Crate Blue Voodoo

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URL http://www.crateamps.com
Description 120 watt, all tube, head with 2 channels and 4 power tubes and 4 preamp tubes.
Posted By Hugo One (63)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.4 (of 5)
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On 5/9/2005, David Johnston (463) posted:
Overall Rating:
I still wish it had a master volume, maybe an effects loop level knob... and I hope someday someone invents a more stable way to mount tubes that you aren't tempted to just bust the old ones instead of pulling them out when changing.

It could also stand to have a little more range in the tone knobs, and maybe one of those killer "tight-loose" switches that some amps have. If you are going to get one of these, go for the blue and gold ones instead of the standard black.. get a little more notice. :)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Most of the controls are rather obvious, although for a while I thought that the second switch on the pedal was reverb, and seeing as I don't use reverb it took me afew months to find out it was the effects loop, ha. Presence knobs- to me, they might as well have said "flerb" because I couldn't really tell what they did... I believe they sort of accent the harmonic character of the signal or something.. Last, no master volume... every time my jam lineup changed, I would always forget to adjust the volume on the other channel to fit, so when I would click it would be a surprise explosion or whisper... also makes it a bit harder to "push" the tubes at lower volumes.
Sound Quality:
Currently I use it mainly with my Schecter s-1 elite and rocktron zombie, short timer, and boss auto wah.. The cleans stay super clean for me, the distortion gets a good hard rock, but not "quite" metal, now I use the zombie pedal for distortion and the amp's distortion as a boost. I got it because my little 50w 1 speaker solid state Marshall wasn't cutting it for jamming, and it was the amp I liked the best of what was available at the local stores
Ease of Use:
This amp is rather plug and play, as long as you don't try to figure out what the presence knobs do. :P (Maybe it's supposed to come with a manual that explains everything, but mine did not.) I can't really say if it takes a lot of fiddling to get a good sound, because whenever I get a new piece of gear I set the knobs to either zero or five, start playing, and slowly (as in weeks) work through every viable setting unless I happen to hit one that just sticks with me and I don't want to lose it.
Durability:
Seems pretty sturdy, although the matching cab's exterior is not drummer's-dog proof.. amp started cutting to what seemed to be around 1/10th power randomly once it was warmed up, on my favorite guitar store's owner's advice I got some electrical contact cleaner and went over all the jacks and tube sockets (and got rid of those little metal tube retainer things) and it's been a long time since it has done it anymore.
On 9/28/2000, Jesse Wallace (87) posted:
Overall Rating:
With the amazing price and cool little usually forgotten or unthought of features, this amp was the one for me. having always been a fan of crate, i was kinda biased. but i did look at marshalls and fenders, but this amp just fit right. awesome amp for a great price.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ken Stanton
Features:
The Voodoo is slim on conventional features. it has two basic channels: clean and drive. each of these channels have a 3 band EQ and the clean channel has a seperate volume control. the distortion channels holds the mast volume as well as a gain knob. each channel has a seperate reverb, which i might add is a very nice feature. Also accompanying the EQ's is a presence control, which allows you the boost the upper harmonics of your sound. it also has your basic effects loop with send and return. the voodoo also has dual speaker jacks and the traditional impendance selection control. now onto the the more unconventional, yet very interesting and useful features. your basic effects loop in this amp is switchable, which can be footswitch controlled; a nice feature to obtain a wider varity of sounds. oh yes, and it also has an effects loop pad selector, allowing you to switch between a full strength signal (useful for rack mount or floor multi-effects processors) or partial strength (most suited for stomp boxes). the line out signal is tapped directly from the speaker outputs and power attenuated so you can plug directly into a mixer or recording console. thats quite nifty, i might add. an amp that supplies its own redbox. hmmm. another cool feature is the special filament in the first preamp tube, reducing hum and hiss somewhat. overall, a simple amp with some incredible and interesting add-ins.
