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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 25 reviews )
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iamqman07/11/2011

iamqman's review"Nice combo for tone and money"

Randall RG50TC
Randall is a company that has taken the modular preamps by storm. They have build a market for preamp swapping that has ignited the guitar players around the the world. Though this amp is not a modular design it still incorporates the sound and tone that makes Randall power amp a thing of the future.

This is one classy combo amplifier. This design has two channels with three modes. The overdrive channel has a vintage and modern switch. It has external speaker outputs to hook into a 2x12, 4x12, or any other separate speaker cabinet.

UTILIZATION

RG50TC - combo

* 50 watts
* 1 X 12” Celestion Seventy 80
* Two EL34 power tubes
* Four 12AX7EH’s
* Two Channels w/4 modes
* Dual gain stages:
* Gain 1- Classic hi-gain rhythm
* Gain 1- Modern hi-gain lead
* Clean Channel w/boost function
* Spring reverb
* Series effects loop
* 8/16 ohm external speaker outs
* Line output
* Includes 4-button footswitch

SOUNDS

The 50 watt version is a little bit more spongy than the 100. SImply because there will be lesl headroom and the amp with distort quicker. Their distortion channels is what Randall does well. These two channels or one with a twist has enough gain for just about anybody out there. It is a thick and juicy distortion that is great for chugging and lead riffing. Randall makes one of the best distortion in the business and this is one of them.

The clean on Randall are somewhat unique to my ears. They have a Marshall or British style voicing to them that is not that appealing to me. I have never liked a Randall clean channel. It is better than a Splawn that is for sure. The clean is sort of a harder clean that doesn't sound that glassy to me or even reminiscent of a Fender tube amp.


OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in at around $560, which is a good deal for a solid tube amp with multiple channels. You can find them on the used market as well for much less.

I would recommend this amp to someone who wants a decent clean channel and an over the top distortion channel for vintage playing styles ad new modern playing. This amp is very versatile and will serve its user quite well.
MGR/Ericseiv11/30/2009

MGR/Ericseiv's review"Randall RG50TC"

Randall RG50TC
Fifty watt 1x12 combo with EL34 power tubes. Comes with a Celestion speaker. Two channels, one clean and one dirty, but each channel has two modes. Clean has a boost switch and the gain channel has a 'vintage' gain and 'modern' gain switch. Has jacks for extension speakers and fx loop.
I've been playing guitar for approximately 26 years and I've owned tube amps like a Marshall JCM 800, Peavey 5150 and a Mesa/Boogie Subway Rocket. I've also owned solid-state amps like Marshall Valvestates, a Peavey XXL and an old Randall RG100 head back in the '80s. My choice of music is classic metal like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Rush, Judas Priest, Accept, Dio, Savatage, old Slayer, old Metallica, old Megadeth etc.

I bought this on clearance for $480 from Hollowood Music in McKees Rocks. I wanted something small and portable yet still had a pretty killer distortion. I tried a few other amps like Line 6 which was too digital sounding, a Peavey JSX combo which is an awesome amp but unfortunately out of my price range.

The first thing you'll notice about this amp's tone is that it's not the solid-state Dimebag sound that is so often associated with Randall. It's also not very 'modern' sounding like a Mesa or Engl or even some newer Marshalls that have a compressed, scooped-mid sound.
With four 12ax7 tubes in the preamp and 2 el34 powertubes, this thing pretty much screams Marshall JCM800. I used a Les Paul guitar with EMG 81 pickups so the active electronics of the guitar pushed the amp into an aggressive metal overdrive, but if you're using passive pickups, you'll need a distortion pedal to get into the metal zone.
I used this through a Randall 4x12 cab with Jaguar speakers and it pretty much nailed Randy Rhoads' Blizzard of Ozz tone all the way to Metallica's 'Kill em All.'
The clean channel by itself is useable, although you're not going to get classic Fender. The boost function on the clean channel adds some dirt and does a great bluesy, Marshall Plexi-type sound. I ran a chorus pedal with the clean boost and it copped a Robin Trower 'Bridge of Sighs' tone pretty impressively.

This amp is a 'one trick pony', with that one pony being a Marshall clone. If you're looking for a multi-channel amp that goes from Fender sparkle to bluesy Marshall overdrive to modern Mesa mayhem, this isn't it. Scooping the mids in an attempt to get an aggressive thrash metal sound results in a tone that is thin and buzzy.
Also, for 50 watts, this amp is not very powerful. The lack of headroom is frustrating wih the clean channel. Playing with a totally clean sound is almost impossible, especially at band/gig volumes as the amp wants to distort. Of course, it could have been my active pickups driving it harder.

