SC20 or SV20? or other?

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  1. Biff Maloy

    Biff Maloy Well-Known Member

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    Jubilee is different sounding than the SV or SC to me but i get what some say in the Jubilee's range of tones. It is very versatile. The good thing is you can't go wrong with any of the Studio Series.

    I think too much energy is wasted breaking these amps down to the molecular level. Can you use a NMV? Need a MV? Need a channel switcher? Other than that i feel you can play about any style you want with any of them.
     
  2. R.H

    R.H Robo Sapien Noisemaker Double Platinum Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    What you might do to augment the low end of an SC20H is look at how guys like Scott Henderson get clear, massive low end regardless of what they’re playing through.
     
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  3. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes, yes, yes,.....especially that last sentence. These Studio amps, all three, can handle most any Rock & Roll tones, just pick the one you like. They will not disappoint many.
     
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  4. ChuggyMcBr00tlz

    ChuggyMcBr00tlz New Member

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    Sounds so good. :fever:

     
  5. juniorhifikit

    juniorhifikit New Member

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    I think they can all be made to sound similar. Each one has its "zone" though. My happy place is a non-master volume Marshall, so the SV20H would be my pick. I wish it had been around a few years ago when I went through the trouble of building something from scratch.



    Smaller amps definitely have a tougher time making those punchy low frequencies. I tried a few different output transformers and a few different tubes, before I settled on the above. I'm not sure how effective a master volume would be on the SV20. On my build, a good amount of the distortion comes from the output tube, so eliminating that makes the amp sound anemic. Either way, it's pretty cool there are so many great choices for low-power rockin'!
     
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  6. Jubilee23

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    Sounds great man!!
    Yeah man, totally agree with that!
     
  7. JBA

    JBA Well-Known Member

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    This fella does excellent comparisons that can really help folks choose. Here is one with the sc and sv:

    He also does huge comparisons with multiple brand amps.. like every 20 watt head you can imagine! Pretty awesome stuff because all other variables are isolated except for the head. There are minor gain disparities here but you can get a pretty good idea of what you can and can’t add/cut to each amp by comparing where the gain, tone pots, presence, and resonance each are. After watching these you should come out realizing there are some differences but not as much as you might expect with certain tweaks to each amp. Goes to show how important the speaker(s) and cabs are.
    Cheers!
     
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  8. Trapland

    Trapland Running Into Walls Silver Supporting Member

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    Changing the low end response is a matter of a couple capacitors. I did my SV20 and it’s remarkably close to my actual 68 plexi. Of course if you play these baby amps through baby cabinets you’re going to get a small sound. I can use the matching open back filled with a ‘72 G12M, but if I want it to sound REAL is gets a 4x12. So the SV20 and 1x12 for portability and if I want an authentic Marshall stack sound I use an authentic Marshall stack.
     
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    Sweet. I just picked one of these up today (my first Marshall since selling my 1959 stack off in 1995). Hearing this clip makes me smile, and takes me back to 87.
     
  10. Sustainium

    Sustainium Well-Known Member

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    :slash: Nice tits.
     
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  11. PMJ

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    Would SV20 or SC20 be the best suited to cop these tones? i'm still trying to decide between the 2 amps since I can't really go to a shop and try them at the moment.

    I could get a SC20 for a really cheap price used, but I'm leaning towards the SV20 as I think it might cop these smoother tones a bit better?

     
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  12. marshallmellowed

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    I think you're on the right track. While either amp could accomplish the task, the SV would come closer. Stand alone, the SV's jumpering options provide a wider range of those "smoother" tones (IMO). Stand alone, the SC starts to smooth out with the gain maxed, but also starts losing definition, so you'd probably need some help from pedals.
     
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  13. Del Rei

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    Very nice tone, man. Was it just amp and guitar or did you run a pedal together?
     
  14. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Sounds great brother :cheers:
     
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  15. Mitchell Pearrow

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    Awesome job on that, both sound so similar, really hard to pick out the differences
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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  16. PMJ

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    I'm about to pull the trigger on a SC20 combo, but I have one more concern; how well does it clean up with the volume knob?

    if someone could record or post a clip of that it would be great!

    I know the SV20 will have better cleanup, but i prefer the more aggressive gain of the SC20, i'm just wondering if it's possible to get a passable "clean" with a PAF neck pickup with the preamp on the SC20 cranked but the guitar volume rolled all the way back (i use a treble bleed so it doesn't get muddy).

    that way I would be able to go from clean to crunch and then kick in a tubescreamer for leads.

    thx
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I do not have one to do a clip , but I think what you are after is attainable.
    Cheers
     
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  18. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Possibly. If you are using a TS, my 2 cents is to drop gain to lkke 6 or 7, then drop guitar volume down for clean. Will be way cleaner. Then use TS with gtr up to get some gain. Thats how I do it for the few times I need cleanish
     
  19. PMJ

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    pulled the trigger on a mint condition SC20C for €499, couldn't pass it up at that price, if i end up not liking it i won't lose anything reselling it.
     
  20. tce63

    tce63 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Congrats to a great amp.

    Cheers :cheers:
     
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