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WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 08:58 PM
WARNING HUGE WALL OF TEXT. JUST READ THE BOLD WORDS TO SAVE TIME ;)
ALL ARE COPYPASTA FROM OTHER SITES AND SOME I WROTE MY SELF :D

YOU CAN DISCUSS BLACKHEART AMPS, ASK QUESTIONS( i and other UG members who had played a blackheart will answer them) AND SHARE PIX AND CLIPS OF IT HERE :)

Brief Info:
Blackheart amps are a new line of all-tube guitar amps designed by Pyotr Belov. Designed in the USA and manufactured in China by Loud Technologies (Crate Amps, Ampeg), these amps combine low cost and great sound.
MODS, CLIPS, and another Killer Ant Explanation W/Pics (http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showpost.php?p=18252140&postcount=3)

THE AMPS:

The Blackheart Little Giant 5w amp(the most popular amp for its size and price)
http://www.americanmusical.com/ProductImages/Large/p47432.jpg
Blackheart Little Giant combo
http://www.americanmusical.com/ProductImages/Large/p47435.jpg

This is a truly classic boutique design amplifier delivered in a robust, stylish package. With a switchable pentode/triode selector and 3-band EQ controls, you get the only amp in its class to deliver true tonal range from instantaneous punch to deliciously greasy overdrive and with precise control over output volume.

Every feature of the Blackheart Little Giant Guitar Amplifier Head represents zealous dedication to true quality in tone, looks and ruggedness. Under its sexy exterior you'll find a 16 gauge steel chassis, 1/2 inch corner radiuses and meticulous tolex work insuring years of reliable performance. Powered by an EL84 and voiced through a 12AX7 preamp tube.

* 5W Single-Ended, Class A
* 4-, 8-, and 16-ohm Speaker Outs
* Solid State Rectifier
* Volume with 3-Band EQ
* Pentode (5W)/Triode (3W) Switch
* DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
* 11-ply (18mm) thick
* 12L x 17W x 11H inches
* 20 lbs.
* 16-gauge steel chassis
* 1/2 inch corner radiuses
* Meticulous tolex work to insure years of reliable performance
* The combo has a single speaker specially designed by Eminence

The Killer Ant 1w amp
http://www.americanmusical.com/ProductImages/Large/53573.jpg
The Killer Ant embraces 100% classic all tube circuitry but, instead of a high power tube output section, it boasts a clever, all tube power block pumping out a mere fraction of 1W. What you get is arena rock tone at bedroom levels. That means no more angry neighbors.

Like its big bro, it features completely overbuilt component specs, from 1W resistors in the signal path to double sided PCB with 2 oz traces. Even its diminutive cabinet, just over palm sized, is built to take a beating with 15 ply (18mm) void-free wood covered expertly in durable black tolex. Final touches include distinctive white piping accents and a salt & pepper cloth covered front baffle. 4, 8 and 16-ohm extension speaker jacks allow you to hook the Ant into virtually any cab you like, including a 4 X 12. However, its counterpart, the Killer Cab, is designed to be its perfect soul mate.

* <1 Watt RMS, Single-Ended, Class A
* Outputs: 1 x 16 ohm jack, 1 x 8 ohm jack, 1 x 4 ohm jack
* Solid State Rectifier
* Volume (the rest of the tone is in your hands and your guitar ;) )
* DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
* 15 ply, 18mm thick-void free plywood construction

The Handsome Devil 15w amp
http://www.americanmusical.com/ProductImages/Large/53571.jpg
http://www.americanmusical.com/ProductImages/Large/53572.jpg

Just like its predecessor and little brother, the Little Giant 5, the BHE Handsome Devil is overbuilt to last with features and components you'd expect on a hand built, much more expensive piece of gear. Both the head and combo feature dual power modes allowing the Gods of Rock to dial in responsiveness and headroom in either 15W or 7W output. Separate Master and Level controls put both awesome power and responsibility in the unwashed hands of mankind. 3 Bands of well-tuned EQ make for nearly infinite voicing. From big fat overdrive to plucky, just-about-to-squeal if you hit me a little harder grease, the Handsome Devil covers classic tube tone with as few knob turns as possible through a well thought out set of features in a tough as a tank package.

As expected, you get the simple elegance and robust component specs that mark Blackheart's designs. From 1W, carbon-film resistors in the signal path to beefy, double sided pcb with 2 oz traces, 16 gauge, precision folded and welded chassis and multi-ply, classically joined cabinetry, Blackheart is as serious about quality as they are about tone.

* 15 Watts, Push-Pull, Class A
* Outputs: 1 x 16 ohm jack, 2 x 8 ohm jacks, 2 x 4 ohm jacks
* Solid State Rectifier with tap for future mods
* Drive, Level, Treble, Mid, Bass and Presence controls
* Outputs: 1 x 16 ohm jack, 2 x 8 ohm jacks, 2 x 4 ohm jacks
* Pentode (15 Watts)/Triode (7 Watts) Switch
* DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
* 15 ply (18mm) thick-void free plywood construction
* 1W resistors in signal path, 2W & 5W resistors in power supply

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 08:59 PM
The Cabs
http://www.blackhearteng.com/images/prodPG_bh412.gif
http://www.blackhearteng.com/images/prodPG_bh112.gif
http://www.blackhearteng.com/images/prodPG_bh5hbh112.gif

Specifically voiced for closed back cabinets, the BH412ST features that rugged, we're in this for the long haul build quality that makes every Blackheart piece of gear a lifelong commitment to sounding your best, being your best and pissing off your neighbors. Rather than worry about how cheap we can make something (which to us, is like trying to see how ugly of a date you can get), we send these out your way with metal handles that'll hold their own for years and heavy-duty, metal casters that'll roll while you rock longer than most marriages last these days. These are sexy little boxes that feature meticulous tolex work wrapped around 15 ply (18mm) void-free wood cabs, classically joined and glued.

* 4 x 12 and 1x12 inch Straight Cabinet
* 1 and 4 Blackheart by Eminence Speakers (Model BH1216B), British-voiced and specially designed for closed back cabinets
* 300 Watts power handling
* Cabinet made of 15 ply, 18mm void-free plywood
* Parallel 1/4 inch input jacks to daisy chain multiple speaker cabinets from one source
* 16 ohms input impedance
* Metal handles
* Heavy duty removable casters included

The Hot Head
http://www.americanmusical.com/ProductImages/Large/53568.jpg

The Blackheart BH100H Hothead Guitar Amplifier Head takes the basic plug and play attitude of a world-class 100-watt workhorse head and puts just enough thoughtful features on it to be the most flexible amp in its class, not to mention several classes up. Two Power Modes (Class AB and Class A) divisible by Pentode (full power) and Triode (half power) operation put four unique, classic and powerful voices right at your fingertips and you won't need a Ph.D to get amazing tone; whether it's searing rock your face off at full volume riff work or plucky, responsive Class A blues when you're felling all deep and stuff.
* Class AB/Pentode: 100W of flesh searing power
* Class AB/Triode: 50W, tighter headroom, crisper gain, still hurts
* Class A/Pentode: 60W, lots of headroom before overdrive, nice and plucky
* Class A/Triode: 30W, less headroom, more responsive to your attack
Two-Channels, Separate EQs: The Hothead has two channels (Loud and F'N Loud), each selectable by a mini toggle on the faceplate or remotely via the included footswitch and each voiced through its own, dedicated EQ section. No more switching from one sound to the same sound in the middle of your jam. Dial in two distinct voices and rock on.

The LOUD Channel (aka One) is voiced to range from Crisp Cleans to Classic Rock and Heavy Blues tones.
Controls: Drive, Level, Treble, Middle, Bass

The F'N LOUD Channel (aka Two) is voiced to capture Classic Crunch to Sweet Overdriven Lead tones.
Controls: Gain, Level, Treble, Middle, Bass

Both channels share a Tube Driven Effects Loop that can be run in series or parallel modes (selectable by mini toggle on the amp's rear panel) and then hard bypassed, doubling as a footswitch-activated boost. Send and Return controls act as expected when in Effects loop Mode but allow you to tweak your Boost Volume when your effects are hard bypassed. Admit it...that's cool.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 09:03 PM
YOUTUBE VIDS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxguPJF_284
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tziffXtZ6e8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrQJ3OOE-mw (this one compares 3 amps)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebjKIG5-YO8(with POD X3L)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYj1_3A5ock(Blackheart amp clean, with reverb, delay and distortion pedals )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqXfowNGYjA (crate's blackheart promotion commercial)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4lOAxKFWjw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ykiak1PQNo (reviewof the HD)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvHUR8ROHA (blackheart's tones)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcvtxIeOO_Y (clean HD)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FZsFWO_0IE (Killer Ant 1w amp driving a full stack)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17czvlvNkzk&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bitmomusic.com%2Fvideos&feature=player_embedded (The LG Bitmo Mod)

OFFICIAL MODS
http://www.blackheartamps.com/mods.html
http://www.mercurymagnetics.com/pages/catalog/manufacturers/MM_blackheart.htm (for transwormer modifications and the MEAN 13 mod)
-Tube swap: The stock Chinese tubes have to go. Try a 12AT7. They sound a little smoother to my ears. Stick with the 12AX7 if you need a heavier gain(i use tung-sol 12ax7 and a JJ el84).

-Output transformer: The first mod you should do IMO. Tightens up the lows and smooths out the highs. Chords also ring out a little clearer. The Hammond 125ESE is a great, inexpensive OT. I've also read great things about the Doberman 20 watt SE OT.

-Tone stack mod: Replaces the tone stack pots and caps with different values. Gives you a much more usable tone stack. The exact values escape me, google it, the info's out there.

-Replace C2: Use a silver mica cap. Try a 390pf or a 500pf.
*pointed out by Jason43*

converting the triode/pentode switch (3w/5w switch) to a standby switch.
http://www.guitarnuts.com/amps/bh5h/index.php
*pointed by occub*

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the KA uses only pre amp tubes (pre amp tubes usually used on other tube amps) as both the preamp and poweramp section.
the result is a different taste compared with tube amps that use both conventional preamp and power amp tubes.
the tone is shaped by whatever characteristics the preamp tubes have.
(for example, on normal tube amps, if you use a JJ 12AT7, you notice the amp sounds a little dark. when i fitted the same tubes into the KA, the amp sounded as dark as hell.)
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/DSC03298.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/BH1Hcircuitory2.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/BH1HCircuitory1.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/BH1Hcircuitorylabelled.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/BH1Hcasing.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/BH1Hcasinginterior.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/BH5.jpg


*By daryle_goh*


OFFICIAL PRICELIST IN USD

Killer Ant = $179
Little giant = $199
Hot Head = $899
4x12 cab = $549
LG and HD cabs = $159
KH cab = $149
LG combo = $349
HD combo = $449

UGers submitted clipz
*reserved*

ShredGod George
01-20-2009, 09:06 PM
I love the tone on them espesially for the price

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 09:31 PM
I love the tone on them espesially for the price

me too they are very affordable brit sounding amps

yay 900th post :)

ShredGod George
01-20-2009, 09:45 PM
I think they blow away VJ's
but I want to see how the Vox Ac4's measure up to the current 5 watt tube stacks

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 09:48 PM
I think they blow away VJ's
but I want to see how the Vox Ac4's measure up to the current 5 watt tube stacks

i never saw or play the vox but based an the harmony central reviews on lit i think Blackheart wins.

darkarbiter7
01-20-2009, 09:50 PM
i never saw or play the vox but based an the harmony central reviews on lit i think Blackheart wins.

The AC4 hasn't even come out yet :confused:

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 09:52 PM
The AC4 hasn't even come out yet :confused:
http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar+Amp/product/Vox/AC4/10/1

i read this review on HC

darkarbiter7
01-20-2009, 10:15 PM
http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar+Amp/product/Vox/AC4/10/1

i read this review on HC

That's not the new AC4 though.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 10:17 PM
That's not the new AC4 though.

OHHHHH

ok

shadow__666
01-20-2009, 10:59 PM
I want a Hothead sooooo bad.

Mr.Camo
01-20-2009, 11:02 PM
Remember there's also an HD head for $349.99. :D

I'll hopefully pick up a Killer Ant soon.

I would really like a 30W version besides the Hothead, but I hope the Hothead is awesome as well.

