Pros: This amp is a good value for the money.
EPIPHONE STUDIO 10 COMBO GUITAR AMPLIFIER
There is certainly no shortage of guitar practice amplifiers to choose from in the market today. However, when considering the purchase of any product, it is a good idea to consider purchasing a product with a reputable brand name, as companies with a good brand name have usually achieved this recognition by producing a quality product. Epiphone is a brand name that has been around for many years, and it is a company that has earned its good reputation. It is my feeling that when purchasing a product with a brand name, you are usually likely to be buying a product that a company will stand behind. Thus, I decided to look into the Epiphone Studio 10 Combo Guitar Amplifier when a relative asked me for some advice on purchasing a practice amp for their child. The Epiphone Studio 10 is a very inexpensive amp, and although it lists for $60.00, it can be had at a discounted price of $39.99 from most large musical instrument chain stores.
The Epiphone Studio 10 Combo Guitar Amplifier is a 10-Watt amp with an 8-inch Electar Labs speaker. An amp that puts out a mere 10-Watts of power may not seem like it is going to be very powerful, but one must remember this amp is designed to be a practice amp, and not one that a person is likely to be using to play night clubs or other small gigs. It might however interest some of you to know that small 10-watt amps have been used in the studio by many professional recording artists to make recordings that sound like they are playing through monstrously loud big amps. Further, if you don’t think 10 Watts is very loud, wait till your young rocker starts practicing, and you may find that you are asking them to turn down the volume. However, I do not want to give the reader the impression that this amp is very loud or powerful. Remember after all, it only puts out 10-Watts of power, and that is really not enough to play a small gig with, or to even practice with a group, especially if there is a drummer playing as well. The Epiphone Studio10 is a beginner’s practice amplifier, and it is best suited to practicing alone, or for practicing with another musician or two, who will also be playing at practice level volumes.
Regarding some of the other features of the Epiphone Studio 10 Combo Amp, it has a Volume control, a Gain control, and three EQ Tone controls, which together, shape the overall tone of the guitar coming out of the amp. Obviously, the Volume control is used to adjust the overall loudness of the amp. A possible drawback for some users will be that the Volume control seems to be quite loud by the time one reaches setting 3, and it is not significantly much louder at setting 10. This can be problematic as there is not much play between setting 1 and 3, and not a vast difference between setting 3 and 10, and this makes adjusting the volume to the desired setting a little tricky.
The three EQ Tone Controls are Bass, Middle, and Treble, and these can be used to shape the overall tone of the sound of the guitar that comes out of the Epiphone Studio 10. In conjunction with the Volume Control, one can adjust the EQ Tone Controls to achieve a low mellow sound or to achieve a wickedly raunchy loud rock sound. Speaking of a raunchy rock sound, one can easily achieve this by pushing in the Boost Button, and turning up the Gain Control. This will give you all of the distortion you could possibly want, and with a bit of practice, one should be able to get a nice sustain on both power chords and individual notes. There is also a built in headphone jack, which will allow a beginning rocker to plug in a set of headphones, mute the speaker, and rock out to their hearts content, without the fear of disturbing the rest of the family.
Are there any drawbacks to the Epiphone Studio 10 Amp? Of course there are, one can not expect to have perfection from an amp that sells for under $40 Dollars. One of the biggest drawbacks is that the Studio 10 is noisy. It makes a lot of hiss when the volume is turned up, and it is especially noticeable when the Boost Button is engaged and the Gain is turned up. Another problem is the sensitivity of the Volume Control. As I mentioned earlier in this review, the Studio 10 is not much louder at setting 10 than it is at setting 3, and it takes some practice to get the desired volume level when one is working with settings between 1 and 3.
Who is the Epiphone Studio 10 Combo Amp best suited for? The answer is an entry level beginner. This is not a versatile high quality amp. Although as mentioned previously, some professionals will use a low wattage amp for recording purposes, this is not an amp that would fit the bill for recording purposes. It is not capable of generating the full tone or rich harmonic overtones that would be required for recording purposes. Some low wattage recording amps sell for a discounted price of around $1,000 Dollars In this world, you usually get what you pay for, and for a price of under $40 Dollars, you can not expect to be getting a professional sounding amplifier. That being said, the Epiphone Studio 10 Combo Amp represents a real bargain for all that it does deliver, and it is a lot of amp for under $40 Dollars. It also comes with a warranty backed by Epiphone, and not many amps in this price range offer anything like that.
Well, I would like to thank you kindly for taking the time to read my review. But now if you will excuse me, I must get back to my practicing.