The 15W Blackheart Handsome Devil Tube Amp Head was designed and prototyped in a one-car garage in Austin, Texas by none other than amp savant, Pyotr Belov. The BH15H Handsome Devil amp evokes classic... Read More
The 15W Blackheart Handsome Devil Tube Amp Head was designed and prototyped in a one-car garage in Austin, Texas by none other than amp savant, Pyotr Belov. The BH15H Handsome Devil amp evokes classic tube tones more than reminiscent of the great American and British amplifiers - the plug and play workhorses that laid the foundation for rock 'n' roll guitar tone starting in the '60s. Just like its predecessor and little brother, the Little Giant 5, the BHE Handsome Devil is overbuilt to last with features and components you'd expect on a hand-built, much more expensive amplifier.
Features dual power modes allowing the gods of rock to dial in responsiveness and headroom in either 15W or 7W output. Separate Master and Level controls put both awesome power and responsibility in the unwashed hands of mankind. 3 Bands of well-tuned EQ make for nearly infinite voicing. From big fat overdrive to plucky, just-about-to-squeal if you hit me a little harder grease, the Handsome Devil covers classic tube tone with as few knob turns as possible through a well thought out set of features in a tank-tough package.
As expected, you get the simple elegance and robust component specs that mark BHE's designs. From 1W, carbon-film resistors in the signal path to beefy, double sided pcb with 2 oz. traces, 16 gauge, precision folded and welded chassis and mutli-ply, classically joined cabinetry, Blackheart is as serious about quality as they are about tone.
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This is my first tube amp so it took a while for me to figure out all the tones this thing can pump out. I have played Line 6 Spider III 75 for years. I finally am able to hear the subtle undertones that tubes can deliver. I set the level on 10 and the gain on 2 while in 7 Watt mode and the amp creates so much power that everything vibrates. When using the same settings on 15Watt mode it is too loud for a studio room. The versatile head has two power setting 7 and 15 Watt. With the EQ settings and Presence Setting there isn't any tone you miss with this amp. Adjust the volume and tone on your guitar and you have everything you need to play most songs that don't require heavy (metal) distortion.
I was looking for a smaller head to mount on top of 2 older Marshall 12" cabs I've had and found this little dude.I had never seen one in a store so it was U-Tube for the demo for what that's worth.As bad as most of the demos were I ordered one and This Little Amp SCREAMS!!!I have a variety of guitars incl a Les Paul w/P90's,Epi Dot 335,custom hollow Tele w/3 lipstick tubes, ect and each one just sounds better than the next through this amp.I suppose you could put a pedal in front and even make it a metal amp...it just has a range of tones and controls that are outstanding at any volume, it's hard to believe its only 15 watts. Dial in the level, tweak the gain and clean up your grit with the guitar volume.The 7 watt feature is a terriffic feature for the livingroom as I've played at 3a.m. with great tone and happy (read couldn't hear me) neighbors.This amp is super well made, looks classic and doesn't sound like any other amp, it is really pleasing musically to the ear.Heck even my sister says I haven't sounded this good in years.Definately buy one you won't be disappointed...the new Boss Fender FRV-1 goes excellent with it too
I have a friend who called me from the Dallas store to tell me he had just bought this head with matching cab for what could only be defined as theft.(it was a demo). He bought it upon my recomendation since he has played thru my Little Giant and loves it. He told me to meet him at our studio and to bring my box of tubes just in case. My first impression was it didn't clean up real well at lower volumes so we replaced the driver tube with a 12AT7 and that did the trick.This amp,like most tube amps cleans up really well when you roll off your volume on the guitar and can get a really great crunch when you dime your guitars volume (we had the amp set at 2 o'clock). All things said. this amp is very quiet,tonally amazing and a great bang for the buck. As far as the cab, the Eminence speaker is O.K. but I'm a Celestion guy (Gold,Blues Greenbacks or V-30's). However for what he paid for the cab,You couldn't even buy the raw materials to build an empty cabinet so the Celestion will come into play shortly. PLAY THRU ONE and I think you'll become a believer!
This little head rocks big. I have this head paired with a Fender Roc Pro 4-12 cabinet and it delivers nice big sound. From nice clean sound to the heavily distorted metal this little head is great for anyone who wants to rock out . It is perfectly compatible with any petal.without paying out thousands for big sound
Perfect for What I needed, I wanted an old school sound cranked with just a touch grit, nice warm compressed rockabilly sound, if you want a great classic rock or blues sound it will do that too!
I picked up my BH15H for work at home and small rooms. What I found is that this head works great in most clubs of medium size. The tone is great for electric blues and rock. Depending on the size of the room I have used a 1x12 cabnet or a 4x12 cabnet and it has not let me down. I have not found any negitive points with this head as we usually play 3 1 hour sets and the amp has not let me down.
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