The BH5H Little Giant amplifier head has a truly classic boutique design delivered in a robust, stylish package. With a switchable pentode/triode selector and 3-band EQ controls, you get the only amp ... Read More
The BH5H Little Giant amplifier head has a truly classic boutique design delivered in a robust, stylish package. With a switchable pentode/triode selector and 3-band EQ controls, you get the only amp head 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 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head represents zealous dedication to true quality in tone, looks, and ruggedness. Under its sexy exterior you'll find a 16-gauge steel chassis, 1/2" corner radiuses, and meticulous Tolex work ensuring years of reliable performance. Powered by an EL84 and voiced through a 12AX7 preamp tube.
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Let me start out by saying that I am a tube amp fan from the get go. Two of my main amps now are the Carvin MTS 3200, both the half stack and the combo. This little amp, powered by 12AX7 pre amp and the EL84 power tube, delivers the same classic tone that I've come to expect from my amps. It powers the 4x12 Carvin cabinet,4 British Celestions, with power to spare. The amount of genuine tube distortion is easily controlled from the SRV 'bite' to Frijid Pink full distortion. Leaving the toggle switch set to 5w, the 3 band EQ set at noon, and adjusting the volume control you can go from Fender clean and sparkly to Marshall thick and crunchy. By using the 3 band EQ, you can color those tones in infinite ways. The tonal arsenal available to you is amazing. Now let's open up the headroom and click that toggle to 3w. Much cleaner and even more tones available. Talk about LOUD, it drives my 4x12 to the rumble point, shaking the walls where my guitars hang. This is the perfect practice amp, recording amp. Hell, I would buy a 2x12 cabinet and use it onstage (loud enough for small venues, or mic the thing). And the price is right. Less than $200! And if you are of the mind to Hot Rod this beauty, then there are after market companies who would do just that. But don't take just my word. Do as I did and go out to YouTube and compare this little wonder with any of the other micros out there. It's a winner hands down!
I am primarily a bass player that horses around a bit on guitar. I have owned a Fender Champ 600 that, while nice, was limited by its small speaker. The next step for me was the Frontman 25R with the Ragin' Cajun speaker swap. Nice little amp, definite volume that could hang with the drummer I was playing with at the time but it just lacked that distinct tube sound. Enter the Blackheart Little Giant. Wow. I am very please running the head through my 2x10 Bass Cabinet. I really like having the option of running 4/8/16 ohm cabinets on the back of the Blackheart head, having sometimes 4 or sometimes 8 ohm cabinets at hand. I also really like the pentode/triode switch on the front giving a hot five watts output with a little high end hiss or a warm, round three watts, which is maybe my favorite. Tone, tone, tone. Played flat out the Little Giant is just so full of tubey goodness you can t help but smile. Nothing else like it in the world and its about as loud as you will ever need to be at home, maybe could keep up with a light handed drummer but mic'd on stage it would be all you would ever need. The Little Giant takes pedals very well. My tube overdrive is really just wasted but a little delay gives great space and ambience to my sound. There may be a reverb pedal in my future, but the tube crunch makes no FX loop or reverb tank on the Blackheart head worth the sacrifice. Not at all disappointed after my first week of ownership.
I bought the Blackheart head hoping to enjoy true tube distortion at tolerable volume levels. This little amp is perfect. I highly recommend changing the preamp tube to a Groove Tube Gold, run it through a good 12" speaker, and you will have a boutique amp that sounds as good or better than any other more expensive amp on the market. Once I replaced the preamp tube, I was amazed at the crisp yet smooth sound of this little amp (nice work on the circuit board too). It also has great low end for a 5W amp but it breaks up a bit early if you're looking for a clean tone only.
believe it or not, i found this little guy at a vendor for a ham radio festival. now, i was skeptical to buy it, being it had 60 hours on it. but, i got it anyways. i brought it home, finding that it smelt like a smoking room. i let it warm up, plug in my boss, and oh my gosh does it scream! the 3 watt is very subtle, very earthy round sound, turn it up a little and you have a beautiful clean tone, 5 watt is just a tiny amount of break up, but with a distortion pedal, dear god. watch out. this guy is LOUD. very very very loud. but still so sweet of a tone at that volume...
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