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Kustom Defender 5H amp head
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This one is like a Valve Jr in a way and looks cool. I got one preordered. Smiley

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Kustom-Defender-5H-Guitar-Amp-Head?sku=423624

It ought to be fun and I got a box full of tubes to try out. Smiley

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Post Date: 5/6/2010 @ 4:57 am
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The 3 ohm speaker outlets 4-8-16 is very good idea. Let us know what you think when you get it. Let us know how it does in a shootout with your blackheart amp. I'm sure the Mod community are licking their chops waiting to tweak this one.

Post Date: 5/6/2010 @ 10:13 am

RE: Kustom Defender 5H amp head
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It's probably very similar to the Valve Jr. I like Kustom for their clean tone so I'm waiting to see what I can do with it. Smiley

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Post Date: 5/6/2010 @ 10:39 am

RE: Kustom Defender 5H amp head
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Is the output power tube an EL84 or an EL34?

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Post Date: 5/6/2010 @ 3:20 pm

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There have been so many mods and tweaks to Valve Juniors, I expect just about every possible variant on the "one 12AX7, one EL84" has been explored. I wonder if Kustom paid any attention to that---there are certain mods that are very popular. I could see where maybe they picked one of those modded circuits to put into production.

The box looks smaller than a VJ, which means less room inside to work, but it's also cheaper. The mod that was almost universally hailed as making a night-and-day difference in how those amps sounded was replacing the output transformer with a more robust unit. . . unfortunately, I doubt that any $99 amp has had that done to it. But I heard that, size notwithstanding, the VJ OT was actually not well-matched to the EL84, so even a cheap OT might be better if it was wound to the right impedance. (I can't remember whether that was fixed in the third-generation VJ or not.)

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Post Date: 5/6/2010 @ 4:59 pm

RE: Kustom Defender 5H amp head
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Henry Mars said:

Is the output power tube an EL84 or an EL34?

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EL84.

The only mods I'll do are tube swaps. I have a nice collection of EL84s and 12AX7s. Also an RCA 5751 and 3 EL34s (out of 4). Smiley

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Post Date: 5/6/2010 @ 5:20 pm

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Today's the day they deliver but it's been pushed up two weeks instead. Smiley

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Post Date: 5/14/2010 @ 7:41 pm

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Chuck King said:

There have been so many mods and tweaks to Valve Juniors, I expect just about every possible variant on the "one 12AX7, one EL84" has been explored. I wonder if Kustom paid any attention to that---there are certain mods that are very popular. I could see where maybe they picked one of those modded circuits to put into production.

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I expect that's just what they did. Either that or they went closer to the original gibson circuit the VJ was cloned from.

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Post Date: 5/15/2010 @ 11:56 am

RE: Kustom Defender 5H amp head
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Well, someone got one and posted on youtube. Smiley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q5EDaXzN-0

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Post Date: 5/15/2010 @ 1:01 pm

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It's finally in shipment, should have it Tuesday. Smiley

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Post Date: 5/22/2010 @ 12:58 pm

RE: Kustom Defender 5H amp head
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For some reason I couldn't get on this board for a while but anyway I got the amp.

For starters, it's friggin' loud that it can't be a 5 watter. I think the input is way to sensitive. Too sensitive for pedals because they squeal and howl as soon as I crack the volume. I turned the volume on the pedals to zero and it still gets through.

I tried taming the amp by pulling the 12AX7 and put in my RCA 5751 (70% gain) and I got more range with the volume but still too much. I can use the pedals if I just crack the volume but the effects sounds washed over.

If I just plug the guitar straight in it's jams but loud. Sounds good though. I almost have to dime my Handsome Devil to match it and that's 15 watts!

Weird little amp that has too much gain somewhere and I'm gonna tame it once I can get the schematic somewhere.

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Post Date: 5/31/2010 @ 6:22 am

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-Did you get the matching cab too? Not a bad deal for a mini half stack for $199.

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Post Date: 5/31/2010 @ 9:15 pm

RE: Kustom Defender 5H amp head
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I've thought of it but on my Blackheart cab which is rated 75 watts this amp really pushed the speaker. I don't think the Defender 30 watt cab will survive this amp.

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Post Date: 6/1/2010 @ 5:48 am

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Here's why this amp is so wild, from a review on MF:

Tested output ranges from 4-16Watts RMS. Volume is actually 2nd stage gain, power amp is full power. Two cons: no attenuator setting and amp is too loud for reasonable room use. Contains 12AX7B high gain preamp tube from China.

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Post Date: 6/9/2010 @ 11:57 am

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