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Unread 10-01-2012, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Splawn Super Sport?

I was amp shopping today with the purpose of playing on a Dr Z MAZ 8 which i did but i also played on the new Splawn Super Sport. The Splawn sounded unbelievably awesome and it's the first Splawn i've ever played. Does anyone have any opinions or personal experience with this amp? Definitely worth checking out for anyone amp shopping.
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Unread 10-01-2012, 08:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

I own a Street Rod, I think its the Super Sports big brother.......huge sound and tone yes?
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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

Yes, and it has great clarity. I know Splawn kicks out some great overdrive but the clean channel was amazing as well. There is some kind of output switch that rotates on the back of the amp that is very cool. I think it's only about 20 watts so the volume is manageable. I was pretty much sold on a Dr Z until I played it. Not sure if it'll be the one I get but it's in the running for sure.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 04:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

I agree the Clean channel is amazing on my Street Rod. Use the neck pup and you get nice cleans with a very tiny bit of break up at stage volume, switch to the bridge in my guitar and instant old AC/DC classic 70s rock type tone.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 07:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

The super sport seems to have only two gears (1st and 2nd) as opposed to 3gears of the Splawn line. Do you find that you use 3rd gear all that much on the street rod?

I dig the clip that's out there but am curious if I would miss the solo boost or 3rd gear.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 10:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

I use 3rd gear VERY infreaquently and thats only jamming at home. Never in a gig situation. You can always throw a boost in front of the amp to get the extra gain you would get from 3rd gear. But theres not a huge difference between the tone in 2nd gear and 3rd gear. I personallly would not miss it but its nice to have when I want to use it.

As far as the boost. I dont play lead in my band so I dont use that much either and its only effective if the channel volume is below 12 oclock. Again its a nice feature to have but Im not sure Id miss it.
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Unread 12-24-2012, 09:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

I have a street rod also, and i rarely use 3rd gear. Personally i like using a boost with gear 1 for more gain if i need it.
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Unread 12-24-2012, 06:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

How does the sr do at lower volumes....doesn't have to be whisper quiet...just small room in a house. How does it do without a boost. I don't want to do that anymore.
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Unread 12-24-2012, 06:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

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How does the sr do at lower volumes....doesn't have to be whisper quiet...just small room in a house. How does it do without a boost. I don't want to do that anymore.
if you like plexi's and JCM800's without boosts you'll like it without one. otherwise no. it also doesn't do quiet real well but it can sound good enough. it's meant to be loud and proud.
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Unread 12-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

Like all tube amps its sounds great loud BUUTTT my Street Rod sounds amazing at low volumes too. I use it in my condo all the time at room level volumes to practice and just jam and have no problem bothering any of the neighbors. It does low volume as good or better than any tube amp out there I can promise you that much, no fizz, full tone (relatively speaking), plenty of bottom end all thanks to the loop volume control which allows us to get rid of the pre amp tube nastiness that you usually get with low volume tube amp stuff.
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Unread 12-25-2012, 07:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

I usually am only able to play my street rod, at home in my basement at volumes that are slighter louder than what they would be if you were watching TV. It has plenty of bottom end at these levels as Blces6 mentions. It is actually one of the thumpiest 1x12 i have ever played in my life. You would have no issue not boosting the amp it has enough gain i would imagine for almost anybody. I use a boost to grease things up slightly, but i do not do this all the time.

The loop volume works great, but i do not even really use that i just run the regular volume at normal levels.
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Unread 12-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

adding further to my comments and AW's.......the clean channel is freaking glorious on this amp. Neck pup for nice thick cleans and the bridge for dirtier blues and classic rock stuff. Beautiful break up, absolutely beautiful. Throw an OD pedal in front of the clean channel and my God, hold on to your pants. Amazing break up especially at gig volumes and at home. Perfect for ACDC and mmmmmm Free - all right now (but dirtier). Think cranked NMV Marshall, no lie.

I bought this amp for its dirty channel but damn, after exploring the clean channel at home I was blown away. It is a wonderful amp and should seriously be considered by people searching for classic Marshall tone but also to maintain flexibility. No to mention you would own a brand new amp and not a 30 year old workhorse.
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adding further to my comments and AW's.......the clean channel is freaking glorious on this amp. Neck pup for nice thick cleans and the bridge for dirtier blues and classic rock stuff. Beautiful break up, absolutely beautiful. Throw an OD pedal in front of the clean channel and my God, hold on to your pants. Amazing break up especially at gig volumes and at home. Perfect for ACDC and mmmmmm Free - all right now (but dirtier). Think cranked NMV Marshall, no lie.

I bought this amp for its dirty channel but damn, after exploring the clean channel at home I was blown away. It is a wonderful amp and should seriously be considered by people searching for classic Marshall tone but also to maintain flexibility. No to mention you would own a brand new amp and not a 30 year old workhorse.

Very true indeed. I was playing my strat through the amp the other night, and was really digging the clean channel with the middle pick up with the tone rolled down to 8. I have this and the splawn quick rod, and to be honest i think the street rod is a little sweeter maybe because it is a slightly more forgiving. Gear 1 od 1 get really close to vintage marshall tones with the gain below 12 o clock. I know me and BLC sound like Fan boys, but i do not think you would be disappointed with either a SR or SS if you were looking for a multi channel amp with marshall mids in a combo package.
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

the super sport is a killer I would replace the tweaker for him
But until now I have not heard the clean channel of this amp only the hot channel

so This is a problem
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Unread 12-26-2012, 08:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

You can put your money on the fact that the clean channel on these amps are killer. Albeit Im basing that on the clean channel of my Street Rod. The super sport at 22 watts or whatever it is, is not going to have much headroom at all and will not stay super clean at decent volume levels but IMO this is a good thing, I like a dirty clean. The breakup on these clean channels are great trust me. No need to hold back bc you havent heard a clean channel, its killer.
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

I live about 5 miles from Scott's Store in Dallas, NC. I owned one of the first heads he built. Wish I could now afford some of the heads coming out of his place now. I still have my 4x12 cab, which also was one of the first ones he built. Don't think I'll ever get rid of it.
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Re: Splawn Super Sport?

I think there's a Super Sport on Charlotte's Craigslist for $1000. Wish I could afford it. I looked at the Splawn website last night. Scott's making custom built guitars now too. Looked pretty sweet......ah....dang......I feel "Gas" coming on again........wait, no.....oh...it was the real thing...lol....

correction, I was mistaken, I checked the ad on CL, and it was a Nitro Head for sale for a grand, not a Super Sport....oops, my bad!
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the super sport is a killer I would replace the tweaker for him
But until now I have not heard the clean channel of this amp only the hot channel

so This is a problem
The clean channel is unbelievably awesome on this amp. It is actually what caught my attention when i played it. Both myself and the owner at my local boutique shop commented on how sweet the cleans were.
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