Monoprice 611705 Tube Guitar Combo Amp 5W 1x8
The Monoprice 611705 gives us genuine tube tones in an affordable and practice friendly package.
It packs an all-tube 5 watt amplifier with 12AX7 preamp tube and a 6V6GT power tube for authentic old school tones reminiscent of the earliest tube amp designs.
In addition to being all-tube, The 611705 comes with an 8" Celestion Super 8 GBA-15 speaker which is known to be a big sounding stock speaker on more expensive amplifiers.
All of this add up to a very impressive value for money, especially given its price tag.
Controls are a bit limited with just two knobs that lets you adjust volume and tone, a power switch, and a 50% input attenuation button that behaves like the high / low inputs found on bigger tube amps, it doesn't need anything else to provide a good vintage experience.
It also comes with a standard input (High) and an attenuated input (Low) which can be used for handling active pickup equipped instruments, or for taming guitars with hot pickups. The manufacturer specified that it handles frequencies between 80Hz and 10kHz, with low hum and noise.
- Power Rating: 5-Watts
- Preamp Tube: 1 x ECC83 / 12AX7
- Poweramp Tube: 1 x 6V6GT
- Speaker Size: 8” Celestion Super 8 GBA-15
- Cabinet: Open
- Amp Models: None
- Effects: None
- Controls: Volume, Voice, Power Switch, High/Low Input Button
- Input(s): Hi, Low
- Output(s): None
- Weight: 18.92 lbs.
The majority of positive reviews were from users that were pleasantly surprised at the value for money the 611705 provides. Due to the way it was designed as a dedicated vintage-style low watt tube amp, many knew exactly the kind of tone they were going to get and were not disappointed. Sound quality gets a lot of thumbs up, with many describing the amp's tube tone as inspiring and fun to practice on. Others mention that the amp is a good pedal platform. When cranked, it is said to make a convincing slide guitar crunch.
There are some reports of cosmetic inconsistencies, while others feel that the overall build of the amp is not as solid as they would like. Some owners caution that this amp requires a bit more careful handling, but this is expected, given that it is a tube amp. A few users feel that it is too clean sounding for their taste, requiring too much volume get good overdriven tones.
All in all, the Monoprice 611705 is not only a top notch practice amp, it is also a great plug-and-play entry into the world of tube amplifiers. If you're looking to play some smokin' blues on a tiny but meaty cranked tube amp, Monoprice 611705 delivers enough clean and crunch to satisfy even the pickiest of guitar players. It has all you need to plug in and play some afternoon blues.
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