Ibanez TSA15H 15 Watt Tube Head Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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from Cleveland, Ohio
November 22, 2012Music Background:
Very impressive affordable amp!I've owned many amps over my 35+ years of playing. Buy, try, keep a select few, sell most, try another. This one will be a keeper. The 6v6's give it a warm and butter smooth personality; really shines with single coils. Definitely not as aggressive as a 15 watt EL84 powered amp but that is what i love about it. The tube screamer circut does what it is supposed to do and the boost gives you a more robust, chimier sound. If you need aggressive, put your OCD in front of it and it will wail appropriately for most needs, excepting metal. With the tube screamer on, a bit of reverb from a pedal in the effects loop and your favorite strat pluged in, the amp nails the SRV sound --- and at a very tolerable volume. This amp is not super loud and i like that cause you can drive the clean channel in a gig situation and not get dirty looks form the singer(s). Very gigable for 95% of the places most people play. I don't normally take the time to review products but i had to with this one. Summary: this unit is super affordable, has switchable power output, a built in tube screamer, an effects loop, multiple spkr ohm outputs,it's light and portable, looks cool and it's easy on the wallet.. Oh, wait, i said that already. Bottom line: You will not be disappointed. Buy one.
from Port Huron, Michigan
July 6, 2011Music Background:
Accomplished Hobbyist, Home Recording Studio
Ibanez Tube SCREAMER amp headWhat a wonderfully awesome amp head. Unbelievable Tone AND volume for a 5/15 watt all tube head. This is a great sounding and very well built, good looking amp head, especially at this price point. Don't let the 5 or 15 watts deceive you, I run this through a 4x12 Marshall cabinet with four 12" Celestion 30 Greenbacks and this little thing can get LOUD or should I say SCREAM!!? Every guitar I own (12) sounds great with this setup, especially my 335-really beautiful. tones. Check one out, I promise you won't be disappointed.
from Philadelphia, PA
July 3, 2011Music Background:
Semiprofessional musician, part time
Smart. Very smart.I got this amp as a main rig for the guitarist at my church. This little head is a game changer in the world of the faddish "lunchbox" amps. Not only is it generously featured at a price that's remarkably low, it's also packing unique features that other amps of its kind just don't have. First, it features 6V6 power tubes rather than the customary EL84's in amps this size. That allows you to get some convincingly "fat" tones. It's particularly noticeable with the cleans. This amp does clean better than most heads of this type. The Tubescreamer circuit is the real thing! It includes independent EQ and level controls just like the pedal would have in addition to the well-known smooth overdrive tone that has become legendary. This makes the amp behave almost like a two channel amp, even though it's clearly a one-channel amp. The options for cabinets are very generous. You can drive anything with this head. The 5/15 watt setting...again, this is just a super-smart feature. It makes a pretty big difference, more so in tone but definitely in volume. At 5 watts, the tone is thin and chimey like an EL84 low-powered head. At 15 watts it fattens up nicely, is quite a bit louder, but it never gets unbearable. It has a standby switch, which is cool, even thought I would have gladly swapped it for a preamp-master volume. I guess that's shared with the drive knob on the Tubescreamer circuit. Finally, it's worth noting that this amp has a nice-looking white Tolex finish. This is a refreshing change from the typical metal grille or tin lunchbox finish in most amps of its kind. It's a great finishing touch. All in all, this amp is feature-packed, great sounding, and an unreal value. For the price, I haven't seen anything better out there.
from Western New York
May 12, 2011Music Background:
One dynamic amplifierI can't adequately put into words how impressed I am with the tone this amp has to offer. It's a very dynamic amplifier - the tone is rich and warm in any setting with great string definition. Very impressive cleans and a very true Tube Screamer overdrive sound. Even driven hard, the amp retains a warm tube tone - it's never shrill or jagged. And it's very simple to dial in - volume, bass and treble make up the clean section, while the Tube Screamer section has the same overdrive, tone and level settings of the pedal. Outside of that, there is a boost switch for the clean section.
With my Gretsch Power Jet (w/TV Jones Powetron pickups), I can get a great classic rock tone in the clean setting with the boost engaged. When I plug in my Fender Strat (w/Jeff Beck Hot Noiseless pickups) I get that crisp blues rock tone.
Outside of aggressive metal, I would say this amp has a tonal palate to cover it all. I'm glad I purchased this amplifier.
February 21, 2011Music Background:
Ibanez TSA15 HeadJust received my new TSA15 Head! WOW! Cant believe the great tube tone, 15 watts can be very deceiving. With the tubescreamer engaged this amp Rocks! Hooked it up to a BluesDeluxe cab w/ a vintage30,What tone,It will be plenty loud to keep up with the classic rock band Im in.Just add a reverb pedal and your all set! Thanks Sweetwater! Great service!
from peoria il
February 20, 2012Music Background:
guitar player since 1968
greatsounds really good and even in the five watt mode its plenty loud enought to jam with the band
i am very happy
4 stars because the tubes could be a little better
i have lots of amps and this one is now my fav