Blackheart BH5-112 5W 1x12 Little Giant Tube Combo Amp  

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The Blackheart Little Giant BH5-112 is a combo amp that serves up powerful boutique tube guitar amp tone in a robust, stylish package. This 5W, single-ended, Class A combo is powered by an EL84 and vo... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Blackheart Little Giant BH5-112 is a combo amp that serves up powerful boutique tube guitar amp tone in a robust, stylish package. This 5W, single-ended, Class A combo is powered by an EL84 and voiced through a 12AX7 preamp tube. With a switchable pentode/triode selector and 3-band EQ controls, you get the only amp in its class to deliver true tonal range, from instantaneous punch to deliciously greasy overdrive, and with precise control over output volume.

Every feature of the Blackheart Little Giant BH5-112 represents zealous dedication to true quality in tone, looks and ruggedness. The open back tuned design and (blue frame) Blackheart model 1216A Speaker by Eminence is the fruit of extensive research involving Crate and Eminence. The result is a very musical and responsive combo. Under its sexy exterior you'll find a 16 gauge, folded and welded steel chassis, 1/2" corner radiuses, 15 ply, void-free birch cabinetry and meticulous tolex work insuring years of reliable performance.

  • 5W Single-Ended, Class A amplifier
  • 4, 8 and 16 ohm Speaker outs
  • Solid State Rectifier
  • Volume with 3-Band EQ
  • Pentode (5W)/Triode (3W) Switch
  • 12" Blackheart Model 1216A Speaker by Eminence with American Voicing and optimized for open back cabinet
  • DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
  • 15-ply (18mm) thick. void-free Plywood Construction
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Big amp in a small package.

By Mark Cason

from Louisiana

This really is a nice amp. It has the deepest lows and the ringing highs covered. I am a VOX Night Train owner and it is tonally different. It is so different that I even considered sending it back but am glad I kept it now. I'm getting more and more accustomed to the sound and liking the difference. The low frequencies from the amp make it sound very BIG. It vibrates the concrete floor where I play.
Also, after upgrading the tubes it sounds much better. Sweet cleans and dirty overdrive all depending on how hard you pick.
Very well built. I don't think it will ever fail judging by the craftsmanship. They pay a lot of attention to detail.
Reverb would be cool but I have a pedal for that so it's no problem. Works well with the two pedals I have.
Looks cool and is not too heavy. Perfect for small gatherings or Church use and just jamming at home.
You won't be dissapointed!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


easiest point and shoot live amp

By Glenn Gross

from beeyootiful California

What can I say, it's a great little amp for bedroom or mic'd live playing.
This amp is excellent for me because I prefer a small amp simple amp with decent headroom for taking time based fx well straight in front. I mic it with an sm57 when I am playing live, but on its own it still keeps up with a drum kit. It breaks up nicely at around 12 o clock in 5 watt mode for just a little bit of crunch. Around that spot, it is really dynamic depending on my pickup choice and how soft or heavy my strokes are. I usually set it just shy of that and push it with OD pedals. This, for the most part, covers most of the tonal ground that I will want to do with a gig. It can do metal with my electro harmonix metal muff pedal, but this sounds best using a serious 4x12 cab. Otherwise it's speaker sounds great, especially now that I've had a chance to break it in a bit. If you want a simple amp that doesn't break up at too low a volume but just low enough to be dynamic with a drummer, this is the amp for you!
It is built like a tank. It sounds great.
You get much more than you pay for.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Little Tube Amp

By Violentist

from Boone, NC

Fantastic little tube amp for the price. It sounds great in my apartment and its loud enough to play smaller venues. Takes pedals very well and has fantastic vintage tone.I took a point off of features because it has very little in the way of tonal shaping but hey, that's what pedals are for. I also wish I had a little more headroom for a clean sound. Even on the 5-watt setting you get some breakup with the Volume knob at 5 or so. Even so, fantastic amp and totally worth the price.



