SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier – Cheap and fun!

In today’s review we are looking at a cheap, but not necessarily nasty little amp. The SX (Essex) 10 Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier (SX GA1065).

SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier

SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier

Now straight up, it’s a very simple little solid state combo amplifier and it retails for around $100.00. It is usually sold as part of the SX guitar and amp kit. Although, you can find them a lot cheaper than that second-hand, I bought mine for just $20.00.

The amp has simple controls with High, Mid and Low EQ, doing what they should. It also has a built-in Drive button to add a preset amount of delicious solid state distortion, okay that was some totally unnecessary sarcasm, but this amp, let’s be realistic, is great for cleans and maybe some very light over drive, but it’s just not going to handle a heavy amount of distortion! Run it into a quad box if you must!

Okay the amp is very simple and I won’t waffle about its features, but in short here are the specs…

  • 10Watt.
  • Dimensions 28.5cm (H) x 27cm (W) x 16.5cm (D).
  • 1 instrument input.
  • Volume, high, mid and low controls.
  • Vintage look silver grille cloth.
  • Overdrive push switch.
  • Headphone socket.

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The amp is actually really good (for a practice amp). It has enough sparkle and clarity for my tastes, but only a bit of low-end (well considering the speaker is only about 6″ you are not going to get much of course). I was a little surprised at the volume of this amp, considering it’s a 10-watt solid state combo. When I first tried it out in my garage, I put it on 3, expecting it would be quiet, but I had to turn it down! I looked at it…it looked at me…and I had to admit defeat, so I turned it down to 1.

Playing for about 10 minutes with a single coil partsocaster which I had put together, I had a great time. The bass strings didn’t mush up, I could hear them fine, the trebles were clear and not ice-picky and their were plenty of usable mids. As mentioned, a great practice amp that weighs in at only 2.9 kilograms and therefore can go anywhere.

I think I am going to keep it in the garage for those late night jams that I feel like doing without disturbing anyone else in the house. I might even build a nice 10″ or 12″ speaker combo unit for it to sit in, but then again I probably wont??

Okay, a practice amp that is mega cheap, sounds pretty close to a Fender Frontman or equivalent, and one that will, if you can get one for $20 or so, is a worthy albeit humble piece of kit that will make you smile and remind you of the simple pure joy of just playing. And… Isn’t that the reason you got into guitar in the first place? Let’s get back there!

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About strataminor

Born in Brisbane I am a bedroom guitar player, although having played in front of churches (tough crowd!!) for quite a few years so some understanding of band dynamics, timing, gear (private use compared to public use) and melodic structure, instrumental breaks (okay leather pants solos....) and of course amps! Besides from my love of guitar and the G.A.S that goes with it (hey email me I am always offloading gear!! lol) I love languages, and can converse in basic Japanese, and study biblical Greek. I live in Logan with my young family (so not heaps of time at the moment) and will be contributing gear reviews based on a lot of gear I have or still currently have.

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