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15-Watt, 1x12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb
Get superior guitar tone and flexibility using this 15-Watt, 1x12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb from Monoprice!
As the title indicates, this guitar amplifier features a 15-watt tube power amplifier and a Celestion brand speaker. It uses three ECC83/12AX7 preamplification tubes and two EL84 power tubes for the amplifier section, plus a Celestion Red Truvox 1215 speaker. The EL84 tube is the tube that powered the Mullard amplifiers favored by the British Invasion bands of the 1960s. It can produce a full output from a relatively small signal and is therefore easily overdriven to produce that distinctive chiming, treble-heavy sound, especially when compared to the 6L6 tubes more commonly used in 1960s era American guitar amps.
The amplifier handles frequencies between 80Hz and 10kHz, with hum and noise -75dB below the rated power and 0.5% total harmonic distortion. It includes a Low input and a High input, with the former attenuating the signal by approximately 50% and the latter being easier to overdrive. The cabinet is ported in the rear and features a leather handle, cloth speaker grill, and a cream-colored, textured, synthetic leather exterior with chrome corner guards.
The amp features a genuine spring reverb with the ability to enable it remotely using a foot switch. It supports FX send and receive, so you can either connect it to an effects processor or use the send/receive connections as line out and line in connections. Two inputs allow you to select between the full power mode and a 1 watt limited amplification mode for recording or late night practice sessions.
|Rated Power||15 watts|
|Frequency Response||80Hz ~ 10kHz|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||0.5% (clean mode)|
|Hum and Noise||-75dB below rated power|
|Input Impedance||1 megohm|
|Power Consumption||50 watts maximum|
|Amplifier Load Range||8 ~ 16 ohms|
|Preamplifier Section||3x ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes|
|Power Amplifier Section||2x EL84 power tube|
|Dimensions||16.8" x 17.1" x 9.25" (427 x 435 x 235 mm)|
|Weight||25.4 lbs. (11.5kg)|
I love that it has gain + master volume, and an effects loop. I'm guessing the "Tone" control is really a "Presence" control. I wonder if the schematic for this amp can be found somewhere, I wonder what circuit design this amp has modeled.
I've got a number of tube amps (Marshall JCM800, vintage Fender Champ and Bronco, Crate VC). This is a perfect mid-sized amp for small rooms, with a great wide range of tones. The EL84 pairing has an expected chimey brightness. In terms of power, do you really need more than 15W? Probably not...and I love that about this amp. If you're playing small clubs you're probably gonna mic the amp anyway.
The build quality was really nice. Cream tolex was perfect, no scratches/glue/peeling. Knobs turn smoothly. Some of the screws (which are recessed by washers) stick up a little high, but that's pretty minor.
I wish the reverb was a longer spring reverb it's really short and "boingy". It's also extremely sensitive to the amplifier being touched/moved. Wish it had a standby switch too. All that said, for around $200 you have a really great sounding portable little amp.
PROS: Value, tone, master volume, build quality
CONS: Boingy short reverb, no standby switch, no detachable power cord.
PROS: Great tone, great price
PROS: Great sounding small tube amp and very reasonably priced! Built like a tank.
CONS: The only weak link is the reverb. It's still useable, just not he best.
PROS: great tone. simple controls. very straightforward. 12" speaker. tubes.
CONS: haven't had any yet
PROS: Great price. Fun to play through. Classic "guitar here" rock tones with just an amp, guitar and cable. VH, Zep, Jimi .... it's all there.
CONS: No cons at this price but a tweed version or head only version would both be killer.
PROS: It's A Guitar Tube Amp, You'll Understand Why This Is A Pro Once You Play Around With It.
Well Built Considering The Low Price, Very Surprised.
Just Can't Beat That Tube Sound, I like Messing About On Electric Guitar Now.
CONS: I Worry About Breaking it! Because It's So Nice!
PROS: sound, power, features
PROS: Light weight, inexpensive, all tube, sounds amazing, built-in effects loop, powerful enough for club gigs.
CONS: The only slight negative would be the tiny built- in reverb, which sounds okay but not great. It doesn't matter to me because I use an awesome sounding reverb pedal anyway.
PROS: Great sound
CONS: Mediocre reverb
Jack for footswitch but none available
One knob was missing. Monoprice originally wanted me to return and reorder but I'll use a non-matching knob I have on hand if they can't find a knob. Hate to have them incur 2 way shipping for a tiny knob.
PROS: Plays well above it's price point!
Like the 5W version, it worked right out of the box.
The Celestion 12" speaker broke-in within 10-15 hr of playing and, like the 5W-er's 8" Celestion, sounds fine!
CONS: Shipping wasn't included - but I knew that!
A knob had fallen off (Now I'm nitpicking!)