Crate GFX15

12W Mini/Headphone Amp (8 x 8")

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Posted By Ryan Smith (5)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.1 (of 5)
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On 6/26/2002, Sheshagiri Pai (4313) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would not buy this amp again simply because I have outgrown it....if I was stil a beginner..I would buy one immediately

This is not some Goofy stuff to mint money...it does work...very well for its price.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
I have the GFX-15 for 1.5 years now and I should say it has not given me any problem and plays loud enough to wake up any snoring neighbor. The GuitarCenter boy suggested me, when I was going in for a Fender..non effect amp of around $70 I think. I am glad I agreed to his suggestion and I am totally pleased with it. I have a mfx processor too...of course the effects are Superb. The point is pound per pound the GFX-15 is a solid buy...for any beginner, who plays a lot at home... You could play it through your Mfx processor too..just keep the knob of the amp in 'no effects'. But if you dig great sounds from day one...have a reasonably good amp and a high quality multiprocessor. I used the GFX-15, for a year just in time to see if I was still motivated enough to go in for shelling another $400 for a mfx processor. The strategy worked. Effects provided are Distortion, Delay, Chorus, Reverb, Flanger.
Sound Quality:
The effects are not as good as the ones you get out for a Multieffects processor or floor pedal... ..they are not noisy either..it keeps you out of boredom for sure.(Try one out and see what I mean!) The amp sound by itself is ver good for its range.
Ease of Use:
Can you find it easier? Come on!
Durability:
Very durable..No problems.
On 5/28/2002, Matt Rowan (16) posted:
Overall Rating:
I look at a few smaller and larger amps, but settled on this one for it's sweet sound and even sweeter price, i probably would buy this gfx, or a step up in the gfx line if this was stolen. There are no bad aspects, and i can't think of the best one, but everyone should know, though small in size, it can pump out some loud sound.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $120.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pawn shop (brand new)
Features:
Same as above, it has channel switching (via a button, but you can rig up a switch if you know something about electronics) And the effects are perfect for a practice, recording, or small performance amp. My band played a show at a school, and we used my amp for the guitar, even though we were next to a wall, the amp came trough the drums and the bass with no problem or and noise degredation, solid state btw
Sound Quality:
Used with a epiphone special II, it has a very defined grungy, warm sound on distortion channel , and a clear bell like tone on clean, it's well suited for almost any style, and the clean channel breaks up around level 10, but either cahnnel will knock you socks off at around 7.5
Ease of Use:
Not programmable, a good sound may be obtain no matter what you do, very easy to use, you never even need an instruction booklet
Durability:
It stood up to live playing, even with the 8 inch speaker, and never needs repair as of yet, very heavy duty construction, has survived a few falls of some tables and being knock around during transport, and still looks new
On 5/6/2002, Jason Seastrunk (147) posted:
Overall Rating:
This amp will suit me fine for now. I will definately look into something with a bit more power for live playing.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $169.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
This amp has overdrive and clean channel. Level control for both and gain for the distortion. Also has built in effects(chorus,reverb,delay,flange). Good amp for beginners who don't want to spend a lot of money on effects and play indoors. Plenty of sound for small rooms.
Sound Quality:
I use a Fender Strat and a Les Paul copy. Mostly rock, alternative and metal. This amp works well for most of the sounds I need. I had a Fender amp before and this onis much better. Clean channel is good. Overdrive is O.K. if you don't crank it up too much.
Durability:
Seems to be a pretty durable amp. I dropped it once and it is still working fine.
On 6/22/2001, Nathaniel Russell (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
If this amp were lost or stolen, I wouldn't buy it again. Chances are, you would have gotten better at this amp and would prefer to buy a louder amp. It's good overall for beginners who play in their rooms.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $149.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Harris Music and Sound
Features:
2 channels: overdrive channel features level and gain knobs, clean features level. Solid state electronics. 3 band eq. Multi effects built in: Delay, phlanger, chorus, and reverb
Sound Quality:
This is an excellent amp for starting guitarist. It's loud enough to play in your room. And it has multi effects.
Ease of Use:
It's just finding the right eq. Very easy to use.
Durability:
This isn't an ideal amp for live playing unless you are playing in a small room, like your bedroom. Not suggested for use in large areas. What do you expect from a 15 watt amp?
On 5/21/2001, Ben Hoffman (28) posted:
Overall Rating:
Seeing as this amp was a gift, I didn't really get to shop around, but I'm very satisfied with it. If for some reason I lost this amp, I might but another, but I would probably go for something a little bigger as I actually start playing. For a practice amp tho, it's really quite good, especially with regards to the effects feature.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: as a christmas gift
Features:
Knob-wise this amp has both clean and overdriven volume controls with a toggle switch to go back and forth. There is a gain knob to, well, to adjust the gain. Basic stuff like Low, Mid, and High range adjustments, 1 input jack, 1 external speaker jack and 1 headphone jack. The GFX-15 is a relatively small amp, but since I'm still learning the basics, I don't need that much power (it'd just annoy my parents anyway =). The cool thing about this amp is the built in effects knob, which lets me play around with a couple of neat things without having to dump a lot of money into a bunch of equipment quite yet. The knob has flange, 2 delays, 2 chouruses, 2 reverbs, a chorus + reverb and of course a bypass setting. The amp is pretty cool for something of it's price, which I belive is around $150. For a closer look, click here.
Sound Quality:
My guitar is of an unknown origin to me. It's about 30 years old and used to be my dad's. It's not the highest quality guitar, but I can still get a real good sound out of it on the Crate. Right now I'm messing around with basic rock, metal and grunge techniques on it and it seems to fit this kind of playing well. I've never used another amp, so unfortunately I can't compare directly. However, from the amps I've heard the Crate can hold its own for an amp its size. I get some crackling and popping noises on it from time to time, but this is due the guitar because the its jack is kind of loose. It sounds good at high volumes, altho' I must admit I have never turned it up full blast and the overdrive makes even my worst playing sound passable.
Ease of Use:
For my purposes, this amp is very simple to use. There isn't all that much to adjust, so it's quick to get started.
Durability:
I wouldn't suggest this amp for actual preformance purposes, but as a practice amp it does very well. I've never had to have it repaired, but of course I haven't had it for all that long either. I've moved it around a bit, taking it to my dad's house on a regular basis as well as over to some of my friends. I've knocked it around a couple of times, but never too badly, and it seems to have held up fine.
On 4/23/2001, Mark Carlson (343) posted:
Overall Rating:
As good a stripped down small practice amp as Iv'e seen.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $110.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Shop
Features:
Basic 15watt practice amp. Gain/Level knobs and overdirve switch, level, low, mid, and high for clean mode. I input jack, 1 headphone, 1 speaker jack. Great for the apartment and will rock just fine for a small amp. Sort of wish I would have bought the FX one
Sound Quality:
Play with a Fender Strat. It's a clean little set-up and sounds fine.
Ease of Use:
No brainer
Durability:
Seems tough enough. The speaker is too small to put my guitar through so I guess I woun't trash it. Everything is accesible if I should need to fix it.
On 4/20/2001, Phil Strickler (17) posted:
Overall Rating:
I Love this amp. because its imexpensive and great for a begginer like me.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mecca Music
Features:
It has trebble bass and mid selector and has distortion. It has no channel switchen or effects. I can hear the music. Its monotone and im not sure about the electronics
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On 3/10/2001, Rich Coleman (364) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall this is a great amp for practicing with only a few nuisances.
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Dragonetti's Music
Features:
It has equalizer settings (high, mid, low) and distortion knobs. 3 jacks for headphones, speaker, and one for your guitar duh!
Sound Quality:
I use an Aria Pro II with mine and it sounds great. It's really a practice amp though. I think this amp would be good with any style. It's pretty noisy...i think thats the only thing i dislike about it. That and when im switching between clean and distortion sometimes when i hit overdriven i have to move the knob to get the distortion level back. The clean level is excellent.
Ease of Use:
It takes some fiddling around to get your certain level you want but its worth it. I usually write the settings when i find a good setting. This is my first amp and I must say it's very good.
Durability:
Well like I said its really a practice amp, I dont think You would want to play with this live. Maybe get a big amp for playin live. I havent had to repair it yet. Its very very sturdy for an amp with no back.
On 8/23/2000, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
This amp can really jar a roomful of people out of their seats, but I wouldn't use it outdoors or in a large auditorium. It is a practice amp, about 13X13. Not a powerful amp. But a great practice amp. My favorite part of it is definitely the built-in effects. Buy it for practice, it's as good of a practice amp as any, WAY better than Fender. I have a Fender Frontman, borrowed my friend's CRATE and liked it so much that after borrowing it for 5 weeks, I bought one and said "go to hell" to my lame Fender.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Jansens Music in Watsonville, CA
Features:
This amp has 3 tone knobs and a level knob, along with a separate level knob and a gain knob for when the distortion button is pressed. Along with the input jack, there is a speaker out jack, a headphone jack, and a power switch. However it's most interesting knob is the mode knob, which allows you to switch between normal mode and the effects: 2 types of chorus, reverb, and delay, plus a flange and a chorus/reverb. All of these can be applied in various strengths. This is a transistor amp.
Sound Quality:
While these built-in effects are not top quality, they are great substitutes to practice with. It gives inexperienced players the opportunity to experiment with effects without blowing a wad on a huge pedalboard. The effects are pretty lifelike. The sound is very clean. It gets slightly staticky around large electronics, especially around computers. The distortion is cool, but the clean channel gets distorted at high volumes.
Ease of Use:
This amp is very easy to use.
Durability:
This amp is reliable and sturdy.