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Epiphone Blues Custom
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Epiphone Blues Custom

Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Epiphone .

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«  A great amp cheap! »

Publié le 09/07/10 à 03:08
Amplification Tube: 30 Watt RMS Class AB, 15 watts RMS Class A

Preamplifier: five Sovtek 12AX7
Amplification: two Sovtek 5881
+ A lamp to give more correct response and dynamic 5AR4 (not 5AR5 as can be read often, I repeat here the specifications of the user manual)

2 channels, a clear and a saturated

Two Eminence Lady Luck Speaker HP 12 inches.
An instrument input.
1 output 16 ohm, 2 x 8 ohms (one occupied by HP), 2 x 4 ohms for connecting additional HP if needed.

1 footswitch (supplied by store, sold separately about 15-20 €)

Settings:

Volume (clean channel)
Selector / light saturated
Drive
Mid
Level (saturated)
Equaliser (independent or interactive)
Treble
Middle Bass *
Reverb (for those who can translate: "Tube-powered and transform-driven genuine spring reverb)



UTILIZATION

Simple setup. No adjustments unnecessary, the key is there.
The manual settings as different styles. This gives a good sound easily, because it really is a quality amp.

SOUNDS

Recommended style: Blues - Blues / Rock - Rock - Jazz - Pop. For metal, why not - although I do not know the criteria too - but if they have a good distortion and more.

The style I play is classic rock and blues sometimes, no problem to get the classic sounds of these styles.

I play this amp with a Fender Stratocaster Clapton (single coil) and Italia Mondial Sportster (humbuckers).

His point of view, you know, before I had a Fender amp, a deluxe 112, and I think this amp Epiphone renders better sound than the Fender Fender!

Overall, fineness and strength are the hallmarks of this amp. Deep bass and accurate midrange present for treble or full depending on settings. Subtle and deep, sharp and creamy, a real chameleon!

The settings that can change the sound drastically are the Mid equalizer and interactive. This will add to its density.
Mid to when it is used with distortion, and can give priority to high or low frequencies (treble and bass). In other words, it was a sound rather sharp or creamy. To add to the creamy side, I recommend playing in 15 Watts.La reverb to when it is correct. To say nothing special. It is not extremely deep but enough for the styles that I mentioned above I think.

One can easily push this amp to saturation, and this one is really superb, very warm and subtle!

To give an idea, I was able to get hassle-free sounds, Clapton (Cream or Clapton solo), Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc..

However, it is imperative to bring a TS808 or equivalent for a little boost the drive remains sober.
Therefore we made this investment, we get an even more varied and really powerful!

I found the sound I was looking for a moment, full, rich, deep, at the limit of saturation, which can play very easily, with mediums who sing really is superb!

OVERALL OPINION

I use this amp for a year and a half. I rule now only 15 watts. Although it is largely in concert, but more than adequate. If you play on stage, anyway the sound is back on a sound system, so unless you are looking for a sound very punchy and raw, stay at 15 Watts.

As I said, I had a Fender Deluxe 112 before, and I do not regret having changed for this great amp, or almost half price! Richer, more subtle, more dense, more rock!

I am usually critical, but there nothing to say. Unbeatable value for money. At this point I think buying a second soon ...
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