5-Watt, 1x8 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker
    Product # 611705
    5-Watt, 1x8 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker
    Product # 611705
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    5-Watt, 1x8 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker

    Get superior guitar tone in a small package using this 5-Watt 1x8 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker from Monoprice!

    As the title indicates, this guitar amplifier features a 5-watt tube power amplifier and a Celestion brand speaker. It uses a ECC83/12AX7 preamplification tube and a 6V6GT power tube for the amplifier section, plus a Celestion Super 8 GBA-15 speaker.

    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.


     
    Model 611705
    Rated Power 5 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 1x ECC83/12AX7 preamp tube
    Power Amplifier Section 1x 6V6GT power tube
    Dimensions 12.0" x 12.2" x 8.3" (305 x 310 x 210 mm)
    Weight 13.2 lbs. (6.0kg)
     

     
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    Can you use a 6L6 or EL-34 tube in this amp?
    A shopper on Feb 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Anything can be swapped, depends what your looking for...do your research. The tube world can be overwhelming and may be bigger than you may realize. The 6V6 will break-up easy than a 6L6, where an EL-34 low end is leaner and meaner than a 6L6 and easy to break up. The 6L6 are good for the Fender cleans. Talk to 15 different people and get 15 different answers. I worked at a place that sold tubes world wide and even to the celebrities and would have these talks all day long. The problem is that everyone's ear is different and what may sound good to you may not sound good to someone else, which is why there is so many different views in the tube world. The only way to know is to by a bunch of tubes and swap them out or "roll them out" and hear for your self. sometimes even a good pedal i.e. OCD will solve the problem. Good luck...
    is it multi voltage? Looks like it is from the pic showing the back.
    A shopper on Feb 16, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Mine has no provision for multi-voltage. What you may have seen is a fuse holder.
    what is the difference between the hi and lo inputs?
    Matthew R on Apr 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: the gain is higher on the high input. which means higher volume and more break up (overdrvie sound) when the level is raised up. plugged into the low, the volume is lower and the sound tends to be cleaner as you raise the volume.
    When you plug in a external speaker cab does it shut the built in speaker off?
    A shopper on Feb 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes. The built in speaker is not used when an external cabinet is plugged in. I've also noticed that you can't plug into both input channels simultaneously. I tried a/b both inputs but that doesn't work. You can only use one input at a time.
    Can you use a Marshall 4x12 MG speaker cab with this amp?
    New User U on Apr 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes - as long as your total load is between 8 - 16 Ohms
    4.8 / 5.0
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    Greatest cheesy lil amp ever!
    It is difficult to find much fault with this amp.

    Of Course everyone is going to rave about the price and you will keep on seeing the words "for the price"

    Yeah, for the price nothing compares.

    It is a tweed Champ style amp that does the classic Champ tone very well. The tweed Champ is the entry level amp that every novice amp builder puts together as their first project. It is also often the first custom built boutique amp that most Mojo tone chasing aficionado's will obtain for their first high-end Boutique amp.

    This amp obviously isn't built to the high premium standards of a custom boutique amp or many of the DIY built 5e3 builds. But to most average ears ya almost cant tell a difference. Probably the biggest sonic difference is the speaker and MDF cab. Otherwise this is a great sounding Champ.

    Now for the price? There is no way ya can build a complete amp for this price point. The whole reason I bought it for was the fact that I could tinker around and get a single ended output tranny, power tranny, chassis and a cab for a cheap price, not to mention a "Celestion" speaker and Ruby Tubes too? ITS LIKE A WIFE.... YA CANT BEAT IT!

    Only problem is that it is ultra quiet and hum free with great tone, I just can't tear it apart to build something else. Too bad the surface mount components dont lend themselves to modification too easily. So instead I have been doing my best to melt this one down. It takes a hard beating and keeps working well. If you need a quiet blues amp for the recording studio give it a try. To gig with, ya need to mike it but will still have trouble loosing it in the monitors. Instead I just hook it up into a Marshall 1960b 412 cab @ 16ohms (impedence mismatch but sounds better than 8 ohms).

    I also disconnected the NFB circuit to give it some more growl and looser jangle. It does have nice chime without any icepick! I also have a old RCA Blackplate 6L6GT that I replaced the 6v6 and I am abusing it with! I dont know how or why the wimpy looking iron remains so cool to the touch? I even tried a old shugan 6550 too! (actually got a little bit headroom back with that tube after removing the NFB )

    If you like a loose touch sensitive bluesy output tube distortion tweed style tone at bedroom level? Get this amp and remove the NFB and you got boutique sounding champ at ridiculously affordable budget!



















    PROS: PRICE! Fact that it is a true single ended class A 6v6 amplifier. Pretty tough to kill too.

    Nice tone and decently voiced!

    Excellent output tube distortion without too much volume!

    Great looking and very tasteful styling.

