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  • bfredbfred

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 01/01/07 at 17:16
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    A tube amp simply powerful and has the geule.
    With a small rglage for springreverb.
    Two channels
    Channel 2: Gain Bass Middle Treble Volume
    Channel 1: Bass Middle Treble Volume
    power of 120 Watts
    possibility of putting in 16 or 4 Ohm Mono
    8 ohm Stro

    USE

    For an amp that is triblement you simply plug, you rgle EQ as you want and you play.
    And the sound Mtal its hard.

    SONORITS

    I play Death metal, prog, the hardrock and should be all I want to play.
    I use it with a crate audio equalizer in the effects loop and even if the EQ is made for her, her works very well and I can not do without.
    You get a very fat sound and a very good heat.
    And with the EQ can easily ea…
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    A tube amp simply powerful and has the geule.
    With a small rglage for springreverb.
    Two channels
    Channel 2: Gain Bass Middle Treble Volume
    Channel 1: Bass Middle Treble Volume
    power of 120 Watts
    possibility of putting in 16 or 4 Ohm Mono
    8 ohm Stro

    USE

    For an amp that is triblement you simply plug, you rgle EQ as you want and you play.
    And the sound Mtal its hard.

    SONORITS

    I play Death metal, prog, the hardrock and should be all I want to play.
    I use it with a crate audio equalizer in the effects loop and even if the EQ is made for her, her works very well and I can not do without.
    You get a very fat sound and a very good heat.
    And with the EQ can easily earn a very fun clarity.

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    Its now one year that I played with and I love it I intend to keep even years.
    I really like everything about this amplie because it is really simple and effective.
    And I try amps have after buying and none have me as much as this jewel
    I buy is around 700 euro and I think it is rather low for bringing me
    and if I do it again this choice. Well yes absolutely
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  • OgmorOgmor

    Typed, but very good

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 01/26/14 at 10:36
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    This is an all-tube amp: 4 6l6GV and 4 ECC83, delivering a power of 100 watts.
    Mine (blue Tolex, CRATE logo golden and writes standard font) is made in the USA.
    2 channels: clear (Low, mids, and High volume, and a saturated (low, mids, high, gain and volume)
    A short spring reverb, each channel has a knob for adjusting the reverb (which is not a footswitch accionables: either it is removed, or was the desired dosage via the knob).
    A knob "presence" which plays on the presence of acute.
    2 HP outputs, a switch allowing to choose 8 or 16 ohms.
    A footswitch CONTROLLING effects loop and channel change.
    A line out.
    No dosage knob of the effects loop.

    UTILIZATION

    I had oc…
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    This is an all-tube amp: 4 6l6GV and 4 ECC83, delivering a power of 100 watts.
    Mine (blue Tolex, CRATE logo golden and writes standard font) is made in the USA.
    2 channels: clear (Low, mids, and High volume, and a saturated (low, mids, high, gain and volume)
    A short spring reverb, each channel has a knob for adjusting the reverb (which is not a footswitch accionables: either it is removed, or was the desired dosage via the knob).
    A knob "presence" which plays on the presence of acute.
    2 HP outputs, a switch allowing to choose 8 or 16 ohms.
    A footswitch CONTROLLING effects loop and channel change.
    A line out.
    No dosage knob of the effects loop.

    UTILIZATION

    I had occas' without manual, but the settings seem simple.
    Premium abbord, the sound of the amp with all equalo noon made me rather afraid. Fortunately, the knobs are sensitive: the amp is naturally loaded treble, bass pretty poor (at least with lamps Groove Tube of origin). It has a good reserve of gain on the overdrive channel and the clean channel is really not bad.
    There is a huge difference in volume from one channel to another: the overdrive channel is 2 times less strong, even if ultimately it has sufficient reserves.
    Note that the original lamps (all WG) in my opinion are of poor quality, and in any event not suitable for this amp: the sound is naturally aggressive, no need to put lights that highlight these features. I put everything in JJ, and my god, the result is quite surprising! Very effective!

