Ibanez WT80 80 Watt 1x15" Guitar Combo Amplifier

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4.4

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The Ibanez WT80 was made to provide clean tone at a loud level

The Ibanez WT80 was made to provide clean tone at a loud level. With a 15" speaker pumping 80W of power, this amp does just that. A DSP-based precision limiter ensures your sound will stay clean even at a high volume.

For players who want their sound to stay clean and clear at high levels, the WT80 Wholetone amp is the answer. The 80 watts of power and 15-inch speaker pack plenty of punch, while the arsenal of Chorus, Reverb, and 3-band EQ with separate Tone control add a variety of tonal options at your fingertips.

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4.4

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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4.0

Great clean tone at any volume

By TGG

from Orlando, Florida

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

In October 2011, I bought a Gretsch G-5120 hollow body archtop guitar. I then bought Monster Jazz cables to filter out static, and help give warm tones. And, I then bought the Ibanez Wholetone amp. Put it all together, I got a very clean warm tones at "any" volume level. As you may know, most amps will start to get muddy (distortion) when your volume goes over "3" setting. Not, this amp! However, it really does not seem to be a full 80 watts full volume. I have a small Fender 25 watt amp that is louder and not even turned up all the way. So, it is a good volume for small rooms, but you may need to Mic it for larger rooms. As stated, the tone in my setup is awesome, and I do love this amp. However, here are some things you may need to know, so you are not disappointed: (1) Yes, totally clean volume when volume totally turned all the way up, (2) It has a Gain knob, but there is "NO" distortion, per the Gain knob seems to "only" increase the volume, (3) There are "NO" numbers (0-10) for any of the control knobs, so you need to guess where you are setting each knob, (4) There is a very small on/off switch on the backside, which for me is annoying. Most solid-state amps should have a switch alongside the control knobs, (5) It is larger than it appears in the photos, and an a awkward looking large square box, (6) The square box makes it clumsy to carry and feels a lot heavier, (7) There is a headphone jack - if you want to blow your ear drums out, (8) The Chorus is pitifully poor (I would rather a quality Blues Tone distortion added), (9) The reverb is great, (10) There is no plug-in for a foot witch for switching on/off either the Chorus or Reverb. I have been asked, if I could put effects pedals from my guitar cable to pedal to amp? So, I set it up in series with: (1) Black-13 pedal, (2) Metal Zone Pedal, (3) Boss DS-1 Pedal, (4) Digiteck Reverb Pedal, (5) Digiteck RP50 Multi-Effects Pedal, (6) BigMuff Pedal, and (7) Cry Baby Wah-Wah 5350 Pedal. They were all wired in series with Monster cables designed for effects pedals. The result was: They all sounded dull, some unwanted noises, such as static, sreeching, etc. For lack of better wording - sounded very defective. Not clean sounding, not clear tones, and some unwanted scratchy noises (like an old defective cheap amp). However, they only pedal that works well, is the Wah-Wah. This is all not a negative review about effects pedals. Keep in mind this amp is designed for CLEAN tones at any level of volume. It works great for Rockabilly, Jazz, and Old Rock & Roll with heavy reverb. If you want other types sounds and distortion, then this is not am amp for you. Also keep in mind this has a 15" speaker for deep warm tones. Extra Info … Note Amp Speaker uses: (1) the 4" sweeter and 10" speaker are great for those screaming high notes with distortion, (2) the 12" speaker are great for just about anything from highs to lows, and (3) the big 15" speaker is great for deep bass and warm tones (Jazz Music). If you look at all Bass Guitar amps, you will see they all have 15" speakers. In closing: ask yourself what are you seeking in music? And, if it is a clean warm Jazz or Rockabilly "clean" sound amp with just Good Reverb, then test drive it (so to speak). You will love it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best clean tones at any volume level

By Tom G.

from Orlando, FL

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • See narrative positives

Cons

  • Bad for effects pedals
  • See my narative Negatives

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

Greatest clean sounding amp made. However, here are some things you may need to know, so you are not disappointed:

