Confusion on what is American sound and what is British sound

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  1. Mitchell Pearrow

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    UK also had Laney / Hiwatt


    US don’t forget Peavy ..
    Cheers
     
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    I don't know that Peavey ever had an amp with a defining tone. Maybe the hybrid amp used by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but I think that was more down to how it was used than any unique characteristic of the amp.
     
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    I use to refer the american sound when i was a kid, heavy bass, no mids, lots of treble

    I still like bass but now i prefer more mids then i use to

    I wish the marshall had more bass, i wish the mesa had more mids
     
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    I only rattled them off as being an American amp !
    I May have confused the topic.
    Thanks
     
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    Not sure how I ended up using a bigger font above. That was unintentional, not meaning to equivalently yell.
     
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    That's NOT a Marshall, not in that sense.

    It's an SS amp from like the 90s. And it was probably made to compete with Peavey.
     
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    If the speaker is the thing then it might be dependant on the intrinsic tone of the "Sheffield" speaker that so many Peaveys were fitted with.
     
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    It seems like the best sound for guitars is with midrange, especially uppermid, clarity with booming low end which made it sounds neither American nor British. So, maybe the solid-state amps can possess that type of sound because they don't use poweramp tubes. I wonder if there are tube amps from any brands like that, that can produced really good midrange and really good bass and treble.
     
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    I'd say the 5150.
     
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    There is Ampeg with the SVT or B15, you know when there's one of those in the mix.
     
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    Those are bass amps.
     
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    Ahh, silly me...........thought we were talking about amplifiers and sound
     
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    Nothing wrong with that actually. It's okay. It is specifically more about guitars, guitar amps and the sound. Cheers.
     
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    British voiced is EL34, American is 6L6
     
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    Depends on the context. In the context of 60s to early 70s music, maybe an obvious difference is there. After 60s and 70s, in different circuits the EL34s can sound like 6L6 and vice versa.
     
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    Many people said Peavey amps have those cutting midrange sounds to them compared to Mesa Boogie Rectifier amps, especially the Peavey 5150 and 6505.
     
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    There are many answers, but for me, when I think of British sound I think of Marshalls, American sound I think of Boogies. Or Fender of course, if talking clean.. ;)

    Sound wise, I think of British sound being mid heavy, loose, with less gain and compression, American sound being more scooped, tighter, more gain and compression.
     
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    We know that is just a generalization as I've heard there are solid-state Marshall amps such as the Valvestate that sounds really high gain and also very scooped sounding.

    Below is the stereotyped American scooped high gain distortion sound, despite they're using Marshall amps.



    ...and this is I think is the stereotyped British high gain distortion sound with upper midrange clarity, and Guns N Roses are using Marshall amps too.



    Btw did I get it right about the tone distinction?
     
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    American sound - you hear mud only
    British sound - A lot of crunch and nastiness :)
     
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