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Ibanez WT80 80W 1x15 Wholetone Jazz Guitar Combo Amp

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Ibanez have been making some of the finest jazz guitars on the market for over 30 years with the George Benson model. It's only natural that they make jazz guitar amps of comparable quality.The Ibanez... Click To Read More About This Product

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Ibanez have been making some of the finest jazz guitars on the market for over 30 years with the George Benson model. It's only natural that they make jazz guitar amps of comparable quality.

The Ibanez WT80 was made to provide clean jazz tone at a loud level. With a 15" speaker pumping 80W of power, this amp does just that. A DSP-based precision limiter ensures your sound will stay clean even at a high volume.

The 80 watts of power and 15-inch speaker pack plenty of punch, while the arsenal of Chorus, Reverb, and 3-band EQ with separate Tone control add a variety of tonal options at your fingertips.

Chorus & Reverc Effects
Chorus and reverb controls allow you to add depth and space to your sound. The Aux inputs separate volume conrol lets you blend just the right amount of backing tracks with ease.

3 band EQ+Tone
Aside from its 3 bad EQ, an additional tone control allows you to adjust the overall tonal character of the amp.


  • Watt Dedicated Guitar Amplifier
  • 15" Custom-Made Coaxial Speaker
  • 4-Band EQ
  • Small size, Light weight
  • Switchable Chorus With Speed And Depth Control
  • Reverb With Level Control
  • Aux in W/ Level Control
  • Headphone out W/ Stereo FX
  • output: 80W@4Ω
  • speaker: Special Tuned 15" Speaker
  • controls: Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Tone, Master-Volume, Aux-Volume, Chorus, Reverb
  • i/o's: Input, Aux Input, Headphones Out with Stereo FX
  • cabinet: Ported Cabinet
  • size (mm): 440(W) x 366(D) x 500(H)
  • size (inch): 17.3"(W) x 14.4"(D) x 19.7"(H)
  • weight: 17.6kg [38.8lbs]
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


This amp may not be for you


from Orlando, Florida

October 2011: I am 65 years old, and a very picky musical instrument buyer, and very picky what sound I want to get out of my guitar and amp. So, I researched a lot by reading reviews. In October, I bought a Gretsch G-5120 hollow body archtop guitar. I then bought Monster Jazz cables to filter out static, and help give warm tones. And, I then bought the Ibanez Wholetone amp. Put it all together, I got a very clean warm tones at "any" volume level. As you may know, most amps will start to get muddy (distortion) when your volume goes over "3" setting. Not, this amp! However, it really does not seem to be a full 80 watts full volume. I have a small Fender 25 watt amp that is louder and not even turned up all the way. So, it is a good volume for small rooms, but you may need to Mic it for larger rooms. As stated, the tone in my setup is awesome, and I do love this amp. However, here are some things you may need to know, so you are not disappointed: (1) Yes, totally clean volume when volume totally turned all the way up, (2) It has a Gain knob, but there is "NO" distortion, per the Gain knob seems to "only" increase the volume, (3) There are "NO" numbers (0-10)for any of the control knobs, so you need to guess where you are setting each knob, (4) There is a very small on/off switch on the backside, which for me is annoying, per a solid-state should have a switch along side the control knobs, (5) It is larger than it appears in the photos, (6) is an a awkward looking large square box. (7) The square box makes it clumsy to carry and feels a lot heavier, (8) There is a headphone jack - if you want to blow your ear drums out, (9) The Chorus is pitifully poor, and (10) The reverb is great. I have been asked, if I could put effects pedals from my guitar cable to pedal to amp? Yes you can just like any amp. But, I do not know, if the sound would be great, per this amp is designed for the warm "Clean Jazz" sound. I also have been asked, if other types of guitars (such as solid body) would sound as good with this amp as a hollow body guitar? Yes, but each guitar has its own sound. So, test this amp out with whatever guitar you like, before you buy it For what I want, this amp is great. I love the warm clean tones. I do not care that it is not extremely loud; per I only play at home. I do not want a lot of effects modeling (waste of money for me), per I will never use them, and I hate constantly tweaking knobs from effects sound to effects sound, etc. For me, it is just too much work and boring waste of playing time. I can live with the little negative things I listed above, such as the switch on the backside and no numbers on the knobs. And, I do not like Chorus at all, or any distortion. Therefore, it is not a generic amp for everyone�ۡ���s taste. Yup, it may not be what you are seeking. So, ask yourself what are you seeking? And, if it is a clean warm Jazz sound amp, then test drive it (so to speak). I hope this helped you. If so, click on YES below

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


a polytone in disguise

By ruben rivera

from east Chicago In

I was very iffy on getting this amp because I though 4 the price it would be junk but was thought wrong this amp sounds the same to a poly tone but the difference is that. the poly tone had a 12 in. speaker and this has a 15 and chorus the poly tone is more expensive or was then compared to now so in my opinion this amp is a clean jazz amp 4 the price and well built to serve it's purpose as a jazz amp. It is a really loud amp and at 80 watts is good 4 stage and clubs to cut through the ensemble and big bands and good 4 jazz trios and quartets and quintets also so if you want a clean sounding to get that dark jazz sound and tone this is the amp to get. the eq's give you the shape of the nice jazz sound and tone. But the only flaw is the nobs have no numbers to dial in that sound you are just eyeball guessing and is nice but people like to be precise on dialing their sound. but all in all it is a good amp

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect tone and sound replication


from Poplar grove, Il

I wanted to get away from an amp that colored the tone in any preconcieved way and this amp delivers in spades! I plug into a Zoom G3 and then into my Visual Sound Stereo volume pedal and then into my amp(soon to be 2!). This amp delivers the most amazing tones and a very awesome surprise is the massive bottom end thanks to the 15" speaker and 2 port holes in the front at the bottom! When I bypass my effects the tone is warm and inviting or sharp and biting but always crystal clear, never muddy. Just a simple tweak of the eq(which really works) dial in the tone control and, viola!perfect tone!And did I mention loud. Oh also works killer for either my 12 string acoustic or my six string acoustic! Greatest amp on the planet!

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finely an affordable version of a polytone

By ruben rivera

from East Chicago In

I've been looking for an amp that is strictly for jazz (affordable mind you).This gives a jazz sound/tone like the other guys. At first I said it was going to sound poor but I was wrong. It made my jazz guitars sing warm tones the way a jazz amp should. The only flaw is that the control knobs don't have like other amps #'s. I always wanted an amp w/o distortion or overdrive like most amps. The amp means what it says 80w of pwr and at high volumes it stays clean and warm.


Get one while you can!


from Buena Vista, VA

The urgency in my title has to do with my hunch that Ibanez has discontinued this amp. In any case, if you play an archtop through an amp that does not do justice to your guitar, this may be what you're after. I've always thought about getting a Polytone, but felt a little shy regarding the price. For $379 the risk is not that huge, so I figured, why not? Not only has the amp met my expectations, but I'm elated by the tones I get from my two hollowbodies (Godin and Ibanez Custom Artcore). While the amp is designed to get these tones, I hear loud and clear the distinct character of each guitar. Many have commented on the excellent reverb. They're right. Many have commented on the poor chorus effect--I think it's not bad at a modest level. At high volumes, the amp performs beautifully and projects enough for playing in a combo. Of course, for solo playing, I can't image better. Tones are easily adjusted, and my guitar really does sound like Peter Bernstein's, or Russell Malone's, or George Benson's, (and so on). As far as my own playing goes . . . well, that's still a work in progress!

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