SaintsofNowhere
01-20-2009, 11:03 PM
W00t! First page of the thread of an epic amp. :golfclap:

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 11:12 PM
Remember there's also an HD head for $349.99. :D

I'll hopefully pick up a Killer Ant soon.

I would really like a 30W version besides the Hothead, but I hope the Hothead is awesome as well.

i was gonna try the hot head in my GC but they still out of stock
and i wish they make 30w amps or even some sort of "METAL" amp that can compete with bugera's peavey copies

Mr.Camo
01-20-2009, 11:31 PM
i was gonna try the hot head in my GC but they still out of stock
and i wish they make 30w amps or even some sort of "METAL" amp that can compete with bugera's peavey copies

I reckon the Hothead will have enough gain for 80's into early thrash metal, I also know that it can go into 30 watt mode.

occub
01-20-2009, 11:37 PM
There's already 2 of these threads

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 11:40 PM
There's already 2 of these threads

ummm i already used the seearchbar and i cant find any onlies thread
link please.
and i think you're talking about blackSTAR this is blackHEART

occub
01-20-2009, 11:45 PM
ummm i already used the seearchbar and i cant find any onlies thread
link please.
and i think you're talking about blackSTAR this is blackHEART

No Blackheart, I used to own one and I had one subscribed... but to be honest after looking at the other one yours is much more detailed and looks like a solid thread so, forget the other ones. I'll dig up the links if you want but carry on.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-20-2009, 11:46 PM
thx i tried my best to keep this thread well informed.

splamron
01-21-2009, 01:34 AM
great thread man :cheers:

i want a little giant so bad!!!

silly hats
01-21-2009, 03:00 AM
Goddamn Billy Hyde Music, I was going to buy a little giant last week, but the Little giant head wasn't working(bet someone turned it on while not connected to cab). I put a deposit in and they'd order it in straight away from the wholesaler. They said it would in on friday, I've rang each day each of their replies are "Ugh, Im not sure, it will be in tomorrow". Grr, the hell that they care about customer satisfaction. Atleast tell me that its not going to be in at an accurate date. I mean they know how to restock things supposedly. been waiting for more than a week now.

/Rant


I was want to play the goddamn amp already and also open those boxes... :liplick:

Mr.Camo
01-21-2009, 03:05 AM
silly hats, it will definitely be worth the wait, I know it feels like forever waiting for your new baby. Be sure to crank that sucker though. :devil:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvHUR8ROHA
That video is a little reminder of what that amp can do.

necrosis1193
01-21-2009, 05:06 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FZsFWO_0IE&feature=related

^Proof that 100-watt heads are overrated. It's 1-watt and it's driving eight freaking speakers.

silly hats
01-21-2009, 06:31 AM
silly hats, it will definitely be worth the wait, I know it feels like forever waiting for your new baby. Be sure to crank that sucker though. :devil:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvHUR8ROHA
That video is a little reminder of what that amp can do.

Oh, I've been watching the tube each day while waiting. :rolleyes:

Rio38
01-21-2009, 09:38 AM
Seriously thinking about getting a Lil' Giant. Very small, bedroom practice space though. Afraid that it will be too loud for that area. Would this work well with an attenuator? If so, which one would be best?

Thanks.

Cagney1990
01-21-2009, 10:45 AM
From what I've seen it will be great for bedroom or you can mic it at gigs. I'll have mine tomorrow so i'll get back to you then.

Rio38
01-21-2009, 10:50 AM
From what I've seen it will be great for bedroom or you can mic it at gigs. I'll have mine tomorrow so i'll get back to you then.


I would appreciate the feedback on how loud it truly is and if an attenuator would help me out without losing the overdriven quality.

I was looking at the Lil' Giant or Handsome Devil, but I think the Handsome Devil may be too much for my needs. I have only been playing for 6 months so I don't want the whole neighborhood hearing my mistakes. :rolleyes:

311ZOSOVHJH
01-21-2009, 11:47 AM
good OP AlfWTF - and we needed a BH thread




I got mine in 2010 and sold the cab to a fellow UG'r but still have the 1w head. Here is mine :dance:


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I just got a 1w Killer Ant. It has a 12AX7 for both power and preamp and I replaced the V1 preamp tube with a JJ and made a great difference.

Here's mine, along with some other pr0n

http://i545.photobucket.com/albums/hh384/buckethead_311/Frontman/IMG_2447.jpg

http://i545.photobucket.com/albums/hh384/buckethead_311/Frontman/IMG_2501.jpg

http://i545.photobucket.com/albums/hh384/buckethead_311/Frontman/IMG_2500.jpg

http://i545.photobucket.com/albums/hh384/buckethead_311/Frontman/IMG_2451.jpg


I also have a clip called Sloppy Slide Blues :)

Rio38
01-21-2009, 11:54 AM
Just scored a Blackheart Lil' Giant and BH112 cab from eBay for $260 and stated in *mint* condition with free shipping. I am hoping it is truly in mint condition seeing that is pretty much a $90 savings.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-21-2009, 05:09 PM
Just scored a Blackheart Lil' Giant and BH112 cab from eBay for $260 and stated in *mint* condition with free shipping. I am hoping it is truly in mint condition seeing that is pretty much a $90 savings.

nice buy :)
you should try searching for the bitmo mod it gives you 3 different voicings.

Nilpferdkoenig
01-21-2009, 05:19 PM
Little Giant looks hot.

I'm gonna have to get me one for fun someday.

Jason43
01-21-2009, 05:38 PM
IMO, the LG is too loud for bedroom playing. Its a loud amp. Loud enough to hang with a drummer. 5 watts tube and 5 watts SS are two totally different experiences. Bedroom levels are just about completely clean.

Some of the more popular mods from different sites around the net:

-Tube swap: The stock Chinese tubes have to go. Try a 12AT7. They sound a little smoother to my ears. Stick with the 12AX7 if you need a heavier gain.

-Output transformer: The first mod you should do IMO. Tightens up the lows and smooths out the highs. Chords also ring out a little clearer. The Hammond 125ESE is a great, inexpensive OT. I've also read great things about the Doberman 20 watt SE OT.

-Tone stack mod: Replaces the tone stack pots and caps with different values. Gives you a much more usable tone stack. The exact values escape me, google it, the info's out there.

-Replace C2: Use a silver mica cap. Try a 390pf or a 500pf.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-21-2009, 05:42 PM
IMO, the LG is too loud for bedroom playing. Its a loud amp. Loud enough to hang with a drummer. 5 watts tube and 5 watts SS are two totally different experiences. Bedroom levels are just about completely clean.

Some of the more popular mods from different sites around the net:

-Tube swap: The stock Chinese tubes have to go. Try a 12AT7. They sound a little smoother to my ears. Stick with the 12AX7 if you need a heavier gain.

-Output transformer: The first mod you should do IMO. Tightens up the lows and smooths out the highs. Chords also ring out a little clearer. The Hammond 125ESE is a great, inexpensive OT. I've also read great things about the Doberman 20 watt SE OT.

-Tone stack mod: Replaces the tone stack pots and caps with different values. Gives you a much more usable tone stack. The exact values escape me, google it, the info's out there.

-Replace C2: Use a silver mica cap. Try a 390pf or a 500pf.

nice info
can i add that on the mods section.

Jason43
01-21-2009, 06:06 PM
nice info
can i add that on the mods section.

Fine by me. Not really my info, I just passed it along.

Jason43
01-21-2009, 06:14 PM
I forgot to mention the Triple Bypass. I know its in the official mods, but I thought I'd give my thoughts on it. Its a nice mod that gives you some on the fly versatility, I wouldn't say it actually gives you three distinct voicings though. More like three slightly different gain settings. I think you could probably achieve the same effect by tweaking the volume and tone stack. I don't have two amps to do an A/B though. Part of the kit is a mica cap for C2, so don't do that mod if you plan on buying this.

Rio38
01-21-2009, 07:16 PM
I am also getting the Weber Micro Mass attenuator.

necrosis1193
01-21-2009, 08:26 PM
Hey, can I get some opinions of the Handsome Devil? I was thinking of getting one as a good British-voiced offset to my Fender, how Marshally can a HD get?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-21-2009, 08:41 PM
Hey, can I get some opinions of the Handsome Devil? I was thinking of getting one as a good British-voiced offset to my Fender, how Marshally can a HD get?

the HD can be a LITTLE bit marshally if you have a good OD (ts-9),a tube change and can be better if you did some bitmo mods on it (the 10uator i think is good).

necrosis1193
01-21-2009, 08:42 PM
Hmm...well, I do have a TS9 actually, so that's not a problem. :) I'm actually looking at an old Marshall cab from 2004 on the local Craigslist for $175 I was planning to run it through, how well would that work?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-21-2009, 08:50 PM
i never tried a Blackheart on a marshall but i did found a vid on youtube.
this guy is using a Blackheart LG (3watt) through a marshall valvestate cab equipped with celestion 30.
he also used diff efects.

occub
01-21-2009, 09:14 PM
Converting the triode/pentode switch to a standby switch mod + wire relocation mod.

http://www.guitarnuts.com/amps/bh5h/index.php

WTF!!is a TAB
01-21-2009, 09:18 PM
Converting the triode/pentode switch to a standby switch mod + wire relocation mod.

http://www.guitarnuts.com/amps/bh5h/index.php

thx for the info occub

necrosis1193
01-21-2009, 09:29 PM
i never tried a Blackheart on a marshall but i did found a vid on youtube.
this guy is using a Blackheart LG (3watt) through a marshall valvestate cab equipped with celestion 30.
he also used diff efects.

Link?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-21-2009, 09:31 PM
Link?
silly me i forgot the link :p:

here ya go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4lOAxKFWjw

necrosis1193
01-21-2009, 10:35 PM
silly me i forgot the link :p:

here ya go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4lOAxKFWjw

Not bad, but the fact the gain comes from the Korg G3 kind of ruins the test, since Marshall's are known for their drive. ><

Mr.Camo
01-22-2009, 02:14 AM
Not bad, but the fact the gain comes from the Korg G3 kind of ruins the test, since Marshall's are known for their drive. ><

You would have enough gain for hard rock, and an OD would help you get there a lot easier. It's really hard to describe the voicing, it's definitely British but it's not Marshall. It has it's own style.

necrosis1193
01-22-2009, 02:29 AM
Well, could you post some clips so I can get an idea?

Rio38
01-22-2009, 10:07 AM
nice buy :)
you should try searching for the bitmo mod it gives you 3 different voicings.

Thanks. I thought it was a pretty good buy too. We'll see when I get it. I am also getting the Weber Micro Mass so I can use headphones and kill the volume down to tolerable levels in my small space.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-22-2009, 07:11 PM
bumpin mah thredz

Mr.Camo
01-22-2009, 07:35 PM
Well, could you post some clips so I can get an idea?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvHUR8ROHA

^ probably the best video for the Little Giant.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltVNJvW1NgU
^ with a pre-amp, but you can also get that a decent OD or distortion pedal.

necrosis1193
01-22-2009, 07:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvHUR8ROHA

^ probably the best video for the Little Giant.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltVNJvW1NgU
^ with a pre-amp, but you can also get that a decent OD or distortion pedal.

That thing sounds epic. Alright, two more questions; I'm planning to use this thing at band practices and gigs, how would it hold up if I were using both it and my Blues Jr.? It'd probably be going through either a used Marshall 412 I'm looking at or an Egnater 112 new. And between it and a Handsome Devil, which should I go for?

Mr.Camo
01-22-2009, 08:04 PM
That thing sounds epic. Alright, two more questions; I'm planning to use this thing at band practices and gigs, how would it hold up if I were using both it and my Blues Jr.? It'd probably be going through either a used Marshall 412 I'm looking at or an Egnater 112 new. And between it and a Handsome Devil, which should I go for?

Well the 5W is really loud, and with a 4x12 that'd help. You have to crank it though, and if you want more headroom go for the Handsome Devil, I think the extra gain and presence knobs give it a lot more versatility. I'd go for the HD for gigs, but a Little Giant can easily do it mic'd.

I really loved my Little Giant when I had it, but I needed just a little more gain.

