Kustom Defender 5H Mod

Guitar Amp Head

  • Power: 5 watts ClassA
  • 1 Channel
  • 1 Volume control
  • 12AX7 preamp tube
  • EL84 power tube
  • 3 Speaker outputs: 4/8/16 ohms
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 127 x 315 x 183 mm
  • Weight: 3.2 kg

Further information

Power 5 W
Power Amplifier Tubes EL84
Channels 1
Reverb No
Footswitch No
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Simple, fine sounding.

Gain_Badger, 14.07.2018
I bought this because I like simple amps and they don't come much simpler. Mainly for home use, the sounds have to make me smile. Me, and no-one else. I have a number of small, simple amplifiers. Mainly valve, ranging from around 2 Watts up to around 15. Single ended and push-pull. This addition to my growing pile was purely to get that sound. The sound that only a simple EL84 stage can give.
This delivers.
The stock valves weren't very nice. They did a job, but I found them harsh around the point where backing off the guitar cleans up and branging in causes delicious clipping and compression. Never mind, it's a time consuming but simple task to change the valves.
18 screws later and the valves are laid bare to change. This brings home that the chassis is good quality, folded steel. The transformers are in clear sight, and they seem adequate for the task. The PCB is well laid out, with moderately good componentry. Nothing earth shattering, but not poor either. So far, so good.
I settled on an EH 12AY7 in place of the stock 12AX7 and an old, NOS 6p14p from the cold war to replace the stock EL84.
What a change!. Sweet harmonics and compression with a good bite to the leading edge and no nasty, harsh top end.
The bass response works well. Think ISF or tilt on other manufacturers products. It isn't a tone control per se, but it does alter the tautness of the lower end.
So, build quality good, sound quality good and it costs less than many overdrive pedals. Easy to use, flexible beyond the simple controls. Many good sounds in there, but beware. Clean headroom is not its forte.
I like it :-)
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Spartan, strong, good!

Jimi Scofield, 08.07.2018
I bought the small amp, because it should be a good crafting platform for this top price (there is enough space in the case). However, I have not done that (crafting) until now, as the amp sounds great - all the essential tube amp attributes, ie what the freaks would probably call dynamic (touch sensitivity) and harmonic distortion are present. The option to adjust the "Bass Response" available in the "mod" version also works nicely. The little one is pretty loud - for band operation (rehearsal room) but probably not loud enough (at least not clean), but you can not expect at 5W. A master volume is missing, but since some of the crunch and distortion sounds come from the power amp, that might not be so good either. I run the Defender momentarily therefore s.einer fast tinkered attenuator with an L-controller which there were also times (now I can not find him anymore, from the house of Monacor at least about 10¤) and thus have a nice way to adjust the volume without changing the generated distortion (adjustable by amp volume). Fine amp - I would buy again at any time, too - but not only - because of the price.
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