES
  • Power: 45W tube
  • Two footswitchable channels (Clean and Overdrive), plus boost
  • Footswitch included
  • Speaker-emulated XLR output
  • FX loopDimensions: 19.7" x 8.6" x 10"
  • Weight: 30.8 lbs.
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RandallRD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • No reverb (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Diavlo has...RISEN

By rr690

from New Orleans,LA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Huge Bottom End
  • Tight Sound

Cons

  • No reverb

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Randall RD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head:

This thing is a beast!!! Let's start with the clean channel. I have to admit I was extremely surprised in the quality of the clean section. A lot of high gain amps that I have tried have clean sections that are barely usable and have little to no musical quality. I was amazed at the bottom end on the clean section and was surprised to see that the les paul I was playing was on the bridge setup. The tones are not glassy like a fender,but its more like a high end Marshall, meaning that the cleans are very dark sounding. The distortion channel is where this thing shines. On the lower gain setting I was able to get a respectable crunch setting. It is not as warm sounding as a plexi or anything,but it does do a great job at emulating those rock tones of the 60's and 70's. As I increased the gain I was expecting fizzyness to creep in as I had the master volume on a very low setting,but I was amazed at the clarity of the amp and with the gain about ? the way it was nailing all those 80's metal/hard rock tones. The harmonics were flying left and right and were achieved with little effort. I would say that with the gain full on I did not notice too much of a difference in sound,but that is where the boost function comes in. when I kicked on the boost the amp essentially became a 3 channel amp. To give a good idea how it sounds with the gain boosted the only thing I could compare it to is a Dual Rec...seriously. The sound on the highest gain section is very tight. A high gain American style tone. The EQ controls are actually responsive to the slightest turn and I know that a lot of people actually don't like this,but I love it. The presence control actually is a great addition and opens up a whole range of tonal possibilities. My BIG complaint is the lack of a reverb control,however I may just go with the combo version because when I demoed this thing it was attached to a 4 X 12 and it was a little too much for me. Even though the sounds at low volume were awesome I think the 4x12 setup may be too much for my apartment. If you need a stage amp or don't live in an apartment do yourself a favor and scoop up this baby. Compared to the earlier models the Mike Fortin line of Diavlo has quality that you would have to pay 4 times as much for

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jack of all trades, master of metal

By L Bailey

from Ayrshire, Iowa

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Musical
  • Perfect Amount Of Gain
  • Powerful
  • Tight Low End

Cons

  • No reverb

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Randall RD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head:

What can I say? This amp does everything a metal-head could want, and even a little more. The clean channel is CLEAN. It's naturally not a Fender, but very nice sounding, nonetheless. Boosting the clean channel gives it more gain, yes, but it doesn't seem to break it up until you really crank it. However, when it does break up, it does it well. I love the power tube breakup of this amp. Nice and crunchy. Perfect for classic rock, really, although if you want an amp based on classic rock, this is not for you. When I say "perfect for classic rock," I mean it sounds better than a lot of high gain amps do for that genre. You could definitely do it, but it's not the strong suit.

Now for the good part. The OD channel of this amp is MASSIVE. It doesn't have an un-godly amount of gain like a lot of high gain amps do, but if you ask me, that's a good thing. A REALLY good thing. The gain knob likes any setting you put it at. In my experience, a lot of amps sound great when you crank the gain, but they sort of thin out when you tone it down. This one does not. The tone knobs have quite a large range, so finding your tone is going to be easy, but getting it perfect is a little tougher. The good thing is that I haven't found any place to put them that sounds bad. The boost on this channel gives the amp a nice amount of extra oomph, but it stays musical.

All-in-all, this is my dream amp. Reverb would be nice, but you can find reverb units for a fairly good price, so no harm done.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not just a Metal Amp!!!!!

By skuba81

from Long Island, NY

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Comments about Randall RD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head:

Let's just start by saying I bought this amp based only on reviews and YouTube videos. And none give this amp the justice it deserves. Channel 2 is as advertised. I can deliver all the gain you'll ever need. Any Heavy sound you want. Now the biggest suprise. Channel 1. Let's just say there is so much there I haven't even scratched the surface. It cleans up very nicely. Can get some great blues tones. Start playing with the gain and it really starts to open up. Crunch is easily achieved. Throw tje boost on and it sounds great for blues leads. Like I said I haven't even scratched the surface. Shared 3 band EQ is very responsive. Move it slightly and you notice. So far I have Bass,Mids and treble at 12:00. Presence at about 2:00. Super heavy sound on channel 2. Gain I have at 2:00. Only issue and it is small there is a volume change going from channel to channel. 1 is lower than 2. But can be worked with. Now I have heard people say that with the boost you no longer need an OD pedal. I disagree. Boost is awesome. Really does boost the signal for leads. But I threw an MXR GT-OD in front for fun. Gain was at 9:00 Tone 12:00 and output 12:00 and it added another dimension to the amp. Might be 2 channels. But with boost and on channel 1 playing with gain. Probably minimum 4 channels and beyond. This amp blew my mind. Was originally looking into the Thrasher 50. But wasn't in my budget. Glad I went with the Diavlo. I am playing into a Marshall 4x12 it sounds big. 45 watts is a lot. No need for 100 or more. Unless you're playing football stadiums.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible !

By Tony Dallas

from Lexington SC

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Randall RD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head:

    Extremely tight Gains, tons of quality, fantastic clairity, super responsive, quiet quiet quiet.. I owned All the others for good comparison sake..
    This thing is Amazing! Yeah, I Completely Love it!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Extremely Versatile

    By Doug

    from US

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    Pros

    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful
    • Simple and effective
    • Speaker emulation works pretty well

    Cons

    • Boost button adds some Hum
    • No Reverb

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Randall RD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head:

    Phenomenal clean channel with a really aggressive gain that can handle modern metal easily. With upgraded tubes, the amp has an even better bite and attack. Even without an EQ or Boost in front it can handle a 7 string's B pretty well. It has a good balance between precision sounds and looser amps. EQ on the amp is functional, not too touchy but still does what it is suppose to. The XLR speaker emulation is good enough to record informal projects with, but I'd mic a cab for any professional work. Through a 2x12, it is loud enough to keep up with moderate drummers. Given that you can use 2 4x12's with it, I doubt volume would ever be an issue. The combination of channel volume and master volume prevent the common problem of 1 on the volume being silent and 3 being deafening.

    A more neutral aspect is that it is a pretty dark voiced amp in my opinion. It isn't as dark as an Engl for example but I think it has a general "darker" tone than a 5150.

    The presence control does very little however and there is some hum when you turn it up with the Boost on. It also has no reverb which is really disappointing but overall, really great amp at an even better price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent amp

    By Mr Bukkake

    from Hell

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Randall RD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head:

        I bought this wanting an amp with more gain for harder styles of music. I wanted a tube amp also. This fit the bill. I have the Diavlo 1x12 cab with a V30, and that sounds fantastic combined with this amp. If you think it can only do metal, think again - the clean channel can be pretty clean. Then when you go to the gain channel and set the boost on, you get hair and you don't need a pedal to get good hair. In fact, the pedal I tried with it (Line 6 M13) did not play well at all with this amp. So luckily you really don't need a pedal for it.
        They really should make the tubes a bit easier to get at for changing them out and setting the bias. It can be done but I wouldn't say it will be "easy" by any means. The stock Ruby tubes are surprisingly not bad in this amp. However I changed them out right away for Electro Harmonix tubes and for me, those sound better. If you are just a head banger death metal guy, the Rubies might be even better for you.
        I really love the tone from this beast. Clean it's really good and the hairy stuff is exactly what I was looking for. The corksniffers will disagree, but you don't HAVE to spend a fortune to get an all tube amp that delivers fantastic tone.

         
        5.0

        Great Head

        By Cooner

        from Plentywood, Mt

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Randall RD45H Diavlo 45W Tube Guitar Head:

          This is my first tube amp I have owned and let me say I am very proud of this thing. I pair it up with the Randall RG2x12 cab. There is a whole hell of a lot of power here. You will be able to keep up with even the loudest drummers. There is tons of gain and even at low volumes it maintains a solid tone. The knobs feel great, very sensitive. The boost really gives you that extra bite and really delivers. On the back you have all you need for connecting to different cabs, FX Send/Return, XLR out which I have not used yet (I record with a mic) and a foot switch in. The included foot switch is rugged and feels like it will last a long time. I threw a Metal Mufff pedal in my chain and holy buckets. I know there is a lot of opinions out there when it comes to metal tone but it sounds very good. I was able to get a very clean distorted tone with all EQ on the amp dialed in at noon and on the pedal. It blew my mind. The clean channel on this thing is very nice as well. It has a warmth to it that sings. And with its own gain knob and being able to activate the boost on the clean channel gives you many options. All in all for my first amp, I love it. It looks great, feels great, Built like a tank and I will be using this thing for a long time.

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