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Kustom Defender 5H
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Kustom Defender 5H

Tube Guitar Amp Head from Kustom belonging to the Defender series.

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« Cool little wattage amp »

Publié le 08/03/11 à 14:42
For any guitar amp user you cannot get any easier than this amp. Kustom has given us a 5 watt amps that has only one control knob and that being a volume knob. You don't have a bunch of bells and whistles and multiple channels or anything like that but just a good solid small watt rock tone head.

This amp uses one preamp tube of a 12ax7 and one power tube which is a El84. Kustom tells you to slowly turn the volume up to hear how clean this amp is and how it naturally goes in to since low volume goodness. This is smaller voltage power tube so it doesn't need a lot of wattage to get it to break up or distort.

UTILIZATION

Features

Volume control
1/4" input
Power button
One 12AX7 preamp tube
One EL84 power tube
Three speaker outputs (4, 8, and 16 Ohm)

RMS Wattage: 5 watts
Channels: One
Tube Preamp: 12AX7
Power Tubes: x1 EL84
Master Control: Volume
Dimensions: 5"H x 12-1/2"W x 7-1/4"D
Weight: 7lb.



SOUNDS

You have three speaker outputs consisting of 4, 8, and 16 ohms an the one volume control knob. So there isn't a lot to get confused with. I would say this is a great little practice amp that can get a good solid moderate rock tone. this is not a gigging amp because at 5 watts you won't be able to blow a candle out with that low of volume.

This amp works well with a good guitar with a humbucker pickup installed. I like a moderately high out put pickup with this amp such as a standard Seymour Duncan JB. That kind of a pickup will get you a little more dirt and get this amp to give you a little more in the sonic range of distortion. This amp sounds best with a good 4x12 speaker cabinet pushing those small but thick low watt distortion sounds.

OVERALL OPINION

These amps come in new right at around $99. That is the cheapest all tube vale amp that I have ever seen. This could be the simplest most convenient practice tube amp in the world. It is cheap and sounds good for home use. I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good tube sound at low volumes and doesn't want to spend $100...it is 1 cent less.
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