Ibanez TSA5 1x10" 5 Watt Tube Combo
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Update, August 30. I have been able to crank the amp a few times. Love it.
Ibanez had the ingenious notion of taking a quality all-tube 5 watt amplifier with a 10 inch speaker (also available: 15 watt and 30 watt versions with a 12 inch speaker), and adding their infamous Tube Screamer circuitry to it. How is it this wasn't thought of decades ago? I don't know, but I'm glad it exists now.
Your onboard controls are straightfoward: volume, color (the amount of Tube Screamer you want in your tone), and then dedicated controls for the Tube Screamer effect: level, tone and overdrive. There is also a toggle switch for flipping the Tube Screamer on and off, but really, will the Tube Screamer ever be off?
Spend a few minutes fiddling with the knobs, and before know it, you're in tone nirvana. Plug in single coil guitars like a Stratocaster or a Telecaster, and you can get that really mellow tube overdrive that everyone's after. By the time you roll your guitar volume to 10, the amp responds with that extra bite that you're looking for. Plug in a guitar with humbuckers, and a re-adjsutment of the controls will get you that snarling Fender Champ breakup that you've heard on all those old records (you'll know it when you hear it).
You can crank the "overdrive" and "color" controls to really push the amp into full-on distortion territory, but that's not really the sweet spot of the Tube Screamer. And a 5 watt amp with a 10 inch speaker is just not going to sound its best in that mode.Read more ›
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