Designed and prototyped in a one car garage in Austin, Texas, by non other than amp savant, Pyotr Belov, the Handsome Devil evokes classic tube tones more than reminiscent of the great American and British, plug and play workhorses that laid the foundation for Rock and Roll guitar tone starting in the '60s. Just like it's predecessor and little brother, the Little Giant 5, the BHE Handsome Devil is overbuilt to last with features and components you'd expect on a hand built, much more expensive piece of gear. Both the head and combo feature dual power modes allowing the Gods of Rock to dial in responsiveness and headroom in either 15W or 7W output. Separate Master and Level controls put both awesome power and responsibility in the unwashed hands of mankind. 3 Bands of well-tuned EQ make for nearly infinite voicing. From big fat overdrive to plucky, just-about-to-squeal if you hit me a little harder grease, the Handsome Devil covers classic tube tone with as few knob turns as possible through a well thought out set of features in a tough as a tank package.
As expected, you get the simple elegance and robust component specs that mark BHE's designs. From 1W, carbon-film resistors in the signal path to beefy, double sided pcb with 2 oz traces, 16 gauge, precision folded and welded chassis and mutli-ply, classically joined cabinetry, Blackheart is as serious about quality as they are about tone.
Available in a surprisingly compact head (BH15H) or single (but looking) 12" combo featuring the specially designed 1216B Eminence speaker developed by Blackheart Engineering and Eminence Speakers.
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- » 15 Watts, Push-Pull, Class A
- » Outputs: 1 x 16 ohm jack, 2 x 8 ohm jacks, 2 x 4 ohm jacks
- » Preamps Tubes: 2 x 12AX7
- » Power Tubes: 2 x EL84
- » Solid State Rectifier with tap for future mods
- » Drive, Level, Treble, Mid, Bass and Presence controls
- » Pentode (15 Watts)/Triode (7 Watts) Switch
- » DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
- » 15 ply (18mm) thick-void free plywood construction
- » 12" Blackheart Model 1216A Speaker by Eminence with American Voicing,
optimized for open back cabinet