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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Who is not afraid to admit their #1 amp is solid state?

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Jim O.
Jul 7th, 2017 04:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tube amps do things that SS amps can't do - good things and bad things. But they are absolutely more tonally organic, to use an already hackneyed term. But as has been said dozens of times in this thread, SS are now quite good in so many ways, and for so many reasons. I have a few tiny SS amps for noodling around, but I also have 3 100-watt models that I use in rotation with our band: a Mustang III, a Champion 100, and a Katana 100. Right now I'm using the Champion. These amps sound good - I would say great for the Katana - and I just like 'em. I always play one of my tube amps at home.

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Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Jul 7th, 2017 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

One of the big mistakes made is lumping all solid state amps into one group...They can be as different as night and day with as many shades of dark and light in between.


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Jul 7th, 2017 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not afraid.

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The rain sounds like

a round of applause
Jul 7th, 2017 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Carlos Santana was not afraid to play through a SS amp at that Woodstock gig. It was built by Bob Gallien.

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Jul 7th, 2017 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, or assume that good sound with the right one can't be had at any volume it's capable of producing.

I am as happy with a Jazz Chorus within its regular operating parameters (or an old Fender deluxe 85/90/112 etc) as I am with a blackface Bassman, or my Mustang V halfstack!

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USA/Taos, NM

Jul 7th, 2017 08:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had one of those Fender Deluxe 90s. It was what got me started again after a 25 year hiatus. Had some friends who said they needed help with a band in prep for a New Year's Eve gig at the turn of the century (this one). If they were asking me, they REALLY must have needed help bad. Didn't own a single piece of gear at the time (amp/guitar/acoustic...nothing).

So the quick and dirty thing to do was buy one of those Deluxe 90s (new...with a Celestion speaker of some sort). As I got up to speed in the following year or two, it was pretty obvious how harsh sounding that amp was. And not very reliable. I ultimately moved on to a Peavey Delta Blues 1-15--which was/is a great amp. Learned a lot from that amp. But I've moved on to my Allen Brown Sugar and Allen Accomplice since then. Very happy.

But I ain't sayin' I wouldn't try a SS again at this point in time.

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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Jul 8th, 2017 02:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm now pretty sure my next one will be. The DV Mark (same company as Mark Bass) Evo 1 looks like it does everything I need. What I need is a wide range of sounds and levels, with reverb and speaker emulated DI in the simplest possible, highly reliable package. If I wanted to be in a Blues band I'd go for a good valve head for sure and just use the guitar volume. But that's not how it is.

DV Mark Evo 1

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Jul 11th, 2017 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I play bass. My current "go to" rig for gigging is a SVT7Pro over a SVT410HLF cab with caster installed. Portability being my main concern.

For practice its a '66 Showman head over a matching 2-15 cab with D140's.



Jul 12th, 2017 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Three fine examples of Solid State amps I have owned:
Roland cube 30
Fender Princeton Stereo Chorus
Fender Ultimate Chorus

Bass amps:
Galleon Kruger GK700 RBII
Peavey's Transtube Technology is good also.
My favorite Bass amp is a Genz Benz Streamliner 600 Hybrid (6 state tube preamp running at 300volts and Class D solid State output

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 08:15 AM, Jul 12th, 2017)

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Kansas City, Mo.

counting it all joy
Jul 14th, 2017 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not anymore---just brought home or had delivered a Boss Katana Head and the thing is truly amazing---- Now I just have to find the right bottom cab for it---right now it is going into my Suhr 1x12----


