Epiphone Valve Junior user reviews
- This is a 5 watt tube amp without any frills like tone or gain, just simply a power switch, volume knob, and a 1/4" standard guitar input. Any tone shaping can be done with effects equipment, but not in a loop, prior to the gain/volume stage.
- This amp really opens up the louder you put it. There really aren't any choices, such as through using different settings, to get a good sound because there are no amplifier settings: simply on/off and whatever volume level you dial up. That being said, this amplifier sounds pretty good, especially in a bedroom or for a home studio environment.
- There is a lot of versatility in that there isn't anything to fiddle with this amp - just whatever effects equipment that gets set up in front of it. So, this amplifier is capable of producing many different tones that all encompass the type of "tube warmth" that us guitar players seem to strive for. This could be the clean kind of tones, the ultra-clean tones used in New Wave (like the Cars) or lots of heavy metal distortion from a pedal for thrash and hardcore music. The higher the volume knob is set, the more the tube is driven, the warmer the tone. Fortunately, with only 5 watts, it doesn't take a whole lot of volume to start driving the tube.
- Overall Opinion
- This is a neat little practice amp, even if it is kind of expensive since it doesn't come with any type of tone shaping controls at all. Still, nice, clean tones are easily delivered from this amp, making it a great combo for someone who just "has to have" tube warmth in their bedroom rig. I ended up passing on this amp, but did go back and forth for a long time, agonizing over whether I'd pick one up or not. I've played a couple different ones for a couple different hours; I would suggest being able to play one the one that you intend to purchase, because they don't all sound the same.
- The Valve Junior is a 5 watt (RMS) class A tube amplifier available in both head and combo versions. My review will be of the combo version.
-Single knob for volume
-Eight inch speaker
-EL84 power-amp valve
-12AX7 pre-amp valve
-4 ohm output
- It's a very simple amplifier with only a single volume control. So changing the sound depends a great deal on what you're putting into it. That said the tone of the amp does change quite drastically depending on where the volume knob is set.
The best thing about this amplifier is that it's a great for modifying and that's where it becomes a great amp. When I bought this amp it had already been modified to have 8 and 16 ohm outputs using a different output transformer, a gain switch which is done by bypassing a resistor and a tweed tone control. I have since modified the amp further myself adding a switch to switch between triode and pentode modes of the power tube. This modification allows you to drop the output by around half which allows you to crank the amp to cause it to "break up" without it being too loud.
- I use this amp with a Squier Duo-Sonic guitar and a Electro Harmonix Big Muff effects pedal. Clean tones is not where this amp really shines, if you're looking for chiming cleans then a Fender Champion 600 would probably better choice for a small valve amp. When distorted this amplifier can sound great, I like setting the amplifier to a clean tone at around a quarter volume and then using the Big Muff to push the amp into overdrive by setting the volume at full and the sustain at zero, this is my favorite rhythm guitar tone using this set up. The amp also sounds great when it's set to a slightly distorted tone and then with the Big Muff set as a fuzz by pushing the sustain to near full and then just getting the volume to unity.
- Overall Opinion
- My favorite thing about this amp is it's simplicity to modify to open up it's possibilities for use, even the simplest modifications such as a tone knob allow the amp to be much more versatile and useable in more situations. Another thing I like about this amp is how it reacts to the different overdrive and distortion pedals that I've used with it.
I personally think that this amp is quite limited when left stock as without the triode/pentode mod getting distorted tones out of the amp will mean quite a high amount of volume which I expect would be too loud for people to use at home for practice.
- Overall Opinion
- I've been playing guitar for several years now, solely out of solid state combos -- Peavey Rage 158, Crate GX40C and a little unit I built (Second hobby: Electronics). I play only for myself, not in a band.
I purchased the Valve Jr. from Musicians Friend on sale for $99.00 -- and shipping was free. I thought that it would be a nice way to get into true tube sound and a great price. Since I don't play in a band it was perfect for in home playing.