This amp was made in China, so corners have been cut to keep the price reasonable. The knobs aren't very sturdy feeling and the tubes are protected by only a plastic grill. However, I used this amp on a regular basis for over a year -home use and jam sessions at people's houses-and never had any problems with it.

Back in the 90s, nobody wanted a Marshall JCM 800-everybody wanted Mesa Rectifiers. I paid $500 for a used, excellent condition 50 watt JCM 800 head back in the late 90s and I wish I never parted with it. Now that Kerry King and Zack Wylde have made JCM800s popular again, the price of these amps has escalated. The Randall RG50TC would be a good choice for a beginner or mid-level amateur who wants the vintage Marshall tone without paying the price of a real Marshall. It's lack of power and tone options keeps it from being a serious gig amp, but it could do the job for small jam sessions. Unless I came across one for a very low price, I wouldn't buy it again.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Audiofanzine FR03/16/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Randall RG50TC
(Originally written by davidsouslinux/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
All-tube amp.

50 very loud watts.

FX loop, two speaker outputs (4 and 8 ohms).

Independent EQ per channel.

Reverb...

Two channels: clean plus dual lead (two very different sounds). Great if you like a big sound!

I bought it in 2006...

UTILIZATION

You'll easily get a great sound! I never had such a good sound.

No user's manual.

Review from 2006... I've found better. But I like it anyway.

SOUNDS

Good amp for death and thrash metal, rock and grunge. The clean sound allows you to play jazz and blues... You can play everything with this amp from crystal-clear to extremely distorted and crunch and mellow overdrive.

In short: perfect!

I love every sound.

The reverb doesn't have the same quality but it's enough to have fun.

Update from 28 September 2007: This amp doesn't sound good with every effect pedal... I own a HM-2 and it sounds good only in the FX loop... Which is normal, the clean channel is not amazing... A bit dirty and the more I play it, the more I think about buying an amp with a better clean sound. But considering the price, this amp was an excellent choice, especially for a metal freak.

Update, 2009: Don't expect a miracle... It's a good amp but it has a very typical Pantera sound and I would prefer a small JCM800...

Oh and I heard it has a reverb somewhere...?! I'll keep looking... It's almost impossible to play jazz with this amp. But if you're not old and embittered like me, this amp is good to have fun playing Pantera^^

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it June 2006.

I've been owning it for few days and it's a true delight.

I like everything about this product!

(I would prefer a metal grid to protect the speaker better).

I tried out a Marshall Valvestate, two Vox (AD50VT and AD15VT) and a Marshall MS-2. This morning I played an RG Prestige with a Marshall AVT 100W stack. And I received this amp this evening. I plugged my ibanez with SH8 pickups into it... and surprise: The sound was much better! (and my Ibanez looks more beautiful). A delight! Compared to Vox models, this amp sounds twice as better. Compared with the Marshall models it's ten times better! I'm very happy.

Excellent value for money: you get tubes for the price of a solid-state amp. I love the warm and dynamic sound of this combo!

I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again... If I had more money, I would buy a Randall stack... Scott Ian's stack for example...

28 September 2007: The amp broke and I'm not sure about it's reliability. It's pisses me off because I'm a fan of this amp (see my highly praising review) but I can't recommend it if it's not 100% reliable... Perhaps I'm unlucky. I will decrease the mark because of this.

Update: I finally replaced the high-voltage fuse of the reverb tube and the amp worked again. I was worried without reason. So this amp seems to be a good deal... Good distortion. It's a bit like a 5150: fat distortion, crunch and average clean sound. The distortion sounds a bit British. I usually tune in B and this amp matches it perfectly.

Update:

This small Randall is only ok! I'm thinking about buying something else (quite normal after 5-6 years).

It's ok if you want to have fun and play two gigs per year.

If you want to record albums and play lots of gigs and if you have many fans, you'd better look into something else... A Marshall Plexi, a JCM800 , a Rectifier, a Peavey XXX, etc. Avoid losing your time with a small combo...
Audiofanzine FR03/08/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Randall RG50TC
(Originally written by Tamien913/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
50 watts tube amp made in Asia

- 12" Celestion Seventy 80's speaker

- Two Electro Harmonix EL34 power tubes

- Four Electro Harmonix 12 AX7 preamp tubes

- Two channels + boost (four modes)

- Spring reverb

- 4 ohm and 8 ohm output

- Line output

- FX loop

- Pedalbaord included

UTILIZATION

Easy configuration, 3-band EQ on each channel, boost switch in the clean channel, gain switch in the lead channel. So the EQ is shared by the two distortion channels. Very easy to use. You'll get a good sound if you take the time to fine tune your settings.