    SOUNDS

    I play doom and stoner rock, and this amp does not look for it. That said, I can be satisfied in a (but it can not be not be the case for all). I would say it has thrashers address or death metallers, and also has black metallers for the overdrive channel. Basically, for the extreme metal.
    What I like about this amp is above all this huge headroom. For stoner, it is not "heavy" grain amp as in Orange, but it was something warm and basic. On the satellite channel (^ ^) I put the bass 3/4, the mids might almost the same (slightly above), and treble to 12.30, and I rule the presence 2. And finally, the gain to 7, which is really not bad! The result is a hyper its not thick, but with enough body and a basic side-aggressive unusual in the genre, but it works. Then I regret one side a little too crillard for my style of music, but if I did the heavy, I find the delicate balance between warmth and coldness that hits!
    I add quen adjusting the gain to 3-4, a very good crunch, which directs the amp in another register on GET TIRED more brittish rock. this is not why I use the most, but I think in a vintage record, he must make his case.

    The clean channel it has a lot more body and presence that saturated, which makes it really welcoming to the pedals. His sound is still pretty slammed at the top of the spectrum, but the shape it has equallo happens, and I confess that I really like. Even volume snooze, it crunch not (unless the strings are buggers: it therefore remains dynamic).

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had a year and this is my first tube amp, even though I played on the Engle Powerball for a while.
    It is on it's an amp that has carracteristiques like it or not. Just do not be afraid to nag about the settings, but believe me, the EQ is effective and can give very different colors. There will always be this aggressive side with sharp shining, but the choice of lamps is paramount. You may say that it is a little the principle of a lights amp, but in this case, it can really make the difference between a sound you either love or hate. JJ seem all set for this amp: they soften to give him warmth and roundness, and there is obtained for an amp that is really cheap for its quality, something that has personality.
    Personally, I do not know if I ever will play on this amp for the Stoner, even if it displeases'm not, but if I turn to a more extreme register, it will be any designated!
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  • MattfigMattfig

    Mean amp

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 06/13/12 at 05:36
    This is an all tube monster...Don't let the name fool ya, this thing is no practice amp or solid state in any way...It has 5 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 power tubes...It comes with 6L6s but I switched mine to EL34s and love it!

    There is a series loop, reverb, footswitch, and 1/4 inputs outputs...There is an out for DI use too!

    There is 100 watts of pure tube mayhem and plenty of gain to make even the heaviest player more than happy...

    There is a presence knob that is quite useful in getting the high end just right...

    This amp is as much Ampeg as Crate....

    UTILIZATION

    The cleans on channel one are really good...Very nice clarity and fullness...Sounds like a Fender clean tha…
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    This is an all tube monster...Don't let the name fool ya, this thing is no practice amp or solid state in any way...It has 5 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 power tubes...It comes with 6L6s but I switched mine to EL34s and love it!

    There is a series loop, reverb, footswitch, and 1/4 inputs outputs...There is an out for DI use too!

    There is 100 watts of pure tube mayhem and plenty of gain to make even the heaviest player more than happy...

    There is a presence knob that is quite useful in getting the high end just right...

    This amp is as much Ampeg as Crate....

    UTILIZATION

    The cleans on channel one are really good...Very nice clarity and fullness...Sounds like a Fender clean that can handle twangy or jazzy...It doesn't break up much so you can really push it...

    The gain channel is pretty crazy...It can get a really nice crunch - with the EL34s in mine it has a nice Marshall flavor...It can also get really heavy and gainy...Be careful as it turns to fizz if you use too much...

    The manual is quite clear and sufficient for basic use...

    The bias adjustment is on the bottom of the chassis and takes some work to get to...That's one of the few drawbacks...

    SOUNDS

    This amp likes humbuckers as it is a mean machine...However, singles sound terrific through the clean channel and even better on the gain channel with the gain way back...Very bluesy and articulate when used in that way...

