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Kustom Defender 15H Guitar Amplifier Head

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Product Description

The Kustom Defender 15H Guitar Amplifier Head is an EL-84 powered, 15-watt tube head in a rugged metal housing with unique, professional features. In addition to the Volume and Tone controls, the Defender 15H head features a four position EQ low-frequency response control for American to British low end response and blended settings in-between.

Kustom Defender 15H Guitar Amplifier Head Features

  • 1/4 power switch to select between 4 or 15 watts
  • Multiple impedance operation
  • Transformer tapped speaker-emulated, XLR balanced line out with ground lift
  • 4 position low frequency response control for American and British flavors

Product Specifications
Kustom Defender 15H Guitar Amplifier Head Specifications
  • RMS Wattage: 4 / 15 watts (Lo/Hi Power)
  • Channels:
  • Tube Preamp: 12AX7 
  • Tone Controls: Tone and Bass Response Selector 
  • Power Tubes: 2 x EL84
  • Direct Out: Speaker Emulated 
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 5.5 x 14.4 x 8.9 in.
  • Weight: 10.58 lbs.


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  513-451-5000 Warranty:  Electronic Products: 2 Years Parts & Labor; Tubes and Raw Component Speakers; 90 Days
Waldo Drogulus / Rugged Bugs from Infesting, Ohio
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Quality
Reliability
General
Playability and Feel
Tone
Finish
Action
Subject
Great Jazz and Blues Amp
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
There are some dodgy/cheap parts- i.e. the ac connection is not top quality nor solidly connected, however his hopefully won't be problem if the amp is treated gently - Don't trip over that power cord!
Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
I've only had it a few days, thus far no problems - I have had mixed results with "made in China" products. Here's hoping that Kustom has done better than some others!
General
Your general opinion of this product.
A clean, no frills, low watt tube amp. (If you don't like the way your guitar sounds, there's "nowhere to hide.") You've gotta get it turned up pretty far to get to the overdrive - even at 4 watts, that's pretty loud in the living room - I occasionally wish the designer had included a master volume control.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Great feel - it has that subtle "chime and bloom" (compression). Bass control lets you lighten up the bass when your neck pickup sounds too "woofy."
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Through a 10" Eminence Delta Demon, this amp has the old school jazz guitar tone of Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green. When you crank it, you can get to Hubert Sumlin. If you don't know who those guys are, you're probably looking at the wrong amp. (I'm not using any pedals, your mileage may vary.) The tone control frequency could be centered more toward the bass - I'm running it nearly all the way to the left, even though the Delta Demon is a pretty mellow speaker.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Amp looks fine...it's very basic...no nonsense. If you show up to jam with this, you'll look like you "mean business."
Action
How was the action out of the box?
NO extraneous noise. Everything works as described. A whiff of an "electronic-y hot" smell that I hope is just the new circuit "burning in."
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