Anyone have/try the Kustom The Defender?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by aftguitar94, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. aftguitar94

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    I was wondering if anyone has tried or owns a Kustom The Defender. I'm looking for a cheap all tube amp that has great cleans at gigging levels and works well with pedals. I wanted to know if this amp would fit the bill. For OD I have a Barber Direct Drive but usable amp drive would be a plus in case something happens to the pedal. Any thoughts?

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    BK
     
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    ive tried it, its actually swallows pedals. Not a bad amp for the coin. The stock speaker is pretty awful though, i always ran it into a cab.
     
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    Swallows in a good way?
     
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    yes, it takes pedals very very well, its a really clean amp, doesnt break up much at all and has very little compression
     
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    Cool, that's kinda what I was looking for. Is the drive usable?
     
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    I own a '36 Coupe and a '72 Hardtop. I've used the Defender to demo guitars, at music stores. Although I like the Coupes better, the Defender sounds very good. It's nice small and light. For an amp with EL34's, it really does sound like a Fender, only with better overdrive. But I agree about the speaker. Almost any after market speaker, will sound better.
     
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    Oh, I've got one more question. Are the cleans on this amp really bright?
     
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    i remember that it was pretty bright by nature, but could be dialed out if need be
     
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    One last question and then I'll shut up haha. Are these reliable?
     
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    I think that's asking a bit much...:stir
     

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