Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head (Discontinued)

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$300
Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head

NB: This amp has been discontinued but you can find alternatives in our guide to The Best Low Watt Tube Amps.

The Tube Screamer pedal has a long list of iconic users including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore, John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, The Edge and many more.

As such, it is only expected for a company like Ibanez to take advantage of its popularity to extend their reach in the amplifier market - resulting in the creation of the Tube Screamer Amp (TSA) series.

The Ibanez TSA15H leads the series in terms of ratings, with its compact yet versatile head profile while having the same combination of tube amplification and built-in tube screamer circuitry.

At its core are two 12AX7 preamp tubes and two 6V6 power amp tubes, a standard configuration that sounds good on its own.

Its standout feature is the implementation of a Tube Screamer circuit, which comes complete with the same controls as the iconic green pedal it is based on.

Specifications:

  • Power: 15W
  • Speaker: 1 x 12"
  • Preamp Tubes: 2 x 12AX7
  • Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
  • Effects: Tube Screamer
  • Input: 1 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 5 x 1/4"
  • Weight: 22 lbs.

Pros

The Ibanez TSA15H gets most of its high ratings from users who love the sound of a cranked tube amp, because this is where it excels. This is especially true of guitarists who use single coil guitars, but there are some humbucker users who are just as impressed. Even experts commend the amp's dynamic response, Premiere Guitar's Kenny Rardin comments: "It feels and responds like a good tube amp, and varying the controls dials in the response even further". Value for money and reliability are also commended, as expected from Ibanez.

Cons

There are few who feel that the amp is a one trick pony, specifically those who are not into the classic cranked amp tone and are looking for other sonic flavors.

Overall

The Ibanez TSA15H is a nice budget friendly amp for those who are looking to reproduce the classic biting tone of cranked tube amps.

NB: This amp has been discontinued but you can find alternatives in our guide to The Best Low Watt Tube Amps.

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