(1) Yes, totally clean volume when volume totally turned all the way up,

(2) It has a Gain knob, but there is "NO" distortion, per the Gain knob seems to "only" increase the volume,

(3) There are "NO" numbers (0-10) for any of the control knobs, so you need to guess where you are setting each knob,

(4) There is a very small on/off switch on the backside, which for me is annoying. Most solid-state amps should have a switch alongside the control knobs,

(5) It is larger than it appears in the photos, and an a awkward looking large square box,

(6) The square box makes it clumsy to carry and feels a lot heavier,

(7) There is a headphone jack - if you want to blow your ear drums out,

(8) The Chorus is pitifully poor (I would rather a quality Blues Tone distortion added),

(9) The reverb is great,

(10) There is no plug-in for a foot witch for switching on/off either the Chorus or Reverb.

I have been asked, if I could put effects pedals from my guitar cable to pedal to amp?

So, I set it up in series with: (1) Black-13 pedal, (2) Metal Zone Pedal, (3) Boss DS-1 Pedal, (4) Digiteck Reverb Pedal, (5) Digiteck RP50 Multi-Effects Pedal, (6) BigMuff Pedal, and (7) Cry Baby Wah-Wah 5350 Pedal. They were all wired in series with Monster cables designed for effects pedals.

The result was: They all sounded dull, and for lack of better wording just - defective sounding. Not clean sounding, no clear tones, and some unwanted scratchy noises (like an old defective cheap amp). However, they only pedal that works well, is the Wah-Wah.

This is all not a negative review about effects pedals. Keep in mind this amp is designed for CLEAN tones at any level of volume. It works great for Rockabilly, Jazz, and Old Rock & Roll with the factory built-in reverb.

If you want other types sounds and distortion, then this is not am amp for you.

Also keep in mind this has a 15" speaker for deep warm tones. Note Amp Speaker uses: (1) the 4" sweeter and 10" speaker are great for those screaming high notes with distortion, (2) the 12" speaker are great for just about anything from highs to lows, and (3) the big 15" speaker is great for deep bass and warm tones (Jazz Music). If you look at all Bass Guitar amps, you will see they all have 15" speakers.

In closing: ask yourself what are you seeking in music? And, if it is a clean warm Jazz or Rockabilly "clean" sound amp with just Good Reverb, then test drive it (so to speak). You will love it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Clean tones at any volume

By Sarg

from Orlando, FL

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • No amp hissing at all
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Heavy not easy to carry

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Great head phone jack
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

In October 2011, I bought a Gretsch G-5120 hollow body archtop guitar. I then bought Monster Jazz cables to filter out static, and help give warm tones. And, I then bought the Ibanez Wholetone amp. Put it all together, I got a very clean warm tones at "any" volume level.

As you may know, most amps will start to get muddy (distortion) when your volume goes over "3" setting. Not, this amp! However, it really does not seem to be a full 80 watts full volume. I have a small Fender 25 watt amp that is louder and not even turned up all the way. So, it is a good volume for small rooms, but you may need to Mic it for larger rooms.

As stated, the tone in my setup is awesome, and I do love this amp. However, here are some things you may need to know, so you are not disappointed:

(1) Yes, totally clean volume when volume totally turned all the way up,

(2) It has a Gain knob, but there is "NO" distortion, per the Gain knob seems to "only" increase the volume,

(3) There are "NO" numbers (0-10) for any of the control knobs, so you need to guess where you are setting each knob,

(4) There is a very small on/off switch on the backside, which for me is annoying. Most solid-state amps should have a switch alongside the control knobs,

(5) It is larger than it appears in the photos, and an a awkward looking large square box,

(6) The square box makes it clumsy to carry and feels a lot heavier,

(7) There is an excellent headphone jack - if you want to blow your ear drums out,

(8) The Chorus is pitifully poor,

(9) The reverb is great,

(10) There is no plug-in for a foot witch for switching on/off either the Chorus or Reverb.

I have been asked, if I could put effects pedals from my guitar cable to pedal to amp?