    Tone

    Tone

    Tone

    CONS: Small Fake Celestion (licensed by) 8" speaker.

    Surface mount components on the printed circuit board for tone stack circuitry.

    Too many people will find out about this little secret !
    December 23, 2015
    Bought on a whim
    This is a great little amp. I purchased it on a time b/c i broke my ht 1 and needed another practice amp.



    I purchased this thinking it was going to be a Champ clone and it does sound very champ like, but after taking it apart-as i am one to do- i quickly realized this is a reboxed laney cub 8. It says it right on the circuit board and the internals match all the laney cub gut shots I have seen.



    But how does it sound? THICK. In all the right ways. With my tele and strat I can get awesome OD tones from noon to 4 o clock on the gain control. They are rich, articulate, and just sound awesome overall. With my p90 LP and tele deluxe the head room plummets but i still get awesome sounding OD with using the HI input.



    The tone control has a very smooth and gradual sweep all the way until just before 10. For that last 1/64th of a turn you get a massive increase in the high end, but it is all VERY usable.



    I used this amp 100% stock for 1 Praise and Worship gig and it did pretty well. I missed the clarity of my HT 40 as the headroom was lacking, but what do you expect? I then decided to swap out the stock tubes for a JJ6v6s and a JJ ecc83MG in the pre amp and I was able to rock my LP with effects with awesome results at the last PW gig (gain at 1, lo input).



    All in all this is an awesome amp. The OD cleans up VERY well with the guitars volume knob and it just sounds awesome on its own. With some new tubes and a 10" speaker you can have a perfectly gig-able amp for almost all genres.

    PROS: sweet tones

    laney cub 8 at almost half off

    CONS: little headroom
    November 16, 2015
    Sweet deal
    Got this for recording/practicing. I also use a deluxe reverb and vox at4, so I was excited to find a 6V6-based low-watt combo for such a low price. It's pretty quiet, the tone control goes from dark to really bright, and it sounds great at the break up point & beyond - into power tube saturation. The low input is darker sounding as well as attenuated. It's also rather cute, though the celestion badge might have to come off. Thanks monoprice, these little guys will fly off the shelf to satisfied customers.

    PROS: Solid build, 6V6, open back, value

    CONS: None yet
    October 19, 2015
    Great little amp
    I am comparing this to a 30 watt Peavey Classic, which is isn't. It is a much smaller and lighter amp. I can move it around a lot easier and play it and not fill the entire house with guitar noise. I can throw it in my car and take it to a friends house. Perfect for practicing and jamming. Probably would work well mic'ed or anything else. Sure some reviews say they want more features but that isn't what this amp is. It is a small powerhouse of tone. It sounds good out of the box. I want to try it connected to a cab and see how it does pushing a larger speaker.

    Mine had a dent in the front cloth. It was stretched out too much or something. I set my iron to low and wiggled in over it for a second and it went back to being taught and straight. In case that happens to anyone else.

    PROS: Small
    great at all volumes
    high and low gain give a little diversity

    CONS: not enough of them in stock. Which is a good problem to have.
    March 4, 2016
    Mighty mini
    Needed a tube amp capable of warm distortion when playing harmonica with a Shure bullet, High impedance mic. Something with a high and low input so that you could switch the 1/4 inch jack from sweet to saucy. This fits the bill. It's light to carry. It breaks up nice and is a real value.

    PROS: Well made and nice to look at.

    CONS: It isn't a $100 champ, but it rocks.
    March 10, 2016
    Great tone at low volumes for those who drive the tubes with OD pedals, etc.
    I did a lot of research to find a tube amp that I could run the tubes fairly hot with a clean tone then push them when my pedals such as a KLON OD. This amp delivers and am presently utilizing the LO watt input. I run in stereo with another brand 15 watt tube amp utilizing it's one watt input. I'm not an armature and I know a little about tone. No need to bore you with all my guitars and pedal board setup. Bottom line: Mine delivers the tone and also allows me to record with microphones in my house without bothering the neighbors..

    PROS: Pros: Delivers tone and versatile given two wattage settings. Takes quality OD pedals, humbuckers, and single coils well. Also, if you like to record with microphones and your only option is a higher watt amp that's too loud., this is an asset. Quality built cabinet. If you have the hands, this puppy translates.

