The Blackheart Killer Ant BH1H is a boutique-quality tube amp for the garage-playing musician that follows the tradition of Blackheart Engineering's Little Giant 5 amp. The Killer Ant amplifier head f... Read More
The Blackheart Killer Ant BH1H is a boutique-quality tube amp for the garage-playing musician that follows the tradition of Blackheart Engineering's Little Giant 5 amp. The Killer Ant amplifier head features Class-A, single-ended circuitry. The Blackheart Killer Ant guitar amp delivers the complete, classic, touch-responsive tube tone you need but at more manageable volumes for apartment dwellers and recording sessions.
Designed on a beer-stained cocktail napkin and prototyped, built, and tested in a one-car garage in Austin, TX, the little Killer Ant amp head is engineered to the same strict standards as the Little Giant 5 guitar amp, and delivers the tones and attitude you want when tone is everything and volume needs to be kept in check. The Killer Ant amp embraces 100% classic all-tube circuitry, but instead of a high power tube output section, it boasts a clever, all-tube power block pumping out a mere fraction of 1W. What you get is arena-rock tone at bedroom levels and no more angry neighbors.
Like its big bro, the Killer Ant guitar amplifier features completely overbuilt component specs, from 1W resistors in the signal path to double-sided PCB with 2 oz. traces. Even its diminutive cabinet, just over palm-sized, is built to take a beating with its 15-ply (18mm) void-free wood covered in durable black tolex. Final touches include distinctive white piping accents and a salt-and-pepper cloth-covered front baffle. 4-, 8-, and 16-ohm extension speaker jacks allow you to hook the Blackheart Killer Ant guitar amp head into virtually any cab you like, including a 4x12.
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If you want a bedroom amp with a Marshall snarl too it, this is it. I got this head a couple days ago and wasn't expecting much (paid $99 used). Getting an AC/DC type tone is as easy as plugging in through a rock distortion on low gain, and it is dead on. Dave at the store i ordered it from suggested a Super Lead pedal after hearing the tone i was looking for. After following Daves idea of how to chain it, getting a VH1 tone came around with some work. One pedal that i found essential with this is an EQ. I am running the amp through a Blackstar single cab, and with only a volume it sounds a bit thin, adding the Boss EQ gave it a ton of depth, also the level works like a master vol.
I've been playing bedroom levels now for 15 years. The feedback/crunch sound has been elusive, once in a blue moon. Now I have it on a daily basis. This is my 3rd Class A in a row, and my favorite. the tubes scream for forgiveness and I give no Quarter. Very Marshallish, or think Zappa Pignose. With pedals its just loud enough to get drowned out by small drums. I kinda wish it were a tad louder, but if it was I wouldn't push the tubes as hard as I do now. Prices will probably drop in future. But if you got the $, it's worth every nickel. All the components are there as with any amp, to include the 4/8/16 Ohm option which is a dream. It does need a standbye, which I've installed effortlessly before. I've got it running through 2X12s. If you like to play like Frampton or Sabbath at comfortable listening levels, look no further.
Big tone at low volume so you won't go deaf rocking out. True tube tone for classic voicings. Works great with an Analogman Silver Mod Maxon Tube Screamer with KWS upgrade. PRS and Strat friendly tones. Add a Pod for great tone any way you want it. As good as it gets for studio/home use.
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