Juketone Rival Son review

This 15-watt all-valve combo from the tweed specialists offers vintage vibes with onboard effects on a budget

Juketone Rival Sons combo
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Ideal for beginners, enthusiastic amateurs and weekend warriors, the Rival Son’s all-valve tones and dynamics are great for home, studio and stage alike.


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    Proper valve sounds from a deceptively simple control panel. Great for home use or smaller gigs.

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    Brilliant value for money, with free shipping to the UK.


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    It would be nice if there were a footswitch for the tremolo, but at this price it’s easy to forgive.

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The tweed-covered guitar combo is one of music’s most enduring product formats, dating right back to the original guitar amps made by Fender in the mid-1950s. 

Other features of those groundbreaking early Fenders included a pine cabinet with hand-wired eyelet board electronics inside a chromed steel chassis, Jensen Alnico loudspeakers, white lettering, and chickenhead knobs that went all the way to 12 (which Spinal Tap fans know is one more than 11 and two more than 10!).

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy has been a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine for over 20 years, mostly writing reviews on guitar amps and related products. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and has since bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he’s enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. His favourite musical genres are ‘anything that’s good’.