BV150H review by Crate

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (5 votes)
Crate: BV150H

Price paid: $ 150

Sound — 8
I'm using 2 guitars. One with an alder body with a Seymour Duncan jb in the bridge and a 59 in the neck, a very common set of pickups. My other guitar is a basswood LTD with an EMG 81/85 set. You have to EQ this amp completley different due to the drastic differences in both my guitars. Channel 1: sparkly clean but can be pushed to get a light crunch but sounds pretty gnarly, channel was built to be clean and stay clean. Channel 2: this channels gain structure has 2 parts to it. You can get that Zeppelin/acdc crunch but when turned up it holds its own as a great metal rhythm channel. It has more of a British voicing to it so great for nailing that thrash/slayer/early metallica tone. The mid freq control actualy has a setting for "off" so you can actually turn off your mids lol Channel 3: balls out power. Anything from scooped as mids (it goes intense scooped), but can also get enouogh mids to sound like your broadcasting over a radio >_> middle ground is where its at really. The gain structure is great and has amazing bass response. The treble knob is your worst enemy because it can get very treble'y. I usually back it off and use the presence (eek) knob in its place. so again, extremely versatile amp

Overall Impression — 9
Suits almost any genre even country, the clean can get very twangy with the right guitar. I can get here with my '59 in the neck. The genres it can handle go from a-z. If it was stolen or something, I would buy another in a heartbeat, considering the fact my local samash just got a used one in :P but not for the price I got it for, its about $500 which is that average used price. I got mine for an absolute steal. Amp suits and fulfills all that I need. Any other reason to get another amp is if you simply want a specified tone and need to have it (GASing for a Vintage modern)

Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing weighs... A ton... I'm just talking about the head. Its at least a good 50-75 pounds. Very well made in the USA with high quality materials and nothing has failed on it in 11 years besides the tubes. I would definitely rely on this amp for a gig without a backup.

Features — 9
Amp was made in late 99. The amp boasts a ton of versatility. If you see all the knobs it will blow your mind. Each channel has a basic bass, treble, and mid control. In addition, there is also a level control for each channel (no master volume), gain, and something that really lets its versatility is the mid freq knob. Each channel has I think 4 or 5 different frequencies that you can run your mid's at. At a total of 3 channels, it also has an effects loop/boost stage, 4 speaker outputs, a slave out, level controls for in and out of the fx loop. Foot controller that controlls all 3 channels switching and engages the Loop. Also on the front panel there is an "Eek" and "ugh" control which acts as a bass boost and presence knob. Its is a 150w head pushing 6 power amp tubes and 8 pre. Side note, I have retubed it completely with JJ's and I had very little experience on how the stock Groove Tubes sounded which I only heard once a couple years ago. It pretty much has every feature out there besides a power attenuator. I'm a bedroom halfstack player (yea, redundant... I know) so it can get noisy when I want to crank it a bit but people learn to LIVE WITH IT:) its got a 9 missing 1 point for no attenuation.

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    u cant buy these new anymore, but they did MSRP for somewhere around $1,000 back then
    If you go to a guitar center website, the price of it would be 700$. I don't even know how Esptro bought it for 150$ :/