Jason43
01-22-2009, 08:16 PM
The LG can do small gigs. The HD will have a little more headroom. If you can afford it, I'd go with the HD.

necrosis1193
01-22-2009, 08:39 PM
Well, I get most of my gain from my Big Muff or my TS9, so headroom would be nice, but most of the stuff we play has a slight bit of gain, and like I said, if I get the Blackheart, odds are I'm getting an A/B switch and using it for drive and my Blues Jr. for cleans(Fender cleans, British-voiced drive. Best of both worlds IMO), so it'd be cranked most of the time anyway, though just having one amp in the form of the HD would be nice.

bluesnewb
01-22-2009, 08:49 PM
how does the tone of the little giant compare to that of an epi valve junior. is it similar or does one have more gain
:cheers:

WTF!!is a TAB
01-22-2009, 09:00 PM
^ i think this could answer your question :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roIqsFF3MZI

Mr.Camo
01-22-2009, 09:38 PM
^ i think this could answer your question :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roIqsFF3MZI

Not a good test. I'll be honest, the Blackheart needs some EQ'ing for it to sound really good.

necrosis1193
01-22-2009, 09:40 PM
Well, I get most of my gain from my Big Muff or my TS9, so headroom would be nice, but most of the stuff we play has a slight bit of gain, and like I said, if I get the Blackheart, odds are I'm getting an A/B switch and using it for drive and my Blues Jr. for cleans(Fender cleans, British-voiced drive. Best of both worlds IMO), so it'd be cranked most of the time anyway, though just having one amp in the form of the HD would be nice.

I have been ignored... ;_;

Mr.Camo
01-22-2009, 09:44 PM
I have been ignored... ;_;

I guess you could compare the Little Giant to the Handsome Devil in these two videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ykiak1PQNo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvHUR8ROHA

I would personally go with the Handsome Devil, more headroom and the gain is a bit higher then the Little Giant.

Here's an all-clean based video for the HD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcvtxIeOO_Y

WTF!!is a TAB
01-22-2009, 09:48 PM
Not a good test. I'll be honest, the Blackheart needs some EQ'ing for it to sound really good.

i agree with you.
but i think bluesnewb could see how the blackheart sounds like being compared to a epi VJ, but yeah it does need some tweeking.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-22-2009, 09:49 PM
I guess you could compare the Little Giant to the Handsome Devil in these two videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ykiak1PQNo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvHUR8ROHA

I would personally go with the Handsome Devil, more headroom and the gain is a bit higher then the Little Giant.

Here's an all-clean based video for the HD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcvtxIeOO_Y

+1

necrosis1193 the HD is the amp for you.

necrosis1193
01-22-2009, 09:52 PM
Hmm...well, it sounds like the same voicing, so I guess it's really just a question of power...eh, I suppose I'll go for the HD.

Mr.Camo
01-22-2009, 09:59 PM
Hmm...well, it sounds like the same voicing, so I guess it's really just a question of power...eh, I suppose I'll go for the HD.

It is pretty much the same voicing, just a little higher gain selection because of the knob, and the presence knob brightens the highs a little and makes the bass a bit more articulated as well.

I might be picking up a Killer Ant in one of these next two or three weeks, my V33 has a 8 ohms speaker jack, maybe I can use that (no, it isn't the extension speaker). It says clearly "The V33-212 is shipped with a cable connected from this jack to the internal speakers" I think it would work fine.

gnaraaron
01-22-2009, 10:53 PM
im trying to decide which i want, the HD or the LG. im just wondering if the HD would be too loud to play in my basement, but i would like to be able to play small gigs (less than 100 probably) un-mic'd. i know everyone says the LG is loud, but is it loud enough?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-22-2009, 10:55 PM
im trying to decide which i want, the HD or the LG. im just wondering if the HD would be too loud to play in my basement, but i would like to be able to play small gigs (less than 100 probably) un-mic'd. i know everyone says the LG is loud, but is it loud enough?

the HD is better if you want to GIG un micd
the LG is still loud as a trumpet.

gnaraaron
01-22-2009, 11:04 PM
^do you know if the 7watt setting would be good for indoors, but when i play outside, or with the band/small gigs the 15watt setting would be ideal. same with the LG, is the 3watt setting comfortable indoors, and the 5watt loud enough to keep up with a drummer without being drowned out.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-22-2009, 11:08 PM
^do you know if the 7watt setting would be good for indoors, but when i play outside, or with the band/small gigs the 15watt setting would be ideal. same with the LG, is the 3watt setting comfortable indoors, and the 5watt loud enough to keep up with a drummer without being drowned out.
the 5w an my LG can be pretty loud, i cant even put mine half way without my mom complaining. the 7 watt should be ok at home volumes as long as your mom/dad is not a nois freak but the 15 wat can handle small to mid sized gigs.

gnaraaron
01-22-2009, 11:15 PM
the 5w an my LG can be pretty loud, i cant even put mine half way without my mom complaining. the 7 watt should be ok at home volumes as long as your mom/dad is not a nois freak but the 15 wat can handle small to mid sized gigs.

thanks, now i think im leaning towards the LG and spending the extra hundred bucks on a ts9 or green screamer, but im not positive yet, i'll just have to take a trip up to samash soon. :peace:

Sin City Sid
01-22-2009, 11:32 PM
^do you know if the 7watt setting would be good for indoors, but when i play outside, or with the band/small gigs the 15watt setting would be ideal. same with the LG, is the 3watt setting comfortable indoors, and the 5watt loud enough to keep up with a drummer without being drowned out.

Honestly, there isn't much difference in the volume between the two. It's more of a tone thing. 15w seem brighter and the 7w seems darker(in a good way).

I opted for the HD for a few reasons. Loud wise the LG or even the KA would have been loud enough for my home use(being an old man has its advantages as in if no one likes the volume they can leave :haha ). The HD won out because it has a presence selection, it has a bit more gain. Now I use an attenuator and the volume is usually set at about 9.5 the drive is about 4 - 5 and the attenuator cranked down with a OD pedal boosting the volume and tweaking the eq a bit. That presence helps with treble the attenuator kills.

Mr.Camo
01-23-2009, 01:53 AM
Man, check out the KA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMBQqv8LJRU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LODn9T4RozU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbnLwllFSVg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FZsFWO_0IE

Definitely have some GAS.

Sin City Sid
01-23-2009, 03:26 AM
Man, check out the KA.



Yeah, I've seen those. Cool indeed.

silly hats
01-23-2009, 03:29 AM
Yay for blackhearts.

Any decent opeth EQs?

daryle_goh
01-23-2009, 04:01 AM
if i may be so bold, i would like to take this opportunity to show off again. :D :D


http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/DSC03298.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/DSC03366.jpg

WTF!!is a TAB
01-23-2009, 05:05 PM
KH pics

what cab do you have

necrosis1193
01-23-2009, 05:10 PM
Quick question; how does the HD's sound contrast in comparison to a Blues Jr.? I know they'll be different, but how so specifically? I'm trying to decide whether to get new pickups or a new amp first...

WTF!!is a TAB
01-23-2009, 05:20 PM
Quick question; how does the HD's sound contrast in comparison to a Blues Jr.? I know they'll be different, but how so specifically? I'm trying to decide whether to get new pickups or a new amp first...

i never tried a Blues Jr so i dont know for sure, but i do know that its made by fender which makes american voiced amps. and the blackheart is a british voiced amp so i think there might be a big/small difference.

and this vid compares a crate a hot rod deluxe( which i think is close to a BJ) and an HD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrQJ3OOE-mw
not a verry good demo but i think you could figure out the diference. :D

necrosis1193
01-23-2009, 05:29 PM
Hmm...well, knowing I already have a 15-watt tube amp, between a HD and a new set of pickups, which would you recommend?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-23-2009, 05:31 PM
Hmm...well, knowing I already have a 15-watt tube amp, between a HD and a new set of pickups, which would you recommend?

well what pickups are you thinking of buying

neptune1988
01-23-2009, 06:17 PM
I like the tone of the Blackhearts, though they could use an EQ to fatten em up, and a compressor maybe give it more oomph.

Also, I dont think the HD would be loud enough for gigs if you have a drummer.

I may need 2 HD's run in stereo. Too bad they dont make a 30W or 50W. :(

WTF!!is a TAB
01-23-2009, 06:26 PM
I like the tone of the Blackhearts, though they could use an EQ to fatten em up, and a compressor maybe give it more oomph.

Also, I dont think the HD would be loud enough for gigs if you have a drummer.

I may need 2 HD's run in stereo. Too bad they dont make a 30W or 50W. :(

the hot head is a 100w head that has a ab/a switch and a triode/pentode switch
so it can go diff watts.
* Class AB/Pentode: 100W of flesh searing power
* Class AB/Triode: 50W, tighter headroom, crisper gain, still hurts
* Class A/Pentode: 60W, lots of headroom before overdrive, nice and plucky
* Class A/Triode: 30W, less headroom, more responsive to your attack

neptune1988
01-23-2009, 06:53 PM
They dont make a combo version of the hot head do they?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-23-2009, 06:54 PM
They dont make a combo version of the hot head do they?

no, the only combos available for now are the LG and the HD.

Mr.Camo
01-23-2009, 07:17 PM
if i may be so bold, i would like to take this opportunity to show off again. :D :D


http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/DSC03298.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/daryle_goh/Blackheart%20Killer%20Ant/DSC03366.jpg

How do you think the KA sounds?

necrosis1193
01-23-2009, 07:27 PM
well what pickups are you thinking of buying

All DiMarzio's;

Area 61 neck
Area 67 mid
Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2 bridge

Going to these from stock 2002 MIM Fender stratocaster pickups.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-23-2009, 07:35 PM
All DiMarzio's;

Area 61 neck
Area 67 mid
Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2 bridge

Going to these from stock 2002 MIM Fender stratocaster pickups.

well you should really try out the amp first using your all stock mim strat and if it doesnt sound good to your ears then you should buy the pups(the amp is the one who creates your tone mostly, but its your choice). from what i heard the mim strat doesn't have verry good pickups but TRY BEFORE YOU BUY.

necrosis1193
01-23-2009, 07:50 PM
well you should really try out the amp first using your all stock mim strat and if it doesnt sound good to your ears then you should buy the pups(the amp is the one who creates your tone mostly, but its your choice). from what i heard the mim strat doesn't have verry good pickups but TRY BEFORE YOU BUY.

Well, I do intend to try the Blackheart, but I already have a tube amp, and while the British voicing will change it, I figure if I can get a tone I love out of my current amp with a pickup swap, then it'll probably be cheaper. I do intend to try it with the strat stock though.

daryle_goh
01-23-2009, 08:15 PM
what cab do you have

it's a self made 1 x 12 with an Eminence Private Jack.





How do you think the KA sounds?

well, this being the first tube amp ive ever owned, i cant really say much about how it sounds. hahaha. sorry to get your hopes up with the pics only to disappoint you with my utter inexperience.

the only thing i can say is that it is really designed for bedroom prac. at full volume, it is still very much manageable and the breakup is really smooth. however, since there is no eq, you either have to be very satisfied with the natural sound or use an eq of your own.

Mr.Camo
01-24-2009, 05:22 AM
it's a self made 1 x 12 with an Eminence Private Jack.







well, this being the first tube amp ive ever owned, i cant really say much about how it sounds. hahaha. sorry to get your hopes up with the pics only to disappoint you with my utter inexperience.

the only thing i can say is that it is really designed for bedroom prac. at full volume, it is still very much manageable and the breakup is really smooth. however, since there is no eq, you either have to be very satisfied with the natural sound or use an eq of your own.

I should've been more detailed, what's the break up go to? Classic rock/hard rock? I know earlier break up is perfect for blues.

daryle_goh
01-24-2009, 06:43 AM
with my pickups, i can get gentle breakup at volume 4 that is good enough for blues i think.

when you go up to 2/3, about volume 7 or 8, the breakup is enough to get you sounds that can do Appetite for Destruction stuff.

I don't think there is any significant change in amount of breakup from volume 7 to volume 10. but i say again, volume 10 paired with my 1 x 12 can still be used in my bedroom without complaint.


pardon my noobish description but my sole intention was to show off pics of my KA.... :confused:

Mr.Camo
01-24-2009, 04:10 PM
with my pickups, i can get gentle breakup at volume 4 that is good enough for blues i think.

when you go up to 2/3, about volume 7 or 8, the breakup is enough to get you sounds that can do Appetite for Destruction stuff.

