Blackheart Little Giant?

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I'm looking for a new amp and I have been checking out the Blackheart little Giant. It seems perfect for me at the moment but i just wanted to know some opinions about it so post some comments. I have a Trans Blue Epiphone Lp. I'm into rock stuff like Buckethead, Guns and Roses and all the great guitarist!:slash:
 

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It is a great little amp for what it does well. With good valves (tubes), the volume cranked up to about 3 o'clock and a pedal pushing the front end just a little (I use an OCD) it has a wonderful singing crunch tone that is perfect for classic rock.
However, I find if you want clean it is lacking in sparkle and headroom, and if you really push the volume it can get a little flabby.
I use a Peavey Classic 30 for these other tones, but nothing beats the Little Giant at the price point for AC/DC, Free, Thin Lizzy etc. crunch at manageable volume levels.
 

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I wrote a review about the BH5-112 combo awhile back that you might find useful. Gear Review: Blackheart Engineering BH5-112 “Little Giant” 5 Watt Combo Guitar Gear

To add to the previous comment about the cleans, there's an easy way to fix it, and that's to get a different preamp tube. I'd probably go with a JJ 12AX7 because they tend to have a bit more clean headroom, with a nice, clean sparkle. Also, running an optical compressor (in a low compression mode) in front of this amp would add some shimmer that the amp lacks out of the box.

In any case, I really dig this amp. It's a great practice amp - especially for the price. I'm actually thinking about getting just the head, since I have a couple of cabinets to run this amp through.
 

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I have one and love it for the sound, but I'm thinking of letting it go because I don't ever get to play it. (no headphone jack) Its been turned on only a couple times since I got the G-Dec. PM me if you want to line something up.

Expat Brit is right, pinned to the wall it is completely AC/DC. :dude:

It sounds really sweet clean, but it only does clean at lower volumes and dirty at high volume. It's a practice amp, what're you going to do? It's not made for gigging clubs. (now if you were mic'd into the PA that would be different) I upgraded to JJ tubes which really livened up the tone.
 

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I love my Little Giant. I think the EQ is quite useless, but the amp itself sounds great and for the price it can't be beat.
 

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I find if you want clean it is lacking in sparkle and headroom, and if you really push the volume it can get a little flabby
Tinkering with tubes could change it to the better ... 5751 in the preamp section did it for me ...
 

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I got an Epi Valve JR 1X12" cab for my BH5H. Great for blues and classic rock.
More American sounding than Brit. Semi-open back cab w/ an Lady Luck Eminence speaker
I retubed (a must!) w/ JJ 's and got a Bitmo 10-uator kit.
The 10-uator works as advertised. I can crank the amp to 10 and turn the 10-uator down to 3 and get a great tube OD groove at bedroom levels with out sucking too much tone. For the $$$ the BH5H is a great deal, but you must retube w/ some decent tubes!
 

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You should check out the Blackstar HT5, I had the little giant, but I sold it for the Blackstar. The Blackstar is more versatile, 2 channels, effect loop, American/British tone option, and the EQ does work. And the Distortion channel is killer, you can get classic AC/DC crunch by plugging your guitar straight in. And you can push it to Metal with a DS pedal in front.

 
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I have one and love it for the sound, but I'm thinking of letting it go because I don't ever get to play it. (no headphone jack) Its been turned on only a couple times since I got the G-Dec. PM me if you want to line something up.

Expat Brit is right, pinned to the wall it is completely AC/DC. :dude:

It sounds really sweet clean, but it only does clean at lower volumes and dirty at high volume. It's a practice amp, what're you going to do? It's not made for gigging clubs. (now if you were mic'd into the PA that would be different) I upgraded to JJ tubes which really livened up the tone.
Did I just see that on Craigslist? I might be interested.
 

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Just got one of these today, cant wait to get home and see what its like. Ill be sure to report back.
 

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i got a blackheart 5 watt combo last weekend used for $150.loud for 5 watts,innit???
 

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I was thinking about the little giant, but now I'm thinking about the handsome devil instead since it has a separate drive control, I live in a apartment so I don't want to have to crank it to get good distortion. If only the little giant had a channel and a master volume or a drive control.
 

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I am currently anticipating the arrival of my new Handsome Devil right now. :Ohno: Can't wait to test it out.
 




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