    CONS: Cons: None.
    April 7, 2016
    Monoprice Customer Service
    Purchased this amplifier for my son's birthday. Works great. Everyone's happy.
    February 17, 2016
    Still going strong!
    Bought and reviewed last year and didnt think I would be following up with another review, but after much use and full on everything I can do to void the warranty it has weathered quite well.
    I have misused this amp with the wrong tubes and found that I have likely created some damage to the rectifier circuit . The power supply was forced to power a 6550 for daily use for a month before developing some hum . I replaced with a NOS Sylvania 5881 for another 3 months before restoring the original Chinese 6V6. The amp is still functioning and other than some slight hum it is still quieter than the unmodified Fender Champion 600. I have been running it into a 16 ohm mismatched output of my Marshall 1960b cab loaded with greenbacks. I dont know how the output tranny has not smoked but it is still going strong without any hiccups despite mismatched output and wayyy wrong output tube selection. Other than the slight hum from likely abuse and damage caused by running such an extreme tube swap, this amp sounds as good as ever and the reliability continues to amaze me. I have a friend that purchased two more of these and both of his are silent quiet with same consistent good tone. The stock speaker does require alot of break in and is adequate for most average use, however is to the most discerning ear a tad muddy. A better choice is a more tighter efficient speaker such as the various Alnico choices Perhaps a Weber.
    I run this amp wide open into 412 cab and it is plenty for most decent blues jams. I cant stress enough the simple "modification" of removing the NFB by simply unplugging the jumper off of the circuit board really gives this amp the perfect sparkly growl and breakup that will yield a nice pleasant and resonant controlled feedback when matched with a PAF Les Paul Humbucker. This amp has one of the greatest authentic tweed champ tones except without the hum and noise. Someday I will straighten out my power supply hum. I keep putting it off until I can get around to research a iron swap out with MM on both the power supply and output. (likely cost twice as much and more than the actual amp) just for giggles and grins comparison!
    If you are a tinkerer that is into modifying an amp just to modify it , similarly like the champ 600/epi/blackheart crowd have done,,,, then this isnt going to be the amp for you. First the tone is great just unplug NFB (not really a mod) secondly most of those mod hacks are not going to be savvy enough to source quality tone SMD components let alone the skill to do board level component rework.
    Otherwise it is a simple circuit. However it has been built to modern design parameters with proper board topicality and it is the subtle layout and SMD board design that probably this amp owes to its idle ultra quiet demeanor and tonal consistency. The only defective units encountered were a few early shipping units that would howl and oscillate when turned on......... The defect???? That NFB loop plug was keyed backwards and this is how I came to unplug the NFB loop altogether and make this amp rock! the pins on the board were inserted backwards. I was hopeful to find a big surplus of defective units offered for cheap but that never came to materialize!

    PROS: Totally a sleeper affordable underground sensational blues amp that has a special Mojo regardless of the price, this has that one unique special tweed like tone across the board at any price point. It is very quiet and hum free for any single ended, this one is the one you can place in the studio.
    Very stout and rugged reliability, small lightweight and transportable. This thing can stay in the trunk of the car., bounced around the bed of a truck (dont need to put in the back of truck, because it fits well on the passenger floorboard or back of extended cab) or you can even check it in as carry on luggage. Basically you can take it anywhere and everywhere and not worry about it.... it will always work and if it doesnt you can afford to buy another just in case this one gets ripped off or bashed beyond recognition with no worry of losing that special mojo tone as they all have that same tone stock outta the box.


    CONS: I dunno about cons......
    Maybe that Monoprice is the only single exclusive source and I am unsure of availability? MAYBE the secret will get out on this little gem and everyone will want one and the laws of supply and demand will drive up the price?
    The SMD construction does not lend itself well to the modification hobbyist and tone purist wishing to replace with traditional specialty premium tonal boutique components.( Circuit boards and SMD advanced over PtP for many technical reasons beside financial,,,, get with the times people!)
    VOLUME CONTROL? Why ? It doesnt need a volume control as it is always is best used on full wide open, who needs volume control!
    June 28, 2016
    611705 5-Watt, 1x8 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker
    Excellent! This amp is a better choice for the tweed champ crowd. The tweed champs are a one trick pony. The Monoprice circuit gives you the option of adding some sparkle. Very satisfied. Mike

    PROS: Lots of bang for the buck.

    CONS: Would sound much better with a 10 or 12 inch speaker.
    March 17, 2016
    Unbelieveable Classic Tone
    I was recommended this amp through an acquaintance for a specific project that had been assigned to me. Numerous times I was told that this was what was needed to get that more authentic organic guitar track then with the digital models and various line level plugins we had been using. I thought being sent looking for Monoprice was a stupid prank and didnt look into it any further.
    Later that week we decided to try going indirect and someone had set up an iso cab with a u47 and guess what else? A Monoprice 5 watt guitar amp!
    I now am using two of these in iso cabs for a specific edgy classic rock tone that is similar to a Plexi turned up to 11......
    I further took the advice that I read somewhere on here that somebody pulled out the NFB loop wires off the board. I simply unplugged the jumper cable and this works really well.


    PROS: Cheap, super quiet, lightweight, small, simple to setup, nails that specific classic rock early plexi tone

    CONS: one trick pony, classic but overutilized same old burnout classic rock guitar tone
    single mail order source and long backorder to purchase more...
    January 24, 2016

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