The Crate V33 is a tube based guitar amplifier that consists of two 12" speakers. Like the name states, it will deliver 33 watts of power and contains four EL84 tubes. The amp is broken up into two separate channels, which can be controlled with a foot switch. It has a single 1/4" input on the panel, and in the back it has other 1/4" connections for effect send and return, the foot switch, speaker outputs, and RCA connections that are connected to the reverb.
Using the Crate V33 is overall pretty self explanatory as I didn't find any trouble using it. I should say that I have a lot of experience with different types of guitars amps, so this knowledge definitely came in handy. Even if you don't have too much experience working with different guitar amps, I think you'll be able to manipulate this amp without any assistance of a manual. From left to right, the parameters in the form of knobs on V33 include those for volume, gain, level, treble, middle, bass, and reverb level. It then has buttons for channel selection, boost, and presence.
The tone of the Crate V33 is about average, and in my opinion nothing to write home about either way. It does have a good amount of warmth that you would expect from a tube amp, but lacks the fullness and overall clarity that usually go along with this warmth in a great sounding tube amp. Don't misunderstand me, the amp is certainly suitable for a number of different uses and it doesn't sound bad by any means. It just isn't on par with the other tube amplifiers that I use, which I can't say that I didn't expect. I would say that this would be a nice amp for someone who is just looking to get their feet wet with what a tube amp can do, but definitely isn't a suitable replacement for a great tube amp.
In general I will take a tube amplifier over a solid state one, but there are definitely some solid state amps out there that I would rather use than Crate V33. It isn't like it sounds terrible by any stretch, I guess I just expect more from a tube amp. For the price that a used Crate V33 will command, I would say it would be worth it to spend a few extra bucks on a Fender tube amp, as in the long run you'll definitely be happy that you did.
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jss1986's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I bought this amp because fan of ZZ Top Billy Gibbons play with ... So you can not go wrong by buying it. For cons, I see the argus is 280 euros, surprises me because I bought my amp 900 euros in stores and V33 head alone is worth 600 euros. O is the error ...
33 watt all-tube sounding like 150 watts transistor.
I've had two and even by pushing 4, the HP 12 'does not weaken.
No problem report. It's very solid, better than the Fender Hot Road Junior my second guitarist who tend to lack punch.
Very easy to use, it is the old amp ...
The sound is fabulous!
The distortions are crmeuses wish, used with my Gretch Corvette is the absolute distance, so if you add an Ibanez TS9 you reach Nirvana amplification.
The sound is very vintage and very high-end, we must say that we have seven lamps to warm up the Blues.
To exit the vintage sound, I simply plug my crankset GT5 and I take my Jackson and I can play Van Halen or Satriani.
The clean sound is divine, although dfini and deep with my strat I can do a lot of funky things.
I do not understand the argus because my buying guide the V58 (5 watt) is already displaying 458 euros ...
Otherwise it's a great amp pure class A. With a crunch and overdrive worthy of Rivera or Masa Boogie ...
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Mozee's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Between instrument, footswitch (optional), effect send, effect return, optionnal speaker, speaker, reverb in, reverb out.
- What are the rglages the effects? ...
Volume (clean), switch channel, gain (crunch channel), volume (crunch channel), treble, middle, bass (legalization common to both channels), rverb springs, more presence switch (+8 dB @ 10kHz) and boost (+10 db @ 900Hz).
8 because the legalization division, offset by the boost switch and prsence, but even when damages.
- The configuration is it simple?
Relatively, yes. It is in the usual logic.
- Gets it easy to sound good?
The clean sound, legalization zero, is clear, and it is a good dj surprise.
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ..
Yes, but it is in English. 7 because of a.
- Is it your style of music?
In the blues, he finds his place without worry. It rpond finely, and the quality of the clean channel, makes the game nuances. We must get jazzy.
- With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I play a Squier Tele with P90, a rich midrange bass guitar, it's important for the future.
- What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?
Clearly, I'm using hardly any of the legalization, the sound as it leaves me flat, it's clean Fender type clean trs.
In crunch, for against, the fate of the V33 mediums low abundance, and with my guitar, I got too fat. With a Gibson SG or an Ibanez RG350, the problem is less shocking. Fortunately, the boost switch corrects the problem effectively, but the clean channel, it is too much. So if I change the channel footswich, I have to press two buttons before my sound. And is pnible.
8 because ...
- What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?
... The clean sound is divine.
- How long have you use it?
I brought him yesterday morning he had two home births and RPET.
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
It is powerful! 33 watt bulbs, I play house 0.8/10, 1.5/10 in BPS. My drummer is a bcheron, certainly, but c'tait dj too strong, and we felt that there was still plenty to do. But if it's a benefit concert (back), the house is a lot. I AIM a push-pull, or attnuateur, but hey, that price is the cry.
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
I test the Hughes and Kettner Tube 20, Blues 20 Peavey, Laney VC30, Marshall JCM 900, 2000, Fender Twin, it is not at the same level of quality that the Laney for example, that my eyes is the best of all, but it is not to the same price either.
- How do you report qualitprix?
I expected a little prs, I'm glad I did not feel they have t flight. APRS will use it, if the transformers are, if the HP support, how it ragira the first change of lamps. It will be seen especially if worth be optimized.
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
I further test the V50, which operates in class AB, which, with its unique dish, not as PSE 22 kg. I have not had time to compare the two, but I'm glad my 2x12.