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OST

United States

Nov 23rd, 2007 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Blackface

titles

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 07:13 PM, Nov 30th, 2007)

OST

United States

Nov 23rd, 2007 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tweed

please

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 07:14 PM, Nov 30th, 2007)

Webfoot

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Nov 23rd, 2007 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the work in putting this together. I was able to download the first 2 clips but could not get the third clip... but it could be my laptop.

How load is the Super compared to a blues jr or pro jr? Half as loud? 3/4 as loud?

TomStrat
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Seattle, Washington

Nov 23rd, 2007 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice, thanks. Those sound quite good. I have an SCXD on the way. I Need a small portable amp for jams Since i usually leave my Kustom '72 coupe at our band room. This SCXD should fit the bill well.

OST

United States

Nov 23rd, 2007 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Web: I have no idea how to make that comparison, since loudness is perceived differently in different rooms, depending a lot on tone and other variables. But whereas I have a hard time sitting in a small room directly front of a Blues Junior with the volume on, say 5, the SC seems easier to take. If I had to guess, I'd say it's 3/4 as loud, but since you don't need volume to get the breakup, I don't find myself turning it up much above 3 on most settings.

There seems to be a problem with the tweed clip. I'll look into it.

(This message was last edited by OST at 04:52 PM, Nov 23rd, 2007)

kensmith

US

Nov 23rd, 2007 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

due to the limited effects settings can you let us know how well they take pedals in front (ie. bd-2, delay, reverb)?
thanks!

OST

United States

Nov 23rd, 2007 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ken:

Holy Grail reverb sounds great, but that's all I've tried so far.

yellowrubberduck
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Nov 23rd, 2007 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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yellowrubberduck
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Nov 23rd, 2007 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tweed

Tweed

yellowrubberduck
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Nov 23rd, 2007 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BlackFace

BlackFace

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Nov 24th, 2007 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BF sounds fab, tweed a bit boomy, esp for a quack position. I'd like to hear the Brit w/the bridge pup.

Nice playing too.

fendrguitplayr
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Nov 27th, 2007 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the sound clips and review.

OST

United States

Nov 27th, 2007 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're welcome. Unfortunately, I just boxed up the Super Champ to return it, as it's developed an annoying whining sound that occurs after it's warmed up. I replaced each of the tubes and it persisted, so fearing warranty violation from further fiddling, I'm sending it back. Not sure if I'll just get another one or if I'll try something else.

It's really a great amp for my purposes and I like several of the tones it delivers, but I have a very low threshold for defects.

kensmith

US

Nov 27th, 2007 09:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OST: that is disappointing to hear as I am hanging back to see how the early adopter units fair (testing, tone, noise, etc).

How would you compare the SuperChampXD to your Tech21 Trademark 10 or 30 for similar application (home use, or in church miked to PA).


OST

United States

Nov 27th, 2007 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ken, that's a very good question. I keep looking for this perfect tone, and I've gone through several low-watt tube amps trying to find it, with no success. But through it all, I've hung onto that Tech 21, so it's obviously got "something".

What it lacks, however, is the clean headroom and that Fender *sparkle*. The Trademark's cleans are good, but they don't have the shimmeriing presence that Fenders are so good at. It's a little darker, and not as punchy.

Its distorted tones are very good, and unless you really max the gain, it's relatively fizz-free, although as overdriven notes decay it exhibits the same unevenness that most solid state amps suffer from.

For live work, I'd most likely recommend the Trademark 30, as the 10's 8-inch speaker has its limits (although it's a very nice Celestion and better than most stock 8" I think).

I'm looking now at the Blackheart, a 5-watt head/cab that features a 3-watt switch.

Lesterstrat
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Nov 28th, 2007 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Please post in the correct forums. I moved the threads this time. They may be deleted next time depending on the mod's (any one of us) time and mood.

1976Tele
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Misery, err uhh...Missouri.
Dec 27th, 2008 12:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gear Wire's review of SCXD.

Gear Wire Review of SCXD

LeftyMeister
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Buckeye Country, USA

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Feb 6th, 2009 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That review was very informative. I see an XD in my future.

Tele 2K
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Feb 9th, 2009 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had mine for about a month, and it takes effects well, as long as you don't overdrive the DSP inputs.

I use a Bad Monkey/ Ibanez TS9DX combo with good results. These sound quite a bit better than the built in effects - for home use.

When I play out, I don't plan to take any pedals with me...the amp just sounds great, stock speaker and all.

VW

OASYSCO
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USA

Jan 7th, 2010 07:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought one of those when they first came out. Carried it to a jam and was blown away volume-wise by a Fender BJ. I had that thing dime'd and couldn't hear myself. Granted, it was a full band, but the guy with the FenBJ had plenty of volume.

I sold the amp after that.

too bad, because later I joined a short-lived community big band and the SCXD would have been perfect for that.

Greg

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