65amps Ventura 20-watt 1x12" Handwired Tube Combo

20-watt 2-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifierwith Master Voltage Control, Footswitchable Bump Function, and Celestion G12H30 Speaker
65amps Ventura 20-watt 1x12
65amps Ventura 20-watt 1x12
$1,795.00

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65amps Ventura 20-watt 1x12" Handwired Tube Combo
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Small Combo, Massive Tone!

The Ventura tube guitar combo amplifier puts 65amps Red Line series tone and flexibility into a super-portable package. Built for low-stage-volume setups and ideal for recording, this 20-watt, 2-channel 1 x 12" combo pumps out more than enough pure tube tone to carry a decent-sized club. The Ventura combo's master voltage control also lets you drop the output so you can rock out in the middle of the night without waking the house. And when you need an extra dose of midrange warmth, kick in the bump function and add some English to your 65amps Ventura combo's tone.

65amps Ventura Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Master voltage control lets you cut volume without killing tone
  • Footswitchable bump function lets you revoice your amp on the fly
  • 65amps: awesome amplifiers made by guitarists, for guitarists
Master voltage control lets you cut volume without killing tone

Thanks to the Ventura's guitar combo amplifier's master voltage control, you can get the output volume you need without risking the tone or feel of your amp. As opposed to many in-amp voltage-reduction systems, which simply starve the power tubes, the Ventura's master voltage control preserves the internal tube relationships while maintaining the proper filament voltage. This unique approach to voltage control lets you pull your output power all the way down to three watts without jeopardizing your sound or dynamics, providing you with ideal note-for-note articulation at whatever volume you need.

Footswitchable bump function lets you revoice your amp on the fly

As we mentioned earlier, one of the most remarkable features of the Ventura is its extremely wide dynamic response. You can easily control how clean or dirty this amp sounds by the volume knob on your guitar. And with two channels to choose from, you're already set up with a massive range of distortion. What makes the Ventura's footswitchable bump function (borrowed from their SoHo amp) so cool is that it doesn't just add an extra gain stage - it totally brings out your midrange, taking your fundamental tone from U.S. boutique to classic British warm. Best of all, the Ventura combo's bump function is available on both channels. It's like having two amps in one!

65amps: awesome amplifiers made by guitarists, for guitarists

The founders of 65amps, Dan Boul and Peter Stroud, are a couple of accomplished guitarists who turned to their passion for guitar tone when they created amplifiers such as this Ventura. Drawing from Stroud's extensive experience onstage with Sheryl Crow, 65amps came about as an attempt to create roadworthy guitar amplifiers capable of keeping stage volume low while providing the rich and complex sound of full-sized amps. Since hitting the scene in 2002, 65amps models including the Ventura have made their way into the rigs of guitarists such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban.

65amps Ventura Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier Features:
  • A super-portable combo amplifier that's perfect for recording or low-stage-volume rigs
  • 2-channel setup lets you choose between a clean channel (based on the London amp's Colour Channel) and a delightfully dirty channel
  • Open-back design with 1 x 12" Celestion G12H30 delivers open yet focused sound
  • Master voltage control lets you dial down the output from 20 watts to 3 watts without sacrificing tone or dynamics
  • Footswitchable bump function (based on the SoHo amp) lets you kick in British midrange warmth
  • Passive effects loop makes patching in pedals easy
  • Built with pride in North Hollywood, California
Pick up a 65amps Ventura from Sweetwater and get the massive range of tone you need without the extra bulk!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 20W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
EQ 1-band
Preamp Tubes 1 x EF86, 1 x 12AT7, 1 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6V6
Inputs 1 x TS
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 17.5"
Width 20.25"
Depth 11"
Weight 36 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Ventura 1x12

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Small and simple amp that can do just about everything.

If you want a small size (manageable volume) amp that you can easily dial in clean, crunch or over-drive sound with wonderful tone, this is the amp for you. I have owned or played through various amps in the past and still own Fender ’59 Bassman Reissue LTD. I love Bassman and I intend to keep it but needed another amp that I can use for smaller venues. Not only is this amp very easy to dial in different sounds using Volume, Tone and Master Voltage knobs without blasting everyone away (clean, crunch and over-drive, like I said earlier), you can also utilize two channels and bump switch to create different tones for different guitars. I use both of my guitars when we gig – Les Paul Traditional Plus and Eric Johnson Strat – and as you know, these guitars have totally different characteristics. You can utilize Ventura’s two channels and Bump switch to bring out the best tone for both of my guitars – I use Channel 1 with Bump switch with Volume knob set at 9 o’clock and Master Voltage set at 2 o’clock for my Les Paul and Channel 2 without Bump switch with Volume knob set at 10 o’clock and Master Voltage set at noon for my EJ Strat. Plus, Ventura’s PTP Hand-Wired circuit pushing Celestion G12H30 speaker sounds so robust without that ear piercing treble and muffled low – in other words, it has perfect mix of treble, mid and bass sounds. Once again, if you want a smaller amp that you can dial in those wonderful sounds with beautiful tone, this amp is for you…!!!
Music background: Blues, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, etc.
5/5

Couldn't Be Happier!!!

