Kustom's Defender V30 is an EL-34 or 6L6-powered, 50W tube combo amp that provides an intoxicating blend of smoking tones and special, boutique-style features. One element that gives the V30 its speci... Click To Read More About This Product
Kustom's Defender V30 is an EL-34 or 6L6-powered, 50W tube combo amp that provides an intoxicating blend of smoking tones and special, boutique-style features. One element that gives the V30 its special tone is an exclusive preamp called Duo-Mod. This proprietary Kustom circuit utilizes traditional Volume and Master Volume controls, but thatâs where the similarity ends. When turning the Volume control down to get cleaner tones, the Duo-Mod circuit progressively reduces gain in multiple locations throughout the preamp, unlike competitive amplifiers. The result is stunning clarity throughout the Gain controlâs entire range. In other words, clean tones get cleaner and medium-gain tones stay chunkier and dynamic, while not sacrificing their higher-gain potential.
In the medium-to-high gain ranges, the Kustom Duo-Mod circuit progressively adds gain in multiple locations throughout the preamp. The result is smoking hot rock tones with punch and clarity that set it apart from the competition. In essence, the Kustom Duo-Mod circuit produces a wide variety of tones from a deceptively simple one-channel amplifier without the need for additional gain switches or controls.
Another great aspect of the Defender V30 is that its Master Volume doesnât merely control the overall amplifier level. It also optimizes the ampâs overall EQ to produce perfectly tweaked tonal results no matter how the input Volume and Master Volume controls are set. For example, when the input Volume is cranked for distortion and the Master is set lower, the ampâs midrange and high-end are adjusted to eliminate any harshness. This system lets you make large changes in gain settings with minimal adjustments of tone controls.
For added flexibility, there is also a Master Volume Bypass switch, which allows you to entirely disable the Master from the circuit to achieve the penetrating tone and headroom of vintage, non-Master type amplifiers. Itâs perfect if you like to use outboard overdrive and distortion boxes to spice up your sound. For even more power amp gain, a variable Power Amp Boost control provides up to 10dB of footswitchable volume that is perfect for making guitar solos stand out in the mix.
Other features include two EL34 output tubes, three 12AX7 preamp tubes, a 12-inch Celestion speaker and a Bright switch that provides either a fuller, American-style bass response or a tighter, British flavored low end. A playerâs preference of either EL34 or 6L6 power tubes may be used in the Defender, thanks to a switch which adjusts the ampâs bias circuitry accordingly â perfect for guitarists who like to experiment with their tonal options.
A classic spring reverb circuit provides everything from a warm, ambient effect to an all-out cavernous wash of sound.
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