N-30 Dirty Thirty Review

manufacturer: Danelectro date: 10/30/2015 category: Guitar Amplifiers
Danelectro: N-30 Dirty Thirty
Nine pounds of pure rock and roll attitude. Enough power to break your lease. Loved by garage bands. Studio pros demand it. Like a great novel, you won't be able to put it down.
 Sound: 6
 Overall Impression: 5
 Reliability & Durability: 5.5
 Features: 4
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overall: 7
N-30 Dirty Thirty Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 26, 2004
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 23.7

Purchased from: Bought Used

Features: First off let me just say that this is a very basic amp. It has 3 controls: Dirty Sweet (distortion), Level (volume) and Tone. Sometimes however simpler is better. You only need about 5 seconds to get the amp to what you want it to play. But overall the features left me feeling kind of empty. // 4

Sound: I play this with a Epiphone Les Paul 100. I like to play all kinds of music from Hendrix to the Strokes to Rancid. It fits all styles. The distortion is very dirty giving it a garage band feel. It doesn't realyl have complete variety on what it can play but tinker with the knobs a little and you will definately find something suiting your needs. The sound it gives is just so satisfying it makes you want to play more and more, however it lacks the variety that is needed for certain songs. Especially metal and hard punk/hard rock. I mainly play classic rock and it does the job on about 95% of the songs I play. The sound is almost perfect for a 15 watt amp but it just doesnt have a big enough range. // 8

Reliability & Durability: This amp is by no means a gig amp. It's a small 15 watter. It is completely durable it's been dropped many times and still standing. Theres rips in the material because it's covered with a sort of fake leathery material. It's reliable. I have had it for about 3 years give or take and still works like a charm. However the way you plug it in is odd and sometimes the plug will be loose and you have to keep jamming it back in which can get annoying. But other than that it's relatively durable. // 8

Overall Impression: I'd just like to point out that this amp looks very COOL. I ave been complimented many times on it. It has a pale khaki colour with brown on the sides. The covering over the speaker is plaid and the openuing for it is circular. It looks very classic. It is a good amp but it's the kind for when your just jamming at home. Thisi s by no means a gig amp. But it does the job and does it quite well. // 8

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overall: 3.3
N-30 Dirty Thirty Reviewed by: Bad ass brent, on october 30, 2015
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Purchased from: Local Brick and Mortar

Features: Includes an input and headphone jack. Dirty-Sweet (distortion) knob, Level (volume) knob, and Tone knob. Also a handy dandy on-off switch. If you're looking for a wide variety of tone options look elsewhere. Leather carrying strap gives it a classy look and feel, and in all honestly it is a pretty handsome amp. The big Danelectro brand on the front looks pretty tacky to me. It was also made in China, guessing in 1999 give or take a couple years to either side. I'll give it one point for every knob it has, plus one for a headphone jack. // 4

Sound: If you play anything but vintage-styled rock rhythm guitar, this might not be the amp for you. It honestly, doesn't even do that very well. The "Dirty-Sweet" is a very VERY vintage sounding distortion. Not vintage in a good way either. You'd be hard pressed to get any blues are hard rock tones from this amp without pedals. The tone needs to be set at 3 o'clock or higher or it sounds like you have covered your amp in blankets and faced it up against a wall. Has a light hum to it, I've heard quieter and noisier amps. For the bedroom, it isn't bad if you're learning how to play guitar, but if you want any amount of tonal variety, you'll need to add some pedals (overdrive, distortion, reverb, ...) or get a different amp. I would never recommend going out and spending money on pedals if this is the only amp available to you. Save up for a better amp. That being said, if you have an overdrive pedal laying around, it will breathe some new life into this one trick pony. // 4

Reliability & Durability: I would never take this live. The "cabinet" feels heavy duty and could probably take a beating. If you turn it up past 3/4 volume with the tone up and any amount of distortion you can smell the amp, and in my book that is never, ever, a good sign. Would never depend on this amp to do anything besides being a cheap little bedroom amp to decide if you like playing electric guitar or not before moving up to the big leagues. after ~15 years of owning it, the knobs and jacks are still sturdy, and it hasn't caught on fire yet... but that's because I've always taken care of my toys lol. // 3

Overall Impression: As I've said in the Reliability & Durability, I would never depend on this amp to do anything besides being a cheap little bedroom amp to decide if you like playing electric guitar or not before moving up to the big leagues. It came free with my very first guitar, which was a single humbucker JR sized Epiphone, in a $100 kit. Almost any amp would be an upgrade from this amp, and I wouldn't own it if it wasn't free. I've taken it to pawn shops and brick and mortar guitar stores and couldn't even give it away. // 2

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