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Randall RG50TC 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

 
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Sound Well there are 2 channels, clean and dirty. The clean channel has a boost function that can be used for extra grit or drive or simply as a boost if used with a distortion or overdrive pedal. The drive channel however has 2 slightly different voicings, modern and vintage. Both can be controlled by the 4 way foot switch that is sold separately. There really isn't much difference to either voicings, other than to say the modern voicing h as aslightly tighter bottom end. It is handy though as you can set the drive settings independently of one another which is also useful for guitar solo boost functions. However, it's not all good. Because the the amp uses five gain stages the sound is very compressed, and when you wind back on the guitars volume the sound stays very compressed and can be very muddy. This amp really is a modern metal amp of the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier type. Using high amounts of gain the sound can become very muddy if your not careful and if your other guitarist has an amp with less gain stages, your probably going to be drowned out by a wall of mid range as the amps projection is not that good. However, if you like a Megadeath type tone look no further, this is the amp for you! The clean channel is better than a Marshall clean channel but it's still a bit lack lustre, having said that,it does do a pretty good Marshall Plexi when wound up. Having said that I use EL34 valves which aren't really known for their clean sound. You can in fact swap the valves to 6L6'S to give a cleaner overall tone.


Reliability I've not had any problems with it in a year of ownership.


Customer Support As above.


Liked about it I liked the boost functions of both channels which are very handy. Effects loop boost and the reverb isn't bad. The modern voicing really sounds great when soloing.


Didn't like Randall almost hit the spot with this amp, however, giving the amp 5 gain stages for the drive channelwas a bad idea. There's far too much compression on both channels, and it makes the amp sound very muddy, which is why i'm selling it. They should have designed a 4 gain stage instead, it would have been a lot better for it, and maybe reworked the clean channel to give it a bit more chime. The amp is also very noisy. I see they have addressed this with the new 3 channel RT Series, which from what I can tell sounds great.


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3.0

By longi
May 24, 2010
 
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You may be disappointed...

Sound I tried this with a pair of EMG 81's in an Ibanez SZ320. Not really noisy in the time I took trying it, the cleans are ok, nothing amazing. The Distortion sucked on the one I tried, couldn't get much more than a warm tone out of it (and not a great one at that), distortion does NOT seem versatile. Other amps SMOKED it for sound (e.g. Peavey Valveking), no question. I'm sorry but I disagree with the other reviewer on sound!


Reliability Seems reliable, I would just say the tubes are the only things that will break down for a while.


Customer Support Never dealt with Randall.


Liked about it I liked:
-Clean Boost is a nice touch
-Comes stock with Celestion seventy 80.
-2 mode per channel is a good idea.


Didn't like I didn't like:
-I couldn't seem to get many tones out of it.
That's it really, what do features matter if it doesn't sound good?


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3.0

By Guitarist-Jonny
Oct 19, 2009
 
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Great sound but...

Sound Let's start this first review... I play everything from pop-rock to metal and I wanted a tube amp with a good amount of gain but still with a pleasant clean sound. (played with Ibanez RG 20th, Jem 77V, ICT700, Epiphone G-310 and a whammy pedal). I tried a lot of amps ended with this 50w combo. It's a 2 channel all tube amp with four modes, from the Randall site: Clean, Clean with Boost, Classic Hi-Gain, Modern Hi-Gain. It has a Celestion seventy 80 speaker, 6l6 tubes and spring reverb. It sounds well in every situation, even at low volumes.


Reliability now, the bad point: the Classic channel started to fuzz (like when you put your finger on top of a connected jack cable) a few time after the warranty expired and as i'm writing the problem it's still not solved (i'll try to fix this by myself, if I find out it's not a great thing to repair, but still...)


Customer Support I've never dealt with the company.


Liked about it - great, versatile sound. you can switch from great cleans to a blues crunchy sound to a hi-gain distortion, and this amp will always sound good.
- it's easy to carry around for its small dimensions and it has a great volume reserve. you can play it at home, with the band, practicing or at gigs, its voice will be heard :)
- the reverb sounds better than your medium amp reverb


Didn't like - the Classic channel issue, obviously.
- I wish it had two separate eq's for the two drive modes. it has two eq's by the way, but for clean/drive.
- nothing more, i rated it four hoping the channel issue to be fixed soon.


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4.0

By BeboRock91
Oct 08, 2009
 
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