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Seeking Opinions Re: Kustom The Contender

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  • Seeking Opinions Re: Kustom The Contender

    Has anyone played through or purchased a Kustom Contender?
    If so, I would appreciate your insights.
    Also, if you have tried the Kustom Contender and a ZT Lunchbox, I would appreciate hearing how they compare.




  • #2
    The closest I've come to the Contender is the 5w Defender head. For $99 it's amazing.....I see no reason why the Contender wouldn't be good....except only the preamp section is tube(12ax7).....vs. the all-tube Defender.
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    • #3
      Don't have one either, but....

      I have the Kustom Tube 12 A. Basically the same thing. Tube preamp, solid state output. Nice little amp.

      Like it so much I got an all tube Kustom 5H too. Sounds good, but I don't get enough gain from mine. Put a dirt pedal on it, and it feeds back like a bitch. The cure, which I haven't tried yet, is a better output transformer. Really can't complain for 85 bucks.
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      <div class="message">and i don't know why i want one, i just want one</div>

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      • #4
        Thank you for your comments. I need a new amp badly, and I want something small and "bluesy" Trying to decide between a ZT Lunchbox, The Contender, and [COLOR="DimGray"]maybe a Champ XD (I like the XD's modelling options, but I prefer simplicity infinitely more).
        I know the best test would be to audition the amps by plugging in and playing, but I'm afraid that that is not possible.

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        • #5
          I've never herd the Contender, but I did screw around with an SCXD at a Guitar Center. SCXD is 3 times as much $ as my tube 12A, twice as much $ as the Contender. SCXD is definitely more than 3 times better than a tube 12As. PROBABLY twice as good as the Contender. If you can afford the SCXD, that would be my vote. For that much money, going used, the possibilities are endless.
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          • #6
            I have not played that particular one - but it looks like a Kustom hybrid. I have a HV65 - also a hybrid and I think it is a great amp. You just have to compare it to your needs, budget, etc.
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            • #7
              I bought a ZT Lunchbox with high hopes; in fact, I really liked what I heard when I plugged into it at the store. However, after listening to it at home without ambient noise, store music and a couple of others playing I really didn't like it.

              My favorite attribute was that it it's built like a brick outhouse, and the finish is pretty cool. Sadly, the tone was not included in that list. Although, there are a few on here that have them and love them.
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              • #8
                Thanks again, everyone.
                In that the SCXD is in a different price range, can someone offer an opinion re: Contender vs ZT Lunchbox?

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                • #9
                  Thanks again, everyone.
                  In that the SCXD is in a different price range, can someone offer an opinion re: Contender vs ZT Lunchbox?


                  Hi, sorry can't give you a Contender vs ZT Lunchbox opinion, but I do own a Contender, and I must say it's really rather wonderful!

                  It's one of those amps that produces a sound that exceeds the sum of its parts
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                  • #10
                    cantplay4sugar,
                    Thank you for an excellent, detailed review.

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                    • #11
                      cantplay4sugar,
                      Thank you for an excellent, detailed review.


                      No worries, I picked this thread up on a SE and figured it'd be worth joining this forum just to give my tuppence worth. There seems to be a real lack of info out there for this amp.

                      I came across this the other day, it's a pretty good representation of the Contender at a low gain setting, and how well it reacts to player dynamics...

                      So I'm curious, what have you decided to get?
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                      • #12
                        I have just made my decision. The YouTube vid you posted clinches it for me: I'm going with The Contender.

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                        • #13
                          Great choice. Kustoms are Kool!

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                          • #14
                            I have just made my decision. The YouTube vid you posted clinches it for me: I'm going with The Contender.


                            Great choice

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                            • #15
                              Great choice

                              1965 ZENON + Contender

                              1964 Rapier + Contender + Boss Space Echo


                              Ordered just moments ago. (I had a credit coming from M123 and had needed to place the order via phone.) I would guess that the amp will arrive the first of next week.

                              Thanks again for all the help.

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