The JOYO JTA-05 Sweet Baby 5 Watt Tube Amplifier utilizes a 12AX7 as the preamp tube, a 6V6GT as the power tube and unlike almost all other amps in its price range it has tube rectification via a 5AR4 tube. Giving a truly vintage tone thanks to the all valve, all hand-wired, class A circuitry, with the valve rectifier giving you the vintage 'sag' tone as heard on countless records.
At low volumes it has unbelievable clean tones and as you start to turn the volume up it starts to break up beautifully. The low wattage allows you to drive the tubes hard to get an amazingly warm overdriven tone at higher volumes.
All this coupled with an Eminence EGTR-S108 speaker gives you a great sounding compact amp, perfect for practice, jamming with friends and superb quality recordings that also takes pedals amzingly well.
The JTA-05 can force you to use your guitar in a different way, it lets you use your guitars volume and tone controls to dial in the exact tone you want. By turning the amp up to half way it will be starting to break up nicely depending what pickups you are using. If you want to get a clean tone now you'll have to turn the amp down, or, roll the volume down on your guitar.
When you roll the volume down on the guitar it will give you a clean tone, wind the volume back up and you've got a nice overdriven amp again. Experimenting with the volume on the amp and your guitar volume will give you plenty of different tonal choices and that's before you start using the tone controls for even more versatility. This amp will help you to understand the dynamics available by using just your guitar and your amp.
You won't find an amp with more vintage appointments than this one under £500!!