By John Crocker

from Magnolia, Tx

I purchased this amp used (but it still had hang tags on it) @ Guitar Center Arlington on 4-16-11 as a replacement for my HotRod Deluxe as it has been gigged constantly for many years and is kinda getting fragile, and also just too loud for Sunday mornings. I am truly impressed with this unit! I play an American Special Telecaster (with Texas Special Tele pickups) and a SRV Strat. Effect wise, I do not run much, just either a Digitech Hardwire series Tube Overdrive, my trusty TS-9, or my Diaz Texas Squareface, and a EH Small Stone Phaser (Waylonizer). This amp is a godsend. It is clean as can be, perfect for what I do (playing western gospel music) and sounds like a dream mic'd up. The only down side is not standby switch.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Good Start ...

By HurleyisasHurleydoes

from fl

Lets face the facts were not all rock stars or millionaires right? So if you live an apartment or god forbid at home with the folks still this is a good amp to have. So lets start with the up side, it has a 3 band eq, volume control, 3w/5w switch. The down side for me is that it simply does not have and effects loop or gain control. But here's the deal for me the clean doesn't break up until around 7 on the vol. So it is easy to get a clean tone out this amp at a decent volume and the speaker is very nice a smooth tone that leans towards the bass end. When you put an OD pedal in front of this little guy he kranks out some sweet sounds and in my opinion kids if you can't get a good sound out of a standard eq and a few pedals somethings wrong. Get a good OD & Delay, sit down and start having a blast. I bought this amp and I got no regrets. P.S if you remove the logo on the front this one hot looking amp

(13 of 98 customers found this review helpful)


Are you serious?

By R. E. Viewer

from Nashville, Tenn.

Okay, I'm sick of every single piece of gear on having a 5-star rating. When I saw one for THIS AMP, I put my foot down. No, I don't own this amp and never would. I played it once for about three minutes and that was all the time it took to realize 1) it sounded like wet trash 2) any features or controls it had were entirely useless 3) " ...The open back tuned design and (blue frame) Blackheart model 1216A Speaker by Eminence is the fruit of extensive research involving Crate and Eminence ..." YEAH RIGHT!! Seriously, let's be legit in our reviews please. This amp is a 5-Watt box which may or may not emit noise from time to time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect Combo Amp

By Thomas777

from GA

This amp is a good solution to the volume issue in terms of playing at home without sacraficing your tone. You can get a lot of mileage out of lower powered amps like this. This amp has some realy good features but I did convert the P/T switch into a stand by switch. I consider this an unavoidable change if you're realy looking to get years of use out of it. The 3-band tone stack is a blessig and it has good cabinetry to as well. And the options for a speaker upgrade is unlimmited. This amp is a no-brainer at this price point.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By Thomas Hornig

from Studio City, CA

A friend of mine recomended this amp to me and I am amazed... I needed a small amp with heart and a bit of byte for my studio that is not too loud and affordable. This little Giant fits the bill. It even sounds great with running acoustic guitar through it. I added the Bitmo 10-nuator so that I can turn it up more without blasting everybody away :) Anyway, great sound, solid design, great price!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Can't ask for anything better

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've been playing this for about 6 months and the Bottom line is that I love this amp and couldn't ask for anything better. Turn this all the way up and the natural tube break up sounds awsome; I don't event want to use pedals with it. Plus, when it distorts, it responds exceptionally well to changes in picking, pickups, and guitar volume so you can leave it cranked and go from a roaring overdrive to a cleaned up tone just by picking lighter. If you don't believe me, check out some clips on youtube and compare this amps overdrive with any other tube amp out there. Has plenty of head room and gets very, very loud. I live in a pretty small apartment and have to run it through an attenuator so I don't get arrested. Plus, if you do need pedals, it takes them very well. I'm a fan and would recommend it to anyone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good as Original Great with JJ tubes!

By Carlsbad Man

from Carlsbad, CA

I bought this amp and was very satisfied with the purchase until the tubes went out one day. But wait that is the good news. I popped a JJ EL84 and a EH preamp tube and this thing is now AWESOME. Don't even want to use my pedals now. Sounds like an amp worth fives the price. Change the tubes and this is the best amp for the money. I'm just a real normal play for fun guitarist here but trust me.

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