Epiphone Valve Junior
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Epiphone Valve Junior

Valve Junior, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Epiphone in the Valve series.

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All user reviews of 3/5 for the Epiphone Valve Junior

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 20 reviews )
 15 reviews75 %
 3 reviews15 %
 2 reviews10 %
Value For Money : Excellent
themaddog09/27/2011

themaddog's review"Cool concept"

Epiphone Valve Junior
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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.
Kal03/11/2012

Kal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Limited but practical"

Epiphone Valve Junior
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.

UTILIZATION

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) .

SOUNDS

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.