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Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jun 13th, 2017 04:20 PM        

I used to be a tube guy, but three layoffs and a divorce during this last recession forced me to sell everything, including my tube amps.<br /> I am finding solace nowadays in the world of solid state. My go to amp now is a new Marshall Code 50 modeling amp. I play mostly rhythm guitar in my band (lead on 6-7 songs), and I am able to dial in a nice clean "Fenderish" tone, and come close to the classic harder sound made famous by the various Marshall amps over the years.<br /> My backup amp is a 1989 Fender Princeton Chorus.<br /> I know several of you swear by the Fender Mustang series.


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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jun 13th, 2017 04:58 PM        

Sort of. Small gigs, stairs, long load in/out, tight stage and similar I like my Mustang III.


FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Jun 13th, 2017 05:00 PM        

Mustang V and Jazz Chorus are my go-tos.<br /> <br /> I fire up the HRD when I want that specific sound.


Buckeye Country, USA

Motorcycles, Guitars, and Golf
Jun 13th, 2017 05:02 PM        

I have a 10+ year-old Vox AD30VT that still gets most of the at-home play time.


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Jun 13th, 2017 05:07 PM        

Peavey Vypyr 75 gets the most time here.


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So. Cal. USA

Jun 13th, 2017 05:30 PM        

I just can't do it. Modern SS sounds great from the audience but doesn't feel right to me playing it......and the harmonic feedback is just not there.


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I walk

between the raindrops
Jun 13th, 2017 05:33 PM        

Quilter Aviator here.<br /> <br /> Amazing sound, amazingly light, and amazingly loud when needed.<br /> <br /> I own some very nice tube amps, including a few vintage pieces that are tone machines, but the Aviator is what I drag around when I play out.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jun 13th, 2017 06:02 PM        

My HRDLX sits cold most of the time. I actually should sell it, but it's 22, has been in my ownership since new and I hate to sell any of my stuff.<br /> <br /> My little $105 buck VOX DA-15 has turned on every time for the last 10 yrs. Not a bad investment, and it gives me what I want around the house.

Mick Reid

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American-made in Oz!!
Jun 13th, 2017 06:51 PM        

Very happy with my Champion 40.<br /> So far it's only had home use, but will def go out at some point in the future. (hopefully not too distant future) :^)



Say what one more time!
Jun 13th, 2017 07:51 PM        

Mustang III v2 is my gigging amp. I use a Traynor Blue at rehearsals/practice.


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Hemet, SoCal

Let's do the Funky Alphonzo
Jun 13th, 2017 08:44 PM        

I have one of each. A Mustang and my Carr Merc. The Mustang rarely gets played but I'll hold on to it.


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El Californio

Jun 13th, 2017 10:41 PM        

Roland Cube 60 connected to a 2x10 cab equipped with Weber Blue pups gets the most play round here.


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too many guitars and not enough hands
Jun 14th, 2017 12:01 AM        

I would if I owned one.<br /> <br /> But, I don't. So I cant

Modal Magic

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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jun 14th, 2017 01:27 AM        

My Orange CR60C is a #1 in rotation with a bunch of #1 tube amps. I'm certainly not afraid to admit it's right up there with feel and tone when compared directly to tube amps. I'd easily pick it as my only amp if I was forced to because it has advantages over tube amps; relatively light weight and good tone at low volumes, amongst others.


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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Jun 14th, 2017 05:01 AM        

+1 on the Quilter Aviator w/1x12. Sit it right next to my HRD and I can hardly tell the difference in the sound. The Quilter has all the harmonics and depth that the HRD has without the worry of tube failure - and, it's about 12 lbs lighter! Not selling the HRD yet, but .....


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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Jun 14th, 2017 06:31 AM        

Closest thing I have to SS is my Vox AV50 AC. Nutube preamp and SS power section. 50 watts @ 4 ohms, 25 @ 8 ohms and 12.5 @ 16 ohms. Very powerful when run @ 4 ohms. A real beast and sounds enough like an AC15 or 30 to pass a blind AC test. The only negative is it is a little lacking in bass response compared to the real thing. It isn't my #1 but @ 1-1/2 lbs run through a fairly light 2x12 with Greenbacks, it is a totally gigable package!



Jun 14th, 2017 06:43 AM        

Recently picked up a mint USA Peavey Transtube Bandit (Red Stripe) with a 12" Eminence Legend speaker. Between the Bandit and my Yamaha THR10 for practice, my tube amps have been untouched for a few months now.


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USA/Central Illinois

Black Diamond Sugar Babies
Jun 14th, 2017 07:05 AM        

My tube Fender amps will be here as long as I can keep them, but I have been really impressed with my new Mustang GT100. These things haven't been out long, and have taken a beating in reviews on other forums, but once dialed in, it smokes my old Mustang III V1. The new one just takes some time for the speaker to break in, and the interface isn't as intuitive as the older version Mustangs. The tone is fantastic, and it has gotten virtually all of my play time since I picked it up, and I don't see that changing much any time soon, as I continue to explore it's many options.


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NW Pennsylvania

Jun 14th, 2017 08:01 AM        

My main jamming amp (because it's the lightest one I own) is my Marshall 2x12 MG250DFX.<br /> <br /> <br /> Many a FDP'er has thought it was a tube amp.<br /> <br />


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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Jun 14th, 2017 08:06 AM        

My Cyber Twin was for a long time, then I went Fender HRD, then Mesa Boogie F30 then Egnater. I'm now very likely to go to a tiny DV Mark solid state (same company as Mark Bass) for all the reasons others have given, plus a good XLR DI.

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