Rivera Venus Deux 25-watt 1x12" Tube Combo

25-watt 1-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier - Black with Gold Grille Cloth
Rivera Venus Deux 25-watt 1x12
Rivera Venus Deux 25-watt 1x12

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This Amp is Made for Your Pedals

If your guitar pedals are an integral part of your tone, the guitarists at Sweetwater would like to introduce you to the Rivera Venus Deux 25-watt tube combo amp. This ultra-clean and pristine 1 x 12" combo amp gives your pedals ample headroom to sound their best. Two 6V6 power tubes serve up rich, detailed tone and a wonderfully spongy feel. Complete with intuitive tone controls and a sweet-sounding spring reverb, the Rivera Venus Deux tube combo amp is a versatile tool that's designed to sound awesome with any pedalboard.

Rivera Venus Deux 25-watt Tube Combo Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Clean foundation for your pedal tones
  • Incredible tonal balance from a custom 12" speaker
  • Ready for any guitar and pedals thanks to intuitive tone controls
Clean foundation for your pedal tones

Even when you really dig into the Venus Deux tube combo amp, you're rewarded with epic clean tone. It's the perfect foundation for your favorite overdrive or distortion pedal, and you'll hear all the sonic detail of your modulation effects with complete clarity. If you're the type of player that relies on your favorite pedals to sculpt your tone, the Rivera Venus Deux was designed just for you.

Incredible tonal balance from a custom 12" speaker

Plug your guitar into the Venus Deux combo amp and strum a few chords, and you'll immediately notice its exceptional balance of warmth and clarity. Rivera created a custom speaker that they describe as "voiced between a Celestion Vintage 30 and a Celestion T75." It's a recipe for rich warmth and bloom, as well as detailed response and excellent articulation.

Ready for any guitar and pedals thanks to intuitive tone controls

Fine-tune how tight or loose the speaker feels in the Rivera Venus Deux with its focus control, and you'll cover tonal ground from soft and smooth to aggressive and biting. When you're playing with single-coil pickups and need some extra sonic girth, pull the fat switch. Need to add some extra brightness and bite to humbucking pickups? Pull the bright switch. Basically, it's easy to tweak the Rivera Venus Deux until it sounds awesome with just about any guitar rig.

Rivera Venus Deux 25-watt Tube Combo Amplifier Features:
  • 1 x 12" tube combo amp designed for optimum response to guitar pedals
  • 25-watts of power driven by dual 6V6 power tubes for exceptionally clean tone with high headroom
  • An ideal foundation for overdrive, distortion, and effects pedals
  • Intuitive tone controls make this amp easy to dial in for any guitar and effects rig
  • Sweet-sounding spring reverb
Hear your pedals sound their best with the Rivera Venus Deux!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 25W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6V6
Inputs 1 x 1/4" (Instrument), 1 x 1/4" (Amp)
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (Preamp), 1 x 1/4" (Line)
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 18"
Width 23.75"
Depth 12"
Weight 39 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Venus Deux 1x12

Customer Reviews

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venus duex

Charlie, thanks so much for your help in choosing the Venus Duex. Your expertise was right on! What a great amp! The clean headroom is truly amazing. This amp will really get loud and clean. I absolutely love this amp. Thanks so much! Rick Campbell. PS Thanks for all of your patience.

Great Amp

i've had mine for a couple of months now. i've alway been an amp distortion kind of guy but always wanted to have a go with the pedals in front of a small amp route. after a lot of research and video watching i rolled the dice on this amp as there are no rivera dealers near me. tone is subjective but to my ears this is a very versatile clean platform amp, even if it's just one channel. lush, syrupy cleans live here. great onboard reverb too. with my eventide h9, along w/some dirt pedals in front (Tech 21 hot rod plexi, Timmy, Source Audio Multiwave distortion) i can get lost for hours...when i have hours LOL. so far it has not objected to any of my distortion/overdrives and does them all justice. gotta say again though- gorgeous cleans. if they were any thicker i'd have to spoon them out of the speaker. rivera has a new fan and i'm not won over easily having owned some nice amps by Carr, tons of Mesas, Orange RV50, Budda, Fender Custom shop, Friedman, Marshall, and more. can't give it a perfect score because who knows how it will hold up reliability-wise over time...although rivera seems to have a good reputation for their reliability. we shall see. well worth your consideration if you're a pedal guy or just need one flexible, kick-*** clean channel.
Music background: "serious hobbyist"

Rivera has some quality control issues

I loved the sound of this amp and really wanted to keep it but after the 3rd amp with an issue I'm done. I bought the head version first and the reverb didn't work. Another head wasn't in stock so I exchanged for the combo. The first combo I received had a buzzing sound above volumes of 3-4 and after a week or so started making a crackling noise. I figured I'd give Rivera one last try and I'm experiencing the same issue with the third amp. This amp has a ton of potential but poor quality control.

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

The Rivera Venus Deux is the ideal amp for anyone who likes the great tone of a classic Fender, but wishes it had more headroom. With 6V6 tubes and a super-versatile EQ, the Venus Deux can nail almost any era of Fender while still maintaining its own personality. For a 25-watt amp, its headroom capability is amazing, allowing it to take pedals incredibly well. I use a wide variety of overdrives and distortions, and with the Venus Deux, they no longer sound like pedals - they really sound like part of the amp! If you get your gain from your pedals and are looking for a great platform for your sound, this is one of the best amps you could get.

Rivera Venus Deux

Pull the treble knob, and the bright function adds a shimmering quality at low volumes. Meanwhile, the focus knob's "fat" function enhances even harmonics in the power amp for a smoother sound with less bite. The real showstopper is the middle knob's notch function, an astounding effect that absolutely transforms the amp. ...
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