It's really worth its price as a whole.

SOUNDS

I've used this amp with several guitars. A semihollow-body Shecter C1E/A conceived for blues and rock. The clean sound is very muddy with this guitar due to the humbuckers and its mahogany design. But the crunch sound is quite round and nice with this guitar. It's great for blues and AC/DC stuff. The distortion is quite intense so the guitar sounds like a Les Paul with a warm, wide and rather imprecise response.

With my Ibanez Musician (manufactured in the late 70's and sporting two humbuckers and a body-through neck) the clean sound is nice, round and accurate. The crunch sound is not very good and I've noticed it loses precision... The distortion sound is better, very fat and wide but not too imprecise. But it sounds a bit too dark...

The amp sounds best with an Ibanez S-1540 Prestige. The clean sound is crystal-clear with the center single-coil pickup and positions 2 and 4. The sound is rather wide with the neck pickup. The amp is very responsive. The crunch sound is good but not exceptional. The distortion is very good: the amp is responsive, the sound is wide, ultra accurate and sharp. I love both distortion modes.

As a summary, this amp is quite faithful to the guitar and to your playing. Don't forget that it's a Randall, which means that the amp's specialties are modern sounds and distortion. I'm planning to sell it because I need a more vintage sound for my band.

OVERALL OPINION

It's a good amp. No noise, no reliability problems. I've been owning it for one and a half years and I haven't had a single problem. I would definitely buy it again if I had the same needs as in the past (a big sound). But my needs changed and I'm now looking for a more vintage British sound so I'm thinking about buying an Orange or a Vox.
Audiofanzine FR11/30/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Randall RG50TC
(Originally written by cpt caverne/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Everything has been already said

UTILIZATION

Very easy and intuitive configuration. No need for a user's manual.

Warm up the amp, plug your guitar and you're ready to rock

SOUNDS

It matches almost every music style from the old traditional blues to the most violent hard rock.

It's not the amp I would buy for death metal or Pantera but it's great for Rory Gallagher stuff, Metallica, AC/DC, Scorpions and many other ("Smoke on the water" also sounds great). The amp's second distortion type produces a Randy Rhoads sound.

The amp has a very specific sound color matching my taste.

It's quite difficult to get a perfectly clean sound because the amp crunches really fast (I play it with an ESL/LTD EX400 BD with active pickups)

Palm mute playing and overtones sound very good.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for over one year (the more I play it, the more I like it)

It's an effective and straight tool if you want to get a good sound without going broke. I like the fact that it's easy to use. I recommend it.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. I guess it's difficult to find a better amp in this price range.
The Clairvoyant02/03/2012

The Clairvoyant's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" heat but ..."

Randall RG50TC
made in china, I spend the rest you know why :)

UTILIZATION

simple configuration:
2 channels independent:
1 clean channel 3-band EQ + + volume boost switch
A 3-band EQ Overdrive channel volume + 2 + gain (vintage and modern) switchable by switch
1 master volume
A master reverb

no manual

is obtained by adjusting well quite easily a good sound

SOUNDS

it suits my style (hard rock / heavy / thrash metal)

Clean channel = warm and round
clean channel + boost = crunch warm and round
Overdrive channel gain saturation 1 = moderate round warm
overdirve gain channel 2 = hot fat and high saturation

I play it with a PRS SE custom and Dean Mustaine Signature

+ Heat
+ Gain

- Too round
- Too mushy
- Too low

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 years

I tried some other models but all the lamps was still expensive at the time it was the most abordale.

+ Simple Configuration
+ 2 jack inputs (high gain and low gain)
+ Good power and volume

- No headphone
- Heavyweight: over 20kg
- The EL34
- Hp too dark for my taste

good price / quality ratio at the time I had acquired for € 599 instead of 750 € in stores thanks to Forum guitariste.com

with the experience I will turn instead to a Peavey 6505 combo equipped with 6L6 I personnaly prefer largely to EL34.
Menestrel de malheur11/22/2010

Menestrel de malheur's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Randall RG50TC
childish fantasy

SOUNDS

For the old gods! it wakes the dead!

OVERALL OPINION

I am very satisfied, I bought it especially for my bedroom / home studio and have a metal sound correct.
Fairly wide range of possibilities, I is metal and it makes his job even if it drools a little sometimes it just instead of my game I think.
An investment I do not regret at all, I'm anxious to test it groupe.A follow. From my stuff good
07/21/2009

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Randall RG50TC
What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?