    I like both channels very much...The gainy channel has more gain on tap than most amps and can get squealy and fizzy if overused...Some amps sound great with the gain knob wide-open - this isn't one of those...

    The manual comes with some great settings for all sorts of styles...

    The EQ onboard is simple yet effective...

    This amp sounds different with 6L6s than with EL34s...The 34s give a British warmth to the tone while the 6L6GCs I used made it more recto and buzzy in tone...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I like the price and value of this amp...Mine has been modified by Voodoo Amps in Ohio...They have a special mod for this thing and it's worth every penny...It makes it tighter and more clear...

    You won't find an all tube beast like this for much less than what these bad boys sell for used...I'm not sure why they didn't catch on - probably because of the big CRATE on the front...It almost made me turn away but I'm glad I didn't..
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  • MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

    Crate Blue VooDoo 120H

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 12/11/06 at 15:00
    I've been playing for around 3 years. I currently play in a pop/rock band name Five Flights Tuesday. Check out our site: www.myspace.com/fiveflightstuesday (recordings to hear the Blue VooDoo!). I sing and play a mix of rythym and lead guitar.

    Local Music Store - 2003 model, $599 - new.

    This head is simply amazing for the price. The low end generated from it matches Mesa Dual's if not better. The tone is crazy good, even for stock GT tubes. I am planning on installing Tung-Sol 5881 Reissue Power tubes with some Tung-Sol 12AX7 Pre-Amp tubes. Very simple to use. The clean channel is beautiful. THERE IS SO MUCH GAIN. Mine is set on 4.

    It DOES NOT seem like 100 watts. (Yes, I read the manual…
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    I've been playing for around 3 years. I currently play in a pop/rock band name Five Flights Tuesday. Check out our site: www.myspace.com/fiveflightstuesday (recordings to hear the Blue VooDoo!). I sing and play a mix of rythym and lead guitar.

    Local Music Store - 2003 model, $599 - new.

    This head is simply amazing for the price. The low end generated from it matches Mesa Dual's if not better. The tone is crazy good, even for stock GT tubes. I am planning on installing Tung-Sol 5881 Reissue Power tubes with some Tung-Sol 12AX7 Pre-Amp tubes. Very simple to use. The clean channel is beautiful. THERE IS SO MUCH GAIN. Mine is set on 4.

    It DOES NOT seem like 100 watts. (Yes, I read the manual and it IS 100 watts not 120.) I play shows/pratice on around 6 to 6 1/2 on the volume knob wih my gain on 4. Dont get my wrong, It has PLENTY of volume but these tubes seem to crank more tone than more volume. Pinch Harmonic are hard to hit without the correct pickups.

    Built like none other. It isnt around 60 lbs for nothing. Strong durable tolex, metal corner covers...great.

    This is simply a great head. It isn't going to match a 100 watt Mesa in volume, but I believe that it could go beyond a Mesa in tone. Plenty of volume for anything, stock tubes sound great, replacing these will only make it sound better. Good settings for country, blues, metal, pop/punk, rock, anything. For the price, these heads are a steal!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Gary in PhoenixMGR/Gary in Phoenix

    Crate BV120

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 02/19/05 at 15:00
    I got it for $425 on ebay. I got it based on reviews and the fact that it is all tube.

    I love the sound. It has a perfect crunch with my Viper 400 with emg 81's. The first power cord I hit made the hair on my neck stand up, and my mouth dropped open. I like the entire look , lights and all. My friends Marshall doesn't even have the standby light. It don't sound any better either.

    I haven't found anything about it I don't like yet. Maybe the weight, it makes the stack a little top heavey. But it feels bulletproof, and that I like.

    Built like a tank

    I've only had it for 2 days, and I love it. I have 2 Crate B52 cabinets under it. The combo Rocks! The other guitarist in the band has a les…
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    I got it for $425 on ebay. I got it based on reviews and the fact that it is all tube.

