#1
The opinion on Krank Amps could not be any more mixed. I love JCM 800s and I saw them made an amp that was geared specifically toward the era of music for a bargain on the used market, so I gave it a shot:



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This amp shocked me. I have heard the phrase "JCM 800 copy" applied to many, many amps, and I have always been unimpressed. Not this time.

When I first plugged into it, I was shocked at how similar it sounded to my JCM 800. I probably would have been fooled had I not known this was a different amp. It had all the harmonic overtones, crunch, and punch I associate with a Marshall. Now, as I A/B tested the two, there were obvious differences, but just as many in favor of the Krank as the Marshall.

The tone is in essence a more refined JCM 800. Less harsh on the highs, though you could get it quite brash if you wanted. I would say it sounds a bit more articulate as well. The greatest improvement I can give it is that it sounds much tighter and more focused than the JCM. Even with the gain kranked, it stays tight and articulate. So much so that going back to the JCM was difficult. Just like the JCM, the Krank is VERY unforgiving.

This amp doesn't nail the tone 100%, but it is extremely close and in some ways it sounds like I imagined the Marshall would. The Marshall sounds a bit "bigger", but I mainly attribute this to the fact that it is a looser feeling and sounding amp. The Krank can still get plenty of bottom end and has tons of punch. The tightness of the Krank is absolutely a worthy tradeoff.

This is just a perfect rock/hard rock/80s metal amp. For the prices these go for, do no hesitate for a second if this is the sound you seek. I am very hard to please when it comes to amps, but this amp absolutely smokes.

Judging from this experience, Krank knew what they were doing. I will undoubtedly be keeping my eye out for more of this criminally undervalued gear.
#3
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I live my 1980 Jr. I had the full sized 1980 and it was a beast. It is the poor-mans Splawn QR IMO.

Yeah Krank had some good amps, but they had horrible PR guys. The Chadwick was another really good amp no one seems to know about. Too bad Krank is out of business now.

Hit the front with a boost and give it some mids, and it will rip your face off.
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HNAD

I live my 1980 Jr. I had the full sized 1980 and it was a beast. It is the poor-mans Splawn QR IMO.

Yeah Krank had some good amps, but they had horrible PR guys. The Chadwick was another really good amp no one seems to know about. Too bad Krank is out of business now.

Hit the front with a boost and give it some mids, and it will rip your face off.

So you've played the Chadwick? How would that compare to this amp? I see those quite often on the cheap.
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#7
SWEET! Definitely report to the Krank thread, Krank it UP!

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Congrats man. I've yet to play a Krank. I'd like to get my hands on one though!
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So you've played the Chadwick? How would that compare to this amp? I see those quite often on the cheap.

The chadwick has a really nice clean channel, but not quite as much gain on tap as the 1980. It is a great Hard-rock amp, and can do metal with a boost. With out a boost I would not suggest it for metal. The chadwick is like a JCM800 with a great clean channel
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#13
Wow. I didn't realize Krank had closed. That's sad, great amps that were super underrated because of some bad PR they got years ago. At least Tony Krank is still making amps under the name Stiff Amplification, but sad to see another company go to the bad economy.
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Wow. I didn't realize Krank had closed. That's sad, great amps that were super underrated because of some bad PR they got years ago. At least Tony Krank is still making amps under the name Stiff Amplification, but sad to see another company go to the bad economy.


They closed back in March. Not terribly surprising knowing anything about the company history. It was run by a bunch of dumb shits. Only reason they lasted as long as they did is because Tony designed some nice amps.
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They closed back in March. Not terribly surprising knowing anything about the company history. It was run by a bunch of dumb shits. Only reason they lasted as long as they did is because Tony designed some nice amps.

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2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
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As far as I know, Tony hasn't been part of Krank for quite a while. He's a pretty cool guy, though. He was my amp tech before I found Lawrence at Gearu amps

I'm definitely going to have to check into the 1980 then. With them being defunct now, these are either going to skyrocket in price, or tank (I'm assuming the latter), and I've been wanting an 800 clone for a while.


How is the Kleen channel on this? I had the Chadwick a few years ago and the Kleen channel was surprisingly good. If I could get a nice JCM800 tone, with a nice clean channel for cheap, I'd kill two birds with one stone!
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Wow. I didn't realize Krank had closed. That's sad, great amps that were super underrated because of some bad PR they got years ago. At least Tony Krank is still making amps under the name Stiff Amplification, but sad to see another company go to the bad economy.


In so far as I am aware from Tony's letter to Krank owners, it's not that Krank was majorly affected by the economy, rather that the company was basically run into the ground by nut job white goods manufacturers that didn't have the first clue about the guitar amplification market.
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As far as I know, Tony hasn't been part of Krank for quite a while. He's a pretty cool guy, though. He was my amp tech before I found Lawrence at Gearu amps

I'm definitely going to have to check into the 1980 then. With them being defunct now, these are either going to skyrocket in price, or tank (I'm assuming the latter), and I've been wanting an 800 clone for a while.


How is the Kleen channel on this? I had the Chadwick a few years ago and the Kleen channel was surprisingly good. If I could get a nice JCM800 tone, with a nice clean channel for cheap, I'd kill two birds with one stone!

The clean channel is surprisingly good, I am pretty impressed.

To me the 1980 is very Splawn QR (KT88 version) with a better clean channel.
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2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
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Quote by MatrixClaw
As far as I know, Tony hasn't been part of Krank for quite a while. He's a pretty cool guy, though. He was my amp tech before I found Lawrence at Gearu amps

I'm definitely going to have to check into the 1980 then. With them being defunct now, these are either going to skyrocket in price, or tank (I'm assuming the latter), and I've been wanting an 800 clone for a while.


How is the Kleen channel on this? I had the Chadwick a few years ago and the Kleen channel was surprisingly good. If I could get a nice JCM800 tone, with a nice clean channel for cheap, I'd kill two birds with one stone!

I wouldn't say the Kleen Channel is great, but it is good. There isn't a ton of headroom, but I really haven't been able to coax a great clean sound out of any tube amp, it always sounds too dirty. Maybe I suck. But it is far from sterile and is much better than say a 5150. Much like a "clean" JCM 800 sound.

The Krank channel is f***ing boss though. Thick,tight, punchy, and gnarly as hell. I was and still am blown away. And if you read my post history on these forums, I hate almost every amp made by everyone. Especially Marshall/800 clones (Mesa, Laney, Traynor, Peavey, I'm looking at you). But this sounds and feels like the real thing, with a few tweaks for the better IMO. I can't imagine I will be keeping my '82 JCM 800 around much longer, as much as I love it.
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