Ibanez TSA30 30 Watt Tube Amp (1x12" Combo)Item ID: TSA30
30-watt All-tube Combo Guitar Amplifier with Built-in TS9 Tube Screamer Tone Circuit, 6dB Boost Switch, 3-band Equalizer, Separate Gain and Volume Controls, and 12" Celestion Seventy80 Speaker
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This 30-watt Combo Delivers Real Tube Screamer Tone!Crank it up and hold on tight! The Ibanez TSA30 combo guitar amplifier lets you tap into legendary TS9 distortion and drive, backed by 30 watts of pure tube-amp tone. Built directly into the TSA30's preamp section, the Tube Screamer circuit delivers genuine stompbox-style distortion. Even without the Tube Screamer section engaged, the TSA30 gives you the classic sound of an all-tube amp loaded with a real 12" Celestion speaker. And thanks to its onboard 3-band equalizer and independent gain and output volume controls, you'll get the perfect tone in any venue when you rock an Ibanez TSA30 combo amplifier.
Ibanez TSA30 Tube Screamer Series Combo Guitar Amplifier at a Glance:
Built-in Tube Screamer circuit injects classic stompbox distortion and drive into your amp
The TSA30 gives you the sound of real TS9 Tube Screamer distortion/overdrive pedal built right into its preamp section. Why put a tube-style distortion effect in a real tube amp? Actually, the ultra-popular Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer is one of the few distortion stompboxes you'll find in front of tube amp stacks played by major-league guitarists. That's because it sounds great and does a phenomenal job of pushing tube amps past the breakup point. Add to that a built-in 6dB boost switch, you can instantly launch the TSA30's Tube Screamer tone into high gear for even more classic overdrive goodness.
All-tube amplification combined with a genuine Celestion speaker provides timeless tone
Ignore the built-in Tube Screamer circuit for a second and simply consider the Ibanez TSA30 as a tube guitar amplifier. What you'll find is an all-tube design that combines a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes and a pair of 6L6 power tubes - a tried-and-true recipe for classic tube-amp tone. Now add in the TSA30's 12" Celestion Seventy80 speaker, and you couldn't ask for a more classic style of guitar amplifier.
This fully loaded 30-watt tube amp gives you tons of control over your sound
Ibanez went to great lengths to make their TSA30 the kind of flexible combo amplifier any serious guitarist could appreciate. That's why they loaded it with a full set of industry standard controls. An onboard 3-band EQ lets you easily tune your sound to bring out the best in your guitar in any environment. The TSA30 also features independent gain and volume controls (as found on many of the most popular tube amplifiers of all time). This lets you pull back the TSA30's output volume, without affecting its gain staging, allowing you to get the distortion and drive you love, but at a lower volume.
Ibanez TSA30 Tube Screamer Series Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:
Get real tube amp sound plus classic Tube Screamer tone with the Ibanez TSA30 combo guitar amplifier!
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Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
great value for money amp!
by enderun fromClean tone sounds brilliant and the tube screamer internal circuit nearly matches the ts808 (an industry standard).
September 7, 2012
Music Background: session musician
This amp is suitable for blues, classic rock, r&b, jazz, and maybe al... read more [+]ternative.
I like the design. The color also makes me stand out from other amps. It's made in China but I haven't owned it for a long period of time to test its durability on the road. close [-]
Great tube sound at a great price!
by Greg from Moyock, NCI was all set to purchase a blues junior when I picked up on the buzz about this amp. My other amps are half stacks and I wanted something smaller that I could carry to small bar gigs or jam sessions... read more [+]. I also needed something that had enough juice to cut through in a band setting on a small stage. This little 30W amp fit the bill perfectly.
July 27, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist / Amateur Musician
It has a surprisingly big and warm tone for a combo amp. When I got it, I plugged it in and just started playing the clean channel with the EQs all at 12 o'clock... it sounded fantastic. Once I started messing with the EQ's, it got magical... the EQ is very expressive and subtle adjustments have a significant impact on the sound.
The boost provides a good solid bump, and I've found that I really prefer just leaving it on all the time as it really fattens the sound up and brings out some of the faint harmonics that aren't as easy to hear otherwise.
The TS circuit is good, and sounds pretty much like the stock TS9 pedal. Thankfully, the good folks at Ibanez had the foresight to add send and return jacks after the TS circuit, so it's easy to introduce compression and time based effects after the TS circuit. I've experiemented with putting OD's both before and after the TS circuit and using it as both a first and second stage OD. Haven't decided which way I like best yet, but it works good both ways.
The speaker included is not my favorite speaker, but it does not sound bad. I will probably purchase a separate 1x12 cab down the road to use in conjunction with this amp... probably an avatar cab with a hellatone 60.
If there is one improvement that Ibanez could make (and they should SERIOUSLY consider this), it would be to put out a head only version of this amp. They don't need to change a thing about the head... just get it out of the speaker enclosure. Mine has a significant amount of tube rattle, even after I added silicone dampers to the tubes. This doesn't take away from the amp, but it does get annoying when playing in a small room at low volumes. This problem isn't exclusive to this amp... I think it exists to some degree in most, if not all, tube combos. Still, the fact that there's not a head only version is what keeps this from 5 stars (which probably isn't fair to this particular unit).
Anyway, for the price, you are not going to find a better sounding tube combo amp for blues, southern rock or "bar" rock. If you're a metal player, this one will not be for you. close [-]
More of a crier than a screamer
by Richard Milyard from Fort Mohave, AZI was trying to get someplace in the middle of my Fender Blues Junior, and my Fender Frontman 25R.
March 10, 2013
Music Background: Professional drummer, hobby guitar, Bass, Keyboards
I have accomplished this with the TSA30, but have given up the smoother tube sound of the Junior... read more [+], and the full overdrive
of the 25R.
What I have given up the most, is the overdrive, as the Tube Screamer is more of a Tube crier which I assumed a tube driven
amp would probably sound like, and that is what I got.
The amp has a notable hiss to it, but seems to mostly go away after warm up (this is a tube amp that needs to warm up).
The cabinet is very nice looking and the only flaw I could find is in vinyl work on both bottom inside corners where the green dial plate sits; the cut and glue work is sloppy. The plastic lift handle is also a bit cheap and leaves handle shreds caused by the metal clasps when lifting.
Since the amp is brand new to me, and a tube amp, I will have to give it more time to get used to. (It's kinda like going out with a new gal, as it takes a while to dial her in)
At this point, I like the clean with the boost switch on which gives it a little growl. The Clean Boost and Scream switches together give you the loudest output, but for a cleaner scream, I like just the Scream switch on, and clean with no boost.
When using the (so called) Screamer side, you need to crank up the Overdrive all the way to get any half way decent gain out of it. close [-]
Ibanez TSA30 30 Watt Tube Amp (1x12" Combo)
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