Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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From greasy to two-fisted.

The BH5H Little Giant amplifier head has a truly classic boutique design delivered in a robust, stylish package. With a switchable pentode/triode selector and 3-band EQ controls, you get the only amp head in its class to deliver true tonal range from instantaneous punch to deliciously greasy overdrive and with precise control over output volume.

Every feature of the Blackheart Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head represents zealous dedication to true quality in tone, looks, and ruggedness. Under its sexy exterior you'll find a 16-gauge steel chassis, 1/2" corner radiuses, and meticulous Tolex work ensuring years of reliable performance. Powered by an EL84 and voiced through a 12AX7 preamp tube.

Features
  • 16-gauge steel chassis
  • 1/2" corner radiuses
 

BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head Specifications:

  • 5W single-ended, Class A
  • 4-, 8-, and 16-ohm speaker outs
  • Solid state rectifier
  • Volume with 3-band EQ
  • Pentode (5W)/triode (3W) switch
  • DC power to filaments for super quiet operation
  • 11-ply (18mm) thick
  • 17"W x 11"H x 12"L
  • 20 lb.
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BlackheartBH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

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4.0

Beautiful cleans and classic overdrive in a compact, rock and roll looking head

By jdog1

from Undisclosed

Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

When I was searching for a small wattage tube amp to use for practicing in my basement I researched many brands - from Vox to Jet City to Blackstar and more. And time after time I kept coming back to the Blackheart line of amps. The price was right, the look was there, and all the reviews seemed to be positive, yet I hesitated to pull the trigger for one reason - the Crate name. Still I was drawn toward this head and I eventually pulled the trigger on it. Nearly a year later I don't regret my decision. This is a great little amp head, especially if you like the sparkling clean sounds of an old Marshall head. Out of the box it sounded great but after I swapped out the stock 12AX7 for a 12AT7, wow. I get some of the best, most pristine cleans I've ever heard in any amp at all price ranges. And this head is quiet. Very quiet. You really don't get a lot of hiss or noise until you start to push the gain up past noon - and believe me, that won't happen often if you are buying this as a in home practice amp. This thing is incredibly loud for 5 watts. Would it keep up in a band situation? Possibly, but I would mic it through a PA if I were to go that route. I use it strictly for late night basement jams by myself while the kids are sleeping or to play along with my stereo when I'm learning new songs. All that being said, however, I should tell you the overdrive on this amp leaves a lot to be desired. It's very muddy and the EQ, which consistes of low, mids, treble, does little to clean it up. I run the treble pegged when I'm looking for crunch and that doesn't help the situation much. However, if you have an overdrive pedal (I use a Digitech Hardwire) then you're in luck - this little guy loves to be pushed by a pedal. Sweet, sweet overdrive is attainable this route. Finally, this head is built like a tank. Seriously, I have a feeling I could drop it down the stairs and it would be fine. And asthetically, it's pretty cool to look at. The emblem is all rock and roll.

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5.0

Sweet Little Giant

By Robert Staple

from Undisclosed

Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

The Blackheart Little Giant, is a phenomenal little tube head. It cranks out amazing tone. You can add pedals to it if you want, but I have tried it with and without and it sounds so amazing just by itself. I use it to drive two 15" monitor speakers and it is pure as can be. Not going to fill a stadium, but it will cut small venues or rehearsal. Get one!

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4.0

needs a standby switch

By Bill Szabo

from danbury, CT

Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I like this amp for cleans, its not brittle or sparkly but sounds very sweet. I've changed the cheap chinese tubes out to Electro-harmonix and did some very basic worthwhile modifications to lower the noise level. This amp has a huge following with numerous mod-kits available so if you like to mess with electronics this is a great amp to start with. Out of the box its ok but to reach its potential you'll have to put some mod time into it. The chassis and cabinet are well built and the transformers are more than sufficient for 5 watts so it's a solid investment. It's only flaw is it's lack of a stand-by switch, which will probably shorten it's life span unless treated with care. You can add one yourself if your good with a modeling knife and a soldering iron. Otherwise be sure that the volume is turned down before you turn it on or flipping the power switch from 3 to 5 watts. I've had mine for over 6 months with no troubles.

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5.0

Blackheart Little Giant Head

By sojiro

from Undisclosed

Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This little head is capable of producing awesome tones from great cleans to true tube overdrive. This little sucker is also loud for 5 watts, and would be fine for gigs in small venues. This amp also takes pedals well. I use it with the Blackheart 12 inch matching cab, but I'm sure it would work equally well with other cabs. (There are outputs for 4, 8, and 16 ohms, so it will work with whatever you have.) I also have the Epiphone Valve Jr. which is another great 5 watt amp, but I prefer the Little Giant because it has equalization and the 5/3 watt selection switch. I also prefer the way it sounds with both single coil and humbucking guitars. Highly recommended.

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5.0

no brainer

By joe from crofton

from crofton, MD

Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have PEDALS that cost more than this amp. I bought the 12" speaker cabinett, but it is better through twin celestions. I use the 3 watt setting the most (family threatens me with death if I use 5 watts...LOUD). Overdrive sound is just superb. Use the amp controls, they are excellent. This amp loves overdrive pedals. Built like a truck. this amp is a no-brainer. Just go ahead and buy one.

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5.0

Nice little amp

By BigCat31

from Spring City, PA

Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I bought this amp to practice with. The cleans are really good, but it really has to be cranked to get any kind of overdrive/distortion. With the right OD/Distortion pedal in front this is a great amp. Definately worth its tiny price tag.

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5.0

Rockin' little head!

By JC-9ijRe

from Florida

Comments about Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5W 120V Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Great little head. An amazingly loud 5 watts. Through a 2-12 cabinet it can definitely hang with a drummer. Much better tone than the comparably priced Epiphone Valve Junior head which I also owned. The tone controls (bass, middle, treble) are a big help. Crank the mids up full and you have a nice Marshall like tone in a cheap and small package. Can't go wrong here. However, if you are looking for a clean sound this ain't it - once you get past halfway on the volume knob you get into the grit. It will stay clean at bedroom volumes, however.

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