Revv G20 Guitar Amp Review
The Revv G20 is a 20 watt, all tube amplifier with built in digital cab simulation capabilities by Two Notes. The G20 features 2 channels with great functions and tons of versatility!
This amplifier is changing the game with its ability to be used without a speaker cab and its small size.
Lets take a look at what it can do!
Revv G20 Features
First, Lets have a look at some key features of the G20!
- 2 Channels
- Great All Tube Sound
- Intuitive Controls And Functions
- Output Power Control
- Headphone Out
- FX Loop
- Built In Reactive Load
- Two Notes Torpedo Cab Simulation Technology
- 3 – 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
- 2 – 6V6GT Power Tubes
- Build Quality
- Great Sounds Throughout
- Cab Simulation Capabilities
- Reactive Load
- Small And Light
- No Speaker Cab Required
- The foot control is not included
Revv G20 External Hardware
The Revv G20 is a super compact lunch box style tube amplifier weighing it at only 9 pounds! This small lunchbox is 7.5″ height, 12.3″ Wide and 6.3″ deep and is constructed in a beautifully painted aluminum chassis and lid.
Revv went the extra mile with the labels on this amp which are laser engraved into the amplifier itself which makes for some durable print. The stylish light up logo really makes the amp pop especially with the fact that the logo changes color when you change channels.
This amplifier has a built in reactive load that allows the amplifier to be used without a speaker cab. The great thing about this is that the amp can be an amazing travel and gig companion relying strictly on the Two Notes cab simulations as its output.
The unit is built very sturdy with some great hardware and components. The chrome handle on top of the amplifier folds up and down which is a cool feature putting it out of the way when not in use.
I also appreciated the illuminated push buttons and intuitive layout. For an amplifier as small as it is, there are a ton of great features all well laid out.
Hardware wise, this little amp is built tough.
G20 Channels and Controls
The Revv G20 features 2 channels, clean and high gain. The clean channel is a very chimey, yet crisp clean tone from this all tube head. It features a wide switch that when pushed, seems to expand on the clean channel making it a bit louder and fuller sounding.
Channel two on the G20 is Revv’s purple channel from its Generator series of amplifier and it is fire breathing! The aggression button adds 2 extra settings to the high gain channel which seem to act as a boost, increasing gain but lower frequencies at the same time.
Both channels share a 3 band EQ as well as the volume control and the channels are blended very well volume wise. The clean channel is a bit louder than the high gain channel which is what we would expect from shared controls. The use of the wide switch could boost the clean volume is desired.
The Two Notes virtual cabs are selected using the virtual cabinet rotary switch on the front of the amp, or with the amps MIDI capabilities. You get 6 cabs on the front, or 128 with MIDI. The headphone and XLR output levels are adjusted using the small trimmer control on the front of the amp.
Utilizing the Pre/Post switch allows you to bypass the amps own power amplifier and use one of the Two Notes digital power amps. They have many different tube emulations like EL-34, KT-88, 6L6 and more! This is incredible as it opens up so many more possibilities, you will find everything you could ever want.
Overall the controls are very intuitive and easy to use and have some good range and abilities.
G20 Output Power
The Revv G20 is 20 watts at its max output and 4 watts when set accordingly. It is actually quite loud when turned right up and almost seemed like it was pushing closer to 30-35 watts to my ear.
It is an all tube power section and so it does seem to push more output.
However, it might struggle a bit if you have a hard hitting drummer in your band, but thats where the Two Notes cabs can save the day.
Connecting the amp to your PA or front of house would solve any volume issues you might experience.
Two Notes Remote Software
The Two Notes Remote software comes with the amplifier and allows you to configure the cab simulation, as well as many other features.
Once the amp is connected to your computer with the USB cable and the software is opened, you are introduced to a magical interface of tweaking possibilities!
Power amp simulations, cab simulations, reverb and EQ settings are just a few of the tone shaping possibilities here. Its a great software and responds perfectly with the amplifier.
Once your happy with your settings, simply save them into the amp and your good to go!
G20 Effects loop
The effects loop on the Revv G20 is great! It is a buffered loop and took pedals wonderfully. There was no signal loss or funny overloading. Just a no fuss, straight to the point professional loop!
The loop is inserted between the preamp and the power amp as with most other tube amplifier, just as we would expect.
Virtual Speaker Cabinets
The G20 comes with 6 Revv virtual cabs installed which can be selected via the virtual cabinet switch on the front. This allows for on the fly cab changes or the introduction of effects if your settings are configured that way.
The cab settings can also be saved to each channel or aggression setting for ultimate versatility! So every time you change channels or aggression levels, your cab choice can also be changed with it! I really enjoyed this feature because of the tone shaping that’s possible for both rhythm and lead sounds.
Even the clean channel can sport its own speaker type apart from the gain channel. Really gotta give it to Revv, the functions are a guitar players dream!
G20 Vacuum Tubes
The amplifier comes with good quality tubes from Tube Amp Doctor. To access them, all you need to do is remove the 2 screws on either side of the lid and pull it off. There you will find the tube configuration of:
- 3 – 12AX7 (ECC83) Preamp
- 2 – 6V6GT Power
Easy to get at and change when its time to replace them!
The Revv G20 is an amazing little amplifier! I was blown away at just how good this little amplifier sounds. There were a few times i had to remind myself that it was the tiny little box making this super huge sound!
The clean sounds are fantastic! Its very chimey and crystal clean. The use of the wide switch adds some expansion on the sound in a very pleasing way. Revv is known for great cleans from their Generator line of amps, this one is no different.
The high gain channel is top shelf! Im not sure i have ever played a lunch box head with this type of smooth high gain tone. The aggression settings each add their own flavor to the sound and can serve so many different situations.
The gain tone is very well balanced yet would cut through a mix perfectly. The wide switch also works on the gain channel and seems to fill out the low end when engaged for some extra thump and a looser tone.
Overall, this little amp is one fantastic sounding piece of gear. You can’t go wrong here what so ever!
The G20 can be controlled via MIDI or the available foot controller (Sold Separately).
When using MIDI, you can recall program patches or use CC commands to toggle the functions.
The amp responds great and works with all MIDI controllers. If you are simply looking for the foot switch however, you can get that from REVV directly here.
We took a look inside the amp to see how well it was designed and constructed so you don’t have to. We found the amp to be built with PCBs and a very clean layout of components.
We do not recommend you open it up as your warranty may be at stake, but fear not, this unit is well designed and clean inside!
Another testament to Revv’s quality standards and for a great price!
Revv G20 Final Verdict
I am truly impressed with this amplifier and what it is capable of terms of sound and functions. There is nothing that i have played that was able to sound this good from such a small package and offer what it does. A tube amp none the less!
Technology has been really moving forward in the tube amp realm and its very exciting. With the introduction of load boxes and cab simulation technology, we are now able to really shed some weight from our rigs and still sound great!
The Revv G20 should really be on your purchase list. It is capable of filling the role of so many products yet it’s all in one small package.
Make sure to also check out the Generator 120 MK3 where the G20 concept came from! The Revv G Series pedals are great too, the G3 is a must for your pedal board!
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