I don't think there is any significant change in amount of breakup from volume 7 to volume 10. but i say again, volume 10 paired with my 1 x 12 can still be used in my bedroom without complaint.


pardon my noobish description but my sole intention was to show off pics of my KA.... :confused:

It's a good enough description for me. :)

Thanks, I think that solidified my buy. Now I have to decide between a distortion pedal for the V33 or a KA.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-24-2009, 10:16 PM
It's a good enough description for me. :)

Thanks, I think that solidified my buy. Now I have to decide between a distortion pedal for the V33 or a KA.

well what kind of distortion do you like???
thrashsy metallica stuff ??
Screeching pantera sound??
Metalcore kinda distortion ??
or a Hard rock sounding distortion ???

AcousticLesPaul
01-24-2009, 10:24 PM
I want to replace the EL84 and the AX127... Biasing needed? Or just line up the pins and pop them in?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-24-2009, 10:39 PM
^ i didnt bias my LG when i changed my tubes so yeah just plug it in.

SchecterZV
01-24-2009, 10:47 PM
I'm planning on getting a Little Giant with the matching 112 cab. Do they handle pedals well?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-24-2009, 10:52 PM
^ HELL YEA !!!!

the LG handles pedals very well but the sad thing is no FX loop :sad:
here are some vids of a BH wit teh pedalz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYj1_3A5ock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebjKIG5-YO8

Enjoy :D

WTF!!is a TAB
01-25-2009, 06:28 PM
bumpage Ive got nothing else to do............

Natrone
01-25-2009, 06:49 PM
Dude, I got an LG not too long ago. I absolutely love that beastly little thing.

It's so loud too! I think I've gotten some hearing damage from craking it on 3w!

What are your favorite settings? I like about 2.5-3.5 bass, 8-9 mids, and 6-7 treble, with the bridge/middle pickup on my strat.

WTF!!is a TAB
01-25-2009, 06:59 PM
Dude, I got an LG not too long ago. I absolutely love that beastly little thing.

It's so loud too! I think I've gotten some hearing damage from craking it on 3w!

What are your favorite settings? I like about 2.5-3.5 bass, 8-9 mids, and 6-7 treble, with the bridge/middle pickup on my strat.
yea i saw your NAD thread

my BH's settings are 8 treble, 6.5mids, 4 mids and sometimes 8 treble, 6 bass, 4.5 mids.
with the bridge pup on mah les paul.

neptune1988
01-27-2009, 05:25 PM
I like the tone, but they dont have that oomph of a tube amp.

Is there anyway to give it more oomph?

splamron
01-27-2009, 05:48 PM
noob question, but seeing as the killer ant is 1w, how loud can it get, or does that depend on the speaker?

Rio38
01-27-2009, 06:36 PM
NAD for me!

My new baby in its tiny home. Had the volume at 2.5 on 3 watt when I got it. Will go louder soon.

Love it so far.

http://www.rfrweb.com/images/Blackheart-001.gif

http://www.rfrweb.com/images/Blackheart-002.gif

necrosis1193
01-27-2009, 06:51 PM
Hey, how loud can a LG get? Could it be heard over a drummer with a 112 cab?

Jason43
01-27-2009, 07:08 PM
Hey, how loud can a LG get? Could it be heard over a drummer with a 112 cab?
...
IMO, the LG is too loud for bedroom playing. Its a loud amp. Loud enough to hang with a drummer. 5 watts tube and 5 watts SS are two totally different experiences. Bedroom levels are just about completely clean.

Rio38
01-27-2009, 07:11 PM
Hey, how loud can a LG get? Could it be heard over a drummer with a 112 cab?

Short answer. Yes. But it will always depend on how loud the drummer hits and what size venue.

necrosis1193
01-27-2009, 07:15 PM
...

...I really need to read previous posts before posting. XP

Short answer. Yes. But it will always depend on how loud the drummer hits and what size venue.

Well, I was supposed to meet him today, but it snowed so that got screwed, so I don't know how hard he hits right now. I like drummers Keith Moon-style though, so I'll need volume if he's in. As for the venue, just getting the band together now, so nothing that big. If he would overpower it though, I do always have this option instead of a 112;

http://baltimore.craigslist.org/msg/999470902.html

Natrone
01-27-2009, 07:28 PM
I like the tone, but they dont have that oomph of a tube amp.

Is there anyway to give it more oomph?
I think a tube replacement. I don't know though.

Of course, I really like the tone of them the way they are, but tone is subjective, y'know?

stangconv
01-29-2009, 06:49 AM
Just an update.. The hothead is pushed back another 60 days due to some "bureaucratic paperwork"

but as far as I know all the papers have been signed and they are actually making these amps right now!

WTF!!is a TAB
01-29-2009, 05:12 PM
NAD for me!

My new baby in its tiny home. Had the volume at 2.5 on 3 watt when I got it. Will go louder soon.

Love it so far.

http://www.rfrweb.com/images/Blackheart-001.gif

http://www.rfrweb.com/images/Blackheart-002.gif

nice guitar.
i really dont like Les pauls with Emg's unless the LP's color is black or white.
but if its fine with you its fine with me.

HAPPY NEW AMP DAY !!!! :cheers:

SchecterZV
01-29-2009, 07:47 PM
with the LG, does it need to be cranked to get it's tone/OD? and if so, is the volume knob as sensitive as most SS amps?

WTF!!is a TAB
01-29-2009, 07:53 PM
with the LG, does it need to be cranked to get it's tone/OD? and if so, is the volume knob as sensitive as most SS amps?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvHUR8ROHA
check the vid out and hear for yourself

in short yes the LG needs to be kranked to get its tube tone (the same as most tube amps)

WTF!!is a TAB
01-30-2009, 06:01 PM
noob question, but seeing as the killer ant is 1w, how loud can it get, or does that depend on the speaker?
the killer ant is still loud as a 1w amp even if you are using a full stack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FZsFWO_0IE
vid

Sin City Sid
02-01-2009, 02:45 AM
I just wanted to mention that my Valveking came JJ ecc83s pre's. I yanked them out and stuck them in my HD. Very nice, not as bright and added a bit crunch. Still waiting on the Tungsols to arrive. Probably gonna leave the JJ's in this and use the tungsols for the VK.

Natrone
02-01-2009, 03:28 AM
Has anyone tried the Bitmo 10uator?

I need an attenuator and it's between that and a Weber Mini MASS for my LG

Sin City Sid
02-01-2009, 03:50 AM
^Not a bitmo but I built my own weber mega dump. I works great on my HD, but I have learned that not all OT are created equal. My Valveking's OT is actually smaller then the one on my HD. It over heats and pops the line fuse but the HD loves it. I understand the LG does not have a oversized OT like the HD. Just be carefull.

nonamesleftWTF
02-01-2009, 04:37 AM
how are these amps for, say, guns n roses? I need a new amp quick, vypyr dead on arrival and im not gonna gamble on another pile of crap since I have to pay the shipping to send it back even when its broke.

WTF!!is a TAB
02-01-2009, 10:56 AM
how are these amps for, say, guns n roses? I need a new amp quick, vypyr dead on arrival and im not gonna gamble on another pile of crap since I have to pay the shipping to send it back even when its broke.

well for Gnr you need a good Overdrive to go with these babies. Digitech Bad Monkey if you want a good cheap OD.

WTF!!is a TAB
02-02-2009, 05:22 PM
Has anyone tried the Bitmo 10uator?

I need an attenuator and it's between that and a Weber Mini MASS for my LG

well that is the only attenuator i could recommend you but i havent tried it yet (planning to buy one on april 13th) because it is on their site and it really does work.

If you're planning to buy one there are two versions.
the regular 10uator is capable of handling ONLY 5w amps
the 10uator 23 can handle 15w amps
use these only on 8-16 ohm speakers

WTF!!is a TAB
03-28-2009, 01:07 PM
*updated*

Skierinanutshel
03-28-2009, 01:12 PM
did anyone mention mercury magnetics transformer/circuit mods yet?

addendum: http://www.mercurymagnetics.com/pages/mainframe.htm

WTF!!is a TAB
03-28-2009, 01:17 PM
^ i saw them in Blackheart's website but i was toolazy checking em

EDIT:
that Mean 13 mod sounds killer. but for $350........ not that worth it. and im selling my little giant soon...............

Skierinanutshel
03-28-2009, 02:09 PM
but it is still mods, and mercury trannies are freaking awesome and worth it.

Jason43
03-28-2009, 03:17 PM
Not when you can buy a very nice sounding Hammond OT for $50, or an exact Weber clone for under $40. MM are nice, but not worth the price they ask.

DIFTWOOD
03-28-2009, 11:32 PM
how do u get a good soloing tone from a BH5h? becuase i been trying all day and i cant get it... plz tell me ur secrets O_O

daryle_goh
03-29-2009, 12:02 AM
how do u get a good soloing tone from a BH5h? becuase i been trying all day and i cant get it... plz tell me ur secrets O_O


do you want a good soloing tone for recording?

a good soloing tone for a live show scenario?

or just soloing tone to come from the amp speaker for your own listening pleasure?

DIFTWOOD
03-29-2009, 12:05 AM
my own pleasure of cource

WTF!!is a TAB
03-29-2009, 10:07 AM
^boost it with an OD or buy the Bitmo mod :)

daryle_goh
03-29-2009, 10:41 AM
my own pleasure of cource

a good OD pedal will give it a boost and more warmth.

little bit of reverb and delay perhaps?

DIFTWOOD
03-29-2009, 03:25 PM
-_- yeh i use a od and also have the bitmo mod. maybe my bad monkey just wont do...

WTF!!is a TAB
03-29-2009, 03:26 PM
^ what mod??
the triple by pass??

txmikester
03-30-2009, 10:24 AM
I've had my Little Giant for about 3 weeks now, and overall I'm pretty happy with it, but I have 2 problems:

1) I get a great crunch tone out of it, but the cleans leave a lot to be desired. The cleans sound pretty harsh with the volume knob anywhere past 9 o'clock. Would a tube swap help give me nicer cleans at higher volumes, while still preserving the good crunch tones when cranked? What tubes should I look into?

2) The low end is very boomy on this thing - I find myself having to turn the bass knob way down to get a good balance. I read that a transformer swap would improve the low end - would that tighten up the low end response, or is that more for adding more low end (which I definitely don't need)? OR - could this just be a function of the stock Blackheart 12" cab I am using? Maybe a speaker swap or a new cabinet is in order?

Jason43
03-30-2009, 11:59 AM
I've had my Little Giant for about 3 weeks now, and overall I'm pretty happy with it, but I have 2 problems:

1) I get a great crunch tone out of it, but the cleans leave a lot to be desired. The cleans sound pretty harsh with the volume knob anywhere past 9 o'clock. Would a tube swap help give me nicer cleans at higher volumes, while still preserving the good crunch tones when cranked? What tubes should I look into?

2) The low end is very boomy on this thing - I find myself having to turn the bass knob way down to get a good balance. I read that a transformer swap would improve the low end - would that tighten up the low end response, or is that more for adding more low end (which I definitely don't need)? OR - could this just be a function of the stock Blackheart 12" cab I am using? Maybe a speaker swap or a new cabinet is in order?

1. It may. Try a 12AT7.

2. Swapping in a better output transformer will tighten up the lows. Try a Hammond 125ESE or a Weber WSE15. The boomy-ness may be because of the stock speaker though. I've heard mixed reviews on it. Do you have access to another cab?

txmikester
03-30-2009, 12:03 PM
Yeah, I'm not too sure on the stock BH cab either. I'll probably end up getting a nicer cab down the road, but figured I would play with the tubes first.

DIFTWOOD
03-30-2009, 06:09 PM
^ what mod??
the triple by pass??
yeh the triple by pass

DIFTWOOD
03-30-2009, 06:11 PM
Maybe a speaker swap or a new cabinet is in order?

i use a random 1X12 cab with classic lead 80s and it think it sounds alot better then the bh112

txmikester
03-30-2009, 10:14 PM
i use a random 1X12 cab with classic lead 80s and it think it sounds alot better then the bh112

Good to know. I'm going to try a tube swap first, since that's like $30. I'll probably start saving up for a new cab to get next.

Vigilant3
04-14-2009, 09:03 AM
Hey I'm kind of a noob guitarist so excuse my lack of knowledge.

I've been doing some research on the site and trying to find a new amp to buy, I currently use a Fender Combo amp my room-mate has and I don't really like the tone. So in my research I've decided I want a tube amp. Now I don't really want to spend loads of money since I'm not fabulous at playing but I really like the design of these BlackHeart amps, and the tone sounds fabulous, and the price unbeatable.

