Just a few weeks ago I purchased a used Epiphone Valve Junior Amp head from my friend Allan. You know, the Allan that built the
Walnut Stratocaster. I also took advantage of a factory-b speaker cabinet on sale at Musicians friend. Don’t forget you need to purchase a speaker cable, not an instrument cable to go from the amp head to the speaker cabinet.
The Epiphone Valve Junior Half Stack is a genuine tube amp, with a 5 watt rating. That was part of the beauty of this amp. Five watts from a tube amp is more than you might expect in terms of volume. This makes it ideal at home in the garage. I can turn the amp up to 3 o’clock on the volume and get it cooking, it gives me more than enough volume to entertain or humor the neighbors without being to offensive, as my Peavy Classic 30 is too loud for that purpose.
Don’t be fooled by it’s five watt rating, it makes plenty of noise. I was told by Buck, at Bucks Guitar Modifications that some people use two of these five watt amp heads for professional gigging. Buck is a mountain of technical information, man can he ejaculate a mouthful of jargon I don’t understand at all! Buck is good egg too, check his site out. He is fun to jam with also..ummmm, I think it was Buck that told me about using 2 stacks,. It may have been Allan though. Buck and I just turned 56 and Allan is 58, so we are sorta confused a lot of the time, having been raised in the ’60′s!!!
The amp head and cabinet provide super clean sound. The clarity is unreal, it starts to get a little dirty at 2 to 3 o’clock. The cabinet uses a 12″-16 ohm Eminence speaker. Both the amp head and cabinet are well built and fashionable.
Most of the time I plug my Maxon-9 OD pedal up to it. BTW, the Maxon overdrive pedal is the same thing Stevie Ray Vaughan used. It was called an Ibanez Tube Screamer at that time. I like the vibe with the Maxon O.D. and a delay pedal in the line too. My tendencies are to run all the controls at full blast. Using the guitar controls as Jimi Hendrix did to control volume and tone.
My Marshall ECHOHEAD (EH-1) is broken again, the second time in less than 2 years. I think it is a piece of junk, but that is another story in itself. Excuse me, I mean I’m going to call Marshall and discuss this issue in a calm matter with them..
FYI, This amplifier does not have an effects loop. Normally I would not buy a guitar amp without an effects loop. The affordable cost and super sound of this setup was why I purchased it. No regrets at all.
Guitar Players Center reviews may be biased. You can go to a local Guitar Center and try one. Or you can take my word for it and access Musicians Friend or Guitar Center through my site and buy one online without leaving home. Enjoy.
PS. Anyone have some suggestions on a delay pedal?