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Fender Greta 120v

by Fender

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  • 2 Watt tube Power Amp
  • 4" Special Design Speaker
  • One 12AT7 output tube and one 12AX7 preamp tube
  • VU Meter with clean to overload indicator
  • 1/8" back-panel auxiliary input is perfect for iPod or other Media Player
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.5 x 10 inches ; 6.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B007L5VXA8
  • Item model number: 2303000000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,531 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 16, 2012

Product Description

In the playfully diminutive form of a vintage tabletop radio, thePawn Shop Special Greta model is quite possibly the most unusualFender tube amp ever. In fact, nobody would blame you if you sawa Greta and, not yet realizing its true identity, tried to tune in thelocal weather on it…But an amp is exactly what it is-a two-watt tabletop beauty with a 4”Special Design speaker, old-school VU meter with “clean tooverload” indicator display and simple volume and tone controls. Itscharmingly vintage-style enclosure has front and rear wood panelsfinished in bright red, gold-finished metal top and sides forincreased shielding, “Greta” script badge on the front panel andtabletop feet. Under the hood and on the back panel, the Gretafeatures a single 12AT7 output tube and 12AX7 preamp tube, witha 1/4” instrument jack and 1/4” line out jack (for preamp use withanother amplifier). Greta produces a variety of low-volume cleanand overdriven guitar tones, but even if you never plug a guitar intoit, the 1/8” back-panel auxiliary input is perfect for iPod or othermedia player use, with great mono tube playback sound that’ll haveyou rocking right there at your desk.

Customer Reviews

Amazing sound for such a small amp.
Kurt Freeman
Backing off on the guitars volume control helped greatly to get a smoother, warmer sound however the amp is inherently bright and a bit toothy or jagged.
M. Jenkins
If you want one better grab it now before they become collectors items.
Alan Gold

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Jenkins on July 23, 2012
Fender is one of the few companies that seems to have every price point in mind. They realize people will spend a couple hundred bucks on something that may not be much more than a toy as long as it has the coolness factor. The Greta certainly has that. It looks very cool, its size is intriguing and I know I wanted to hear one the second I saw it. However, I didn't expect to have my mind blown and honestly, I did not. What I heard was what I expected. It has a 4" speaker so I knew it would overdrive fast. Backing off on the guitars volume control helped greatly to get a smoother, warmer sound however the amp is inherently bright and a bit toothy or jagged. Running it into an external cabinet allows for a bigger, fuller sound though the tube compliment (one 12AX7 preamp tube; one 12AT7 power tube) all but guarantees this amp will always sound smaller/thinner than a traditional 6L6 or 6V6 loaded Fender Tube Amp. Also, humbuckers make the Greta break up considerably faster than a typical Single Coil. While I can't see myself reaching for this amp when it comes time to record, it makes for a great living room amp, late night practice amp or tube based companion for your iPod/MP3 player thanks to its handy 1/8" aux input on the back panel. I imagine playing slide with a Dobro/Resonator would yield some tasty, gritty vintage tones too.

I'm rating the amp at 4 stars due to its value for the dollar, build quality (again, nice for price point), and the coolness/fun factor. Other amps in the same price range may offer more features though will most likely be solid state, larger/heavier and have less character. If the amp didn't sound as good or cost any more, I'd quickly lower my rating to 3 stars. As long as your expectations of this fun little radio-esque amp are realistic, you'll dig it!

This demo is pretty accurate in terms of tone... [...]
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By theRangel on December 12, 2012
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I picked this up during the Black Friday sale where it was really cheap - less than a Mustang 1. If I had paid full price then I'd knock a star off.

It is very attractive and has a nice feel. The meter is very cool. I have a weathered red end table so this sits on it very nicely and blends into the room. I can sit and jam at any time and don't have to drag out an amp into the middle of the floor. Nice.

The minus: The internal speaker is crappy. I mean I was using this amp with my 72 Thinline Telecaster (which is hollow for those who don't know that). The guitar itself was competing with the speaker! Talk about feeble. Plugging in a strat then I could finally just hear the amp. It sounds great but it does sound like a cheap radio speaker. If I connect it to a larger cab then that defeats the whole purpose of the thing.

If Fender had spent $20 bucks on a real speaker then I'm sure this would be more popular. As it is its more of a fun novelty and maybe high demand in the future as a collectable. But right now its for a bit of fun jamming in a silly fun way.

This is for the guitarist who has everything and yet still wants something.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By paztormike on November 27, 2012
I've wanted to try one of these ever since they were announced at the beginning of 2012, however, no music stores around me ever had a demo out to try. I certainly wasn't going to spend $200 to purchase one without at least giving it a go first. However, I found this amp on a whim for $99 on black friday and I just could not say no.

My expectation was that this would be more of a gimmicky conversation piece than a functional amp. I have been delightfully surprised in every area by this little guy.

On the Amp
Besides the on/off, there are only two controls, Volume and tone. There is a line out, a speaker out, and a USB in as well as your guitar input.

Through the built in Speaker
Put your guitar through the built in speaker, and you will get a nice clean tone. However I do notice that there is not a lot of sustain. But it is a pleasing vintage, back porch blues kind of tone. There certainly is not a lot of headroom until this little fella breaks up. It gives a good saturated overdrive/fuzz tone when cranked. Even cranked this thing is not as loud as a shout. It is very 'neighbor' friendly. I would not call it 'bedroom' vlume friendly because you will want to crank it pretty high to get your tube overdrive out of it. It certainly would not be heard alone over drums.
The over all tone out of this amp is a bold tone, it's not a boxy nasal tone like a pignose. This is more gritty and treble and mid friendly. Of course, with the 4 inch speaker you won't get a lot of bass tones out of it.

Plugged into a Speaker Cab
I only have a 1x12 speaker cab to try this through. When you plug it into the cab though, this little guy comes alive. You can now hear your lows along with your treble and mids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted H. Cashion on January 25, 2013
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At $99 this is a heck of a good buy. I've put it in my office, where we have guitars hanging on the wall as part of our club recognition trips. So, when I'm working on weekends and need a break, I can "crank it up!" Well, not too much - small amp, but plenty of punch and fun for my office!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sir Shots Alot on January 8, 2013
You can get just about any sound out of this little guy as long as you dial it in properly. I have used a Tube Screamer pedal with a Hall of Fame reverb pedal and have created some very, very nice tones with it.

**UPDATE**
I swapped out the stock Chinese tubes with a JJ ECC83S and a JJ ECC81 and it has warmed up the tone and given some more headroom. Just thought I would share this info because it has really enhanced this little amp!
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