Epiphone Valve Junior Combo Amp  

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Single-ended Class A electronics in a funky retro cabinet! 5W push the 8" speaker.

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Single-ended Class A electronics in a funky retro cabinet! 5W push the 8" speaker.

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4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The 70's in a box

What a great little tube amp. Don't even use effects at first. Just plug in and play with the volume settings. You'll be amazed at the different tones to get. Want crunchy?...Read complete review

What a great little tube amp. Don't even use effects at first. Just plug in and play with the volume settings. You'll be amazed at the different tones to get. Want crunchy? Turn it up then back off the volume on your guitar. Want clean, do the opposite. I don't know where you can get a real tube amp for this price. Anybody want to buy my old solid state practice amp? I'm never gonna play it again.

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Poor Excuse for a Valve Amp

I have to say these are the WORST sounding tube amplifiers on the market besides maybe some of the other offerings from Peavey, Fender, and Bugera (I can't speak for the AC4TV)....Read complete review

I have to say these are the WORST sounding tube amplifiers on the market besides maybe some of the other offerings from Peavey, Fender, and Bugera (I can't speak for the AC4TV). Being an amp builder I bought one just to see what it would take to actually make it a decent sounding amp. It took me 2-3 months to get a good tone out of it and I tried several different output transformers, circuit topologies, speakers, and valves. It now sounds like a monster boutique amp - and guess what! It doesn't happen for a few bucks. I gutted everything but the power transformer and handwired a turret board circuit in place. I probably spent another $250 on parts before I got it where it is. It now has a proper output transformer, a 6V6 output tube, a tone control and a Jenson MOD 8-20 speaker (the best 8" speaker I could find) - the stock speaker was OK with the stock circuit but fizzled out with any more drive. It has almost no headroom but what do you want from a 5W tube amp? A little breakup at low volumes I would hope... That's what mine has now but alot more gain, a sweet midrange, a nice tight, controlled bass and smooth singing highs... DO NOT EXPECT THIS FROM THE STOCK AMP... it is dull, un-articulate, grainy, and gets a nasty metallic sound on the highs. Also don't fall for the hype of kits and the like - nothing is going to transform this amp short of a complete rebuild with a totally different topology - I've tried ALL of the popular mods and non work very well... it still sounds like a Valve Junior. I've played better SS amps to be honest and I am a valve amp purist. Save your money... buy something that was actually engineered and crafted by musicians - the amp is just as important as your guitar, if not more - support American builders... not this Chinese wanna-be!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 watts of all tube glory

By James Gower

from Nowhere Oklahoma

The one volume knob made me skeptical at first. Then I played through it. Clean tones, no hum. Great response to pick attack. And after I cranked it past half I was in love. My SG sings through this little monster. I like it even better through my 1x12 cab (it's got a Eminence in it as well so I can't speak for the sound through others). If the breakup isn't enough for you line your pedals up in front of it. I have the version three so the problems that others mention may have something to do with the quality control involved and when they got all of the bugs worked out. But a few tips to get even better sound out of it, get it off of the floor, on a chair at least, break the speaker in right, with some extremely low volume playing for about 8-10 hours and then really give it a workout. It ages like a fine wine and sounds better after everyday. I might have to find another one.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What? Practice amp?

By Michael

from Enola, PA

I needed a replacement for my 160w solid state Peavey and decided on a low watt tube replacement. I use this puppy live in the clubs or wherever I'm playing patched into a 2x12 Peavey speaker cab and a Vox Tonelab LE on the front end and - well, Lets just say this baby sings. No problems with volume at all - In fact, It has much more volume than I'll ever need. (We mic our instruments) This really is a low cost high quality amp. (I can't understand the one star ratings...) mvh

 
4.0

well worth it!

By fred

from willow grove pa

I do agree with one writer, a standby switch is cheap and would make a great deal of difference, hence the four out of five stars. Other than that, the price, the fact that it is truly tube driven and it's small enough to go anywhere really. I mean come on what a deal. Put a good OD pedal in front of it and your ready for anything. One volume knob is the way to go, if you got the money to burn i recommend buying one. You won't be disappointed!

