Paul Rivera SR explains......

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  1. ricksdisconnected

    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    One of my favorite amplifiers is the Rivera era Champ II. The one little feature Rivera came up with, that really made 'em outstanding for me was the pull mid boost .

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    It's a real simple feature ,but it puts that blackface tone stack straight into tweed/Marshall territory . Im pretty sure it's on all the Rivera designed 80's amps

    I have an 83 Super Champ as well . It's like the Champ II ,but with reverb and a grindy gain channel...bells n whistles .They go for a good chunk o' change
     
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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
    My Rivera '83 Twin Reverb II has the Mid Boost. Loads more gain with it on. It's a phenominal amp once you know what makes it tick.
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    Love to hear someone like Riv SR talking about his stuff. Sweet soundint amp. For a Fender.….
     
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    I had a early 80's Fender 75 with a single 12" speaker for many years.
    It had the pull boost feature and pull bright.
    It kicked ass actually.
    It eventually crapped the O.T. and I gave it away for parts.
    It had the shit kicked out of it for 8 or 10 years and was already pretty tattered when I got it lol.
    I have fond memories of it.
     
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    Big fan of Rivera......He wanted to build amps that sound good, Fender wanted to build amps that were cheap.

    Guess that's why it didn't work out.
     
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    Yeah in the past I had serious Jones for a few of his amps. £££££ in the UK though. I recall the Quiana was the one they all wanted.


    Listening to him talk it's like 'if it's known what it takes to make a great sounding amp why doesn't every amp sound great?' Good to hear props for Jay Graydon who played some cool stuff for Steely Dan. Peg I think is one of his.
     
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    One of my ex band mates had a red knob Super Champ. One 6L6 in Class A. 10". Good grab and go amp that you could turn up to sound good without pissing off the club owner. He played a tele and it was good match. It was a great harp amp as well.
     
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    That woulda been a Champ 12 perhaps . Post Rivera , i had one in snakeskin
    They weren't bad , didn't do it for me like the Champ II or Super Champ
     
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