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Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Black

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The Randall RG80 is a convenient high-gain FET solid state combo. This combo pushes 80W through a single 12" speaker. It features Reverb, FX loop, 1/...Click To Read More About This Product

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A conveniently sized and powerful combo.

The Randall RG80 is a convenient high-gain FET solid state combo. This combo pushes 80W through a single 12" speaker. It features Reverb, FX loop, 1/8" stereo media input, headphone output and speaker emulated XLR direct output with ground lift. Footswitch included.

FEATURES
Power: 80W (solid state)
Speaker: 1x12" RS12-80-8
Two channels
FX loop
1/8" aux. input
Headphone output
Speaker-emulated XLR direct output
Spring reverb
Footswitch included

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RandallRG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo
 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (11)
  • Portable (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Performances (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth Every Penny

I bought the RG-80 sight unseen based on a Randall RG 120 I owned in the 1970's, hoping for the same mix of excellent clean tone, power and reliability. While current...Read complete review

I bought the RG-80 sight unseen based on a Randall RG 120 I owned in the 1970's, hoping for the same mix of excellent clean tone, power and reliability. While current Randall amps are marketed for their high gain tones, the RG-80 has a fantastic clean tone that has an excellent array of eq shaping controls. The gain structure of the "clean channel" allows the user to dial in everything from huge clean headroom to cranked vintage tube amp sound. The gain structure of the "high gain" channel starts where the first channel leaves off and takes no prisoners. Even at higher gain settings, notes are distinguishable and chords are not muddy. The amp is very responsive to player dynamics.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Randall RG80

There are no good uses for this amp. The tone is horrible, no matter what I did I couldn't get a good sound out of it...and I've been playing guitar for over...Read complete review

There are no good uses for this amp. The tone is horrible, no matter what I did I couldn't get a good sound out of it...and I've been playing guitar for over 50 years. I use a Fender Champion 40 to practice on and it is a fairly inexpensive amp at and sounds far better. I thought of the quality and reputation of randall which I still believe is exellent, but I had great expectations for the RG 80, but the quality just wasn't there. If your gonna go with Randall, spend the extra money and go for the higher quality tube amps then you'll get your moneys worth.

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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth Every Penny

By Dooga

from White River Junction

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • Quiet No Hum Or Hiss
  • Resposive To Pick Attack
  • Wide Range Of Tone

Cons

  • Channels Share Common Eq

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

I bought the RG-80 sight unseen based on a Randall RG 120 I owned in the 1970's, hoping for the same mix of excellent clean tone, power and reliability. While current Randall amps are marketed for their high gain tones, the RG-80 has a fantastic clean tone that has an excellent array of eq shaping controls. The gain structure of the "clean channel" allows the user to dial in everything from huge clean headroom to cranked vintage tube amp sound. The gain structure of the "high gain" channel starts where the first channel leaves off and takes no prisoners. Even at higher gain settings, notes are distinguishable and chords are not muddy. The amp is very responsive to player dynamics.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp For Tough Guys

By wobblymike

from South Park PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Daily Practice
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording
    • Smaller Gigs

    Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

    I purchased one of the amps as soon as they appeared on the showroom floor. I wanted something like a Fender amp but made tough for hard rock and metal. This amp is perfect for hard rock and metal. It has classic controls that are easy to use. Effects pedals sound terrific through this amp. It's loud, aggressive and it does not have a muddy tone at all. It's a keeper. An amp you never want to get rid of. I'm buying another just for taking places. Keeping the one I have as my main hard rock / metal practice amp at home.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great solid state amp!

    By Rob

    from Westchester, NY

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Great for Metal
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

      I got this as a kinda "backup" to my Marshall DSL40. Im mainly a home player, but this amp is well made and sturdy yet very portable. I think it would fair well in a gigging environment. Its smaller than most 1x12 tube combos which is nice. FYI, I'm using this amp via the four cable method with my GT-100 mainly for switching capability and some effects...delay, gate, wah etc(I have separate settings programmed for my DSL as well). This is a loud amp if you want it to be at 80 watts but also sounds good at lower/moderate volumes. The clean channel shares an EQ with channel 2 but that's not an issue for me. The clean is very clear and punchy. The stock speaker is exceptionally good. The gain channel is really brutal and gets you into Dimebag territory. It packs a lot of great features into a small 1x12 such as an effects loop, XLR speaker emulator out, mid scoop and bass boost features. So here's the thing. This really is a metal amp. If you're looking for a super versatile amp, this may not be for you. IMO, channel 2 it sounds best when the gain is all the way up and you are playing metals riffs and soloing. Im not saying you cant lower the gain and play some crunchy stuff, I just think it sounds best gain cranked. You WILL need a nose gate. I have an ISP in front of the amp and a gate from GT100 in the loop. This is one of the best amps on the market for the money for hard rock and metal. It may not have the bells and whistles of some of the modeling amps out there, but I think it blows them away as far as tone. You can always add effects via a MFX processor.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      perfect for a solid state

