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Kustom Defender 5H Guitar Amplifier Head (5 Watts)

Get yourself authentic tube tone at a manageable, low wattage. It features just one knob, which increases the volume and output distortion as you turn it. (17) Read 12 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Is there anything more fun than a low-wattage all-tube amp head that provides authentic, cranked up tube tone at modest volume levels? The Kustom Defender 5-watt Model 5H guitar head has one knob (volume). But the fun lies in hearing what this knob does as you slowly turn it up. Starting in the counterclockwise position, you'll move through clean and clear tube tones to progressively dirtier sounds until this little sucker is just plain screaming.

This "clean-to-mean" response isn't due to any overdrive or distortion circuit, it's just the sound of the single EL84 power tube moving naturally into increased output distortion. And it's great for cranking up and controlling the action right from your guitar's volume control - no channel switching required.

Features include one 12AX7 preamp tube, one EL84 power tube and three speaker outputs (4, 8, and 16-ohm). By the way, the Defender 5H head is designed to match perfectly with the Defender 1x12 speaker cabinet. This cabinet is loaded with one 12" Kustom speaker that handles 30 watts.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Kustom products.
MS Wattage: 5 Watts

Channels: One

Tube Preamp: 12AX7

Tone Controls: No

Pull Bright Function: No

Power Tubes: x1 EL84

Reverb: No

Tremolo/Vibrato: No

Dual Master Volume: No

Master Control: Volume

Variable Boost: No

Effects Loop: No

Direct Out: No

Footswitch: No

Dimensions (H x W x D): 5" x 12.4" x 7.2"

Dimensions (in mm): 128 x 315 x 183

Weight: 7 lbs / 3.2 Kg
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 7 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 877-363-6444
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4.5 out of 5 (17 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great Intro to Tube Tone For CHEAP!"
Sound: Sound quality 4 stars with stock tubes... 5 stars easy with EH replacement tubes, less than $30.00 thru zzounds. It responds AGGRESSIVELY to pick attack, just like any tube amp; BE READY!I imagine the included tubes are fairly generic although they sound fairly detailed and seem to do "tube breakup" fairly well. Feature: Love the 4-8-16 Ohm ouput jacks for different impedance speaker cabs. Other than that, the volume knob works perfect, lol. There are no useless features... Everything serves it's purpose eminently! Ease of Use: I imagine the tubes are fairly generic altough they sound fairly detailed and seem to do "tube breakup" well. See my comment on the tubes: spend another $30.00 and this thing goes from "this costs how muuch"?, to: "Less than $200.00 all-in"? "You've got to be kidding"! Quality: Are you kidding? this amp is very, very solid- in fact, a relative of mine owns Kustom PA and Bass amps from the '70's, and they are still humpin' along with no troubles- in fact, I bought this instead of another Epi ValveJr (which I had, enjoyed and subsequently sold)! I'm not dissing the ValveJr in any way, because I loved it~ , but I think this amp is AT LEAST as good a value as that one! The Quality is the same or better. Value: I believe the price that I paid for this is exactly what it should be... I understand that certain 1 watt or 5 watt tube heads use super-high-end transformers, tubes and other parts such as capacitors, etc. In all areas of life however, be it hi-fi, guitar, PA gear, etc one will ALWAYS reach a point of diminishing returns. The beauty of THIS product is that you get all the basics, and can tube roll endlessly. About $30.00 spent on 2 tubes puts this amp in a whole 'nother league. The Big Leagues, to be sure ;-) Manufacturer Support: No need to contact; product worked flawlessly out of the box! Emailed the company with a generic question, just as a test and got a super-fast response. So, 5 stars out of 5 for that... some companies never even respond! The Wow Factor: Old-school factor on this one is very high... love the single 70's-type volume knob! Overall: Best Inexpensive Tube Head Extant!
Style of Music: Rock, Metal, Country, Folk-Rock, BlueGrass performance for very little dough, haha; -Ahh even Psyhco-metalAmbience(hard to expla
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Overall: Kustom Defender 5H Guitar head is a great product for the price when used as a stand alone item without special effects pedals etc. Really good clean tones and distortion as advertised when used by itself. Plug in special effects and it loses it in a hurry. So much so I was going to return it because I always play with effects pedals. The great news is their is a quick easy fix well worth the gig. The problem is the cheap Chinese tubes. Before I decided to send it back a gave it one more college try and replaced the Chinese tubes with Soviet (Sovtek) tubes and the distortion cleaned up with my pedal and I got the tube burn I was looking for. This all tested from quality Gibson and celestion speakers. I have the Defender 15H with J&J tubes replacing the Chinese ones and the Sovteks may sound even better and you can get them for less. The 15H played better out of the box that I recall but much better burn with the J&J electronics tubes. Thinking of getting a Tung Sol 12AX7 tube however for both. They are the best you can get. After being used to the tone controls on the 15H I can say the 5H works fine without them. Would prefer the ohm switch of the 15H but I found ways around it. The XLR out is great on the 15H also but for $100.00 less the 5H is awesome for practice and with good tubes recording quality tone. Here again if you do not use effects pedals the product is fine out of the box. My issue with the star rating is complicated because I give it 5 stars with new tubes and only 3 stars without. But again as a stand alone i'll give it 4.5 stars! Great bang for the buck! Well recommended. Kustom please replace the tubes! Cheap fix, otherwise people will be returning this thing and not giving it's due!
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