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Bigfoot
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Mar 14th, 2017 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I will always remember our first big gig as a 12 year old playing for an older high school party. I rented a Rickenbacher Transonic. Coolest looking amp ever being an upside down trapezoid. It was solid state but lots of cool knobs and switches, and tons of headroom which back then playing crappy amps was always a problem. This certainly solved it. Plugged my Mustang in with 2 pedals: Crybaby and Mosrite Fuzzrite. Yeah, baby.

BTW, the audience reaction was utter disappointment when they first saw how young we were, until we started with a great rendition of InAGaddaDavida with my Vox Crybaby breaking new sonic ground. They instantly loved us. Ahhh, the good 'ole days....

The Transonic Beast Had Arrived

rfrakes331K
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IL USA

RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Mar 15th, 2017 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

60s Blackface Vibrolux Reverb. Mostly too loud for small rooms. Sounded great above 5 if your ears could take it.

Indiana Mike
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Mar 16th, 2017 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Since we are well into this thread, I'm going to deviate from the OP's parameters and add two times when I was listening to another player and realized it was the fantastic amp I was noticing rather than the skill of the player or the guitar being played.
One was walking into an in progress club gig and the amp was a Blackface Pro Reverb.
Another was at a guitar show and a guy was noodling on a Strat through a Matchless. I forget the model now but that was one great sounding amp.

picnic
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Mar 17th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At a FDP jam in MD, Scottyranks gave me his PRS DGT plugged into a Vox AC50. Whoa, that was sweet. That was a moment that got me into PRS guitars and Vox amps for a long time.

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Mar 19th, 2017 10:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

52 Tele (old school wiring) through a 59 Bassman RI at a guitar Center a number of years ago. Tone bloom from heaven. Didn't have the bucks to snatch them both up at that point, regretted it for months.

ejm

usa

Mar 20th, 2017 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Indiana Mike: I had the exact same experience as a player at a guitar show in LA several years back.

I'm pretty sure it was a Matchless (and not a Bad Cat), and it was the Strat that the dealer brought to demo his amps. They weren't real busy at the time, and I just kind of got lost in the experience and how good it sounded. Someone remarked after wards that me and the gear were "bonding".

Every time I go to one of these amp shows, there are a ton of great sounding amps. But for some reason, you can always tell if it's a Matchless/Bad Cat when you hear it, before you even see it.

Another time, at another amp show, Hughes and Kettner were there. Their room was loud, but the tone was not at all abrasive or painful to be around. You could have stayed in that room all day and not felt that you were being damaged in any way. Maybe later, after you left. But not right in the moment.


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Mar 20th, 2017 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bluesmama,

The singer/ guitarist in my previous band used to play a Tele through a 4x10 bassman. It sounded fantastic, and contrasted nicely with my Strat/LP/ Marshall

All this talk about Bogners has got to me and I've been watching a Mojado combo (which is out of my price range) and a Duende 30 combo (which is *way* out of my price range) on eBay. They are the only two listed in the UK. Any advice?

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Mar 27th, 2017 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ayns, I've had Bogner Metropolis' 15 and 30 watters. Very swirly 3D tones available with the Schizo switching system. Lots of other very usable tones inside too. Put them on your radar.

Playing at a MD jam, I used Scottyranks DGT through his AC50 for a couple of tunes. I've been jonesing for a DGT ever since

stinger22

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Mar 28th, 2017 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back in the late 60's I was asked to join a band even though all I had played was acoustic and they had a Telecaster in psychedelic paint a Standell amp and a Fuzz Box. It was heaven.

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Mar 29th, 2017 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This incredible Showman amp with matching reverb unit:

Showman Amp

Ayns
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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Apr 1st, 2017 01:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Picnic. The Duende is now sold.

Forgot to say in my earlier post that the guy with the Bogner Shiva also has an Axe FX as his main gigging amp. It sounds even better than the Bogner! If that's possible.

LeftyMeister

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Apr 20th, 2017 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was in the studio a couple of decades ago and had by Heritage 535 & Crate Vintage Club 50. After a couple of takes, the engineer came out of the control room and said, "Your amp has a hum in the mix." Use this!"

He moved my Crate aside and plugged me into a '65 Twin Reverb. It was the sweetest and most buttery tones I've ever played.

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Apr 29th, 2017 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

65 blackface Vibrolux Reverb, Fender Telecaster 65 dual wide range Humbuckers natural finish! Heaven!

Rigby1027

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Apr 30th, 2017 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1968 Gibson Acoustic. Should've bought that one.

Ayns
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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
May 5th, 2017 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The guy with the Bogner Shiva combo turned up at the buskers last night with a Fender Supersonic 60. He's letting the Bogner go as it is "backbreakingly heavy"

If I had £1500 going spare I'd buy it. :(

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May 5th, 2017 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Bogner is a beast.

jellybones
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May 5th, 2017 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Bogner is a beast.

Ayns
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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
May 15th, 2017 04:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And now he's got it on eB*y for £1,650.

Tyrone Shuz

USA

I'm all in!
May 19th, 2017 09:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Trainwreck. Shared a bill with a friend's band and the guitarist has a '59 LP (YES, /that/ one) and a Trainwreck. I played a 'wreck at Angela Instruments, and it was at the "ridiculous" price of about $1,200 (I had just a couple years ago purchased my Marshall 50 for $250). Great amp in the store, but at the gig, WHOOOOOO-DOGGIE!!!! That thing made the hairs on my arm stand up. By then ('91 or so??) that amp would have been worth $5-$6k, and now, forget it...$20k? $40k?

And that LP he got around '77 or '78 for like $3700 bucks or so. That was HUGE money back then, but he's sitting on at least a quarter mil now.

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