I am however wondeing if my effects I use, like a Distortion pedal and a Phase Shifter at the moment will sound good. Also I'm wondering if I can play Classic Rock stuff but also some Metal like Iron Maiden and Metallica. Any help would be appriciated, since I honestly don't know much of anything.

Rio38
04-14-2009, 09:17 AM
Hey I'm kind of a noob guitarist so excuse my lack of knowledge.

I've been doing some research on the site and trying to find a new amp to buy, I currently use a Fender Combo amp my room-mate has and I don't really like the tone. So in my research I've decided I want a tube amp. Now I don't really want to spend loads of money since I'm not fabulous at playing but I really like the design of these BlackHeart amps, and the tone sounds fabulous, and the price unbeatable.

I am however wondeing if my effects I use, like a Distortion pedal and a Phase Shifter at the moment will sound good. Also I'm wondering if I can play Classic Rock stuff but also some Metal like Iron Maiden and Metallica. Any help would be appriciated, since I honestly don't know much of anything.

I can personally vouch for the fact the pedals work very well with the Blackheart amps. I have a Little Giant with the 1x12 cab and have used a distortion and overdrive pedal with it. I recently went to a Boss ME-70 Multi Effects Unit which works just as well with the amp.

The amp was built for the classic British Tone, but I have no issues getting a heavier, Metallica sound out of it. You just have to use the right settings on your pedals and EQ.

daryle_goh
04-14-2009, 09:21 AM
i assume you'd want to use that amp in a home?

for blackheart amps, the killer ant and little giant seem to fit your description.

1)both amps take pedals well (including dist, OD, chorus,phasers etc...)
2)both amps can be used at bedroom volumes
3)both amps are strong and durable. no further explanation needed.
4)both amps can be easily modified in the future

however, it will interest you to know that the killer ant can only come in a head+cab configuration. And the little giant can come as a combo or a head+cab.

1)the little giant has a 3 band EQ, the killer ant doesn't
2)the killer ant can be driven to get large amounts of gain at lower volumes (which is an advantage if you're playing it in the bedroom) than the little giant


i seriously can't make a specific decision for you. all i can do is to present the information already written on page 1 and on the blackheart site in a simple and easy-to-read list of points.

you might also want to look into the Epiphone Valve Junior. some people swear that if you choose the Valve Junior over the Little Giant and spend some money on pedals, it actually sounds better and is potentially more versatile.


extra information in this thread (assuming you want a bedroom tube amp): http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=986313



i own a killer ant. and i do have some information of it on page 1 of this thread. if you want more specific information for that amp, feel free to PM me. :)

Vigilant3
04-14-2009, 09:29 AM
Thanks for the help, I'll do some more fine reading rather then jsut reading bold stuff from now on. :)

WTF!!is a TAB
04-14-2009, 09:33 AM
Thanks for the help, I'll do some more fine reading rather then jsut reading bold stuff from now on. :)
you should....... i did alot of copypasta on this ;)

daryle_goh
04-14-2009, 09:35 AM
i forgot to add... if you want versatility.. you might want to look into PROPER modelling amps too.

for example: Roland Cube 30X, maybe the Peavey Vypyr?

and a final reccomendation for a possible bedroom tube amp: the Blackstar HT-5

Vigilant3
04-14-2009, 09:48 AM
I was thinking about the Peavey Vypyr orginally, I heard its better then those Line 6 Spiders which I love fooling around on at Guitar Center. Maybe I'll just get both.

daryle_goh
04-14-2009, 10:02 AM
good luck with the purchases :)

buying used is also greater value than buying brand new.

TheMac
04-24-2009, 04:37 AM
I'm looking for a good practice/bedroom amp and the little giant combo seems great, but how good is it for metalcore? I'll use pedals for the tone but I can't play at too high volumes.

I'm choosing between this combo and the Peavey Vypyr, help is appreciated!

daryle_goh
04-24-2009, 06:08 AM
to be honest, in terms of cost efficiency, and also considering that you want it as a bedroom amp, the peavey vypyr will be the better option.

it's much more versatile, much more cost efficient and less likely to give problems.

not that the little giant is unreliable, but tube amps generally need more maintenence and part changes in the long run.

while the little giant with a pedal might sound a little better when trying to get classic rock and metal, the peavey vypyr is still the better choice IMHO.

TheMac
04-24-2009, 06:51 AM
That helped alot, thanks! I'll go with the Vypyr for now :)

WtrPlyr
04-29-2009, 01:49 PM
So, next year I'm going to college and I'll be living in a dorm, my 4x10 Peavey Classic 50 will be a bit overkill methinks. I still have a Roland Cube 15 in the attic I can take with me, but I'd rather have something nicer. I was cruising around the internet and someone pointed out the Blackhearts. They seem perfect, especially the Killer Ant and Little Giant. They're cheap and have a low wattage.

I'm leaning more towards the Little Giant because it has a proper 3-band EQ which is kind of a always nice, but, it may be a bit too loud in a dorm. The Killer Ant is only 1 watt and it's cheaper, which is also nice because as a student you never have enough money.

What would be the best? Use my Cube (cheap, no volume issues), getting the Killer Ant (more expensive, but nicer tone) or getting a Little Giant (most expensive, maybe volume issues but it's the best amp out of the 3).

Help please.

daryle_goh
04-29-2009, 08:50 PM
if you buy any one of those amps, i assume you're ready to spend more money on pedals as well? if you're willing to spend that money, then yes the little giant would be a tad better for the 3 band eq.

the killer ant is different in that you can drive the tubes real real hard at bedroom volumes (turning the vol straight to 10 will make you smile :D) to get that natural amp OD.

i'd still suggest you test both amps first. and also test others like the Epi VJ. i think it's sensible to buy a low wattage tube and get a bunch of pedals. just choose the one that sounds best to you.

stangconv
05-08-2009, 11:14 AM
BUMP

My Hothead stack is shipping out on Monday!!!!

Here is a pic of it before it got boxed up!!!

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/2465/bh100htest003.jpg (http://img413.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bh100htest003.jpg)

Jason43
05-08-2009, 02:51 PM
Nice. Let us know how it sounds. I'd love to know how the voicing sounds compared to the little giant.

tubetime86
05-08-2009, 03:10 PM
So, next year I'm going to college and I'll be living in a dorm, my 4x10 Peavey Classic 50 will be a bit overkill methinks. I still have a Roland Cube 15 in the attic I can take with me, but I'd rather have something nicer. I was cruising around the internet and someone pointed out the Blackhearts. They seem perfect, especially the Killer Ant and Little Giant. They're cheap and have a low wattage.

I'm leaning more towards the Little Giant because it has a proper 3-band EQ which is kind of a always nice, but, it may be a bit too loud in a dorm. The Killer Ant is only 1 watt and it's cheaper, which is also nice because as a student you never have enough money.

What would be the best? Use my Cube (cheap, no volume issues), getting the Killer Ant (more expensive, but nicer tone) or getting a Little Giant (most expensive, maybe volume issues but it's the best amp out of the 3).

Help please.

Firstly Classic 50 4x10 is a huge GAS problem for me. Second why are you not considering the VJr, little more classic voicing but it's definitely one of your options. And if the Little Giant is as loud as the VJr then ya, way to loud for dorms.

greggybhoy
05-08-2009, 03:11 PM
So, next year I'm going to college and I'll be living in a dorm, my 4x10 Peavey Classic 50 will be a bit overkill methinks. I still have a Roland Cube 15 in the attic I can take with me, but I'd rather have something nicer. I was cruising around the internet and someone pointed out the Blackhearts. They seem perfect, especially the Killer Ant and Little Giant. They're cheap and have a low wattage.

I'm leaning more towards the Little Giant because it has a proper 3-band EQ which is kind of a always nice, but, it may be a bit too loud in a dorm. The Killer Ant is only 1 watt and it's cheaper, which is also nice because as a student you never have enough money.

What would be the best? Use my Cube (cheap, no volume issues), getting the Killer Ant (more expensive, but nicer tone) or getting a Little Giant (most expensive, maybe volume issues but it's the best amp out of the 3).

Help please.


Look into the new Vox AC-4. It can be brought down from 4 to .25 watts. Very nice amp too.

WTF!!is a TAB
05-08-2009, 04:12 PM
BUMP

My Hothead stack is shipping out on Monday!!!!

Here is a pic of it before it got boxed up!!!

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/2465/bh100htest003.jpg (http://img413.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bh100htest003.jpg)
wow.......

if you get it answer this question.
Can it sound like a JCM ???

fenderblues
05-27-2009, 05:48 PM
I just got a Handsome Devil today. It's hard to believe a $350 amp sounds this good.

Free to Guitar
06-10-2009, 04:25 AM
Could you coax a jazz sound out of the Handsome Devil? I'm looking at the HD but I like a pretty warm, jazzy kind of clean sound. All the videos I am seeing favor a Strat kind of sound.

Silver-spear94
06-26-2009, 02:57 PM
yay blackheart thread!

had my little giant for a fair while now, the stock tubes (chinese tubes) that blackheart put in are a little dead sounding, but its better to cut corners on tube quality rather than on build quality, component or transformer quality.

blackheart + JJs + distortion pedal = wow.

Dragonis
06-26-2009, 03:10 PM
wow those hot head amps look sexy.

I was think of gettin a blackheart handsome devil sometime down the line. But that hothead is just awsome... maybe I'll save up for one of them

I am wet
06-29-2009, 10:57 PM
Hey guys I'm going to be heading down to Guitar Center this weekend to get myself a LG. I just have a few questions first, does it come with a speaker cable, and a power cord (the one that plugs into the wall and powers it via electricity, not the chord). And then I have one more question, do they keep them in stock at Guitar Center?

Thanks :)

WTF!!is a TAB
06-29-2009, 11:04 PM
it has a power cord but no speaker cable if you buy the head.

I am wet
06-29-2009, 11:36 PM
it has a power cord but no speaker cable if you buy the head.
Okay thanks, i'm buying the stack btw. Okay so i'll just get a nice speaker cable then call it a day.

Dragonis
06-29-2009, 11:39 PM
I really wanna hear some clips of that hot head. I'm seriously debating getting one. Either that or a handsome devil combo to keep in my room.

But seriously if the hothead is like the rest of their amps that thing should be effing awesome.

PadawanGeek
07-02-2009, 09:17 PM
I am glad to say I can finally join the ranks of Blackheart users!

WTF!!is a TAB
07-02-2009, 09:27 PM
I am glad to say I can finally join the ranks of Blackheart users!
:cheers:

hope you like it :)

PadawanGeek
07-06-2009, 05:03 PM
Does anyone have any tips on getting good Metallica tones from a Little Giant? I have a Les Paul.

WTF!!is a TAB
07-06-2009, 05:17 PM
^use a distortion or a gainy OD

and put the Mids on 0-3, treble on 8 and bass on 6-max

xIckyThumpx
07-17-2009, 02:11 AM
I haven't heard much about the BitMo mod, but there is a Handsome Devil head for sale on ebay that has the mod and upgraded tubes. If I buy it, what should i expect from the mod?

paruwi
08-17-2009, 01:06 PM
thx i tried my best to keep this thread well informed.

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv55/paruwi6172/thumbsup2.jpg
Best overall information about those great amps!

Keep on your good work!

:cheers:
Peter

greggybhoy
08-20-2009, 06:31 PM
I really wanna hear some clips of that hot head. I'm seriously debating getting one. Either that or a handsome devil combo to keep in my room.

But seriously if the hothead is like the rest of their amps that thing should be effing awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htnh5E2PDyo

Look no further, although it's in German...

Also...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb1a4ekuA1w&feature=related

LezPaulEpiphone
08-27-2009, 02:09 PM
I can't wait till I get my BH15h!

Rio38
08-28-2009, 01:49 PM
I just sold my Little Giant today and am waiting for my brand spanking new Handsome Devil to arrive. I can't wait.

I started playing in a group and need something more than the Little Giant could deliver. I am hoping the Handsome Devil can cut over teh drummer for small venues such as picnics, get-togethers, etc.

WTF!!is a TAB
08-28-2009, 01:54 PM
I just sold my Little Giant today and am waiting for my brand spanking new Handsome Devil to arrive. I can't wait.

