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Under the brand under the name Stage Right by Monoprice, the website offers everything from pedals to pedalboards and, you guessed you guessed it: amplifiers.
Monoprice is an online enclave for tech-savvy consumers So it’s not a stretch saying I wondered if their stage Right by Monoprice 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head and 1×12 Cab could be able to live up to the high standards of other popular products. And at less than $600 to purchase the complete package with a stunning sound and above-average construction.
The Stage Right by Monoprice 30-Watt Tube Guitar Amp Head looks overtly nondescript with all-black tolex, save for the triangular-perforated metal faceplate bearing the “SR/Stage Right” branding.
It’s a simple 2 channel amp with a selectable design that has High and Low channels, single Volume and Bright switch for the clean channel, Gain and Overdrive Volume controls on the overdrive channel and a Channel Select switch. Bass, Treble and Middle EQ controls as well as Tone and Reverb controls, as well as Power and Standby switches.
It is powered by 30 watts in power. It comes with a set of power tubes EL-84 and three 12AX7 preamp tubes, with a built-in tube-driven reverb that is powered from one of the preamp tubes and an effects loop in the back of the. The cabinet is equipped with one 12 inch Celestion Vintage 30 speaker. The package includes a two-button footswitch to select channel and the reverb feature, as well as a 1/4 inch TRS audio speaker.
For those who think this is a generic overseas amp, let me let you know that this Stage Right head is an unbelievably fantastic amp. It’s an extremely tuned amp that truly cuts. I was able to find great sound and touch-sensitivity on every volume level (and it can get loud! ).
Channel one has full-sounding cleans, with lots of chime. Channel one can be used fittingly as a pedal platform. Moving to channel two gives plenty of warmth and a little high-end zing which can be controlled and smoothed by using tones control.
With the overdrive knob adjusted, this isn’t a high-pitched or unbalanced crunch instead it’s a full and musical drive that calls for an extra overdrive pedal that can fully complement the overall tone when you push the pedal. The majority of parameter in the amp (like the EQ or reverb) can be calibrated with a moderating effect so that you can easily create a powerful tone.
For example there is built-in reverb that’s little weak, but it won’t hinder your sound, therefore surfers will need to build an additional reverb to their mix, but again, it’s the overly stellar, no-frills sound the amp produces.
1×12 cabs with Celestion V30 sounds great, but I plugged the SR head into other cabs and got more impressive and superior performance. However, as a small rig that just slays? I’m heading over for Stage Right.
- STREET PRICE: $607
- Type: Tube amp head and cabinet
- CHANNELS: 2
- POWER: 30-watts
- TUBES:3x 12AX7 in preamp, 4x EL84 power tubes.
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