I was looking for a boutique amp that could deliver that vintage sound just by plugging into it. I wanted simple controls and impeccable quality. And most of all, I wanted DAT TONE!!I played lots of amps, but 65amps really stood out. The Ventura is the perfect package for me. You get 4 really great "settings" if you will on this amp and from there, with the tone, volume and pickup and volume switches on your axe, you can get any sound out of this thing you want. You can see all of that on the videos. What I want to tell you is that is just the beginning. This is the most badass amp I have played in a long time.I play both a Strat and an LP Studio through it and they both sound incredible. The amp really responds uniquely to each axe, as it should, and the tonal possibilities are really endless. I picked this over Mesa, Morgan, and Matchless all. This was the best sound AND the best value. Also, the Ventura is incredibly responsive to your picking, very nuanced, and the effects loop takes pedals extremely well.
4.5/5

65amps Ventura

I've had my Ventura combo a month now, and since I haven't seen a lot of discussion about the amp online by owners, I thought I'd share my experience so far. I bought it for home recording in a variety of styles. For what it does well, I absolutely love the tones I'm getting with all my guitars. I use a Clapton Strat, a 1958 VOS RI LP and an Ibanez AM93 Artcore. One thing I don't like for recording is the wood strip down the center of the cabinet, right where I usually place a Royer R-151 ribbon mic. I should have known better, but I'm okay with angling the mic toward the speaker center. Anyway, I can imagine engineers not liking this aspect of the combo, though it looks kinda cool. Clean sounds are gorgeous, having sparkle and depth maybe similar to a Marshall 1974X combo, but this amp has it's own character. It's definitely not a Fender sound to me, much rounder and bouncier, to put it in arcane subjective terms. Because I'm usually going for a more recognizable jazz sound, I do not find this amp useful for traditional chord melody. I prefer a Deluxe or Princeton over the Ventura for that stuff. Another thing about the clean sound on mine is that it's never completely pure; there's always a little fuzz in the sound. Albeit at a very low level, but just enough to bug me for some things. This is at any volume, btw, and I've tried different tubes. I'm still working on that one. Emailed the company for advice about a week ago but haven't heard back. I really like that the amp is cathode biased which let's me experiment with other 6V6s than the JJs it came with. I tried some "medium" rated (4) GTs, and found them to be a little cleaner and clearer, so there may be hope yet. Still, probably never going to be a jazz combo for me. Sounds like a rock amp even at low gain. But a very responsive, expressive rock amp. Another note on tubes, I find with the EH EF86 it came with, I get squealing feedback when maxing gain and volume, even without a guitar plugged in. This doesn't happen with an RTF EF86, so it must be the tube. But there is also a constant hum no matter what tubes I've tried, and it is louder than other amps I own or have owned. I may have to take it in for service. I have a Budda SuperDrive 18 that isn't as noisy, for instance. This hum doesn't show up on recordings, so it's not so overpowering as to absolutely undermine the sound quality. OTOH, hiss isn't bad at all. The clean, verge-of-breakup, and mild overdrive sounds are the most appealing, and some of the best I've ever heard. The character of each guitar shines through, but enveloped in sweet harmonics. The sound can get garbled and muddy on higher gain settings, though. Since there 's no way of reducing this with the single tone control, I've resorted to using an OD pedal with the amp set clean for recording higher gain sounds. So far I've only used a Bogner Ecstasy Blue pedal with it, which worked really well for a classic rock type track. The Ventura's little cabinet doesn't rock very hard anyway, so I hook it up to a Bogner oversized 2x12 with V30s for some heft, as well as better microphone placement. That combination works so well, I've put the Budda up for sale, btw. And the Budda is a great rock amp. Despite the negatives, or limitations, I'm really digging the Ventura's rock and blues tones, and the great sounding voltage scaling feature that really does keep the tone intact at low volumes, discounting the speaker variable which of course is never going to sound the same at low volumes as it would louder. Like others have said, I don't like the effects loop being on the top panel where cables interweave with the controls, but I'm really glad that at least there is a loop, unlike, say, those Clapton amps that Fender makes. Even though I very rarely record with effects, I like to practice using a Holy Grail reverb pedal, which sounds better to me in the loop than in front of the amp. This was an important factor in choosing the Ventura over one of those Clapton series Fenders, Tremolux, Deluxe, whatever. Now I'm really curious to try others in the 65amps line. I did try a Soho at GC in Hollywood, but wasn't as impressed as I am with the Ventura.
Music background: Hobbyist
4/5

Great tone and simple operation

I was looking for a light weight 2-channel low wattage gigging amp that was easy to dial in and has a great clean and dirty tone. The Ventura fits this bill nicely. It is very loud for a 20 watt and the built-in attenuator is very helpful and doesn't suck tone. The bump switch add a nice volume and grit bump on both channels. I wish is had reverb as the signal is a little dry, but I've managed this with a pedal. I also wish it had independent volume knobs as you do get a volume bump when you engage dirty channel. Takes some pedals well, others not so much.
Music background: Gigging musician - weekend warrior

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

My dream amplifier has always seemed a bit unrealistic. It should have the spank of a Fender, but have the top end chime of a Vox. It should sound big, but not be a pain to carry. It should be loud enough for gigs, but still have the ability to sound great at home. Sometimes dreams do come true... and in this case, it's the 65amps Ventura.
See also: Combo Amps, 65amps, 65amps Guitar Combo Amps