I started playing in a group and need something more than the Little Giant could deliver. I am hoping the Handsome Devil can cut over teh drummer for small venues such as picnics, get-togethers, etc.
it would if you crank it and it depends how loud your drummer plays

Rio38
08-28-2009, 01:58 PM
Man, I just saw the HotHead and think I wet myself. I need one of those.

WTF!!is a TAB
08-28-2009, 02:02 PM
Man, I just saw the HotHead and think I wet myself. I need one of those.
800
Great tone
Loud as Fuck

:liplick:

Rio38
08-31-2009, 10:02 AM
My Handsome Devil arrived Saturday morning via UPS and I have to say that I love it so far. One question though, since my Little Giant didn't have a "Drive" knob. I want to get a nice clean sound out of it. I need to essentially play the part of an acoustic guitar using an electric through the amp, so I don't want any drive or gain.

As I turn the Drive down, the volume decreases and if the Drive is at 0, there is no volume. How would I get a true clean sound out of this at a good volume level?

Thanks.

WTF!!is a TAB
08-31-2009, 10:40 AM
My Handsome Devil arrived Saturday morning via UPS and I have to say that I love it so far. One question though, since my Little Giant didn't have a "Drive" knob. I want to get a nice clean sound out of it. I need to essentially play the part of an acoustic guitar using an electric through the amp, so I don't want any drive or gain.

As I turn the Drive down, the volume decreases and if the Drive is at 0, there is no volume. How would I get a true clean sound out of this at a good volume level?

Thanks.
for the little giant?

vol = 2-3 that is where i get cleans

Rio38
08-31-2009, 11:01 AM
for the little giant?

vol = 2-3 that is where i get cleans


No, for the Handsome Devil. I also still need to cut over a drummer. This would be for songs such as Free Fallin' by Tom Petty or Runaround by Blues Traveler.

I know it would be better to use an acoustic mic'd, but that is not possible.


Thanks.

WTF!!is a TAB
08-31-2009, 11:33 AM
No, for the Handsome Devil. I also still need to cut over a drummer. This would be for songs such as Free Fallin' by Tom Petty or Runaround by Blues Traveler.

I know it would be better to use an acoustic mic'd, but that is not possible.


Thanks.
i dunno.

try putting the gain on 1 and put the volume on 5

Rio38
08-31-2009, 11:45 AM
i dunno.

try putting the gain on 1 and put the volume on 5


Is it normal for the master volume to diminish and even go completely away with teh drive control?

TheBurningFish
08-31-2009, 12:14 PM
I'm sorely tempted to get one.

Just a few questions, really :) How, on a grand scale, do they sound? They're all tube, yeah? And how do they take to distortion (as in pedals)? Oh yeah, and if anyone works in a guitar shop and can tell me how much they run for I'd be more than happy.

Edit: And how necessary is one of the stack/cabinet dealys? Do some of them not have their own speakers? My first amp was a Roland Microcube 5 watt and it could go hella loud itself, never mind what it could do mic'd up.

WTF!!is a TAB
08-31-2009, 12:17 PM
I'm sorely tempted to get one.

Just a few questions, really :) How, on a grand scale, do they sound? They're all tube, yeah? And how do they take to distortion (as in pedals)? Oh yeah, and if anyone works in a guitar shop and can tell me how much they run for I'd be more than happy.
the prices are in the front page i believe.
and they sound good for the price.

you wont expect good cleans from them but you can expect a great british crunch out of it.

Rio38
08-31-2009, 12:19 PM
I'm sorely tempted to get one.

Just a few questions, really :) How, on a grand scale, do they sound? They're all tube, yeah? And how do they take to distortion (as in pedals)? Oh yeah, and if anyone works in a guitar shop and can tell me how much they run for I'd be more than happy.


Which Blackheart are you referring to? I have owned both a Little Giant and a Handsome Devil.

They are all tube.

How they sound is dependent on what type of sound you are looking for. They have a great classic rock and even modern rock sound when you drive the tubes. Add pedals and you will be able to get whatever sound you are looking for. I have both single pedals and a multi-FX unit and the amps take to them very well.

Pricewise, you can't beat them. They are built to last and you can get some good deals on Ebay if you go that way. I got my Handsome Devil off of Ebay from a music store that was blowing them out for about 50% off and it was brand new in the box.

TheBurningFish
08-31-2009, 12:23 PM
the prices are in the front page i believe.
and they sound good for the price.

you wont expect good cleans from them but you can expect a great british crunch out of it.
Oh, I never saw the prices, but God daaaaaa-yuuuum.

I don't use clean sounds with much regularity. I think If it was ever necessary I'd probably just borrow something from my Dad.

Which Blackheart are you referring to? I have owned both a Little Giant and a Handsome Devil.

They are all tube.

How they sound is dependent on what type of sound you are looking for. They have a great classic rock and even modern rock sound when you drive the tubes. Add pedals and you will be able to get whatever sound you are looking for. I have both single pedals and a multi-FX unit and the amps take to them very well.

Pricewise, you can't beat them. They are built to last and you can get some good deals on Ebay if you go that way. I got my Handsome Devil off of Ebay from a music store that was blowing them out for about 50% off and it was brand new in the box.
Thanks for the epic answering. I was speaking generally, but I think the Little Giant is where it's at for me in terms of price.

And yeah, I intend to buy a lot of gear used, since I can't really afford a very professional/high quality set up unused.

Jason43
08-31-2009, 12:57 PM
No, for the Handsome Devil. I also still need to cut over a drummer. This would be for songs such as Free Fallin' by Tom Petty or Runaround by Blues Traveler.

I know it would be better to use an acoustic mic'd, but that is not possible.


Thanks.
Try rolling back the volume on your guitar.

Jason43
08-31-2009, 12:59 PM
I'm sorely tempted to get one.

Just a few questions, really :) How, on a grand scale, do they sound? They're all tube, yeah? And how do they take to distortion (as in pedals)? Oh yeah, and if anyone works in a guitar shop and can tell me how much they run for I'd be more than happy.

Edit: And how necessary is one of the stack/cabinet dealys? Do some of them not have their own speakers? My first amp was a Roland Microcube 5 watt and it could go hella loud itself, never mind what it could do mic'd up.

Overall, they take to pedals well. All of mine sound decent, with the exception of the Big Muff clone I have, which I don't care for on the LG.

As far as the speaker, the stock is ok. Personally, I'd buy the head and look for another cab to use with better speakers.

GuitarNinja12
09-14-2009, 09:55 PM
Im an amp noob so I need a yay or nay from the amp gods

I really need some advice on these amps. I have a Crate V33, its cleans are great. Overdrive totally sucks but it sounds good with my fuzz pedal. But for some reason Im just not happy with it and want to swap it for the Handsome Devil. Would this be stupid of me...? They are both made by Crate, so is the blackheart a step up at all...?

I'm hearing alot of mixed opinions of whether the HD is loud enough or not for gigging. So what is? I would just be playing small venues like bars, cafes, picnics with a 3-4 piece band. I dont need a crystal clean tone because I like playing cleans songs with a bit of edge. (Like the hendrix clean sound)

also are they noisy...? My other Crate hisses and sounds like the ocean when turned up.

One more thing, are these reliable..? for some reason I feel like my v33 is gonna explode, because it has alot of features for cheap.


tl;dr - Not totally happy with my Crate v33 212, should I swap it for an HD...?

paruwi
09-15-2009, 04:19 PM
Im an amp noob so I need a yay or nay from the amp gods

I really need some advice on these amps. I have a Crate V33, its cleans are great. Overdrive totally sucks but it sounds good with my fuzz pedal. But for some reason Im just not happy with it and want to swap it for the Handsome Devil. Would this be stupid of me...? They are both made by Crate, so is the blackheart a step up at all...?

I'm hearing alot of mixed opinions of whether the HD is loud enough or not for gigging. So what is? I would just be playing small venues like bars, cafes, picnics with a 3-4 piece band. I dont need a crystal clean tone because I like playing cleans songs with a bit of edge. (Like the hendrix clean sound)

also are they noisy...? My other Crate hisses and sounds like the ocean when turned up.

One more thing, are these reliable..? for some reason I feel like my v33 is gonna explode, because it has alot of features for cheap.


tl;dr - Not totally happy with my Crate v33 212, should I swap it for an HD...?

Changing up to the HD isn't stupid at all, it's a good choice.
Yes the HD is loud enough to gig with (you always can mic it up to PA)
and it is not noisy at all
The BlackHearts are 'boutique-amps' without a boutique-amp-price!
Never read a bad review

Peter

GuitarNinja12
09-15-2009, 07:31 PM
^ Alright thanks man. I kinda want to downsize for the sake of convience and being able to crank it more in a small gig. So is the HD my best bet for a 15W amp in this price range..?

Natrone
09-15-2009, 11:21 PM
Think so. Blackhearts are freakin loud for their wattage all across the board, but the HD should be just fine

paruwi
09-16-2009, 01:18 AM
^ Alright thanks man. I kinda want to downsize for the sake of convience and being able to crank it more in a small gig. So is the HD my best bet for a 15W amp in this price range..?

At least one of the best in this range.

Peter

juniorlbj
10-02-2009, 09:43 AM
I'm selling my MG and I think I'm gonna buy the Little Giant Combo, my questions:

Is this amp really good?
Does it sound good with pedals?
Will i get loud cleans for home practicing?

My other option is a Laney LV100 (i know it's a solid state)... Which one should I get?

Nowadays i just use my amp for practicing, but i'm trying to join a band.
Styles: metal, blues, rock, classical music

Thanks.

Jason43
10-02-2009, 02:55 PM
At higher volume, you can get clean-ish tones if you really roll the volume on your guitar back. You have to turn the amps volume pretty low to get a true clean sound. The amp does well with pedals.

PimpSmurf
10-07-2009, 01:59 PM
Just ripped open a bh15-112 I got NiB on ebay ($261!!) and had my first Amplification-related orgasim.

Just wanted to share.

PimpSmurf
10-07-2009, 09:36 PM
Hell yes! I dimed it today and almost lost my ear drums. With it cranked, outside, and me sitting 20 feet away it wasn't painfully loud. I can't wait to tube it. It definately needs higher quality tubes all the way around. It gets very noisy with either the gain or volume above the 2-3 o'clock position. I expect the gain is too much for me so I may back down from the 12ax7.

I got a Bad Monkey pedal today as well. Nice I think. I played a bit but the kid is passed out so I will have to wait to crank it tomorrow. I hope it gets me closer to my tone goal. Definately need to tube and mod the amp.

Anyway, wanted to share in case anyone gives a crap. Not much of a community for the BH anymore it seems.

daryle_goh
10-07-2009, 10:56 PM
hey im still around! i've still got the killer ant in my room.

i must say though, after i purchased the GT-10, i kinda stopped using it on a regular basis.

paruwi
10-10-2009, 02:28 PM
There is a new (private) forum about thouse great amps :D

>>> www.blackhearttalk.com <<< :peace:

LezPaulEpiphone
10-16-2009, 04:40 PM
Hey guys, just got my Blackheart Handsome Devil, and I was wondering what settings you guys use? I've got my bass on about 11 o'clock, middle on 4 o'clock, treble on 2 o'clock, and presence on about 10 o'clock.

What about you?

PimpSmurf
10-17-2009, 09:41 PM
Hey guys, just got my Blackheart Handsome Devil, and I was wondering what settings you guys use? I've got my bass on about 11 o'clock, middle on 4 o'clock, treble on 2 o'clock, and presence on about 10 o'clock.

What about you?

Right now I play with a Dean Vendetta XM electric which is very twangy. Kinda rockabilly with a a GFS VEH pickup in the bridge. (upgrading to agile AL-3100 soon)

I use a modded Bad Monkey pedal (awsome pedal! Love it!)

The pedal's mod takes away some of the mid range boost, and adds a good bit of bass. Level - 10, bass 5-10, treble 5, gain 0. This adds a ton of drive and really "tightens" the input up a bit. I like it.

With this pretty bass heavy input I usually EQ the amp w/ Bass:3oc, mid 9oc, treb 1oc, pres 12oc. Always 15watt. I usually put the power amp up to 9oc and use the preamp as a volume.

EQing is always going to be a personal thing. I played with mine for hours and when I put a MXR m-108 in a custom effects loop, it will probably take days to trim it all out.

