David Bray amps

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  1. mickeydg5

    mickeydg5 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah Bray!
    His stuff is good and it leads to an end.
    Are there effects loops in there? What, no? Man that sure sucks.
     
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    Hi Buzzard, sorry I'm just seeing this now, I didn't get a notification that you asked me a question.
    Yes it is a 4550. David is great to work with, he asks a lot of questions in order to design something the customer wants exactly. If you've seen/heard his videos you know he can create a monster amp that really roars if you want it to (I do) but also very flexible with great clean tones. I had him put in a MV in the back and it has a foot switch so I can jump from rhythm to lead if I want, just to add some versatility.

    I think Bray has nailed Eddie's tone, that was one thing I really wanted with this amp. But it is multi-dimensional, not just a one trick pony.

    The cab was built by Jim at Scumback of course, it's a beauty (hi Jim).

    The guitar is a 57 Junior, I wish I could clone the neck on that thing, it's perfect for a player with big hands. It has not been played a lot, really in great condition with just some slight wear and all original parts (except the tuner tips). Pairs up great with the amp/cab.
     
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    Thanks for the response. It’s all good. How is the feel of the amp spongy, sag, tight. Etc. ?
     
  5. Mick10

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    I would say there's a comfortable amount of sag; still pretty tight under sharp pick attack. I have the tube rectifier in this thing, which I think warms it up.
     
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    Hey Mick10! I thought that cab looked like one of my replica cabs. When I had my 59 LP replica made, I had my real 59 LP Junior neck cloned using a digital caliper to get it right. Those old 50's Junior necks are the shit!

    And yeah, the Bray amps have a lot of tones in them, Plexi to VH and beyond. His new Gangster mode on the Coco 50 is just sick, love it.
     
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  7. Mick10

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    hi Jim. That's a great idea. Where did you go to get the neck scoped out so you could duplicate it? I'd like to do that.
     
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    My old luthier had a digital caliper. You take measurements at the nut, 5th, 9th, 12th and 16th fret from side to side, back to front, and measure the curve for the shoulders and the heel. With all of that you should get pretty close. Or you can buy a digital caliper and do it yourself. Takes the guesswork out of duplicating the neck feel, action, etc.
     
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    I have a digital caliper I'll have to dig out. Thanks
     
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    You're welcome.
     
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    So I'm surfing around on the web and I spot this thread. That is MY AMP that you linked! I cannot express how stoked I was when I got that amp in! I was insanely happy with it! David Bray is a SUPER cool guy to deal with! He asked me alot of questions about my playing style and what I wanted out of this amp so he could tailor it to my playing style, and that video clip is what he sent me for final approval before shipping me the amp....and yes, I was chasing that Holy Grail EVH tone, and this amp delivers it in spades! But it does ALOT more! Audio clips do not do justice to how this amp sounds LIVE! I will NEVER part with this amp and will always recommend Bray amps!

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    Not my sorta Marshall tone, but it is a very good sound. Those speakers kill. Nice upper harmonics, mids, and fat low mids. Another one (with a Weber speaker).

     
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    Funny that the owner of the amp I linked to should show up! Small world, smaller Marshall enthusiast community!

    I've heard a few more Brays since I first posted that and I'm not changing my opinion yet. Out of many excellent options, I think that the sound David gets out of hs amps is
    most like the sound I want out of the amp that I'd expect to become my weapon of choice. I'd say absolutely nothing bad about many other builders and modders and what they have to offer, it's just a matter of tastes. Like colors, there are a lot of shades you like but there's one you like best for a given purpose.

    The catch is...they're expensive. Not unreasonable but still hardly chump change.

    To describe what I'm looking for...I'd like an amp that has that true "plexi character", with a woody timbre to it, very much EVH-like, but with a fair amount more gain allowing me to get smooth saturation, WITHOUT losing that woody plexi characteristic. I've noticed that you usually sacrifice the woodiness when you get into really high gain territory. It's a choice...wood or metal? I'd like to be in the middle range of both.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the Coco 50 is $1999, which IMO is pretty reasonable for a new amp with that kind of tone.
     
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    Nice and tight:fever:
     
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    That's what she said,boom.
     
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