All-tube combo: three 12AX7 and one 12AT7 for Tage prampli and two EL34 power for the Tagus.

What is the power dlivre?

50 watts RMS Class AB

What connection?

Two inputs in faade (one low and one high impdance), an effects loop with level SETTING THE two speaker ouput jack guitar format (a 4 ohms and 8 ohms) and a footswitch jack format din.

What rglages the effects? ...

A master volume and master reverb.
Clean channel with an active three-band equalizer own (bass, middle, treble) and a switchable boost.
Overdrive channel with a knob for level common to both SETTING THE switchable gain and an active three-band equalizer own (bass, middle, treble).



UTILIZATION

The configuration is it simple?

The knobs have a drle of sensitivity. We do not understand why the level of clean is so low compared to the boost and overdrive channel. When the level knob overdrive channel, I still do not understand his rle as that given for the same volume as the clean channel, you must put a quarter, giving a sound unusable.

Do you get a good sound easy?

It's easy to find a nice and rich distortion but the cleans are cold and hard to use trs. The reverb has never worked.

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

I have no manual reu which would aid in phase grip.



SOUNDS

Is it your style of music?

The clean channel is too poor to be usable. The overdrive channel offers an input gain enough gaming pronounced color trs warm and rich. This is an amp made for large doses of muscle gains and use that does not suit me really time lead guitarist with prog rock band, alternative or conventional. I would say we feel that it is fully expressed with the view of the heavy metal metal hardcore.

With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?

I play an Ibanez RG 2570 Z Whereas I like a guitar trs good quality and more versatile than it seems. I did use a multi-disciplinary and do not like Whereas a machine to gain forge metal. Even if it is true that the output level of DiMarzio is awesome, she knows how to rev subtle and groovy when I asked. We feel the cot while the guitar except for the ease with which it changes and you register as a stratum below would.

Here's CHARACTERISTICS: (for more information, visit the official website of Ibanez)

<table border="0" width="400">

<tbody>

<tr>

<td> neck type </td>

<td> 5pc Wizard Maple / Walnut neck </td>

</tr>

<tr>

<td> body </td>

<td> Basswood body </td>

</tr>

<tr>

<td> freight </td>

<td> Jumbo frets </td>

</tr>

<tr>

<td> bridge </td>

<td> Edge-Zero bridge w/ZPS3 </td>

</tr>

<tr>

<td> neck could </td>

<td> DiMarzio IBZ-N (H) neck could </td>

</tr>

<tr>

<td> middle could </td>

<td> DiMarzio IBZ-S (S) mid could </td>

</tr>

<tr>

<td> bridge could </td>

<td> DiMarzio IBZ-B (H) bridge could </td>

</tr>

<tr>

<td> hardware color </td>

<td> Cosmo Black </td>

</tr>

</tbody>

</table>
The combo is equipped with a Celestion Seventy80 of 50 watts (8 ohms).

Cot effect I use:
A BOSS TU-2 (Chromatic Tuner), Bad Horsie Morley VAI a 1 (Wah), a Digitech Whammy WH-4, a Boss PH-2 (Phaser), a Boss DD-3 (Digital Delay) and a Boss GE- 7 (7 Band Graphic Equalizer).

What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?

I would say that it is difficult regardless of the SETTING THE dcoller sound is heavy and rich with a grain hsitant between California and England. We stay in a log-gain typ hi trs heavy metal. The clean sound dsesprment cold and me, whatever the rglages.

What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?

The distortion is when even friendly when you need to gain and heat. The clean is clearly the black point of this combo.



OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?

Two years ago that I am the owner and I can not count the number of BPS or concerts performed its cots.

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

What I like is its distortion and its rich reserve of power that can use live comfortable without miking.
I dtest with this amp is its lack of reliability and clean channel. I had to do rpar foirage because of the power supply twice a year, and replace the lamps APRS one year of use. As for the clean I never use it. Also, the reverb has never worked.

Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

I tried expensive Rivera, a Mesa Boogie expensive and also a Fender Twin Reverb. The Randall seemed a class below, but a good price.

How do you report qualitprix?

I bought 550 and although this is not a huge sum and it is worth its weight in gold, its reliability and its canal are real clean spots on its reputable. In addition it should really my style of music.

Exprience with, you will do again this choice? ...

I do not believe, this amplifier n&#39;tait not really what I wanted and blackheads are another reason to try it long before purchase.

Flo9505/25/2009

Flo95's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Randall RG50TC
An all-tube combo amp.
Power 50 Watts.
Lamp 2 power tubes EL34 Electro Harmonix.
4 lamps pr-amp Electro Harmonix 12 AX7.
HP Celestion 80 '.
Channel 2 Boost + channels (4 modes).
Fx Reverb spring.
Loop effects.
Pdalier pdalier 4 buttons included.