I love the units look and feel -- it's got a classic styling and the covering is well put together.
Now to the best part - the sound. I was thinking that for $100 I was going to get something mediocre. Boy was I wrong. It's crystal clear until you crank it up, then you get a nice warm distortion reminicent of many old tube heads -- but of course not quite mimicking any. For bedroom/practice use I would say that this is a great unit. You could probably even do a small club with it and larger ones if they'll mike you. That isn't in my realm of experience though.
My sole complaint about this unit is that it doesn't have a headphone out jack. It's got three jacks in the back for 3 different ohm loads but no phones jack on the front =(.
This is built solidly -- It'll stand the test of time if you don't neglect it. There were no blemishes or scratches when I got it.
All in all this is a terrific purchase for the price, especially if you don't already own a tube head. After I buy a bass amp I'll probably purchase a second Valve Jr. as a backup -- or the next "size" up.
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- A good little old all-tube 5 watt house. Finally, in principle home. Entrance, on / off, volume, HP and HP outputs an 8 "Eminence Crown in (finally mine, because I believe that there are other types of HP).
The quality is quite good, the Tolex is nice, handles are plastoc this is damage, the grillcloth is successful, the overall design is great. I would have preferred a small logo € rather than maousse "Epiphone" on the side of the amp but good.
- The manual is 452145 pages, read all if we understand nothing.
The setup is really very complicated, it is a big problem on this amp. Necessary to connect the guitar in it. Not easy. According to press On. According to wait a bit because it is seen as lamps need it heats. It's really hard in 5 minutes to play. After must adjust the volume and it's complicated to explain to everyone that yes, it is a 5 watts and yes, it is a portable home and yes, it is normal for a small room the volume is unbearable past quarter of the race knob before the amp starts to warm up the sound a bit.
Joking aside this is a real problem the power of this amp in any case to use it is supposed to be: I play in stereo in my home studio or in very small rooms usually art galleries . No way to turn up the volume beyond the fourth race of the knob without everyone out ...
The sound is good apart from that wealth is surprisingly serious for an amp of this size, it does not vibrate, it does not sound boxy at all the sound is full and very pleasant.
- Uh for my style of music this amp is frustrating. The sound, perfect. I, who have years of habit of Fender Champion 600 is another world: the sound of the trunk, scale, fat - I still love my 600, it will also end I'll play quadraphonic when I found a way to do it.
But there are so powerful that I have to put very gently and I do not profit as much as I would like heat lamps.
I play a Jaguar Japanese so not what is bigger, hefty as microphones, mostly clear sound with reverb / delay (s) and even for me this is what STRONG. How? The gentleman IL TE SAYS YOU PLAY TOO HIGH. Ah, good.
- Overall Opinion
- I like this amp. I have two.
It's cheap, it's beautiful, it sounds good, it is quite light and not too big.
But really in really lacks a switch 0.5w/1w/5w as a Vox or a Bugera.
- Small 5 watt lamps.
A volume knob, a jack, connection to the rear, CF features.
HP eminence 8 inches.
It can not be easier!
- Yes config very simple, there's a button to adjust.
- Then the knob set to noon, it crunch nicely.
The thing I have against it is the "boxy" sound stale.
Apparently this amp is often triturated by his masters (HP change, lamps, the transformer, connection to a speaker etc), I personally have not tried it yet.
To play at home, it's nickel, 5 watts is sufficient especially if z'êtes apartment.
As a group, I came out of the mix! Not as much as 15Watts, but it still looked good!
It is cheap and it is a very good quality / price ratio.
The clean sound is slamming, not acid. (Unlike dairy).
With a distortion contiguous, on the other hand, I am less convinced by the report.
Other effects (chorus, flanger, delay) no worries.
- Overall Opinion
- I've had at least 3 years, I practice on at home, mostly in the clear.
I read the reviews before buying (new) and have not tried other brands (vox et al.)
