NAD: Wangs 2204HW (affordable handwired 'vintage' amp)

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  1. Guitarjon

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    Hey guys,

    I got a new amp recently so I thought I'd share my thoughts and stuff. I asked Wangs to send me one and they were kind enough to do so.

    So I got the 2204HW which is basically a handwired 50w tube amp based on the old 2204s from the seventies. If you're not familiar with Wangs, they're a small family run company from China and they build all of their amps with high quality components by hand. Since the amps are from China the prices are really good, especially when you take into consideration how much love and care went into making them. I already have the HD-15 which is more of a high gain amp (Soldano meets Shiva) and that one is really cool and unique, but this time I wanted something with a more classic sound and more class.

    I chose the white model with the brown cloth as that looks really classy to me. The amp is pretty simple and basic, no fx loop for example but it's all about the tone. This 50w amp (2 EL34s) has plenty of headroom so the clean tones can be very clean. In fact, it's not easy to push the clean channel (low sensitivity input) into overdrive. To do so you must push the amp very hard.

    The high sensitivity input is where the magic is at for those classic crunch tones. Just as my Marshall SC20H (JCM 800 Studio) this amp doesn't have a lot of gain but it has plenty for crunchy tones and it fills up the room very nicely. With a boost you can get plenty of extra gain out of the amp so it can even be used for metal. Obviously since there isn't a channel switch or anything like that, it's probably best suited for a basic rock amp or pedal platform. However you would use an old Marshall 2204 I guess :)

    Anyway, I made a little video with some tones so you can hear the amp in action:



    Has anyone else ever tried this model or perhaps one of the other Wangs amps? I'd love to know your thoughts....
     
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  2. technomancer

    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Given these guys tend to spam the living hell out of multiple facebook groups to the point that they get kicked off, and I see this video up on multiple forums, I have to ask was this purchased or was it sent to you in exchange for reviews / demos?
     
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    I demand a review of a Wangs amp with a Vagina guitars plugged in.

    Sorry I just can't take them seriously :lol:
     
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    As is noted in the video and the description, this amp was sent to me to demo but as requested by myself.

    LOL. Wangs is actually a well known family name in China.
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    I try to look past that since I believe it is pronounced Wong but every time I see this I have to fight the urge to make a "waving your wang around" joke...

    I didn't click through to your youtube channel or watch the video. Going forward please note in your actual post here if the demo is something you got for free to demo. (I reread and didn't see it noted in your post)
     
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    I know, but that's what happens when your brand gets international recognition but you didn't have english knowledge :lol:
     
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    Post edited! Sorry about that.
     
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    Yea, I mean, I'm generally past the point of making "it sounds like a dick" jokes, but at the same time, I really can't have an amp in the stack that says "Wangs" on it. Honestly it doesn't matter that it's a totally legit and a normal cultural difference, you still have to understand markets and localization. There's a cost to me saying trying in vain to explain, "It's pronounced Wongs" for the next 10 years of my life.
     
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    Plausible deniability with the ch="chuh" sound.
     
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    Are they the Eastman of the amp world?
     
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    These amps sure have a ballsy tone!


    :deadhrse:
     
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    I can’t tell if it’s going for a hard rock tone, or a rock hard tone

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    No because Eastman isn't painfully spammy :lol:
     
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    WANGS dba DIX NA
     
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    Yea but honestly why do you give any Fuchs?
     
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    Well, I can imagine the name constantly being pointed out would become pet-Peavey.
     
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    Let's not get Bogner'd down with silly names though...
     
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    At least I wasn't wanking throughout the video, just some basic riffs and clean p(r)icking....
     
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    You did a supro job!
     
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