    I love the sound. It has a perfect crunch with my Viper 400 with emg 81's. The first power cord I hit made the hair on my neck stand up, and my mouth dropped open. I like the entire look , lights and all. My friends Marshall doesn't even have the standby light. It don't sound any better either.

    I haven't found anything about it I don't like yet. Maybe the weight, it makes the stack a little top heavey. But it feels bulletproof, and that I like.

    Built like a tank

    I've only had it for 2 days, and I love it. I have 2 Crate B52 cabinets under it. The combo Rocks! The other guitarist in the band has a les paul with a Marshall stack, I don't feel outgunned at all. I wish I had bought it sooner.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Dean ParkerMGR/Dean Parker

    Crate Blue VooDoo 120

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 07/27/04 at 15:00
    Purchased at a Pawn Shop for $550.00
    I acquired this amp after hearing a Phoenix Arizona based deathmetal band called Vehemence with both guitarists using Voodoo stacks.

    This amplifier does it all for me. Both channels offer a wide range of sound that blows just about every other amplifier away. The stage presence is just unreal. Honestly, you don't need effects with this amp. It is easy to tune in a killer crunch sound that blows away Marshalls. When I first saw this amp I immediately went home and grabbed my Schecter XXX and returned to the pawnshop it was at. I went directly in to the amp without any effects and I immediately fell in love with it.
    I currently use a Digitech RP7 and a…
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    Purchased at a Pawn Shop for $550.00
    I acquired this amp after hearing a Phoenix Arizona based deathmetal band called Vehemence with both guitarists using Voodoo stacks.

    This amplifier does it all for me. Both channels offer a wide range of sound that blows just about every other amplifier away. The stage presence is just unreal. Honestly, you don't need effects with this amp. It is easy to tune in a killer crunch sound that blows away Marshalls. When I first saw this amp I immediately went home and grabbed my Schecter XXX and returned to the pawnshop it was at. I went directly in to the amp without any effects and I immediately fell in love with it.
    I currently use a Digitech RP7 and a Metal Zone pedal and I get some intense sound out of this setup. The power of this amplifier is unreal. Nothing can drown this 120 watt tube amp.

    This is a used unit and it suffers a broken effects switch on the front face plate.
    It doesn't effect me at all and would be a quick fix, if neccessary.
    I'm not much of a tube fan either but this amplifier justifies the hassle.
    Honestly, I can't find anything about this amp to really complain about. It rocks!

    Other than the broken effects switch, the amplifier is built like a tank. This thing weighs a ton!

    It's taken me 20 years to find a guitar amplifier that I'm totally satisfied with.
    Great job Crate!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Dudeman137MGR/Dudeman137

    Crate BV-120H

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 01/28/03 at 15:00
    guitar center - $789


    The tone never gets muddy, the gain is beautiful and allows each note to be heard, beautiful clean, wonderful reliability

    low end could be slightly chunkier for channel 2, but tubes can change that

    built like a tank, metal corners, blue tolex

    Overall 9.5, best amp ive ever played

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
  • MGR/Dr.WankensteinMGR/Dr.Wankenstein

    Crate Blue Voodoo 120H

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 09/30/02 at 15:00
    $700 at Guitar Center, New. Paid cash.

    It can put out some really great sounds.
    IT has 2 channels, plus a boost from the effects loop. More gain than anyone could ever need. The clean is clean and bouyant, the lead channel sounds great...one should note that the factory installed tubes do no justice for the amp....in fact they compromise it's sound quite a bit.
    The reverb is nice and not over bearing.

    The excessive low end takes the edge off of the wound strings.

    It fairly well constructed. I've taken it apart, and it's not flimsy junk. It weighs at least 50 pounds. It's cab is about an inch or so larger all around than a typical Marshall head.

    For the money, I really li…
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    $700 at Guitar Center, New. Paid cash.