      By Wolfman

      from Blytheville, Arkansas

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

        this amp is powerful for a 1 x12 solid state. its perfect for hard rock and metal. the controls are oldschool and easy to use. it comes with a channel switch pedal for clean to over drive. yes it doesn't have many functions but it isnt anything a couple of pedals wouldnt solve. this ranges from playing at home to recording to playing on stage. this amp rocks!!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Amp

        By mike

        from East Grand Forks , MN

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Quick And Lite Set Up

        Cons

        • Channel One Alittle Dark

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

        Not a bad amp. It's LOUD and simple. Not heavy at all to carry around. Good reverb. Channel one is alittle dark for me even with the brigth switch on. Channel two does it for me , not much on the sustain tho , but i only have this amp for less than a month so i still need to get use to the interaction with me guitar. Over All its a keeper !

        (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        For METAL HEADS only !!

        By Big Wally

        from Planet Earth

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • heavy
        • Limited

        Best Uses

          Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

          This amp is good for metal heads, I guess, but, if you play blues or classic rock this amp is not for you. The gain/distortion/overdrive is terrible. No clean gain at all. Strictly for metal. I could not get a good overdrive out of it at all even after a week of tweeking. I had to return the item at my own cost paying for an amp that is limited in design output. If you want distorted overdrive with limited tone, go for it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very good Metal/Hard Rock amp

          By Southern Invader

          from Texas

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Clean channel isn't very clean at all

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

          This is the perfect practice amp for metal and hard rock guitarist.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great expressions

          By Rose

          from Colorado

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

            I am planning for future praise and worship at church. This amplifier is great.

             
            5.0

            Very good deal for the price

            By Six String Slinger

            from Michigan

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

              When I first got it, I actually hated it. It sounded to boxy and muddy, even with a pedal. I was on the verge of returning it when I decided to experiment and removed the back panel. Wow! Totally different sound. It allowed the amp to breathe more. Now every note is clear and punchy, and harmonics scream. You still need a pedal to overdrive it, but most other amps require that too, even very expensive ones. You can easily produce the Dimebag tone as well as pretty much every other metal tone you can think of. Reverb adds great depth to the sound and the clean channel is quite amazing. This amp is also very loud and would be perfect for gigs. You can also plug a larger speaker into it if you wish. It also has an effects loop as well as a headphone option to keep from disturbing neighbors. I can't even turn it up past minimum volume without it disturbing the household lol. This amp has FET technology which makes it sound more tube-ish but it also makes it behave more like a tube amp, i.e. cranking it up produces an even better tone. It's pretty large actually but not too big for a room. It's not light but not really heavy either. Probably around 45lbs. It's a tank for sure though. The included footswitch tops it off and makes this amp a complete steal for the price. Oh, and it looks killer too. If you're into metal, especially 80s and 90s metal, this is the amp for you.

               
              4.0

              Great little amp

              By Bobby

              from Tomball,Tx

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

                Got tired of carrying around a heavy amp and this one does the job!

                 
                5.0

                Good Amp.

                By Houndog.

                from Memphis, Tn.

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

                  Bought for home rehearsal and low to moderate volume gigs. I play pedal steel guitar, and only interested in the clean channel. It's fine for gigs, however, but not quite clean enough for serious studio work.
                  All in all, a great little amp and well worth the price.

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Randall RG80

                  By Quincy

                  from Shreveport, LA

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • None

                  Comments about Randall RG80 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo:

                  There are no good uses for this amp. The tone is horrible, no matter what I did I couldn't get a good sound out of it...and I've been playing guitar for over 50 years. I use a Fender Champion 40 to practice on and it is a fairly inexpensive amp at and sounds far better. I thought of the quality and reputation of randall which I still believe is exellent, but I had great expectations for the RG 80, but the quality just wasn't there. If your gonna go with Randall, spend the extra money and go for the higher quality tube amps then you'll get your moneys worth.

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