#1
Hello guys,


I've been roaming the interwebz for a new tube head.
And I've come across this term "Lunchbox amplifier" more than once.

Can anyone explain this term for me?
IMO it has something to do with lower wattage tube heads but I don't know for sure.

Thanks in advance
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#2
It means an amp that's the size of a lunchbox, or possibly made out of an actual lunchbox.
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#3
Thanks mate,

So it's only about the size and has nothing to do with wattage? (ofcourse most of the time a higher wattage will result in a bigger head)
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#4
They tend to be in the 5 watt family. However, there's the ZT Amps Lunchbox that's like, 200 watts or something. But it's solid state. The majority of the "lunchbox" amps you will see are small tube amps, normally 5 watters. There may be a few with variable wattage or built in attenuators, such as the Vox AC4.
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#5
Thanks for all the quick reactions

I can now continue with my search!
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#7
I think it is much more about the physical size rather than wattage. As mentioned above, the orange terror series amps are good examples of "lunch box amps". They are however 30 watts which is by no means a small amount. It just so happens that the size of lunch box style amps often correlates to a lower wattage amplifier.
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I have a friend who bought one of the little Crate power blocks. He got it for almost nothing, bought it 'cause it was kinda cool. He mounted it in an old army surplus ammo can.He even took it to a couple smaller gigs. Sounded pretty good.
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I agree, the Orange Terrors are pretty much the quintessential lunchbox amps. Mainly due to not only their size, but their weight. Those amps are between 10-15 lbs! That is absolutely incredible.
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#10
Depends what you need. If you are playing jazz/clean stuff. Or have some good pedals the ZT lunchbox is great. I bought it for school, but ended up using it on a variety of cover band gigs, including outdoor gigs.

That said, I recently bought a Carvin V3m, which is a beautiful small amp with 3 channels and 7-25-50 watt capabilities.
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#11
I have one of the ZT Lunchbox solid states (it's literally called "The Lunchbox" and it's a really nice 200-watt amp, despite its tiny size. I recommend it to people all the time.
#12
The prototypical "lunchbox" amp was the Epiphone Valve Junior, which was a real tube amp for under $100 (when first introduced). 5W, reasonably good sound, a volume knob. I bought two of the head-only versions, left one stock and the other was modified with the Mercury Magnetics Mod. The point was to have a small tube amp that offered reasonable volume for when you didn't need a 100W Marshall.

These days the whole thing has gone a bit whack, as some of these amps are nearing (a few past) the thousand dollar mark.
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I have one of the ZT Lunchbox solid states (it's literally called "The Lunchbox" and it's a really nice 200-watt amp, despite its tiny size. I recommend it to people all the time.


How well does it take high gain pedals for metal? I'm still looking for a sane practice amp.
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#14
I have a Krank 1980Jr and it is a great amp, 20 lbs and 1/2 the size of my Marshall. But like was said there are a lot of them to choose from these days.
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How well does it take high gain pedals for metal? I'm still looking for a sane practice amp.


Budget? Little Kranks can be had for $300 and less.

TS, pretty much every company now had a lunchbox amp, it's mostly a size thing, though the wattage does tend to be in the 20 and under range.
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Dude, what is THAT? Too cool.
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Not fair, 311, not fair.
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#21
correct. smaller compact heads. these days people are packing more wattage into them. for example, the Carvin V3M is a 50 watt, 3 channel lunchbox head.

quilter makes a 9 pound, 2 channel amp with 100 watts solid state per channel, i would consider that a lunchbox head.

i consider my egnater tweaker 40 to be a lunchbox head.

basically, if i can fit it on my vertical standing 2x12 without it sticking over the wise legnth wise, i consider that a lunchbox head.

such as this image...which actually does happen to be my setup when i did my new amp day thread. i did give away my crate to good will...

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#22
see this? full size head.

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#23
if i had to describe lunchbox amps, i would probably a amp that weighs less than 20ish pounds and more than 5-30 watts. most are all tube some hybrid.

i have an orange dual terror 2ch selectable wattage 30/15/7, even with a single tone knob for each channel, the knob it is perfect. give it a little turn either way for whatever guitar you plug in and play.
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#24
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I had this before 'lunchbox' amps were even a thang





I own one of these beauties too! Very nice bedroom amps.
Doesn't take my floorboard very well though (Pod x3 live) but it sounds good enough to me without all the modular stuff.
I wonder what happened to the "Blackheart" brand though, can't seem to buy the amps nor cabs around here (europe) anymore. I was looking for another 1x12 cab because they sound really nice.

If you know someplace where I can still get my hands on them please share
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#25
^ I think you can only find their stuff used these days.

Loud Technologies bought them along with Crate and I think all R&D, sales, disti etc has been funneled into the Crate brand name.

That Splawn was a one off I think but Scott will make you one if you ask him.
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#26
Did someone say lunchbox porn???




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