Kustom The Defender 5H Class A Guitar Amp Head
- 5 Watts
- When turning the Volume control down to get cleaner tones, Duo-Mod(TM) progressively reduces gain in multiple locations throughout the preamp circuit. The result is stunning clarity, even on medium-gain sounds that often sound lackluster in other amp designs. Then, when adding gain, Duo-Mod brings it on in multiple locations. The result is smoking hot rock tones with punch and clarity that simply blow away the competition.
- 12AX7 Tube Preamp
- Solid Pine Cabinet with Plywood Baffle
- Designed in the USA
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Top Customer Reviews
Granted the Kustom breaks up sooner and the has less headroom on the clean tones than the Deluxe Reverb had, but it's only a 5 watt amp and for home use I can barely crank it to 3o'clock without making the neighbors crazy! I know it is blasphemy, but I think the Kustom had better, chimier, cleans with the stock 12AX7 than the Rivera Deluxe Reverb! It is plenty loud, in fact I ended up putting a 12AU7 preamp tube in almost immediately when I got it home beacuse it was so dang loud. With the 12AU7 I lost a little brightness, a good bit of volume, but got a lot more clean headroom. I ended up dropping $200 ( plus $20 more new preamp and power tubes--I'm picky about tubes) for the head and cab. It has been two months now since I bought it and I absolutley wouldn't do without this little amp. Go try one out if you can. These little amps really have beautiful tone and are simple to work on if you are wanting to make your KUSTOM customized. If your guitar has good tone then this little amp will let it sing out and AMPLIFY your sound without any extra crud. Skeptics need only plug into one.
5 Watts? It might be at 5 watts when it begins to break up, but it's way louder. I have a fender champ 5W, and this is twice as loud. I replaced the tubes with grove tubes. And I don't know if it was worth it to tell the truth. The stock tubes didn't sound any worse. I might try it with some JJs I have.
A humbucker will absolutely overdrive this amp way too early. I can't even get above 10 o'clock with my LP Jr. before it's shredding. My strat with stock single coils makes it to about 1 o'clock before the shred starts. But still at 1 o'clock it's as loud as the champ almost wide open.
Good little amp. Glad I bought it.
I'm running it into an Avatar G112 Vintage with an 8 ohm V30 speaker. The gain stages on the volume knob are funky, there are 3 or 4 noticable jumps in loudness and overdrive that my ears hear. The jumps are not divided evenly across the pot as you turn it, which is why I say it's "funky". Cranked up direct, you can get great over driven rock sounds. Back off your pickup's or pull the heads volume down and you can get a variety of bluesy/gritty in between tones. Very versatile if you spend some time with it. Definitely not enough gain for metal on it's own, but front end it with a pre or pedal and you're all set (and you'll probably need a gate / Decimator / etc. to tame it).
Regardless, it's a very cool little head and for $99 it's a no brainer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bare bones guitar amp. This is as simple as it gets. Plug in your guitar, plug in your speaker cab and go.
Keep the volume low and you get nice chimey cleans. Read more
I'm tempted to rave about this amplifier because I'm having so much fun with it. But I'll attempt to be as honest and objective as possible. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ryan P. Long
Once you replace the tubes, this is a decent amp for the money.Published 4 months ago by Mike Darrol
Doent work right, wish i could get refund, think it needs to be biased..Published 6 months ago by poinzy5150
not happy with amp had 4 x 10 speakers and wouldn't play good very low sound returned itPublished 8 months ago by MARK KOPICKI
Well....I am satisfied with the price of this amp, however there is NO real gain at any volume....I have no clue what amp the others are claiming breaks up too soon.... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert Casey
This is quite a little amp. I would rate it 5 stars probably if I was a good enough player to utilize it fully. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill Baker