Back to my original reason for posting: TUBES!

I broke down and hit up the local music shop for some tubes today. They had a matched set of Ruby Tubes (JJ el84) tubes, and 3 different types of preamp tubes. (All groove tube rebranded)
12ax7-c, 12ax7-r, 12ax7-r2

I got the el84s, and the 12ax7-r2 tubes because they only had 2 of those. I will be getting the 12ax7-c tomorrow (didn't bring enough cash)

The R2's are long plate versions with more bass response. let me be heard: Replace the stock tubes immediately! They are total garbage!!! The new tubes aren't completely broken in yet (still sound a little sterile) but they were 10x better than stock after 2-3 minutes of playing!!! No more hiss/such until you dime it. Knocking the presence down to 10oc removes all the hiss, but there is zero hum. Love it! The 12ax7-r are known as having more mid and treble and lower bass response and gain. Not going to get one.

I am going to get 1 12ax7-c tomorrow if what I think is right, is right. It is my understanding from examining the schematic, that the preamp tubes can be completely different. IE, it hits one 12ax7, then moves on to the next. I want to get a single 12ax7-c to put in one of the preamp valves (probably the 2nd). It is suppose to be very high gain, and very very clear sounding. I think it will suit the kind of metal I want to play.

I donno. Will report.

LezPaulEpiphone
10-18-2009, 05:17 AM
Right now I play with a Dean Vendetta XM electric which is very twangy. Kinda rockabilly with a a GFS VEH pickup in the bridge. (upgrading to agile AL-3100 soon)

I use a modded Bad Monkey pedal (awsome pedal! Love it!)

The pedal's mod takes away some of the mid range boost, and adds a good bit of bass. Level - 10, bass 5-10, treble 5, gain 0. This adds a ton of drive and really "tightens" the input up a bit. I like it.

With this pretty bass heavy input I usually EQ the amp w/ Bass:3oc, mid 9oc, treb 1oc, pres 12oc. Always 15watt. I usually put the power amp up to 9oc and use the preamp as a volume.

EQing is always going to be a personal thing. I played with mine for hours and when I put a MXR m-108 in a custom effects loop, it will probably take days to trim it all out.

Back to my original reason for posting: TUBES!

I broke down and hit up the local music shop for some tubes today. They had a matched set of Ruby Tubes (JJ el84) tubes, and 3 different types of preamp tubes. (All groove tube rebranded)
12ax7-c, 12ax7-r, 12ax7-r2

I got the el84s, and the 12ax7-r2 tubes because they only had 2 of those. I will be getting the 12ax7-c tomorrow (didn't bring enough cash)

The R2's are long plate versions with more bass response. let me be heard: Replace the stock tubes immediately! They are total garbage!!! The new tubes aren't completely broken in yet (still sound a little sterile) but they were 10x better than stock after 2-3 minutes of playing!!! No more hiss/such until you dime it. Knocking the presence down to 10oc removes all the hiss, but there is zero hum. Love it! The 12ax7-r are known as having more mid and treble and lower bass response and gain. Not going to get one.

I am going to get 1 12ax7-c tomorrow if what I think is right, is right. It is my understanding from examining the schematic, that the preamp tubes can be completely different. IE, it hits one 12ax7, then moves on to the next. I want to get a single 12ax7-c to put in one of the preamp valves (probably the 2nd). It is suppose to be very high gain, and very very clear sounding. I think it will suit the kind of metal I want to play.

I donno. Will report.

Nice post man, interesting stuff you got there.
The tubes in there now are just no-name Chinese tubes, aren't they? :haha

I'm still pretty happy with the sound, especially since I've been tweaking the settings for like 5 hours :p:.

stykerwolf
10-18-2009, 05:22 AM
Posted a clip in my profile;

Treble; 10
Mids; 10
Bass; 6.5
Volume; Half way up

First with the neck pickup of my washburn then the bridge.

Crappy mic but meh.

PimpSmurf
10-22-2009, 08:38 AM
Trust me on the tubes, anything is better, and high gain may not be the way to go.

I emailed BitMo because I wasn't interested in revoicing the amp, just upgrading the caps. He sent me a paypal invoice for $20 for just the replacement caps. Probably overpaying, but it saves me time in gathering info and hunting caps down.

I am stoked about the new guitar I ordered. It is a Agile 2800 Baritone (27" scale) which should flow nicely with the bass heavy guitar sound I like. I should be able to dial back my HD's bass knob too. Haha

I am getting together with a local amp guru with tons of tubes in his shop. We are going to plug in tubes until we can't stand it anymore. Probably aiming for lower gain tubes (perhaps 40-60% of the 12ax7.)

He has a full tube test/analysis machine so we can see exactly what gain my stock (and aftermarket) tubes are. I am excited! :)

PimpSmurf
11-04-2009, 01:11 PM
Well, I haveto take back what I said about the R2's.

They do sound good, but are medium high gain, noisy as all hell, microphonic, and crap. Skip them. I am running gt-12ax7-c tubes which are quite nice. Higher gain, more even EQ and they have very little noise. Definately very good chinesse tubes!

Next I am going to get a pair of JJ ECC83S which are believed to be the highest gain current production tubes and by all accounts, sound good. Those are going into the amp first, just to compare, then they are going into a Damage Control Solid Metal pedal I won on ebay. If I like them I will order another pair.

I am running the JJ el84's now, but a fellow from blackhearttalk said he prefers the EH el84's so I may give them a shot.

Since I play baritone, I will probably get a NOS GE5751 and then a NOS RCA 12ax7 (regular guitar, I would get a Mullard probably.)

PimpSmurf
11-27-2009, 12:53 PM
Ended up with an RCA long black plate in V1 with NOS USSR el84 compatables in the power tubes. NOS Sylvania long grey plates in V2 and in my Solid Metal pedal.

BLACK PLATES is all I can say. Very damned musical.

Bumping the thread because I just got a BH412SL cab for xmas! :)

Buy blackheart! :)

PimpSmurf
12-12-2009, 04:51 PM
http://i512.photobucket.com/albums/t330/pimp-smurf/hookeduprigged.jpg

Posting this everywhere because I have nothing better to do. God I love my blackhearts.

stykerwolf
12-12-2009, 04:58 PM
Dayum man that's one nice rig you got there, how does that 4x12 cab sound?

LezPaulEpiphone
12-12-2009, 05:05 PM
Nice PimpSmurf! I love the look of their 4x12's, never heard one though, they look like their good quality.

CrackTheSkye
12-18-2009, 11:14 PM
Are there anymore mods in the U.S. other than the ones listed in the 3rd post?

PimpSmurf
01-14-2010, 08:59 AM
Yes. Things are being worked on right now too. Check the link in my sig for mods.

The cab is wonderful. I built a small shelf and stained it black. Now it holds all my pedals and such, keeping the knobs within reach. It was designed to fit right on top oc the cab, and next to the 15w amp, but now I took the amp out of the combo and put feet on it so I can swap tubes more easily. Haha

LezPaulEpiphone
01-24-2010, 11:31 AM
My favourite settings for a clean sound are:

Presence: 11 o'clock
Bass: 11:30 o'clock
Middle: 2 o'clock
Treble: 2 o'clock
Level: /
Drive: 11 o'clock
I also add a bit of short delay onto it.

For the drive, I just higher the bass a bit, lower to treble to about 1 o'clock, the adjust the drive to suit. Just thought I'd share. :)

patbuck2
01-28-2010, 07:01 PM
I'm curious about these amps. I've been looking at these and the Epiphone Valve Junior amps for several reasons: they're tube, they're cheap for tube, they seem to be very well liked and reviewed, they are single channel (I personally love the idea of single channel amps). I do have quite a few questions about them, though. I'm thinking about maybe getting a new amp sometime in the next few months. I want to know a few things:

-What does this amp do well? As in, what genres can it play? I mostly play (other than my own stuff) a lot of Tool, Led Zeppelin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Think it can do any of those well?

-How does this amp handle pedals? I hear some amps don't like pedals and make them sound terrible. I want an amp that can handle pedals well because I am a bit of a pedal junkie.

-Can they get pretty loud for their small size? I am looking at the 1w, 5w, and 15w models the most.

-Is there much difference between the combos and stacks? I have always used combos and I like them, but if stack is the way to go for these amps I want to know.

Any and all responses and help is much appreciated.

Jason43
01-28-2010, 07:15 PM
I'm curious about these amps. I've been looking at these and the Epiphone Valve Junior amps for several reasons: they're tube, they're cheap for tube, they seem to be very well liked and reviewed, they are single channel (I personally love the idea of single channel amps). I do have quite a few questions about them, though. I'm thinking about maybe getting a new amp sometime in the next few months. I want to know a few things:

-What does this amp do well? As in, what genres can it play? I mostly play (other than my own stuff) a lot of Tool, Led Zeppelin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Think it can do any of those well?

-How does this amp handle pedals? I hear some amps don't like pedals and make them sound terrible. I want an amp that can handle pedals well because I am a bit of a pedal junkie.

-Can they get pretty loud for their small size? I am looking at the 1w, 5w, and 15w models the most.

-Is there much difference between the combos and stacks? I have always used combos and I like them, but if stack is the way to go for these amps I want to know.

Any and all responses and help is much appreciated.

It can do some Zeppelin and Chili Peppers, although the voicing isn't ideal imo. I wouldn't use it for Tool. It's a very "fuzzy" sounding amp. Very early AC/DC sounding.

patbuck2
01-28-2010, 09:02 PM
It can do some Zeppelin and Chili Peppers, although the voicing isn't ideal imo. I wouldn't use it for Tool. It's a very "fuzzy" sounding amp. Very early AC/DC sounding.
I see. So it is more of a classic rock/blues-rock amp? What if I used a good high gain distortion pedal with it?

Jason43
01-28-2010, 09:22 PM
I think even with a distortion pedal, you're still going to have a very loose sounding distortion.

patbuck2
01-28-2010, 09:28 PM
I think even with a distortion pedal, you're still going to have a very loose sounding distortion.
I see. How about that whole pedal thing I asked about? Does it take pedals good?

Jason43
01-29-2010, 04:58 PM
Its always seemed to like pedals, at least for me.

Martyr's Prayer
01-29-2010, 07:48 PM
I'm in the market for a new amp and so far it looks like I'll be getting the LG. Some questions: I know it works well with pedals. How about at lower volumes? I'm sure it sounds really mean cranked with a TS9, but what about with the volume at 2 or 3? Also, my main styles are blues (SRV, Buddy Guy) and modern heavy stuff (Horse the Band, In Flames). I'd imagine it's good for blues, but what about the higher gain stuff? Is the bottom end real lose and flabby, or is it tight?

patbuck2
01-29-2010, 07:49 PM
Its always seemed to like pedals, at least for me.
Alright. Thanks for all the help. I'm still looking around at all sorts of stuff, so I appreciate it.

Jason43
01-29-2010, 10:06 PM
I'm in the market for a new amp and so far it looks like I'll be getting the LG. Some questions: I know it works well with pedals. How about at lower volumes? I'm sure it sounds really mean cranked with a TS9, but what about with the volume at 2 or 3? Also, my main styles are blues (SRV, Buddy Guy) and modern heavy stuff (Horse the Band, In Flames). I'd imagine it's good for blues, but what about the higher gain stuff? Is the bottom end real lose and flabby, or is it tight?

Low volume is going to be on the clean side. Not a good high gain amp IMO. Very loose sounding gain.

Notkcots
03-25-2010, 05:35 PM
So, I'm thinking of switching out a Little Giant head's tubes, but I could use some suggestions. I like having fuzz and some gain and play a lot of Noise Rock and Stoner Metal (with a pedal, of course). This is my first tube amp and, to be honest, I'm a little lost, so please specify which of your suggestions is a preamp tube and which is a power tube.

311ZOSOVHJH
03-25-2010, 11:13 PM
^I would recommend JJ's. Just their normal ones - not the high gain ones necessarily. The EL84 is the power tube and the 12AX7 is the preamp tube. If you live in the US - I highly recommend dougstubes.com. Send him an email for other suggestions. If you want to spend more there are even better tubes.


I just got a 1w Killer Ant. It has a 12AX7 for both power and preamp and I replaced the V1 preamp tube with a JJ and made a great difference.

