Joyo BanTamp XL Meteor II | Tube-flavored high gain Marshall amp tones for €149! Review & Demo

Today we’re taking a look at the Joyo BanTamp XL Meteor II, an affordable two-channel Marshall-flavored guitar amplifier with a few nifty little extra features!

Get the Meteor II here:

The Meteor II aims to deliver all tones you’d expect from a classic British-voiced tube amplifier – but in a tiny package. It weighs just 1.3 kg (just under 3 lbs.), and it’s a hybrid amp, featuring a single 12AX7 tube in the preamp, and a 20-watt Class D power amp.

The amp has two channels – Clean and Overdrive – which you can flick between using a switch on the amp, or by using the included footswitch, and each channel has its own Gain, Tone and Volume controls.

On the back, the Meteor II has outputs for headphones (perfect for silent practice), the channel footswitch and a guitar cab, and it also has an FX Loop – very handy if you want to connect delays and reverbs. You can also connect to the Meteor II via Bluetooth, which makes it easy to start jamming along to backing tracks.

For €149 (or about $179 in North America), this seems like an awful lot of amp for the money on paper, and in this video, I really put the Meteor II to the test to see if it can deliver on all it promises. I put the amp through its paces in as many different musical genres as possible, from pop and blues to indie, classic rock, punk, alternative rock, metal, and more.

Using my Fender Telecaster for single coil tones and my Epiphone Les Paul for humbucker sounds, I also test how the Meteor II takes drive pedals and the Harley Benton Delay & Reverb in its FX Loop, and at the end I do a loop with each guitar where we really get to twist all of the amp’s knobs and see what extremes we can get it to!

Here are some links to the various playing samples and info bits:

00:00 Hello!
00:16 Introduction to the Meteor II
01:15 Specs and features
01:42 Front panel
02:14 Back panel
03:12 Today’s plan and rig signal chain

Humbucker sound samples
04:18 Both amp channels with all controls at 12 o’clock
04:35 Clean tones
06:12 Indie rock tones
07:43 Classic rock tones
09:01 Hard rock tones
9:50 Modern rock tones
10:20 Punk rock tones
11:15 Progressive rock tones (Drop D tuning)
11:54 Metal tones (Drop D tuning)

Single coil sound samples
13:19 Both amp channels with all controls at 12 o’clock
13:34 Clean tones
15:02 Indie rock tones
16:35 Classic rock tones
17:51 Hard rock tones
18:40 Alt rock tones
18:53 Punk rock tones
19:33 Progressive rock tones (Drop D tuning)
20:04 Metal tones (Drop D tuning)

21:21 Running the Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini overdrive pedal into the Meteor II
21:51 Running the Greer Lightspeed overdrive pedal into the Meteor II
22:05 Running the Harley Benton Duality Delay & Reverb into the amp’s FX Loop

22:38 Epiphone Les Paul hard rock loop
25:10 Fender Telecaster indie rock loop

28:09 My thoughts
28:33 What I like about the amp: sounds
29:18 It’s a good pedal platform
29:47 Price, size, weight
30:05 Independent controls, headphones and Bluetooth capability
30:55 What I don’t like: no reverb
31:29 I’d love a 3-band EQ
32:07 No direct recording out
32:56 What’s the competition for the Meteor II?
34:18 My final conclusion on the Meteor II
34:42 Thanks and goodbye

My setup was as follows: I ran the Meteor II into my BluGuitar BluBOX virtual cab sim pedal, which went straight into my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, and which went into Logic Pro X. For the pedal demos, I used the Greer Lightspeed, the Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini, and the Harley Benton Duality delay/reverb. That's it. No post-processing on the sounds was done.

Here’s some links to those bits of gear:

Greer Lightspeed:
Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini:
Harley Benton Duality:
BluGuitar BluBOX:
Focusrite 4i4 (this is the newer equivalent of my 2i4, which they don’t make any more!):


Backing music from the YouTube Audio Library: Duck In The Alley – TrackTribe.

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