Which is significant (or damaging it depends) is plug and play, plug it adjusts the volume and the music!
Drawback is that the sound may seem too rich medium and little bass.
Cheap (50 € in OCCAZ) Tie excessive (there to see the topics of the forum), a nice face, it is a good tool, I intend to keep it as it is endearing j ' already had a brand lamps (50watts Engl) and I needed a smaller amp and affordable, this junior Valve fulfills its mission. Good at all.
- - All lamps
- Connectivity speaker usual
- 5 watts
- No forms of specific settings such as bass, trebel, Medle, boost volume, reverb ... There is a setting, a large master volume
- No effects, no reverb or tremolo.
- Only 1 volume knob = easier you die!
The manual is not necessary cares!
Easily obtained a good sound, very warm, very soft, crunch amount, however little clean unless you have a fender stratocaster and again.
- Overall all the electric guitars fit him.
- Can also be connected a microphone SHURE SM57 vocal style to the singing is nickel, it could serve as a "small sound" in a bar type PUB. Individual or group sound is audible especially for singing. It was a bump in the midrange, if used for singing, but the voice is clean, it's surprising, but it is the case while giving more personality microphone, light color maybe.
- Perfect for blues harmonica if you are, you can connect the microphone SHURE GREEN BULLET adequate or older, good harps, all on one back in time to the era of Muddy Waters, SONNY BOY! (Having long been used as a harmonica, I can talk about it, it's perfect, even as a group, even with two mesa boogie!)
- Perfect also a microphone jack type instrument to sound with a guitar, singing close enough to the microphone. After all depend on the scope of the microphone you use.
- I use it now as a microphone amplifier song, again, at home, on small scenes not worry, nickel if they have a microphone SHURE SM57 type.
Guitars that are passed on are a EPIPHONE GIBSON LES PAUL (a pot), GIBSON SG FADED (even a pot), P90 GIBSON SG CLASSIC REEDITION (one of my shovels), a telecaster twisted / broadcaster (one of my shovels also) EPIPHONE SHERATON II in 2008 (one of my shovels also) a priori no worries, a very warm, sweet, little clean!
Both only negative: - a slight "buzz" if you connect it to a power strip (even if it is new I said) with other outlet, connecting other device, regardless of the device, even heating extra.
- A slight difference in sound outragouse yield if you plug a microphone for singing for example, temperature changes, but nothing to panic, it's organic, they are living lamps. A point which has never been observed with an electric guitar
USE CAUTION: let it warm up at least a good 20 minutes, it's been 7 years since I have this amp, the lamps are original, they have not yet let go of me, and yet I use it regularly. Then let stand for 10 minutes after use. Do not ever look back, the lamps have a tendency to move if you do.
- Overall Opinion
- I use it for 7 years. I tried small models from FENDER (FENDER CHAMP modern CHAMPION 600, I MUSTANG etc.) GRETSCH before blah blah, I preferred it much more alive than other organic, much more punch. A quality / price ratio slightly above the price at the time.
For a guitar today it Would there possibly MARSHALL CLASS 5 which would bring in more complete with settings. VOX AC4 Handwired, is not too bad, two good alternatives EPIPHONE VALVE JUNIOR to. The must is an old Silverface FENDER CHAMP or an old VOX AC4, which remains the top in terms of small amp.
With the experience I remake this choice, and maybe I would I one day acquire the senior model combo all lamps, which seems more promising than the junior.
- for our lamps changed .5 watts of additions required to pedal the amp apart cruncher
- very easy to use very simple.
- I play blues and c is perfect! with an old fuzz c is the foot
- Overall Opinion
- I use for almost 9 months and frankly it does its job
- Here we have on hand a nice little amp to 5W lamps as is fashionable in recent years, there is a lamp and a preamp power, so in Class A amplification (which corresponds to an amplification mode, not quality, as often want us to believe manufacturers maintaining a soft focus on that, "class A" does not mean good amp, but like many amps are Class A mythical, you know the rest. ..).