So, I set it up in series with: (1) Black-13 pedal, (2) Metal Zone Pedal, (3) Boss DS-1 Pedal, (4) Digiteck Reverb Pedal, (5) Digiteck RP50 Multi-Effects Pedal, (6) BigMuff Pedal, and (7) Cry Baby Wah-Wah 5350 Pedal. They were all wired in series with Monster cables designed for effects pedals.

The result was: They all sounded dull, and for lack of better wording - just not good. Not clean sounding, not clear tones, and some unwanted scratchy noises (like an old defective cheap amp). However, they only pedal that works well, is the Wah-Wah.

This is all not a negative thing with effects pedals. Keep in mind this amp is designed for CLEAN tones at any level of volume.

It works great for Rockabilly, Jazz, and Old Rock & Roll with heavy reverb.

If you want other types sounds and distortion, then this is not am amp for you.

Also keep in mind this has a 15" speaker.

Amp Speaker uses: (1) the 4" sweeter and 10" speaker are great for those screaming high notes with distortion, (2) the 12" speaker are great for just about anything from highs to lows, and (3) the big 15" speaker is great for deep bass and warm tones (Jazz Music). If you look at all Bass Guitar amps, you will see they all have 15" speakers.

In closing: This is an great amp. But, not for eeryone. So, ask yourself what are you seeking in music? And, if it is a warm Jazz or Rockabilly "clean" sound amp with just Good Reverb, then test drive it (so to speak). You will love it!

I hope this helped you. If so, click on YES below

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Some I've was always looking for

By Mr.Six Strings

from East Chicago In.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Give the right tone
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Neads a line ext sp out

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • To play everywhere

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

I'll use for live gigs and for rehearsals.It has good jazz sound/tone.Its worth the price and it's about time some one (with all respect) made a jazz amp affordable rather than too pricey like polytone or hendrickson. P.S- PLease accept this review because I've written others like it and it's never gone through :-(.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

jazzy with a lo of punch

By Mr six strings

from East Chicago In.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • 15in speaker about time
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good amp for pricevalue
  • Good Warmth
  • Nice jazz tone
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • No line out though
  • No numbers on nobs
  • Or external spkr out

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances
  • To play in church
  • To play latin jazz

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

Its about time that somebody came out wih a jazz amp that everyone can afford first of all.It will be used for my latin jazz band. I like the clear warm jazzsoud/tone. It gives the G.benson,Joe pass, Wes M.,Herb Ellis, John Sc., Mark W... Jazz sound/tone as well. You have to play with toy to get the sound/tone you like/want.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great amp for the price

By Tom G.

from Orlando, Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

Here are some things you may need to know, so you are not disappointed:

(1) Yes, totally clean volume when volume totally turned all the way up,

(2) It has a Gain knob, but there is "NO" distortion, per the Gain knob seems to "only" increase the volume,

(3) There are "NO" numbers (0-10) for any of the control knobs, so you need to guess where you are setting each knob,

(4) There is a very small on/off switch on the backside, which for me is annoying. Most solid-state amps should have a switch alongside the control knobs,

(5) It is larger than it appears in the photos, and an a awkward looking large square box,
(6) The square box makes it clumsy to carry and feels a lot heavier,

(7) There is a headphone jack - if you want to blow your ear drums out,

(8) The Chorus is usable, but not great,

(9) The reverb is great,

(10) There is no plug-in for a foot witch for switching on/off either the Chorus or Reverb

I have been asked, if I could put effects pedals from my guitar cable to pedal to amp? Yes you can just like any amp. But, I do not know, if the sound would be great, per this amp is designed for the warm "Clean Jazz" sound.

I also have been asked, if other types of guitars (such as solid body) would sound as good with this amp as a hollow body guitar? Yes, but each guitar has its own sound. So, test this amp out with whatever guitar you like.

