I've been wanting a little practice amp for my living room. I tried a few and finaly settled on a Kustom Tube 12.
The Kustom Tube 12 is a solid state amp with a tube preamp. It has one 8" Celestion speaker. Gain, volume, bass, treble, as well as a switch to turn on the gain and a switch that sort of puts the amp out of phase. There is an external speaker jack and a headphone jack.
I have to say this little thing sounds great. The clean is very full and bassy. You would think it is a much larger amp when you hear it. The distortion is nice when on about 3-5, just a cool overdrive sound, but not great for metal sounds. It get plenty distorted but doesn't sound very smooth with the gain all the way up. I've been playing an RG and a Strat through the amp and it sounds better with single coils. Very full big sounding little amp. The phase switch thins out the sound which is good for playing really quiet when others in the house might be sleeping and it also sounds kind of cool with the gain all the way up. Sort of a Brian May kind of sound. The clean channel is not overly loud but it is super clean and full sounding. With the gain switch on the amp is much louder. If you into modern sounding high gain you probably wouldn't like this amp too much. Maybe with a distortion pedal you could get a good metal sound. For clean and overdrive it's great.
I might take it jamming some time just for kicks. I'll mike it and I bet it sounds huge through the PA.
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