Price paid: $ 399
Purchased from: Sweetwater.com
Sound — 9
I really love this little guy. Such a great amp, such a trooper. Played primarily with a Fender American Strat this thing gets some great tone with ease. I just set the tone controls at halfway and the volume all the way up utilizing the volume on my guitar as gain. To me this amp just strikes me as a pure blues amp. It gets nice and saturated and you get an extremely warm sounding amp quickly. If you use a humbucker equipped guitar you can get a great mild overdrive rock tone as well. It really depends on what guitar you use and how the amps react to the pickups. Regardless of what you use you will be impressed with the sound. Just like its big brother, the GVT52-112, the half power option does not suck all the tone out of the amp which is a problem I have encountered with almost every amp that has those options. Both the half and full power settings sound great regardless of what guitar you are using.
Overall Impression — 9
I am really impressed with this amp just due to the fact that it delivers an honest tone. It really is amazing how clean this amp stays with a Stratocaster when cranked all the way. It sounds close to a Fender Blackface but it definitely has its own voicing. One thing I would like to see in the future from Ampeg is an amp of this size equipped with reverb or possibly a gain setting and even a second channel. I think they could compete even better in the market with Blackstar and Marshall. For what it is though this is a terrific little amp that is priced well for what you get. With the new wave of low wattage tube amps, this would definitely find itself in my 'Best Of' list. This amp can get extremely warm while staying clean and not cause massive hearing damage. I like the fact that it can fit almost anywhere, has clean and classic looks and delivers a great sound. Enjoy your tone and happy pickin'. Feel free to contact me!
Reliability & Durability — 8
This thing feels and looks solid. A great look all the way around that is durable as well. I doubt this is going to be on the road much for any of you but I could definitely see this as an amp that stays in a home or studio. If you need to Jam with your friends you can easily throw this in the back of your car, take it with you on the bus, or even fit it in a bag when you hop on a bike. The amp is lightweight enough to be easily transportable but not too lightweight where they used poor quality products during assembly just to she'd a few pounds. Only the test of time will answer for reliability and durability but I see no problems for this amp.
Features — 7
Specifics are here: Ampeg GVT5-110 - Dual power modes - Full power 5 watts RMS - Half power 2.5 watts RMS - Preamp: Tube (1 x 12AX7) - Rectifier: Solid state - Power amp: Tube (1 x 6V6GT) - Speaker configuration: 1 x 10" Celestion - Tone controls: Baxandall treble and bass - Speaker outputs: 1 x 16 ohm, 2 x 8 ohm and 2 x 4 ohm - Cabinet: Open-back, void-free 15mm plywood - Dimensions (H x W x D inches excluding handle approx.): 16.0 x 15.5 x 9.1 - Handling weight (approx.): 28.4 lbs / 12.9 kg Very basic controls with this amp: Volume, Treble, Bass. Perfect! That is all this little guy needs. This is a 5-watt amp that is great for home use or in the studio. Just plug in and turn up, hope those are all the features you need.