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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Silverfox on Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:44 am

POD2 with floorboard combined with a Peavey Bandit 112 for me. Set up with the POD as pre-amp and the Peavey just delivering the power. More than enough power for my domestic playing! I enjoy the flexibility of the POD for different tones but I often seem to drift towards the 'Small Tweed' and 'Tweed Blues' models so I guess if I was forced to buy another amp I would be looking at the fender options!

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Post by Bluesman on Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:44 am

MARSHALL JCM 2000 DSL 401 8 valves (tubes) into a Vintage gold 12" celestion. Marshall regenerator pedal. I mike it up with a SM58 vocal mike into a 4K PA rig for live work. Not really into pedals, prefer to let the amp find the drive I want. Ive got a Line 6 flextone with a FBV floorboard as a back up, but they are bloody complicated for an old Luddite like me!

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Post by caucajun on Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:30 pm

dear old luddite, :?:

i got the answer to your modeling complication. it took me a while myself to figure it out. SIMPLIFY!
find 1 (count them->>> ONE) amp model you like, then, find the effects models (one of each) that you like best, then, switch your board to "effects" setting and forget that you have a million other choices in there. Mad

in other words: "don't switch programs.......switch effects!" Cool


i went thru 5 different modelers before i figured that out. Embarassed


update on my rig. it has changed. i got shed of my fender and ampeg amps. i have since gotten a seymour duncan 100 watt convertable and a pignose G40V. both are surprizingly honkin' squawlers! i also have a special amp en route bounce which may disqualify me from further posting......we'll see what's in the pawnshops, tho'.


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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

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Post by Bluesman on Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:16 am

Caucajan, thanks for the advice mate, much appreciated. The Line 6 is easier to get to grips with now.

I blew the valves in my Marshall DSL yet again!! it costs me £85 every 4 months time to replace them! The valve bias is linked to the volume so every time you alter the volume you alter the bias, as far as I know it only happens with Marshall DSLs. So I've sold it on and bought a Marshall 100DFX combo. It sounds bloody awful but it will do the job until I can find a Marshall JCM800!

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Chris the Caver on Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:05 am

Trace Eliot. S'nice.

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Wow!

Post by VikingFirebeard on Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:58 pm

Hope it's not too late to add my twice cents! More Line 6 users here than I thought.

I've "geeked" out my rig:

The get the neighbor's attention setup and Home recording setup:


Flextone HD + Floorboard with a Mesa Boogie straight cab/slant face 4x12 with Celestion Vintage 30's all around.
Twisted Evil

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Obi Wan Russell on Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:12 am

For many years I used a 1976 vintage Marshall 100w Super Lead Mk II, model 1959, with a 250 watt 1x15" Marshall Bass speaker (great for rythmn, loads of bottom end), then about ten years ago I added a model 1922 2x12" lead cab to make a rather odd looking stack, then five years ago I added a model 1960A 4x12, which normally had the 2x12 on top to make a 6x12 stack! The 1959 was semi retired as for gigs I was using a G100RCD twin channel transistor head, which has now been semi retired to practice amp status as I bought a Marshall Mode Four four channel 350watt head last year. You may detect a bit of a Marshall bias here... I met Jim Marshall himself back in 2003 and he signed both of the amp heads I had at the time. Regrettably I had to sell the 1959 two years ago to pay the mortgage that month (I'm still in therapy about that...) but the Mode Four is helping me get over that trauma. Also I use a Boss ME 50 multi effects unit and a de Armmond Volume pedal (the foot pedal on the ME 50 is usually set to Wah), so with the six button floor controller for the Mode Four I have a crowded floor in front of me at gigs! I used to have a set of EKO Bass pedals (like Moog Taurus) but they died a few years ago (tone generator chip went, and could I find a replacement? I should coco...) so they were sold too. One day Iwould like to get my hands (or is that feet?) on an actual Moog Tarus unit, but they are rarer than hens teeth right now and when they do appear online the price is astronomical. Sometime in the future I would also like to get hold of another 4x12, a 1960B Bottom cab so that the stack is complete. Also unecessary for most gigs, but it does scare the natives! I also had a 200 Watt Bass stack for a few years but again had to sell to pay bills.

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by king koeller on Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:06 am

Polytone, 100 watt combo, 12 inch speaker

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by totnesdave on Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:54 pm

Currently mainly using :

Fender Blues Junior tweed 15w valve combo, EL84 power tubes (this is the limited edition with the Jensen speaker) .. it's so 'chimey' and lovely Smile



I also have a Fender Blues Deluxe tweed 40 watt valve combo (the original 1994 USA model, not the recent reissue) again a nice amp with a 6L6 power stage this time.



