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Blackheart BH5H and BH112 Little Giant Half Stack

 
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Great tube sound at a smal size and price

Sound I originally got on the Epiphone Valve Jr band wagon then bought my Little Giant. There was no comparison in sound for me. I loved the Little Giant right away and stopped using the Valve JR and sold it. I can get some great tones easily and the amp love pedals. No shortage of inspiring sounds coming from my BH5H. Everything I've thrown at it so far has sounded great but I'm only using it at home for practice and recording. I play loud with my band and I'm not sure the LG could handle that.


Reliability So far I've had no problems with it. It stays on for long periods and never complains.


Customer Support Never contacted the company. Probably never will unless I try to seek an endorsement.


Liked about it I like that it has a tone stack which allows me to tailor my sound easily. I also like that there is a wattage output option. It's minor but it's enough that I can tame things a bit if I find myself getting too loud at 5 watts. lol The cabinet for the head is also sturdy so I feel like my small investment will stand the test of time.


Didn't like There isn't a single thing I don't like about it. It does it's job very well.


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5.0

By Spudman
Nov 14, 2009
 
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Good sound

Sound You can't get any simpler than having a volume & tone controls at your fingertips. You'll need to crank the volume knob up to about the 2:00PM position before you start saturating the tube, and then the sweet sound starts coming through. I've used this amp in both 3W and 5W settings. The hot pickups on my JEM7V tend to make this amp slide into overdrive very nicely in both modes, but the 5W mode just sounds better.

I've also placed my Satchurator distortion pedal between the guitar and the amp, but I didn't really care for any of the distorted tones. Mainly the amps clean tones and its own overdrive by itself are what I really like from this amp.

I've used it as a rehearsal amp (10x20 sized room), for which seems to fill nicely with sound. It doesn't make the best practice amp at home unless you, your family, and your dog can handle it cranked into overdrive without getting thrown out of the house! It would be fine for small clubs. Larger gigs most certainly would require it being mic'd into a PA system.


Reliability It seems well built. I'd bring it to small clubs and use it without a PA.


Liked about it Great tone for the money. Great rehearsal amp (in a large room!) or for small gigs.


Didn't like You can't get good tones out of this amp at anything but the higher volume settings. A separated gain control and an effects loop would also be a very welcome additions!


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By PortlandAxe
Oct 24, 2009
 
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Every thing you need nothing you don't

Sound This has been my main amp for practicing and small gigs as of late. It's meat and potatoes bare bones simple. One channel, no overdrive, no reverb. I have played everything from my Jem and RG7620 to my Gretsch 5120 and telecaster through it and every guitar has sounded great. Plugged straight in with it set to 5 watts you get an articulate clean tone that breaks up nicely when cranked or when you hit the guitar hard. For distortion I've been using a Boss DS-1 and an Ibanez TS808 overdrive. With these two pedals I get every kind of distortion/overdrive I would want out of this amp. The 3 watt setting is obviously more reserved sounding. The main benefit of this setting is that there's a lot more head room.


Reliability I've gigged and practiced with this amp for the past couple years and have had no problems with it at all.


Customer Support Never had to call support so I couldn't tell you.


Liked about it Great tone at reasonable volumes. Very versatile. Awesome natural tube overdrive. Very simple layout and set up. Plug in and go. Would be a great little amp for anyone's home studio. Did I mention it's dirt cheap for class A tube tone?


Didn't like Occasionally I wonder what this amp would be like if it had an on board reverb or overdrive/distortion. But then again that might rob the amp of it's simple charm.


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5.0

By Jemwielder
Jun 29, 2010
 
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