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Ibanez TSA5 1x10" 5 Watt Tube Combo

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The Ibanez TSA5 combo guitar amplifier combines the genuine sound of an all-tube guitar amp with the classic sound of a TS9 Tube Screamer distortion circuit. The result: a super-portable 5-watt tube combo amp that gives you absolutely incredible overdrive tone. Plug in, fire it up, and prepare to blown away! Five watts may not sound impressive, but the TSA5's tone it absolutely HUGE! It's the perfect amp for recording or playing smaller gigs, where a full-sized monster amp would pummel your audience into the fetal position. (If that's what you're going for, you might want to check out the TSA5's big brothers, the TSA15 and the TSA30). What's more, the TSA5 features a genuine Celestion speaker, so even without the Tube Screamer circuit engaged, you've got yourself a truly classic-sounding tube amp. Get your Ibanez TSA5 tube combo amp from GearNuts.com today!

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Item Weight 20 pounds
Product Dimensions 10 x 7 x 4 inches
Shipping Weight 20 pounds
ASIN B007OJKB86
Item model number TSA5
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5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #106,774 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#34,784 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com March 25, 2012

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By N. Gonzalez on April 18, 2014
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I have no idea why these aren't completely sold out. This is the perfect practice/small space amp. I compared many other options- Orange Micro Terror, Bugera V5, VHT Special 6, Blackstar HT-1 and 5, Vox AC-tv 4, and a few others. You can't beat this for the price even if you are just paying for the tube amp itself. But you also get the Tube Screamer which is $100+ stand alone. And I got it from Geartree via Amazon and they threw in a Planet Waves tuner [$50] and a 10% off certificate. So basically I got a tube amp for $30. I'm still pinching myself. And yes, the sound is fantastic. Great mellow, classic tone all the way through crunchy overdrive as you'd expect. One of the best purchases I've ever made.
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This is my first all tube amp! I play bass mainly and solid state amps work absolutely perfect for a gigging bassist. No complaints there... but then I started channeling Duane Allman and starting to learn slide guitar... I was in desperate need for a real guitar amp and full tube if I could get the right price. Let me tell you, many of the other amps under $300 (under $200 for this amp) claiming to be tube.. turn out to be only hybrids (which equates to a single 12AX7 at the preamp and having a solid state power section). Now let us do some simple approx. math... Planet Waves tuner ($50 value), build in TS9 circuit ($100 value), and then you are paying the difference of $30 for the rest of it... a white tolex covered w/ black grill cloth, 10" Celestion speaker, the tube chassis, 12AX7 (preamp), 6V6 (power section).. basically a working 5w all tube amp for $30.... this is a no brainer.. I am about to use my 10% coupon that came with it to by another one and run them stereo with a Morley switch pedal I have.
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This is a great little amp! I will update this review if anything changes because I just got it today, but It really exceeds my expectations. I own a 50 watt 2x12 combo EL84 tube amp that is just way, way, way to loud to practice with. After reading some forums and reviews on other sites I decided to get the TSA5. Also, based on some things I read, I swapped out the stock Ruby tubes with a set of JJs, both the pre amp and power tubes. (The Rubys and JJs are definitely not the same tubes, at least in my case, as there is some discussion online that JJ's and Ruby's are the same tube re-branded.) Anyway, with the stock tubes I had a chance to crank it up with my tele. The amp was not as loud as I thought it would be. Still, the tone was nice, After I swapped out the tubes, the amp seemed to "open up" for me a little. I played with a 335 clone, but because it was late I could not crank it, but I could tell it would be noticeably louder. Regardless, I didn't buy the amp to be loud. I bought it so I could drive the tubes and not bother the neighbors or my family too much. There are a lot of tonal possibilities with and without the Tube Screamer engaged. I mostly play classic rock and blues and am getting into jazz. I was able to get some tones I really love! Up until now I've been using a Roland Micro Cube RX as a practice amp, and the TSA5 sounds so much better to me. I did my "research" on this amp, comparing it to the Vox AC4, Gretch version of the Champ 600 and the Buguera V5. Frankly, they all seem to be great amps, and there are several other nice Class A 5 watters out there. All I can say is I am stoked with my purchase, especially for the price and the fact that you get a 10" Celestion speaker and the TS9 circuit built around a Champion 600 designed Class A amp, then $30 bucks for the new tubes and 5 minutes to replace them. Thanks for reading.

Update, August 30. I have been able to crank the amp a few times. Love it.
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Have you hit a rut in your home guitar practice regimine? Looking for something to ignite that fire in your belly to keep playing and playing until your fingers bleed? Introducing the Ibanez TSA5.

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.
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