(1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor Excuse for a Valve Amp

By VTAmpsUSA

from Rochester, NY

I have to say these are the WORST sounding tube amplifiers on the market besides maybe some of the other offerings from Peavey, Fender, and Bugera (I can't speak for the AC4TV). Being an amp builder I bought one just to see what it would take to actually make it a decent sounding amp. It took me 2-3 months to get a good tone out of it and I tried several different output transformers, circuit topologies, speakers, and valves. It now sounds like a monster boutique amp - and guess what! It doesn't happen for a few bucks. I gutted everything but the power transformer and handwired a turret board circuit in place. I probably spent another $250 on parts before I got it where it is. It now has a proper output transformer, a 6V6 output tube, a tone control and a Jenson MOD 8-20 speaker (the best 8" speaker I could find) - the stock speaker was OK with the stock circuit but fizzled out with any more drive. It has almost no headroom but what do you want from a 5W tube amp? A little breakup at low volumes I would hope... That's what mine has now but alot more gain, a sweet midrange, a nice tight, controlled bass and smooth singing highs... DO NOT EXPECT THIS FROM THE STOCK AMP... it is dull, un-articulate, grainy, and gets a nasty metallic sound on the highs. Also don't fall for the hype of kits and the like - nothing is going to transform this amp short of a complete rebuild with a totally different topology - I've tried ALL of the popular mods and non work very well... it still sounds like a Valve Junior. I've played better SS amps to be honest and I am a valve amp purist. Save your money... buy something that was actually engineered and crafted by musicians - the amp is just as important as your guitar, if not more - support American builders... not this Chinese wanna-be!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp, great sound!

By Aaron Lewis

from Painesville, OH

Very sturdy with good sound. Gotta love the fact that it's tube! If you are practicing at home or even playing with a band(if your not too loud) this is a good amp. It's all about liking your sound. Because even if you play out, they have PA systems to hook your amp up to. Eric Clapton has played full stadiums with a 5 watt tube! At just before half volume you've got your maximum volume. Past that you get a good crunchy gain with a very 70s feel. It's about as loud as a trumpet. Great buy! Can't beat it for the price. I'd take this over any 15 watt solid state. If you need something bigger and the money is no big deal, get the Fender Blues Jr.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great practice amp!!

By john

from chicago

i got this amp combo'd with my epi les paul 100. At first i was skeptical about this thinkg with the volume control only. was i wrong. this amp is amazing. i have a boss DS-1 distortion pedal hooked up to it and it sounds amazing. i recommend this amp to any beginner guitar player that is just looking for a great, affordable, amp.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great amp!

By Albert

from america

this amp is awesome! I bought it and i was shocked from the great sound . Just get your self a boss ds-1, or if you on a higher budget get a ibanez TS9 tube screamer, and your ready to go. this amp is one cool amp. it looks like its straight from the 70s. one gnarly amp. Will Keep forever

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Combo Review

By halohaulc 111

from minnesota

Wow is all I can say! I mostly play Blues and I needed a small amp to take to Gig's I got this amp with the Epi LP 100 performance pack and it was perfect! It has great sound for one nob. The one the have on stock is not as high performance as the bundle one though, which sucks. :-D

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Exactly what you'd expect

By simpleton

from Chicago, IL

There really isn't a lot to say when it comes to this amp, it's exactly what you would expect when you think about it. It doesn't have a lot of features, and though that is something that I like in my equipment I do think this could've done with a standby switch. I play a standard strat and an Ibanez Artcore through this and I get the great sound of both guitars. For being as small as it is, when the volume gets turned up, you get just the right amount of breakup and boy can this get really loud. Don't let the small size fool you, you can annoy your neighbors with this easily. Put a Boss DS-1 in front of it and you get a great simple setup with a lot of possibilities.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Had this for a week

By Sam

from Cary NC

I got one of these last week. It sounds very clean below half volume but gets distorted quickly so you can play a variety of sounds from just the volume control. Though it has some weird design problems (AC power goes too close to signal lines on the PCB) that cause it to hum like a 1940's radio set, if you want class A tube sound in a practice amp for cheap you'll love it.

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