Maple Ridge, BC

Dumble is King
Jul 15th, 2017 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Die hard tube guy here. Forever basically. Tried a few SS amps along the way, (Cyber Twin being the most notable) but have always returned to the fold so to speak. About 4 months ago, after listening to a couple of Pete Thorn videos using Michael Britt profiles, I decided to purchase a powered Kemper Profiling Amp and matching Profiler Remote. Big fan of the Dumble tonality, (owned and played just about every clone made to date) so I was more than curious to hear what a profile of a REAL Dumble was all about. According to Michael Britt he got to spend a day profiling one of Keith Urban's Dumble ODS amps. Pretty sure Keith Urban didn't own it anymore at the time it was profiled. The profiles are extensive and cover clean and overdriven tones through the normal input and the FET input. I went with the Powered Kemper as I wanted to use it through some of my guitar cabinets (basically use it as I would any amp, tube or otherwise) rather than through active nearfield monitors or active FOH monitors. My cabinet of choice (for many years) has been a Glaswerks 2 x 12 loaded with Celestion G12-65's. Although the results with this cabinet and speakers were quite good, they also seemed to add a lot of "color" to the profiles that was hard to dial out. My main guitar is a PRS DGT so the combination of the cabinet, speakers, and guitar, (all quite low mid orientated) seemed to make everything sound a little congested and less open than I expected. On a whim, I decided to order one of the new EVM12L Classic speakers and put it in a RedPlate oval open back 1 x 12 that I had sitting around. WOW! OK. Now I get what these "amps" are capable of. Pretty amazing IMHO. Arguably the BEST D style tones I've ever had. Easily, and mean EASILY, beats the tones of any D style pedal I have ever owned (just about all of them) through a good tube amp, and are most likely the most realistic D style amp tones I have ever had as well. After all, it is a profile of a REAL Dumble ODS rather than a clone of a Dumble ODS.
I have since dialed in some killer tones of an original Jim Kelly amp, a Divided by 13 LDW39, a Morgan AC20, a Morgan RA37, Fender 64 Super Reverb, Deluxe, and Vibroverb, as well as various Marshalls and other boutique style amps. (Guytron most notably) Most are Michael Britt profiles, but the Fenders are Top Jimi profiles.
Yes. I still own one tube amp. It's a RedPlate CDS2 that I had for about 4 years now. Still plug it in from time to time, but to be honest with you, it's not the tonal nirvana it once was, and I find myself missing the Kemper quite quickly.
I currently have ZERO interest in going out and buying another tube amp, or even trying one these days, unless I stumble across a tube amp that's in the profile list I currently use. Even then, it would be for comparison purposes only. Besides, I could never afford to purchase all the high end amps that are currently in my profile list.
Am I surprised that I like the tone and feel of the Kemper so much? Yes! Always thought the tones would be pretty decent, but it's the feel that blows me away. Really hard to tell the difference IMHO.
There, judge as you will, but I can't help thinking how many studios and touring pros are turning to the Kemper after it has profiled the tube amps they use on a regular basis. :)



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Jul 16th, 2017 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good post SR2.

I know a guy with a Kemper profiler. It sounds great.

If I had unlimited funds to buy a top of the range gigging amp my top 3, based on amps I've actually played would be:-

1. Axe Fx
2. Kemper
3. Bogner Shiva

Until I win the lottery, I'll just have to make do with my Mustang III. ;-)

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San Francisco, CA

Jul 19th, 2017 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Used to be my Roland JC-120 was my fav amp.

But... it was so frickin' heavy I eventually sold it and went back to my '72 SFDR which is also a killer amp.


FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Jul 19th, 2017 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

There's always been lower-weight Jazz Chorii :)

I have a JC-50 (1x12, same chorus/vibe circuit, same preamp, same single speaker, just nowhere near as heavy).

There's the modern JC-40 as well which I know a few guys using as smaller venue gigging amps or mic'd amps at gigs.

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El Californio

Jul 19th, 2017 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Man, those Boss Katana 50, 100 and heads are getting *RAVE* reviews. Oy, and so cheap!

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Jul 19th, 2017 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not surprised, but the underlying sound engine is stupid good.

I've loved my GT-001 so much that I got the GT-100 and the Katanas are basically most of that sound engine (one amp model, instead of two simultaneous) of the big brothers.



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Jul 21st, 2017 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peavey Bandit 112 (current model). Simple, reliable, tough, affordable, ample volume for small gigs (100 or so patrons). Not sexy, or boutique by any stretch, but decent enough tube emulation thanks to transtube technology. Good sound IMO. What's not to like?

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell.
Jul 21st, 2017 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've only had two electric guitar amps in my life. A champ 40 and a NOS tweed Blues Jr.

Gave the champ to my son with my PRS se 24

He likes them, I prefer my Strats, Tele and Blues Jr.


The Free World

The New World Order is DOOMED...
Jul 22nd, 2017 10:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not afraid to admit that I've been spoiled by hybrid/modeler amplifiers.....

Started on a solid state Fender----great amp but lacking on a lot of desired levels. Got a hybrid Vox Valvetronix (actually owned a few of them) and they were freegin AWESOME sounding & feeling amps.

Now have another hybrid and this one is the Fender Super Champ X2 head. This is then lined to a Fender Eminence 12 inch gutted PR 65 cabinet. Speaker has long since been broken in from varied amp and cabinet usage for the past 18 years.....

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Aug 8th, 2017 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mustang 111 v2
mustang 1 v2
lightweight and loud enough:0)

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