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LSchefman
12-05-2012, 01:43 PM
Some players need multiple channels or modes and lots of controls. Others want simplicity. For some, it's all about great clean tones, and for others, it's all about high gain tones. Some need a great reverb, others hate reverb on an amp. Then there are those who need to replicate a ton of sounds and go digital.

I just go for a great-sounding amp, and am less concerned about channel-switching and modes because I use my guitar's volume controls for that. Though I go back to the days of only single-channel amps being available, I've had a bunch of channel switchers, and basically, if it sounds good, I can make it work regardless.

Sooo....What's your bag?

smokey
12-05-2012, 01:51 PM
volume, gain and tone control. some reverb and a fuzzy gain channel

clcwarlock
12-05-2012, 03:20 PM
All I need is a Single Channel amp, No loop, No bells and Whistle's. Master Volume is ok with me cause I can always dime it and take it out of the circuit but also can use it practicing at home. No over excessive gain just good tone. 50 watts.

aristotle
12-05-2012, 03:21 PM
Some players need multiple channels or modes and lots of controls. Others want simplicity. For some, it's all about great clean tones, and for others, it's all about high gain tones. Some need a great reverb, others hate reverb on an amp. Then there are those who need to replicate a ton of sounds and go digital.

I just go for a great-sounding amp, and am less concerned about channel-switching and modes because I use my guitar's volume controls for that. Though I go back to the days of only single-channel amps being available, I've had a bunch of channel switchers, and basically, if it sounds good, I can make it work regardless.

Sooo....What's your bag?

Definitely would prefer a single channel amp, using the guitar controls to control gain tone. For coverband stuff where we do everything from jangly country to moderate gain modern rock to 80s hair band stuff, guitar alone doesn't cut it (for me). If the amp is set so that it's gainy enough with the guitar on 10, there is too much of a volume drop if you back the guitar off enough so that it's jangly clean. The only single channel solution that works for me is a JTM45 (or something else that can be set like one...and PRS has a couple of good alternatives there) set to go from clean to "girthy", and a pedal to take you the rest of the way. Nothing wrong with that at all, but it's fun on those occasions where the setlist is skewed towards higher gain (not needing cleans) and plugging straight in and making it work. Also, nothing wrong with a 2 channel amp either. People say that you can't have two great channels in a single amp. Never tried the 2-channel H or C, but lots of good multi-channel amps out there.

veinbuster
12-05-2012, 04:43 PM
I like a couple of channels because I hate fiddling knobs.
Strong robust clean.
My dirty just needs a bit of an edge to it.
I do like an EQ.

sergiodeblanc
12-05-2012, 05:41 PM
Loud and Clean.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-05-2012, 05:58 PM
Loud and Clean.

'64 Twin, baby!

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/64Twin/64Twin.jpg

Dirty Bob
12-05-2012, 06:28 PM
Some players need multiple channels or modes and lots of controls. Others want simplicity. For some, it's all about great clean tones, and for others, it's all about high gain tones. Some need a great reverb, others hate reverb on an amp. Then there are those who need to replicate a ton of sounds and go digital.

I just go for a great-sounding amp, and am less concerned about channel-switching and modes because I use my guitar's volume controls for that. Though I go back to the days of only single-channel amps being available, I've had a bunch of channel switchers, and basically, if it sounds good, I can make it work regardless.

Sooo....What's your bag?


Ummm...as many different types of amps and tone colors as I can justify! :biggrin:

sergiodeblanc
12-05-2012, 08:25 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;32701']'64 Twin, baby!

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/64Twin/64Twin.jpg

:top:

Danerada
12-05-2012, 09:22 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;32701']'64 Twin, baby!

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/64Twin/64Twin.jpg

My HBII would weep in that amps presence....

james
12-05-2012, 09:25 PM
Bedroom player that no one wants to hear, so a great clean channel and pedal friendly. A natural reverb is nice.

CE-man
12-05-2012, 10:47 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;32701']'64 Twin, baby!

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/64Twin/64Twin.jpg

Schweet!!! AS good as it gets!

justmund
12-05-2012, 11:36 PM
I use a single channel amp and a HD500 with 3 different overdrive/distortions AND a EQ in the fx loop to use as a solo boost. It's not my ideal setup and I'm still looking for "my" amp, and will definitely be my next big purchase once I work out what that amp is (well ok, unless a guitar comes long that I have to have).

Needs:

Great, warm clean channel. Think early Mesa Mk I or II.
Versatile rhythm channel, from AC/DC "clean dirty" to fairly saturated, responsive to the guitars volume/tone. Tight bottom end, no flubber. No fizz!
Both footswitchable
FX loop

Wants:

3rd channel for solos
Controllable solo boost, footswitchable
Power scaling, preferably separate for each channel
Small head format, with a OEM padded gig bag

I need a bit of versatility since our live set is very varied, and we have no time between songs so minimal chance to fiddle with controls.

LSchefman
12-06-2012, 12:06 AM
I use a single channel amp and a HD500 with 3 different overdrive/distortions AND a EQ in the fx loop to use as a solo boost. It's not my ideal setup and I'm still looking for "my" amp, and will definitely be my next big purchase once I work out what that amp is (well ok, unless a guitar comes long that I have to have).

Needs:

Great, warm clean channel. Think early Mesa Mk I or II.
Versatile rhythm channel, from AC/DC "clean dirty" to fairly saturated, responsive to the guitars volume/tone. Tight bottom end, no flubber. No fizz!
Both footswitchable
FX loop

Wants:

3rd channel for solos
Controllable solo boost, footswitchable
Power scaling, preferably separate for each channel
Small head format, with a OEM padded gig bag

I need a bit of versatility since our live set is very varied, and we have no time between songs so minimal chance to fiddle with controls.