As for me, I love the amp: (1) I only play at home in a small room, (2) I love clean, warm Jazz sounds with "NO" distortion, (3) I love the clean sound at any volume level, (4) It has a large 15" speaker, which provides the warm, clean sound (try to find another amp with a 15" speaker), (5) there is no tube Hiss (Solidstate Amp), (6) slow volume increase from "0" up to max volume, and (7) a great price for a Jazz amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This is a great amp for clean tones

By Tom G.

from Orlando, FLorida

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clean tone at any volume
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • Cons See my narrative

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

In October, I bought a Gretsch G-5120 hollow body archtop guitar. I then bought Monster Jazz cables to filter out static, and help give warm tones. And, I then bought the Ibanez Wholetone amp. Put it all together, I got a very clean warm tones at "any" volume level. As you may know, most amps will start to get muddy (distortion) when your volume goes over "3" setting. Not, this amp! However, it really does not seem to be a full 80 watts full volume. I have a small Fender 25 watt amp that is louder and not even turned up all the way. So, it is a good volume for small rooms, but you may need to Mic it for larger rooms.
As stated, the tone in my setup is awesome, and I do love this amp. However, here are some things you may need to know, so you are not disappointed:

(1) Yes, totally clean volume when volume totally turned all the way up,

(2) It has a Gain knob, but there is "NO" distortion, per the Gain knob seems to "only" increase the volume,

(3) There are "NO" numbers (0-10) for any of the control knobs, so you need to guess where you are setting each knob,

(4) There is a very small on/off switch on the backside, which for me is annoying. Most solid-state amps should have a switch alongside the control knobs,

(5) It is larger than it appears in the photos, and an a awkward looking large square box,

(6) The square box makes it clumsy to carry and feels a lot heavier,

(7) There is a headphone jack - if you want to blow your ear drums out,

(8) The Chorus is pitifully poor,

(9) The reverb is great,

(10) There is no plug-in for a foot witch for switching on/off either the Chorus or Reverb

I have been asked, if I could put effects pedals from my guitar cable to pedal to amp? Yes you can just like any amp. But, I do not know, if the sound would be great, per this amp is designed for the warm "Clean Jazz" sound. I also have been asked, if other types of guitars (such as solid body) would sound as good with this amp as a hollow body guitar? Yes, but remember that each type of guitar has its own sound. So, test this amp out with whatever guitar you like, before you buy it

For what I want, this amp is great. I love the warm clean tones. So, I do not care that it is not extremely loud; per I only play at home. I also do not want a lot of modeling effects (waste of money for me), per I will never use them. And, I hate constantly tweaking knobs from effects sound to effects sound, etc. For me, it is just too much work and boring waste of playing time. I can live with the little negative things I listed above, such as the switch on the backside and no numbers on the knobs. And, I do not like Chorus at all, or any distortion. If in the future Ibanez corrects these minor negative features, then I would rate it 5 Stars.

In closing: It is not a amp for everyone's taste. Yup, it may not be what you are seeking. So, ask yourself what are you seeking? And, if it is a clean warm Jazz sound amp with just Good Reverb, then test drive it (so to speak).

I hope this helped you. If so, click on YES below

 
4.0

This amp is not for everyone

By Tom G.

