Audiofanzine FR 03/08/2009

Randall RG50TC : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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Value For Money : Correct
(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.