Here's mine, along with some other pr0n

http://i545.photobucket.com/albums/hh384/buckethead_311/Frontman/IMG_2447.jpg

http://i545.photobucket.com/albums/hh384/buckethead_311/Frontman/IMG_2501.jpg

http://i545.photobucket.com/albums/hh384/buckethead_311/Frontman/IMG_2500.jpg

http://i545.photobucket.com/albums/hh384/buckethead_311/Frontman/IMG_2451.jpg


I also have a clip called Sloppy Slide Blues :)

Notkcots
03-26-2010, 11:14 PM
Well, I have a $35 coupon from Sam Ash, and they don't carry JJ :(.... How are Sovtek 12A7XWA and Groove EL84 Duet Europeans? With the coupon, I can get these basically for free. Is it worth springing for the JJ's?

311ZOSOVHJH
03-27-2010, 12:15 AM
Personally, I just don't buy tubes from the retail shops. If you have a little extra money and time it is worth it to buy from the places I mentioned. That said, I understand your situation in wanting to use the coupon. A Groove Tube EL84 should work fine. Duet means 2? The quality of the Sovteks are up these days (I hear) so you are probably OK there but make sure you put in what it says on the amp. Not sure on 12A7XWA :(

Groove Tubes are rebranded tubes
Sovteks are made in China

Notkcots
03-28-2010, 12:20 PM
Well, I think I'm going to just buy the Groove powertubes (since they are enough to fully use the coupon) and buy reputable 12AX7's from dougstubes.com. Thanks for all the help.

311ZOSOVHJH
03-28-2010, 11:03 PM
Sounds like a plan.

Like I said. Groove Tubes are decent. Just rebranded. Should sound better than that Chinese crap that is in there now.

PimpSmurf
05-15-2010, 04:51 PM
I've been a little distracted lately. sorry for the slow replys! :(

It handles pedals, even high gain pedals, WONDERFULLY! I use a damage control Solid Metal pedal (with 100 gain NOS Sylvania 12ax7 LGPs!)

It's great! The low end is TIGHT! Not Mushy bass sounding at ALL. In order to perform this feat, make sure you turn the solid metal pedal's bass all the way down! This pedal is known for that wall of bass sound which I dislike terribly. I play with the amp's bass on 3o/c, treble on 3o/c, mid on 9o/c, presence on 1o/c, gain at 4 (of 10), level at 9o/c. I have the pedal set with the output level at 3o/c, and the gain at only 9o/c. I use the boost for added gain and crunch.

I also use a MXR m108 EQ with gain at +8 (of 10.)

The sound is amazing. I have to tune the amp's gain (or drive? I forget) knob until I get the level of fluctuation and power tube distortion I'm looking for each time I play as it tends to depend on the room. :)

I use a RCA LBP 5751 V1, GE 12AT7-WC3 v2, and nos LGP Raytheon el84's. The 5751/12at7 gives the amp an AMAZING clean sound, and lets it do high gain pedals MUCH more clearly than with my mullards/etc.

Now the mullards are awsome for blues on this puppy though! Love it.

Sadly, I'm going to downgrade from my 15 watt to a 1-5 watt. I really need to drop the sound level if I'm ever going to be able to play it (I have a 1 year old boy! :) )

Later

Alden Ashford
08-04-2010, 11:58 PM
Just a quick question, does anyone know if you can get a good, squealy pinch harmonic out of a Hothead without modifying it? It might seem like a small concern, but I use pinches fairly often.

Grawgos
11-05-2010, 08:59 AM
Hello. I have had my handsome devil for about a year now, I love it by the way, and I want to re tube it. Do I need to bias or can I just throw a matched set in? It is the only tube amp I have owned so I don't really know how to bias it.

paruwi
11-05-2010, 02:22 PM
Hello. I have had my handsome devil for about a year now, I love it by the way, and I want to re tube it. Do I need to bias or can I just throw a matched set in? It is the only tube amp I have owned so I don't really know how to bias it.

You can do it, no issues with it.

At least I've done it - and it works pretty good :cool:

:peace:

4Dax
01-08-2011, 01:50 AM
Hello. I have had my handsome devil for about a year now, I love it by the way, and I want to re tube it. Do I need to bias or can I just throw a matched set in? It is the only tube amp I have owned so I don't really know how to bias it.


i also have had a HD for a year now and would like to swap power tubes. Is there a bias adjustment on this amp head?

311ZOSOVHJH
01-08-2011, 03:58 AM
I did a quick search and this answer seems to be the one I would go with. Posted from a dude on thefret.net

"Just got the schematic last night and had a look. The Handsome Devil is cathode bias. Interestingly enough, each EL84 has its own cathode bias resistor and bypass cap.

So to answer the original question, you can just replace the tubes without worrying about biasing the amp. I personally like to check the bias when doing so, but I'm anal retentive."

So if he is right, there is no bias adjustment needed on your part. If the tubes you buy are 'matched' then you just plug n play.

Grawgos
01-08-2011, 09:04 AM
I changed my HD tubes last week, no biasing and it's fine.

OldRocker
01-08-2011, 11:26 AM
I don't know how I missed this thread but it's a good one. :)

I've had my HD half stack for about two years and still loving it. I almost sold it a few times on CL but quickly pulled the ads because I know I'm gonna miss it. Just trying to make room in my room (since I bought the Alchemist 112) but I guess I can live with the clutter. :)

The HD is a solid investment and I bought it because it is overbuilt and reliable as hell. The Chinese tubes that it came with are simply robust but rather plain sounding and they worked fine. Lots of amps are loaded with the Chinese tubes (four out of 7 in my A112) but then we retube 'em. don't we? ;)

I did mine with a set of Mullard RIs and it sounded better. Put some hours on them and did researches on tubes for the ultimate tone. The MRIs were brighter and expanded so they're a good set but in my A112 they were really bright and I pulled 'em back out.

The set I'm using now are the Tung-Sol NP 12AX7s and Sovtek military EL84s. This set works with pedals very well because the amp had more transparency to it and I use pedals 99% of the time. :D

4Dax
01-08-2011, 05:43 PM
Very good info. thank guys. I shall be paying a visit to Doug's Tube's shortly then.

Grawgos
01-08-2011, 06:24 PM
Very good info. thank guys. I shall be paying a visit to Doug's Tube's shortly then.

I went through Doug too. After a few emails back and forth, I went with mullard el84's and for the preamp, I went with 1 tungsol and 1 pentalabs. The amp sounds awesome.

I also put an eminence swamp thang in the BH 1x12 cab and man it sounds nice.

losing battle
02-21-2011, 09:47 PM
2 questions. Im thinking about getting one this week here they are. Do you think a little giant can effectily power a cab with 2x12 75w celestions second do you think it. Also i play the heavy stuff nile, corpse, slayer, death ect... ect.. So i will be throwing a distortion in front of it.

Jason43
02-22-2011, 12:00 AM
2 questions. Im thinking about getting one this week here they are. Do you think a little giant can effectily power a cab with 2x12 75w celestions second do you think it. Also i play the heavy stuff nile, corpse, slayer, death ect... ect.. So i will be throwing a distortion in front of it.
It will push a 212 fine.

I don't think the LG is the amp you want though. Even with a pedal, it's not going to be well suited for the music you play.

losing battle
02-22-2011, 08:50 PM
Yeah it seems like one of the best options i have 150 (its used 120) for an amp so i can jam with friends. My other options are a spider ii head, 75 watt vyper, raven rg60 and a crate (shudders).

Adub
04-13-2011, 01:20 PM
I have an LG, it's defintely not a high gain monster. It's suited for classic rock/blues. But the bass is boomy, for sure. I wish it had a headphone jack. The tone stack isn't the greatest, but use an EQ pedal and you can take it anywhere you want.

I also have the 1x12 cab. The Eminence speaker is very efficient. I bought the cab and head on ebay for $285US - what a steal! The guy was liquidating a store, and this was a demo. It looked brand new to me - not even smudges on the metal.

I swapped out the stock tubes and found a local guy on CL who sells old Sylvanias and GEs, most are matched. They are the same price as JJs, Sovtek for the most part, $15-$25.

I use a presonus tubepre to saturate the tubes so I can keep the vol. down and still get some crunch. I rarely play in triode, almost always use pentode.

Adub
04-13-2011, 01:21 PM
I went through Doug too. After a few emails back and forth, I went with mullard el84's and for the preamp, I went with 1 tungsol and 1 pentalabs. The amp sounds awesome.

I also put an eminence swamp thang in the BH 1x12 cab and man it sounds nice.

how does the swamper compare to the stock emi? how does it change the tone?

Adub
04-13-2011, 01:25 PM
I use a RCA LBP 5751 V1, GE 12AT7-WC3 v2, and nos LGP Raytheon el84's. The 5751/12at7 gives the amp an AMAZING clean sound, and lets it do high gain pedals MUCH more clearly than with my mullards/etc.

Now the mullards are awsome for blues on this puppy though! Love it.



mullards for both the preamp and power sections? what species of preamp tubes? thanks.

Grawgos
04-13-2011, 01:53 PM
how does the swamper compare to the stock emi? how does it change the tone?


I swapped the tubes and speakers in the same week. The stock speaker, while stong in the bass department, was too boomy to me. The treble was also a bit shrill for me. The swamp thang and new tubes solved both these problems.

Bass is still strong, but not overpowering and the highs have completely lost their icepick aspect and sound wonderful now.

Adub
04-13-2011, 08:05 PM
Hey guys I'm going to be heading down to Guitar Center this weekend to get myself a LG. I just have a few questions first, does it come with a speaker cable, and a power cord (the one that plugs into the wall and powers it via electricity, not the chord). And then I have one more question, do they keep them in stock at Guitar Center?

Thanks :)

WHen I was looking to test one out, I went to GC first. I walked in and ask if they had heard of the BH line, and I got this blank stare (could have been the doobies the techs were smoking before the shift started). I said they are made by Crate, and then said, we don't carry them.

GC is a bunch of wankers!

4Dax
05-07-2011, 04:07 AM
Just wanted to show off my custom amp stand for the HD. I work at a fab shop(office bitch) and these are the guys to to know! A 20' stick of tube less than $20. I used 1"x1"x16GA. Get a fabricator buddy to cut and weld the rest and you are in for cheap. I looked all over for a rack that would hold a head and cab, none to be be found. Now I'm very happy with my setup. I needed a taller backstrap to pick up the head. The towel was to keep wet paint off the carpet if there was any. Now the cab blasts me in the face! If you want the blueprints for one just let me know.

4Dax
05-13-2011, 06:21 PM
i am trying to re-tube my HD head(not combo) and am having trouble removing the amp from the cab. All the screws are out and its loose but wont come out. I dont wanna screw this up. The backplate wont come off the cab to release the chasis. To all you peeps who have done this before, whats the trick?

Grawgos
05-13-2011, 07:02 PM
Did you get the screws underneath?

4Dax
05-13-2011, 07:12 PM
Did you get the screws underneath?

Yes, those actually hold the chasis in. It was just sticky since it has not been apart before. A little more elbow grease than i wanted to use but then i could hear the back separating. Sounds like a sticker peeling off something. Im good now, thanks man.

4Dax
05-14-2011, 03:25 AM
Just to let you HD users know, put a wedge in there and pry the back off. I was worried about damaging the wood but it didnt. The tolex was just fused or stuck to the cab. Also, mine came stock with JJ tubes. i heard they had cheap chinese tubes in them. The tube in V1 did have a "B" noted on it with a magic marker. Is that B-stock? I dont know. V2 did not. Anyhow, the tube swap was awesome. it didnt turn into a high gain monster but I could really hear the diff in note articulation.

OldRocker
05-14-2011, 04:31 AM
You should try old stock tubes in 'em. :cool:

I have a Raytheon black plate 12ax7 in V1 and RCA black plate 12ax7 in V2. A set of Baldwin branded Sylvania 6BQ5 tubes in V3 & V4.

Talk about a sweet sounding amp. Well worth it.

By the way, mine came with the Chinese tubes. They're ok but I replaced them with the Mullard RIs before I got the old stock tubes. They were an improvement.

stykerwolf
05-14-2011, 06:11 AM
mine came with JJ tubes lol.
i need a mullard el84 in mine, and a place to crank up the volume and slam a fuzz face infront

4Dax
05-15-2011, 04:10 AM
By the way, mine came with the Chinese tubes.


Do they read "Made in China" on them? Thats weird that a manufacturer would put out multi versions.