    It can put out some really great sounds.
    IT has 2 channels, plus a boost from the effects loop. More gain than anyone could ever need. The clean is clean and bouyant, the lead channel sounds great...one should note that the factory installed tubes do no justice for the amp....in fact they compromise it's sound quite a bit.
    The reverb is nice and not over bearing.

    The excessive low end takes the edge off of the wound strings.

    It fairly well constructed. I've taken it apart, and it's not flimsy junk. It weighs at least 50 pounds. It's cab is about an inch or so larger all around than a typical Marshall head.

    For the money, I really like this amp. It could be used professionally, and it is.
    The tone is really good once you put the right tubes in the preamp...and put some EL-34s in the power section and it's incredible sounding when you crank it up. Rhyhthms just exude complexities and literally shake your eyeballs.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • L'inquisitionL'inquisition

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 02/06/03 at 01:44
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    BV-120H 120 watts RMS @ 5% THD 8 or 16 ohm load
    Tone Control Range: Channel 1 16dB @ 100Hz Low, Mid 20dB @ 300Hz, High 10dB @ 10kHz Channel 2 Low 15dB @ 100Hz, 13dB @ 500Hz Mid, High 10dB @ 10kHz; Presence 5dB @ 10kHz
    Tube Types: Preamp 12AX7A (3), BV-120H 12AX7A (1), 6L6GT/5881 (4)
    Size and Weight: 12 "H x 30.25" W x 10 "D, 50lbs

    UTILIZATION

    You let a little heat, you branches, you withdraw the stand-by, you turn a few buttons and it's a warm wish, as clear as saturated.
    I use it mainly for distortion with a grain of the most wonderful people I know. it lacks a bit of precision, but nothing major.
    If you play low agreement, it is a wonder, a snore while sustain. If you…
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    BV-120H 120 watts RMS @ 5% THD 8 or 16 ohm load
    Tone Control Range: Channel 1 16dB @ 100Hz Low, Mid 20dB @ 300Hz, High 10dB @ 10kHz Channel 2 Low 15dB @ 100Hz, 13dB @ 500Hz Mid, High 10dB @ 10kHz; Presence 5dB @ 10kHz
    Tube Types: Preamp 12AX7A (3), BV-120H 12AX7A (1), 6L6GT/5881 (4)
    Size and Weight: 12 "H x 30.25" W x 10 "D, 50lbs

    UTILIZATION

    You let a little heat, you branches, you withdraw the stand-by, you turn a few buttons and it's a warm wish, as clear as saturated.
    I use it mainly for distortion with a grain of the most wonderful people I know. it lacks a bit of precision, but nothing major.
    If you play low agreement, it is a wonder, a snore while sustain. If you are looking for against a metal sound like Neo-Tone is better not avoid, this thing does not work nearly as broad band mdiums ................ Well yes, it's not a bass amp.

    SOUNDS

    This is an amp I would recommend to make a sound with the mtal sudoise with any guitar that sounds a bit since the gain There's spare, a sound a little bit .
    It's a kind of fat, the opposite of a jigsaw like Peavey 5150.
    The clear sound is also enjoyable even though I've never used much.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It is now just over 4 years and I love that sound.
    I had bought used about 5700 fr and for the price that has cost nine, I regret not a second .......... except that the lamps are a bit tired now and still going rate in all of a.
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  • RockhenRockhen

    Crate Blue Voodoo BV120HPublished on 07/16/10 at 22:45
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Everything has been said!

    UTILIZATION

    Plug and Play. Usage is very simple. We do it quickly around the issue. No need to book.

    SOUNDS

    Distortion is Assé flexible. It goes well for a little while. The clean is good and has a good presence. It does not color the sound when it is in series with another quelquonque effect.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had a few years now. It is robust overcharged. And admit it wrong, it has the look! But Me, I'm into power metal and I do not find in its distortion, the little something''Woof''.
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