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Amps we dont talk about in public.

Discussion in 'Other Amps' started by ricksdisconnected, Jan 15, 2021.

  1. PAPADON

    PAPADON Member

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    Once dubbed the "poor mans Twin" back in the 80's this one carried me through through my Southern Rock days until I could afford better.

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  2. Guitarbloke

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    Not sure if it counts, but after 25 years (and far more than 25 amps!), I can safely say that my Suhr Badger 35 is the amp I've been searching for all these years.

    With the right OD pedal in front of it, it does everything that my various Marshalls and Boogies did, only more musically (to my ears). Plus it also does a few things that they couldn't :)
     
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    The best marshall-like amp I've ever had/played that wasn't a Marshall has been a Cornell Plexi 18/20 head, sweet 'n' creamy
     
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  4. ricksdisconnected

    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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  5. Joe Boots

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    I will definitely do that. It looks like the possibilities are endless. My biggest fear is that I will love the tones it produces, which is perfect for when I am playing alone by myself, but if I go to jam with someone else I wont have the oomph behind it to be as loud
     
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  6. Evercool

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    I had a co workers husband give me a 1843 he had bought new. He used it during college playing. The head is all original and near mint. I love the tones it has when running a boost pedal and wah only into it with a 4x12 cabinate! Not my Marshall, but it does rock!
     
  7. nkd

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    I still have a Kustom Kasino and Kustom III bass amp that I still use, both bought new in the early 70's.
     
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  8. Spooky88

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    Peavey Classic series... 30 or 50. I currently own a Classic 50. Solid amp. It's my backup to my backup
     
  9. neoclassical

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    I love the Laney AOR. Modded or stock. The Yamaha T50/100 are very close as well. I miss my Engl Fireball as well, but I wanted that Marshall. I also liked the Peavey JSX.

    I really miss my old 15 or 30 watt? Gorilla practice amp sometimes lol.
     
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  10. Greg70

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    I have a G-K Backline 100 combo that I think sounds great. It's solid state with a single 12" speaker with spring reverb. It can do high-gain distortion or clean quite well and has a lot of different tone-shaping options. It was great when I lived in an apartment and couldn't use any real volume. The direct line out records well too. Most reviews that I read of this amp are not that great and they can be had for a song (pun intended) on eBay. I also have a G-K 250RL and the distortion sound is pretty different. I've attached a recording I made with it a LOOOOOONG time ago:

     
  11. doc mckenna

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    Traynor yba2b simpler fender Harvard style circuit. Great tone with a 15. Rocktron 50d velocity ss amp. Phaez Pasadena nails the brown sound and a little extra. Great Marshall style head.
     
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  12. JBA

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    Its the Katana 100 watt head for me. I can get it to sound very close to every amp I have/had: they don’t cost much, no tube issues, built in effects, and the convenience of multiple amps in one package at the push of a button. The key with this amp is you have to be proficient with the eq/parametrics or it’s very sterile and harsh (imo). The reason I don’t talk about it is some folks don’t agree or don’t want to hear that a cheap amp sounds like our expensive ones or that solid state can sound as good as our tube amps. :nono: Back into hiding I go lol!
     
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  13. Ddaddio53

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    I just donated my little crate 30w solid state 12" combo to the local high school...what a nice practice amp that was...
     
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  14. dsmmrm

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    I have a spark. I was on the waiting list since last October and got it in January. It's my daily player now, mostly because it sounds good at very low volume.

    I've got a bunch of other amps including a DSL50 but I gig with a headrush modeler and practice with the spark. This because I am old and feeble and don't want to lug around heavy amps.

    I only use the gimmicky features of the spark occasionally like the backing tracks and jam functions. Those bits are mildly entertaining from time to time but not strong enough on their own to overcome if the amp sucked. Quite the contrary, the amp sounds good and can get quite a few decent tones. It's not cheap but I think it's worth what they are asking.

    Edit: it can crank pretty loud. Have not tried it with a drummer but it would be close. It has a line out that you can plug into an FRFR or PA as well.
     
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  15. Dreamsinger

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    I have an Ethos OD pedalboard amp, a 30 watt tone monster, that I run through a 2x10 cab loaded with Celestion Golds.
     
  16. Rider1260

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    Roland Cube 15 cute little gain monster
     
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  17. Jonfghi

    Jonfghi New Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I’ve got several great amps (JVM 205, Mesa Mark V, etc) that I love to talk about with my friends. Here’s one I don’t talk about in public. A Monoprice “Stage Right” 15 Watt tube amp. I read about it in a thread somewhere about 3 years ago and decided to try it as a backup/practice amp. I bought it new for $150. It has become so popular in the last few years that they now sell it for $250. I replaced the entry-level Celestion speaker with an old EV SRO “coffee can” speaker and replaced the cheapo Chinese tubes. It makes some beautiful “Fender cleans”, loves pedals, and can get nice and gritty when cranked. The 1 Watt switch is great when you have to practice and not disturb the neighbors. The spring reverb is great, too.

    Two friends played it and ordered one the same day. One of them is in a band of former professional players and they asked him to bring it to gigs instead of his vintage Fender amp. Seriously, check this one out. There are some good demos online.
     
  18. Rick Ramirez

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    Fryette CLX Pittbull 100 watt head. I used it for many years. I got lucky finding one used for a good price. Three channel beast with switchable EQ, Boost and reverb. Previously known as VHT. Fantastic amplifier.
     
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  19. Chungaleta

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    Acoustic GT50H it is a jem!!!!
     
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  20. ssolo8

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    On the tube side.. Bugera. My Plexi clone and my JCM clone sound deadly!
    On the solid state side.. Boss Katana 100 watt head. The Swiss army knife of amplifiers. This amp gives you the farm as far as tone shaping control, in a grab n go package.
    These three additions to the stable keep my JMP and DSL from getting so beat up on a daily basis.
     
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