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Epiphone Electar Tube 10 - 10 watt 1x8 tube combo, $359

Epiphone - Electar Tube 10 - 10 watt all tube 1x8 , 3-band eq, 115/230 volts. $359. www.gibson.com 615 871-4500

Street Price: US $249

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1998, Made in Korea. All tube, 10 watts, 1x8, black closed-back cabinet with tube (cage and spring socket) and fuse access, top-mounted chicken-head knobs: gain, volume, treble, middle, bass. On/off switch, standby switch, power light, detachable power cord, 4 ohm speaker out (in back) preamp out (also in back). Neo-retro style, Tolex cabinet with metal corners, black grille, and large silver lightning-E logo bolted on the face. Very cool looking. Since this is a practice/at-home/portable jamming amp, the absence of a headphone jack is the only questionable design choice, to me. Enough power for intended uses, gigging would probably require a PA or at least plugging in a 2x12 or 4x12 (which Epiphone claims this little unit can actually drive). The overall tone quality is suprisingly good for such a small amp with such a small speaker and only one power amp tube. The knobs all have decent range, with the treble having the most pronounced impact (probably about 20db range). The gain dial is fairly sensitive above 3 and at 9-10 gives a nice classic rock crunch tone. For metal you'll need a stomp box though, since the natural distorion is more China Grove than Back in Black. With a ($24) ProCo Brat, the combination is extremely pleasing. Pantera it ain't -- but a very nice imitation of a Marshall it is. With the gain at 3-7 and the volume anywhere above 2 and below 8, you get a very warm clean tone. For what it is and what it cost, you couldn't ask for much more (except maybe reverb, but that would add fifty bucks and considerable size). With gain and volume around 8-10 a LOT louder than you'd expect. It is however just about the sturdiest little tube amp I've ever seen. Between the closed back, very solid case design, protected knobs, and caged tubes, I wouldn't worry. You could easily stand on it, and could probably throw it through a sheetrock wall without hurting anything except possibly the tubes. The chicken-heads seem cheap, but that's no problem. The on/off and standby switches seem first-rate. The amp comes with two documents -- a nice 5 year limited warranty brochure and a horrendous Chinese-menu style owner's guide replete with almost humorous typos and limited useful information. There is absolutely nothing about the tubes (how, when, why to change them) or why you would want to use the standby switch. Designed to be better, more versatile and cheaper than the Fender and Crate 10w tube amps, the Electar succeeds. My other guitar amp right now is a Fender Princeton 112+ (see review in Amp Database) which has everything the Tube 10 doesn't, and vice versa. No headphone jack. The cheapest way to get into a new, warranteed, all-tube combo -- it's fantastic.

There is an official page for this amp, but it says "No data available for this instrument."

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