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Leftee
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Aug 9th, 2019 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

The EHX Dirt Road Special. Sounds pretty nice!

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Leftee
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Aug 9th, 2019 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you’re a reverb junky, this looks like it would be muy grande’!

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Aug 9th, 2019 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looks pretty cool and sounds nice, too ! The reverb options are terrific.

Although it's now 40 watts (up from 25 watts) I wonder if it uses essentially the same solid state technology and layout that it did in the 1970's or whether that has been revamped ?

In any case, it sounds good and is a great new option from EH.

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Aug 9th, 2019 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would guess revamped. I can’t imagine anyone using that old technology today.

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Aug 9th, 2019 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nobody would use the old tech--especially in the power supply. Class-D power uses PWM; it is super clean (rejects noise) and super efficient, and cheaper to make than the older stuff.

Modern SS amps are amazingly good.

That one sounds surf-a-licious!

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 09:19 PM, Aug 9th, 2019)

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Aug 9th, 2019 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are so many great options these days in SS/modeling amps. This one appears to be a worthy contender.

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Aug 9th, 2019 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Many of the newer ones aren't even modelers (no DSP chips in the preamp). I think this is very cool.

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Aug 10th, 2019 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of the advantages cited for my Boss Katana is that it uses a Class AB power amp, rather than newer and very efficient Class D, specifically because Boss felt it was better sound-wise.

I think in the (very) old days of solid state guitar amps in the mid to late 1960's, the impression was almost given that big solid state power transistors were almost substituted in Class AB circuits in place of the power tubes. Ironically, a number of these transistor amps were heavily criticized for their sound at higher levels !

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Aug 10th, 2019 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a thing for the JCM800 solid states amps. I have 4. Were they all that? No, not really. It’s more a nostalgia thing for me.

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Aug 10th, 2019 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Class D is kind of a mixed blessing as far as I'm concerned. Probably due to my ignorance of power perceptions from ads and the like.
The ad specs 1000 watts with no ohm rating given on some gear so you're looking at 5000 watts onstage and the reality always seems to be less impressive like an old Peavey CS800 would give a ton more ooommmph! to a PA rig over the new technology in Class D. Maybe I'm missing something.
In short if it sounds impressive it is impressive but the specs on ads are kind of misleading for me.
EHX is a respected name for sure and I'm sure their gear is great but the proof is in the playing experience. The amp in their video sounds full and clean though.

Peppy

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Aug 10th, 2019 08:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

How does the Bite switch come into play? OD of sorts?

Bubbalou

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Aug 14th, 2019 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Modern SS amps are amazingly good.

That one sounds surf-a-licious!"

Nice!

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Aug 14th, 2019 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

This would be a great amp for surf/spy. It's got that tanky sound and it even comes through my winky little laptop speakers.

If I were in the market, I'd be looking hard at this one.

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Aug 14th, 2019 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I play older country music. I think this amp would be great for a clean tone with plenty of power.

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Aug 14th, 2019 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

It seems a great little amp.

I have no idea what the Bite control does. I’m trying not to look.

Twangmeister

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Sep 6th, 2019 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still have my vintage Small Stone. A newer amp wouldn't be a bad thing.

Tony F

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Sep 10th, 2019 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looks sweet.


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Sep 11th, 2019 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

After reading all the above, I refuse to click on the link. I need to sell amps, not buy more. ;)

Tony F

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Oct 1st, 2019 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had one in the 70's and loved it, was the only non tube amp i used back then.

As far as the bite control it seems to be a gain of sorts that works in concert with the volume.

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 09:49 AM, Oct 21st, 2019)

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