ST-6012 review by B-52

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  • Features: 10
  • Sound: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.8 (6 votes)
B-52: ST-6012

Price paid: € 800

Purchased from: MI musical instruments

Features — 10
B-52 is made USA. The ST-6012 features rock-solid 13-ply Baltic birch construction. The B-52 ST-6012 60W Tube 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Vintage 30's has a 100% all-tube signal path that combines Sovtek 6L6 power tubes with 12AX7 preamp tubes for solid tube tone and classic breakup. This B-52 combo amp is capable of monstrous gain, extreme distortion, and sparkling clean tones through 2 channels. All those tones are accurately reproduced by a pair of 12" Celestion Vintage 30s with 70W handling. The Clean and Overdrive channels have their own sets of volume and EQ controls (3-band bass, mid, and treble), with 2 gain knobs and an interactive Contour control (Gain 2) on the Overdrive channel.

Sound — 10
Designed for a wide range of musical styles rock, country and e. A. It's like a Fender '65 Twin Reverb but at a lower cost and with higher quality. I love those 2x12" Celestion Vintage 30s, it's like a home run form my playing styles. Watts ripping through two Celestion Vintage 30s. The ST-6012's foundation is outstanding tone, versatility and power. Each channel - Clean and Overdrive - has its own set of gain, treble, mid and bass equalization controls for maximum flexibility. The Clean Channel goes from classic sparkle to serious crunch while the Overdrive Channel features two independent gain options. Gain 1 moves from bluesy grit all the way to metallic shred. Switching to Gain 2 provides the same wide tonal range as Gain 1 but with the addition of a contour control. The contour control adds or subtracts the all important mids, effectively producing three amazing sounds that are all footswitch controllable! A 3-position rectifier switch adds even more versatility, offering Tube AB1, Tube A and Solid.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The best materials and highest quality from producers. This amp can take me to any sonic wonderland I want to visit! It can sound like Hell is waiting at the door one minute or angels singing madrigals the next! I am very glad to see a product made in the US. So far I am very impressed with the quality of construction and performance of the B-52 ST-6012.

ST-6012 features and specifications:

  • All-Tube signal path
  • 2 x 12" Celestion Vintage 30s
  • Overdrive Channel: Gain 1, Gain 2 with contour,
  • 3-band EQ and level control
  • Clean Channel: Level control and 3-band EQ
  • Rectifier Select: Tube - Class A or AB,
  • Solid-state - Class AB
  • Effects send and return with level controls
  • Pushswitch for channel and gain select
  • Porcelain tube sockets for increased reliability
  • Master volume
  • Spring reverb
  • Headphones line out
  • Line out with level control
  • Selectable 4/8/16 ohms external
  • Speaker jacks
  • Ground lift switch
  • Rugged footswitch for channel select,
  • Reverb on/off and gain select
  • Rugged 3/4” Baltic birch construction
  • Detachable casters for easy transport
  • Dimensions: 27" (w) x 21" (h) x 11" (d)
  • Weight: 84 lbs.

Overall Impression — 10
All I can say is wow! I was reluctant to buy this amp (B-52 ST-6012) to start with because could it really be that great for such a price? Well the answer is that it is simply greater and the small price makes it that much better. It seems that everyone out there feels they need one of those amps that start with "M" in order to define themselves as guitarists. The low end is amazing and downright brutal, I think I even hurt myself at one point! The highs are amazing and make for a killer and glassy lead that will scream my harmonics with piercing foce. The clean channel is beautiful! This amp can take me to any sonic wonderland I want to visit! It can sound like Hell is waiting at the door one minute or angels singing madrigals the next! Thank you B-52 for such a great amp! B-52 ST-6012 - this is my sound. Since I am the rhythm guitarist this is what it was looking for. I can say that this amp is much higher quality than any Fender, Marshall or other.

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