from Orlando, FL

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

October 2011: I am 65 years old, and a very picky musical instrument buyer, and very picky what sound I want to get out of my guitar and amp. So, I researched a lot by reading reviews. In October, I bought a Gretsch G-5120 hollow body archtop guitar. I then bought Monster Jazz cables to filter out static, and help give warm tones. And, I then bought the Ibanez Wholetone amp. Put it all together, I got a very clean warm tones at "any" volume level. As you may know, most amps will start to get muddy (distortion) when your volume goes over "3" setting. Not, this amp! However, it really does not seem to be a full 80 watts full volume. I have a small Fender 25 watt amp that is louder and not even turned up all the way. So, it is a good volume for small rooms, but you may need to Mic it for larger rooms. As stated, the tone in my setup is awesome, and I do love this amp. However, here are some things you may need to know, so you are not disappointed: (1) Yes, totally clean volume when volume totally turned all the way up, (2) It has a Gain knob, but there is "NO" distortion, per the Gain knob seems to "only" increase the volume, (3) There are "NO" numbers (0-10)for any of the control knobs, so you need to guess where you are setting each knob, (4) There is a very small on/off switch on the backside, which for me is annoying, per a solid-state should have a switch along side the control knobs, (5) It is larger than it appears in the photos, (6) is an a awkward looking large square box. (7) The square box makes it clumsy to carry and feels a lot heavier, (8) There is a headphone jack - if you want to blow your ear drums out, (9) The Chorus is pitifully poor, and (10) The reverb is great. I have been asked, if I could put effects pedals from my guitar cable to pedal to amp? Yes you can just like any amp. But, I do not know, if the sound would be great, per this amp is designed for the warm "Clean Jazz" sound. I also have been asked, if other types of guitars (such as solid body) would sound as good with this amp as a hollow body guitar? Yes, but each guitar has its own sound. So, test this amp out with whatever guitar you like, before you buy it For what I want, this amp is great. I love the warm clean tones. I do not care that it is not extremely loud; per I only play at home. I do not want a lot of effects modeling (waste of money for me), per I will never use them, and I hate constantly tweaking knobs from effects sound to effects sound, etc. For me, it is just too much work and boring waste of playing time. I can live with the little negative things I listed above, such as the switch on the backside and no numbers on the knobs. And, I do not like Chorus at all, or any distortion. Therefore, it is not a generic amp for everyone's taste. Yup, it may not be what you are seeking. So, ask yourself what are you seeking? And, if it is a clean warm Jazz sound amp, then test drive it (so to speak). I hope this helped you. If so, click on YES below

 
4.0

Not an amp for everyone

By Tom G

from Orlando, Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Ibanez WT80 Wholetone:

October 2011: I am 65 years old, and a very picky musical instriment buyer, and very picky what sound I want to get out of my guitar and amp. So, I researched a lot by reading reviews.

In Octoer, I bought a Gretsch G-5120 hollow body archtop guitar. I then bought Monster Jazz cables to filter out static, and help give warm tones. And, I then bought the Ibanez Wholetone amp. Put it all together, I got a very clean warm tones at "any" volume level.

As you may know, most amps will start to get muddy (distortion) when your volume goes over "3" setting. Not, this amp! However, it really does not seem to be a full 80 watts full volume. I have a small Fender 25 watt amp that is louder and not even turned up all the way. So, it is a good volume for small rooms, but you may need to Mic it for larger rooms. As stated, the tone in my setup is awesome, and I do love this amp. However, here are some things you may need to know, so you are not disappointed: (1) Yes, totally clean volume when volume totally turned all the way up, (2) It has a Gain knob, but there is "NO" distortion, per the Gain knob seems to "only" increase the volume, (3) There are "NO" numbers (0-10)for any of the control knobs, so you need to guess where you are setting each knob, (4) There is a very small on/off switch on the backside, which for me is annoying, per a solid-state should have a switch along side the control knobs, (5) It is larger than it appears in the photos, (6) is an a awkward looking large square box. (7) The square box makes it clumsy to carry and feels a lot heavier, (8) There is a headphone jack - if you want to blow your ear drums out, (9) The Chorus is pitifully poor, and (10) The reverb is great.

I have been asked, if I could put effects pedals from my guitar cable to pedal to amp? Yes you can just like any amp. But, I do not know, if the sound would be great, per this amp is designed for the warm "Clean Jazz" sound. I also have been asked, if other types of guitars (such as solid body) would sound as good with this amp as a hollow body guitar? Yes, but each guitar has its own sound. So, test this amp out with whatever guitar you like, before you buy it

For what I want, this amp is great. I love the warm clean tones. I do not care that it is not extremely loud; per I only play at home. I do not want a lot of effects modeling (waste of money for me), per I will never use them, and I hate constantly tweaking knobs from effects sound to effects sound, etc. For me, it is just too much work and boring waste of playing time. I can live with the little negative things I listed above, such as the switch on the backside and no numbers on the knobs. And, I do not like Chorus at all, or any distortion.

Therefore, it is not a generic amp for everyone's taste. Yup, it may not be what you are seeking. So, ask yourself what are you seeking? And, if it is a clean warm Jazz sound amp, then test drive it (so to speak).

I hope this helped you. If so, click on YES below

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WT80 80 Watt 1x15" Guitar Combo Amplifier

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