I do not know the type of lamps mounted above and HP, Epiphone has often changed it, probably for reasons that more industrial sound quality.
A single setting: the volume is not too complicated.
- Configuration: bah is a button.
Manual: If there is one I have not read it.
Easily get a good sound: yes and no, considering its configuration very simple, it operates immediately the extent of its possibilities, that they are rather limited (but was not purchased for four channels at the bottom) .
- This little amp is very convenient in-studio home studio, I bought it for this use.
In my opinion it is not well suited to group play, except maybe a few specific configs (semi-acoustic, small groups without a drummer ...)
Its main drawback: it lacks a bit of shine, that I correct in putting the pedals in front, and it supports poorly the low tuning (with HP 10 "it is not surprising).
Now it does what I want: it has served me initially taken to complete the guitar on an album I recorded, I missed one I bought her for, and since I often used.
By plugging in a few effects you can have a very decent sound, I put a tube screamer, fuzz, a simulation Boss Bassman, and playing on the volume to go nab the disto "natural" of the amp j 'almost always find the sound I want.
I like to push a little in his entrenchment, with the low power of 5W you can easily hear the abuse inflicted on the power section and HP.
His failure in this regard: the construction and improvement, and means for widgets which vibrate within, not practical to make a sound recording.
- Overall Opinion
- I bought it in 2009, trying some models of the same range but this one won.
This is a very nice to me quite a lot of galleys, but has some flaws: the HP is a fair bit and the construction is perfectible.
I think the Stack Model with a HP 12 "is still a little better, because the HP (and it avoids probably have this stuff that vibrate), it lacks a bit of gloss to be used without effect, unless this is clearly research.
Otherwise it is really super nice.
- I have a third of the VJ series.
So some changes:
- Exit 4 8 or 16 ohms
- HP Eminence
The rest is identical (except perhaps on the inside of the beast)
I prefer to say right away: I love it!
- Very easy to use
It not only gets a good sound easy, but I would almost say that it is impossible to have one bad.
In any case, my humble ears are filled
- Used alone, and no possibility to set the tone, I find it lacks some treble, but it is of extreme heat. It was like being in the sound. The slightest friction of rope is attached. Furthermore (contrary to early models described) there is no breath, nothing, nada, nothing, niente, Kay dale! Impressive.
I use a Vox Tonelab and ... I can do what I want.
Certainly a pro will find flaws, but for the amateur guitarist I have is the panancée. I did try a friend guitarist (long) which has a fine collection of vintage equipment quality and he was impressed (dailleurs he will buy one for work "quiet")
Important: it is desirable to tilt it, or better, ask to ear height.
- Overall Opinion
- I've had two months, and I no longer use him now to play at home.
Finally ... get sound without breaking the bank ears, and leaving his family sleep peacefully (although if you loose all the power ... it still makes noise ... 5 watts may be, but 5 watts enlarged and multi- vitamins)
In short I love it.
Value for money: the last quality gear at affordable prices
- 5W tube (Sovtek), no-frills: a volume control and nothing else.
- Operation is very simple, you plug, you play.
crunch that quickly, a tube screamer and blues literally burst.
When the volume goes up, it saturates quickly.
- After changing the transformer to a Hammond DSE125, changing the 12AX7 with a 5751EHgold (under natural saturation), then the sound becomes more comfortable in his clear, the combo becomes more versatile.
For blues, rock 70'S, pedals overdrive and distortion ... It's really cool
- Overall Opinion
- I use this combo for 1 year, I really appreciate the warmth of heat lamps, bluesy sound with a good OD Tubescreamer type, or rock with a fuzz or distortion. I advice the VJ casual players, or oxen with friends, practicing ...
I also advise to change the transformer to a Hammond (the sound will be less crunchy, but the amp is more versatile).
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