To see her is the face! 10/10!

UTILIZATION

The buttons are pretty clear, there is a qualisation spar for a clean one for distortion.

It is actually easy to get a good sound, more so in an apartment I was afraid that the 50W are incontrlable, but little trs play well in an apartment in the low-volume sounds not too bad.

The manual offers only the bare minimum.

9 / 10 was because of the manual.

SOUNDS

We do not hide it, it's randall so we just assume that it will send STRID!
Personally, I am more in the style heavy metal, hard rock, thrash and some death.
I play this amp with a Gibson Flying V, an ESP LTD EX-50 and a standard blade durango, with a Boss DD-7 in the effects loop.

Sound: Clean

Clean is the way I think, a little too much I find a medium compared for example with a Peavey Classic 30 on the classic mad at pat randall level clean.

with the clean boost is not too bad, for crunch against his soon to think down the volume on your guitar or get into the low input of the amp.
If not CRUCH is not too too bad but hey it is not yet a classic 30.

I take the example of the classic 30 in clean car price equivalent level is the best currently clean / crunch amp casiment all confused in this price range recess.

The sound: in saturating

You should know that there are two types of gain, one is hot and makes ass british 80s 85S and the other will be a little more modern, cutting edge.

The gain 1 (Vintage) is that the happiness, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Accept, Dio, Black Sabbath, riot, Manowar, ac dc, scorpions etc ... All groups of the 80s 90s are a port mdiator! the sound is hot, the mediums call out this vintage era, personal love and pushing the amp it becomes downright enjoyable! its still a little runny Dfine good if you push hard and that the distortion is crazy good but low background, however there is no need for fuck the distortion has to be back, even dja has half its getting too much for playing heavy stuff!

The gain 2 (modern) The sound is sharp, good shred etc ... or do some trash, death, black makes it great as well (there is no longer the famous bug of note is the time to arrive when we play fast, randall corrected on its Most recent internship series of RG50TC ).

In short this amp is made for the distortion is not just that lqualiser is not too bad it ion the diffrence following the change in medium and low acute that you want to do good but is not Difference as transcendence, it is better then buying an equalizer effect pedals and it's standard!

Voil if not for an example with respect to a Peavey ValveKing the ValveKing is wipe but then wipe but hard to randall ... is a simple ValveKing its sounds like a casi transistor, the finish is null and kind when you doing the background distortion has ben limited one wonders where she is the disto ... while even has half the randall has more distortion with a sound much warmer, more prcis, it will be lights on while the peavey randall ... is shit ...
Pis the ValveKing 100 watt ... bin limits and more powerful 50W randall Anyway, the randall is a bit more expensive but is 150 times better than the peavey I assure you! made a test you will be surprised!

6 / 10 to clean.

10/10 for the distortion so 8 / 10.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 months now and I'm plainement meet these criteria.
I could test it live, and I just say that the bass do not disappear, you it is still necessary to know biensur rgler his amp ...
because some say that disappear when the bass are playing a high volume ... a if you passive pickup on your slide to the LOW input and not so high because if the bass will saturate if you have your bottom and do not worry even on the LOW amp potato! The HIGH is for the active micro!
Then in concert to Avoid low emissions has also its bottom is nothing ...
Anyway just to say that before that low saturates, one must first learn how to set his amp: p

Personal report quality price is unbeatable, the best metal amp on the market in this price range, you can jump on the eyes closed!

Yes I would do this choice unless I have more money, I took a head Marshall JCM 800 2205 with a baffle 4 * 12 Celestion Vintage 30!

9 / 10 final note.
05/04/2009

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Randall RG50TC
Every lamp ... (two EL34, 12AX7 4)

50W ... was to make eardrums bleed.

fx loop, 2 outputs HP 4 and 8 ohm

eq indpendantes by channel

rverb ... well it seems

er and a clean two channels and two saturax diffrentes. what s'clater well if you like the big sound!

USE

Easily obtained a great sound!
the manual does not exist, but who cares?

SONORITS

It's a versatile amp, efficiency, and effective, capable of outputting extremely intressants sounds in a registry metal, hard rock and heavy ...

small weak spot on the clean, even when it is not a Fender or VOX, ca has sr! Randall is a what, a heavy weapon for metal!

NOTICE GLOBAL

I tried dozens of amps and honestly in its price range, there's not a shit for a mtalleux, well ... it's nerv rocker nickel.