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dmoulton
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canada

Apr 23rd, 2005 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree too, I picked up my third Super Reverb this week, and a g-dec too. I had one a couple of weeks ago to try. It's main purpose will be to sit by the couch and I'll use headphones while my wife watches TV. Think Floyd with the Chicago beat is it for me, I get to the point were I want to start moving around the room :-)

Just fun................pure and simple, coolest thing I've seen in a while.

David

Thelonius

USA

Apr 23rd, 2005 10:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have generally dismissed all the G-dec posts with a "why in the heck would I buy another solid state amp, especially at that price, ever again". I have every solid state need covered with my old Princeton chorus, right? I certainly don't need something with lots of effects and gizmos since I have a Line 6 guitar port, right?

I tried one yesterday, wow, I'm now making room for the soon to be newest addition to the family.

I'm hooked on that rockabilly setting.

Idiot18

USA

Apr 28th, 2005 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try that rockabilly setting with the Scotty Moore Super 400 Variax setting--yowza! Just don't step on my blue suede shoes.

The Mad Hungarian
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DC/Baltimore

Castles made of sand fall in the sea...
Apr 28th, 2005 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Once I figured out how to grok the various amp, reverb and compression settings to my satisfaction (it's very worth your while to explore these options), I've been rockin' out with this thing. So much so that I have to be careful--once I start jamming with the G-DEC it's difficult to stop.

Idiot18

USA

Apr 28th, 2005 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Time starts speeding by like in The Time Machine. Seasons rush by, friends age and are buried, yet the G-DEC plays on...and on....

CoolDaddy

USA

JOHN 3:16
May 2nd, 2005 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tygr1:
Man, you nailed it on the head! I'm and oldie too, been at it for years... The G-Dec is a friggin BLAST! And like Idiot18 mentioned, try changing around some of the settings and you can get just about any sound you want. Needless to say my Strat sounds sweet on this thing but I had one of my old guitars (Ovation Breadwinner) sounding like George Harrisons 1963 Gretsch through a Beatles sounding VOX amp! This things got me playing old Beatles songs one minute and Rush riffs the next!! My nipples are still hard!

Jim Shine
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Snow bound
May 3rd, 2005 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree, this is a great little amp. The sounds are really nice, and at lower volumes, which bedroom players will appreciate. I also think it is a very simple design in that the basic operation is easy to use right out of the box.

That Think Floyd tone is amazing. I also liked the Screaming preset for some of the shred metal I love. I was surprised at how well this unit emulates spring reverb. I would say it is the best sounding spring emulation I have heard.

I wonder if Fender is making these to entice some of us into looking at the Cyber series products. I know I have alot more interest in them now that I have tried this.

StratQuebec
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May 3rd, 2005 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The G-DEC will certainly helps you being a better, happier guitar player.

The Cyber series products will certainly helps you being a better tone shaper!

These are as educationnal as they are enjoyable!


5Strats
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Charleston, WV

Axe Victim
May 6th, 2005 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

THANKS for the review, the G-DEC posse thread was of no use to me, I just wanted some feedback on what it sounds like.

ps -- I didn't care for the sound samples on Fender's website. However, as the owner of a Cyber Twin, I know that I probably won't like 80% or more of the presets anyway.

Doug1

Michigan

May 6th, 2005 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I spent two hours at my local guitar shop playing on the G-DEC today. I will be returning tomorrow to purchase one along with a beautiful MIM Black strat. I gave up electric guitar 2 years ago and went strictly acoustic, the G-DEC has given me reason to get back into the electric arena. Great toy, tool, and motivator. I can't wait to get playing.

Doug

Idiot18

USA

May 7th, 2005 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Two good things that newbies might miss:

If you like the sound through the speaker, good phones will totally blow you away (and save the neighborhood).

Also, by punching the DRUMS button and spinning the wheel, you get access to all 70 of the drum/bass patterns which is what they constructed the current 50 presets from. The guitar sound won't change with these, but if you set up your fave tone to begin with, you can really find some cool new grooves in this DRUMS/PATTERN mode. BYOT (Bring Yer Own Tone)

5Strats
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Charleston, WV

Axe Victim
May 10th, 2005 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI -- I bought a G-DEC last Saturday and its loads of fun.

Idiot18

USA

May 11th, 2005 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stay tuned for new presets and goodies from Fender in the coming weeks. Since the firmware is totally updateable via midi, it will be.

jay1vinton
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Hawaii, USA

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Mar 27th, 2008 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had to revisit this thread to see if the excitment held. I bought one about 2 years ago, did all the band in a box stuff... it's in storage now..

Johnny Storm

Dublin, Ireland

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Apr 20th, 2008 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got one a few months ago in a sale. It definitely put a smile on my face!
Many of the presets are quite fizzy. This one unfortunately seems to suffer from the turn-the-dial-and-see-what-randomly-results syndrome. I may take it back under warranty.

BlueHeaven
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Monroe, Mi.

All Reverend all the time!
Apr 24th, 2008 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It won't replace my 6v6 amps any day soon but I love mine. I think if you spend time to tweak it you can find some good tones in there. I have the GDEC30...don't know if it's much different from the regular version as far as tones. My shameless GDEC YouTube plug...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8duXQ01jtFk
Greg

Van Winkle 12

So Orange County, CA

All edits are for spelling and grammar.
Jul 22nd, 2008 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am sure everyone has seen it. But...



VW12

Eric Johnson plays the GDEC

DanL
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Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Aug 29th, 2008 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

jay1vinton

I hear ya. I loved mine too for about a year. Had lots of fun with it down in the basement. But then I started using my other amps, fx, drum machines, etc...along with midi tracks I downloaded onto my computer and recording devices and I stopped using the G-DEC. Sold the G-DEC for almost as much as I paid for it and I never looked back.

It was fun while it lasted.

FenderP90s
Contributing Member

USA

K.I.S.S.
Aug 29th, 2008 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had fun with mine too, but...

Mine developed the jerky knob syndrome. I also had a hard time getting decent clean sounds. It seemed as if the input was distorting quite a bit, so that I'd get that harsh, buzzing distortion.

So, I traded it back in for something else.

DanL
Contributing Member

Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Aug 30th, 2008 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FenderP90s,

I know exactly what you mean about getting decent clean tones. Just didn't have enough head room for me. I even sent the G-DEC into my pa system but the clean tones still sounded distorted.

I suspect the later G-DEC models with more wattage solved that riddle. Cool amp, lots of fun....but I don't regret selling it at all.

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