Sound Quality:
This is where this amp shines. the tonal clarity of any tube amp kicks the crap out of a solid state amp, but this one does it as well to compete with the higher price contenders. let me start with the clean channel. with the 3EQ you can thumb through an encyclopedia of tones, ranging from a fatty hums to extremely hot clinks. with a little twist of the master volume, you can produce a slight distortion in the clean channel at harder playing strengths. with an even wider turn of the knob, you can achieve that easily distorting warm drive that blues players use. a beautiful channel to mess around with. now onto the distortion channel. you can get small drive to ultimate distortions. you get mega feedback at high levels (like on any amp), but with a noise suppressor it is easily remedied. the notes are clean even at higher gains because of the tubes and solid state crossing. the only limitations are that there are only these two channels. but the sounds the come from them are emmaculate.
Ease of Use:
The voodoo is extremely easy to operate. two channels; footswitchable, with labels on everything and input in the front. simple.
Durability:
Its made from super duty Tolex, therefore its quite a beast. ive had it for just a little while now playing over a set of 4x12s, and it still sounds like new.
On 6/30/2000, Brian Elzey (4318) posted:
Overall Rating:
Sound quality is an amps most important quality. This amp just doesn't do it for me. Right now it is sitting in a music store, trying to be sold on consignment.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $450.00
Where Obtained: Foogies music, KC
Features:
This is the Blue Voodo 6212. It is the 2X12 combo version. It is 60 watts. Two channels, effects loop, reverb.
Sound Quality:
I play a Lone Star strat. My styles are heavy rock, blues, funk, abit of jazz. This amp is loud enough for most situations, but I think the sound sucks. The clean channel is way to bright, with not enough low end. The distortion sounds metallic, not very warm or tube-like. It's not suited for blues, but at the same time there is no "chunk", so it's not very good for metal either. I've played the 120 watt head version of the blue voodo, and this combo just ain't it.
Ease of Use:
This amp is average as far as ese of use is concerned, but when the sound quality sucks, who cares how easy it is to use?
Durability:
Not sure. Didn't play it long enough to find out.
On 6/17/2000, Robert Carter (201) posted:
Overall Rating:
I HAD A FENDER TREMOLUX FOR YEARS [STILL DO] 1960'S .THIS AMP SOUNDS LIKE VINTAGE GEAR WITH MORE POWER. I would buy another one. all in all this amp is great,looks goods, sounds great, has a FIVEYEAR warranty.
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: oleary music
Features:
All tube, two 12inch speakers. 60 watt combo amp.it has reverb on both channels. boost control [third channel]auto-biasing [tube changes] foot channel switching.
Sound Quality:
This amp can crank. I use no effects, guitar cord,amp.this amp sounds great for blues or hard rocking.very clean when you want to be.[think piano] VERYNASTY when you want. [just the way i like it]it is some what noisy,but it is a tube amp.
Ease of Use:
Easy to use, all knobs are on the front panel and easy to get to.turn her on and let it rip
Durability:
This is a good amp, but i did have the speakers replaced they started to rattle after the first year. crate paid for one I paid for one.it is well built, easy to take ofand looks good too.tubes are tubes, some last some don't.
On 4/7/2000, Bill Duncan (7) posted:
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i,m very pleased & glad i did'nt spend almost twice as much for a Marshall or Boogie! Hint....get the Celestion loaded cabs.!
Price: $1050.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Jacob's Music - Richmond
Features:
Very basic. all you really need.
Sound Quality:
Tons of tone
Ease of Use:
like i said, very basic.
Durability:
So far.......so good
On 3/24/2000, Hugo One (63) posted:
Overall Rating:
Excellent tube amp for the price. The distortion is top notch, and its all in a cool blue color! How can you beat that.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Excellent stuff for your basic amp needs. would be useful to have more eq though.
Sound Quality:
The distortion is top notch. The clean is kind of on the overdriven side, but hey this amp i made for metal.
Ease of Use:
Just as easy to use as any other amp.
Durability:
Have praticed and giged with it a few times and it just keeps going and going....