Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5 Practice Amp

Blackheart BH5H Little Giant Half Stack

Blackheart BH5H Little Giant Half Stack

The Blackheart BH5H, also known as the Little Giant 5 is a 5 watt Class A mini guitar amp head based on a single EL84 power and 12AX7 preamp tube. The BH5H is the foundation to build up a mini half stack of your choosing or buy the whole package affectionately named the Little Giant Half Stack. In many respects the Blackheart BH5H appears to be completely unconventional. From the graphic intensive logo to the exotic exterior, you know you’re in for something special.

The Blackheart is a cute little boutique amp shrouded in an unassuming black tolex, white piping and black grill cloth and metal corner radiuses. The front panel is capped off with chicken foot knobs and a Little Giant 5 red pilot light. The Blackhearts simplistic controls consist of just a volume, three-band EQ and a pentode/triode selector; fancy names for 5 watt or 3 watt toggle switch. Around the back there is a whole bunch input jacks for any type of load; 2x 4ohms, 2x 8 ohms and 1x 16 ohms. Under the hood you’ll find a 16 gauge steel chassis built to take the punches of the road.

The Little Giant Half Stack is the package deal of the BH5H amp head with a Little Giant Cab BH112 1x12” 75 watts cabinet. The cabinet is also available separately and uses a custom designed Eminence Blackheart Speaker that is British voiced housed in a 15 ply 18mm thick void-free birch plywood weighing 29.75 lb (13.5 kg). There is also a Blackheart Little Giant Combo with everything as one small unit.

Interestingly, Blackhearts parent company Crate shows no sign yet of entering the low wattage practice amp market. The closest thing is probably the Crate V5 a 5 watt tube combo, but there doesn’t appear to be any lunchbox style heads available yet. Maybe Crate is prudent enough to leave well enough alone and let Blackhearts boutique range do the talking. By the way, Blackheart should not be confused with Blackstar who also have a 5 watt head with similarly named HT-5.

The Blackheart Little Giant BH5H Guitar Amplifier Head is $199.99. The Blackheart BH112 Guitar Speaker Cabinet is $159.99. The Little Giant Half Stack package is $349.99. The Blackheart Little Giant Combo is also $349.99.

Blackheart BH5H Little Giant 5 Specifications

  • 5W Single-Ended, Class A
  • 4, 8 and 16 ohm Speaker Outs
  • Preamp Tubes: 1 x 12AX7
  • Power Tubes: 1 x EL84
  • Solid State Rectifier
  • Volume with 3 Band EQ
  • Pentode (5W)/Triode (3W) Switch
  • DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
  • 15 ply (18mm) thick-void free Plywood Construction
  • 1W resistors in signal path, 2W & 5W resistors in power supply

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