Thursday, September 16, 2010

2008 & 2009 Epiphone Valve Jr Combo and Stack

As many of you already know, the Valve jr is a simple two valve circuit.
It's also a modders delight, which has spawned a whole sub industry of kits and forum threads dedicated to getting the most out of it. Now I'm a guy who likes to pull everything apart and get the soldering iron in there(more on that in a future post). But I haven't done anything more than swap out the valves.

I happen to own two incarnations of this amp, one each of the combo and mini stack.

Honestly I've left them as is, for the simple reason that I like the sound of them as is.
The only reason I changed any tubes out was because I knocked over my combo and one of the tubes became rattly.

I've owned a number of valve amps over the years, and these are the only ones that I ever noticed a significant change in the tone after a good warm up period. After about 40 minutes the top end opens up providing a crisp tone and a little more volume.

My first one came along because I didn't have an amp at the time and heard the buzz on the interweb about them. I picked it up from a local 2nd hand dealer for about $180 and haven't looked back. The stack I bought new from an instrument dealer in the CBD, can't remember how much I paid for it, but it was less than retail.

They are cheap, but have earned their reputation as good little recording amps.
I use an FX unit with them to get my reverb fix, but other than that I play them as is.

One of these days I'll join the big boys again, but for now I'm running in 5watt stereo.

1 comment:

  1. I have the Blackheart 1watt version. The Killer Ant. It has the same tendency to sing more and more as it warms up. I'm running her into a 2x12 (celestions) which is beautiful.

    Have you tried running through a Pignose 7-100 as a preamp? This is a lot of fun to do.

    You got an awesome blog, man.