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celius

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Mar 3rd, 2017 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thinking back myself over years of playing from the 1970's to the present to the best sounding amps-rigs that I ever played through that I did not own or that I did not have the money to buy at the time.

1. Had some friends in a touring rock band in the 1980's that played a gig at the old Button South in Hallandale, Florida around 1982 (2,000 seat capacity club with a nice stage and light board) and they let me come up to play a few Hendrix tunes. My Bud played a Marshall Half-Stack 100 Watt Head (don't remember the model) and the stage mix was unbelievable and he was running some chorus, a tube screamer, and delay on the pedal-board. It was "surround sound" on stage at a great volume through the monitors and I could hear every instrument and the vocals perfectly.........Closet I ever came to a rock star was that night.

2. A few years ago in the large Guitar Center in Atlanta when I was shopping for a 2-12 combo amp. Played about 7 in the store including Fenders, Marshalls, Blackstar, etc. but I kept coming back to a Messa Boogie (don't remember the model).......Creamiest drive channel I ever played through with no pedals.....Did not have the $ 2,300.00 to drop on the amp that day so I had to pass. I also played the high end Friedman Head-Cabinet combo just for the heack of it that day and I still went back to the Mesa.

(This message was last edited by celius at 05:11 PM, Mar 3rd, 2017)

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Mar 3rd, 2017 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I went to the music store to try a guitar I'd heard good things about. They plugged me into a Carr Rambler amp. Guitar was so-so but man, that amp sounded great. I still think about it -- but I don't need anything that expensive to worry about ($2500 as I recall.) My Fenders (DRRI/SFPR/BJ) suit me fine.

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Mar 3rd, 2017 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

An older Egnater combo that was being sold used at a store in the DC area (Atomic Music's Arlington, VA store). It sounded killer, both clean and OD channels.

I guess I was trying to be "a good boy" and that's why I didn't buy it. DUMB!

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Mar 3rd, 2017 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My buddy's Bogner Shiva.


(And I've been to the Button South.)



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Mar 3rd, 2017 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'68 Fender Drip Edge Vibrolux Reverb. This goes back 12 years or so. Straight in with my Les Paul standard. It belonged to the drummer in my old band. He brought it to rehearsal because it made no sound.

I found the speaker wires connected incorrectly, fixed that and fired it up. Heaven!

I played the rest of the rehearsal. He would not sell it. :-(

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Mar 3rd, 2017 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

About 15 years ago at a jam one of the guitarists brought his 59' Bassman. Yes, the real thing. There were several other very nice amps there, but that Bassman just killed it. I got to play his Tele, an American Standard IIRC, through the Bassman for a couple of songs. That was a blast.

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By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 3rd, 2017 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond, you should have disconnected those wires before the end of the night. Maybe an "intermittent" issue would have done it!

Dolemite

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Mar 3rd, 2017 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Viera beat me to it. 4x10 '59 Bassman combo. Hit one chord.. HOLY SMOKES.

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Mar 3rd, 2017 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some sort of Gibson amp that I played a Warren Haynes LP through. I wanted to buy the whole setup! This was many years ago at the Gibson shop at Opry Mills in Nashville.
I should have at least bought the guitar, one of the best sounding LP's I ever played through.

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VA

Mar 3rd, 2017 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A script-logo JTM 45 head. This was back in the late '80s. It wasn't until years later that I knew what that meant.

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Mar 4th, 2017 05:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A Dumble Overdrive Special. It was covered in tan suede leather, and holy moly the thing was like having a tiger at the end of a leash. That was one responsive amp. If it were for sale, the starting price would've been $50K.

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VA

Mar 4th, 2017 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've always wanted to try my hand at building a Dumble clone of some sort. At least as close to one as I could manage.

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Mar 4th, 2017 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Impossible to say because there is nothing like playing a good rig at a live gig. I'd say my best rig was a '67 ES-335 through a blackface Super Reverb. Or a '55 Tele through a blackface Twin Reverb.

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By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 4th, 2017 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ceriatone makes a 20-watt mini ODS clone. I saw one for sale used nearby but I didn't dare play through it. It wasn't bad, maybe $600.

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Mar 4th, 2017 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ceriatone used to sell an ODS kit (no speaker or cab) that ran ~$450 or so. No idea if they still do. It's close to the original design, but not exactly. Done right, they sound pretty good.

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Mar 4th, 2017 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just recently I played through my pal's Marshall TSL100 with his old LP custom. Woman tone thru the lead channel. It was glorious.
Unfortunately, this model had a design defect (increasing bias curent) and he has had to order a revised ckt board for 250 bucks.

My staple back in the day was a '62 Tele and '69 GTLP thru a BF Super Reverb, with an ext. Bandmaster cab with JBLs.

Mike's Man Cave

(This message was last edited by RDR at 01:29 PM, Mar 4th, 2017)

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Jim
Mar 4th, 2017 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1963 Brownface single Showman paired with my 63 tele and a gibson 175 with the the f-holes taped. I borrowed the amp for Eddie Bertrand of The Bel Airs and Eddie and the Showman fame. (Think Mr. Moto, Squad Car, Mr. Rebel).

Our gig was in the Rolling Hills High gym. This was the first time I could play the 6th string and chords without distortion. I was 15 years old. It was a big step up from my 63 Bandmaster.

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Mar 4th, 2017 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Showman amp can take your head clean off. *Clean* off. Great amp!

Leftee
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Mar 4th, 2017 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's a BF Showman head on the local CL for $800. What do these go for these days?

L. Nedmundo

Philadelphia

Mar 4th, 2017 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For bass, it was an Ashdown head through an Ampeg 8x10 cabinet owned by the bassist of another band on the bill. My Fender Jazz sounded spectacular that night. I've played through other great rigs since then, but that one left a lasting impression.

For guitar, at a jam session I ran my Strat (with Lace Hot Golds) through a bandmate's Mesa head/cab rig, I think a Mark IV or Mark V. It was truly inspiring -- and IMO sounded way better than when he runs his Les Paul Studio through the same rig.

After that, I was convinced I'd get a Mesa when I finally ponied up for a tube guitar amp, but I couldn't resist an incredible deal I found for a new Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb. It's actually a fantastic amp, and I dig it, but I would have been even happier with a Mesa. In the unlikely event I ever play guitar in a band again, I'll get an Express combo.

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