You might like the Mesa Mark V for all that. I really dug the one I had, very versatile, cool stuff.

LSchefman
12-06-2012, 12:06 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;32701']'64 Twin, baby!

Oooo, and a nice one at that!

Dirty Bob
12-06-2012, 12:40 AM
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/photo-62.jpg

Here is one of my favorites....this amp has a 1930's based western electric power amp as found in early Supro's...coupled with Bruce Zinky's MoFo preamp design....72 watts....think Marshall meets Fender meets Soldano...with some upper end chime that is just hard to describe.

This is the Proto...there are less than 20 of these in existence. It is a raw unbelievably touch sensitive creature...

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-06-2012, 12:52 AM
Which PRS sounds best with it? I'm guessing a Starla or Hollowbody.

Mikegarveyblues
12-06-2012, 02:00 AM
Lots of beautiful clean tone!
Drive channel but no need for OTT distortion. Maybe another for solo's, but again, not excessive.
Bass, Middle, Treble EQ Controls.
Series Effects Loop
Spring Reverb
Power scaling
Range of colours
Available in a 15 watt head and combo (Combo should not be a small box) with powerscaling for studio and home use and 50 watts for stage.

Dirty Bob
12-06-2012, 07:51 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;32768']Which PRS sounds best with it? I'm guessing a Starla or Hollowbody.


Hmmm...probably this one....the combination of the DGT's and the bridge sound magical with the amp...

http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/photo-63.jpg


My Spruce top HB isn't that far behind!

http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/photo-32.jpg

(Why is black so hard to photograph!!!)

Danerada
12-06-2012, 07:55 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;32768']Which PRS sounds best with it? I'm guessing a Starla or Hollowbody.

I would think a Starla would sound incredible through that amp...

Dirty Bob
12-06-2012, 07:56 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;32701']'64 Twin, baby!

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/64Twin/64Twin.jpg



BTW...I think I remember you almost parting with this amp in a GAS induced fit...I thought you were crazy!

justmund
12-06-2012, 04:10 PM
You might like the Mesa Mark V for all that. I really dug the one I had, very versatile, cool stuff.
Thanks for the recommendation Les, it's on the "must try" list. Unfortunately they're bloody expensive over here!

Egads
12-06-2012, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the recommendation Les, it's on the "must try" list. Unfortunately they're bloody expensive over here!

And, I hope you have REALLY strong shoulders for that gig bag! :) Lightweight, they are not.

That said, man are they versatile! I've had a IV and V and really loved both. The weight was my issue. Loved the tone, though.

prsrocker1988
12-07-2012, 05:20 AM
I need one channel with great cleans and decent headroom... I prefer to use pedals for the versatility when it comes to getting the gain... Nothing against cranked amps, but for live playing where I'm doing covers I really need an amp that will have plenty of headroom but also be very pedal friendly and not too harsh.

I'm currently using a 65amps Ventura (very Tweedesque) but have used a '68 Super Reverb AB763 and '65 Twin Reverb reissue for a long time. Which one I take depends on the venue.

I also have the holy grail, a late '55 Deluxe 5E3. If you are going to do the cranked amp thing and no pedals bizness, that's the amp to pick. I got it for home and jamming mainly and also because it was the model amp used on the recording that saved my life and got me into guitar (Hotel California by the Eagles on both solo parts).

I love some Marshalls too, but really think Fender circuit is the way to go for a clean amp + pedals thing. Just the uncolored pure tone of the cleans. I lean towards Blackface more than Tweed most for this reason but I do love the 65 Ventura which is a bit hairier at louder volumes than my BF amps.

LSchefman
12-07-2012, 11:15 AM
Thanks for the recommendation Les, it's on the "must try" list. Unfortunately they're bloody expensive over here!

Sure meets most of your criteria, though...but I hear ya on the expense.

docbennett
12-11-2012, 08:26 AM
This little toy has me spending more time with backing tracks and dubbing phrases, with my booteek amps collecting dust for the past couple of weeks. This phase shall pass, but it has been a lot of fun playing with this toy that I picked up at GC on Black Friday for $100.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61iKtwnjwCL._AA160_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/Fender-Thirty-Electric-Guitar-Amplifier/dp/B003660TU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355232262&sr=8-1&keywords=fender+g+dec+30)
Fender G-DEC 3.0 Thirty Electric Guitar Amplifier (http://www.amazon.com/Fender-Thirty-Electric-Guitar-Amplifier/dp/B003660TU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355232262&sr=8-1&keywords=fender+g+dec+30)

LSchefman
12-11-2012, 07:28 PM
This little toy has me spending more time with backing tracks and dubbing phrases, with my booteek amps collecting dust for the past couple of weeks. This phase shall pass, but it has been a lot of fun playing with this toy that I picked up at GC on Black Friday for $100.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61iKtwnjwCL._AA160_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/Fender-Thirty-Electric-Guitar-Amplifier/dp/B003660TU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355232262&sr=8-1&keywords=fender+g+dec+30)
Fender G-DEC 3.0 Thirty Electric Guitar Amplifier (http://www.amazon.com/Fender-Thirty-Electric-Guitar-Amplifier/dp/B003660TU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355232262&sr=8-1&keywords=fender+g+dec+30)

Those things can be a lot of fun for different things!