My effects vary as I kind of change my tastes (I have a cupboard full of gizmo's !) but currently stuffed into my BOSS BCB-60 carry case are:

BOSS EH-2 Enhancer (for added Knopfler-esque presence)
Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter (for twang)
Dunlop Univibe Chorus/Vibrato
Carl Martin AC-Tone Overdrive/Boost (great front end to the amp, was using a Vox V810 Valvetone before this)
Ibanez CS-9 Chorus
BOSS DD-6 Digital Delay

I also plug a Buddha Wah pedal in front of the other effects if I feel like waggling my foot Smile

If I need extra 'dirt' this usually gets plugged in the form of a tuna-can sized Bixonic Expandora Overdrive/Distortion Twisted Evil

cheers

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by norfolkngood on Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:51 am

I think I've got the amp that time forgot!

I've just collected an early 80s Washburn Raven (same DNA as Westones Cool ) purchased on a buy-it-now deal on UK ebay. The seller wasn't prepared to sell the guitar separately from his old amp, so I came home with a little (but damn heavy --- well it was by the time I'd lugged it across London) amp as well. Wonder if anyone has heard of KMD amps? I can't post photos at the moment as camera not working & spare £s just spent on the guitar so here's the description....

It's a KMD GS18 amp. It proudly boasts "made in England" on the front panel (a rarity in itself, we've stopped making stuff here No ) and it's got a Celestion G10D - 25 speaker. It's transistor not valves (shame!!) and is nice & loud for a little amp.

Can't find anything much on the web about this model although a few of it's big brothers are reviewed on harmony-central. Apparently Richie Sambora used to endorse KMD amps back in the 80s. Anyone know anything else about these unknown amps confused

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by corsair on Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:31 pm

norfolkngood wrote:I've just collected an early 80s Washburn Raven (same DNA as Westones Cool )

..well done, you!! I haven't seen any of the Matt Washburns for ages, and I lusted after an Eagle for long enough!!

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Guest on Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:35 pm

norfolkngood wrote:I think I've got the amp that time forgot!

Is it kind of like this one? Wink Wink




Snigger, snigger!!!!!

Sorry mate, I haven't heard of it before either but I'm sure somebody out there will be able to give you the low down on it!

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by norfolkngood on Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:41 pm

Yeah, that's the one!!

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by silence86 on Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:40 am

- Laney RB9 top
- Boss GT6-B
- selfmade 15"-bassbox (planning the 4x10"-box at the moment)

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by halo71 on Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:09 pm


  • -Epi Valve Standard (made into a head unit)
  • -Hughes & Kettner (Attax100 head)
  • -Crate (G600 head)
  • -Line6 (HD75 head)
  • -Custom made 4x12 w/Pyle Drivers<LI>-Carvin 4x12 w/Celestions

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by bobroberts on Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:23 am

erm.... marshall g15r cd Embarassed it's an old one, off ebay, with a 'park'(?) speaker...? anyway, it's not great. maybe i'll start saving for something better. dunno what, though...
when i go jamming with my mates, i hire one from the guy who runs the rehearsal rooms!

when i'm recording i plug my yamaha dg stomp into the mac!

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Obi Wan Russell on Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:14 am

Anybody remember Badger Amps? I saw one on ebay the other day and it brought back a few memories... My first electric guitar was as previouly mentioned a Thunder I dating from 84, but at the same time my first amp was a Badger 15 watt practice amp. I have fond memories of it, though I sold it about 18 months later to buy a Marshall 30 watt amp (which was loud enough to compete with most makes of 50 watt amps as I recall). The picture below is of an 8 watt practice amp but the only real difference was a larger speaker with fret cloth over it.

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Post by bobroberts on Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:57 pm

yes, i do vaguely remember badger amps. don't think i ever had the pleasure of playing one, though. i did have a shocker of a fender practice amp though. 'hot' something, maybe. had red push buttons for the different settings, like clean, crunch, etc... 4 of them i think. pretty bad, it was. wish i could remember more about it.

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by anaerobe on Thu May 21, 2009 1:18 am

Marshall VS65R Valvestate (Made in England 1996) - Its a 65 watt Valve/solidstate hybrid power stage into 1x12" Marshall Gold Back speaker. The tube components are ECC83 [12AX7] pre-amp valve, which is active on both channels. Really simple with two seperate channels - 'Clean' and 'Overdrive'. I haven't had much luck playing around with the contour control on the overdrive channel. The built-in spring reverb is pretty nice, actually I love this feature. It also has a line out jack for connection to external equipment. Good crunch and good clean sound. Not quite big enough for a live show but I've used the line-out to a PA. As I said, the warmth in the tone generated by the tube in the pre-amp stage really rounds out the sound in this amp (Marshall stack sound). I've really beat the hell out of this thing and so far so good, great value and sound for a hybrid. If I ever upgrade this I will look for a bigger Marshall tube amp or if I can get a good deal, something by Orange. I'd give this an overall rating of about a 9/10.

Line 6 Spider III 30 - update: July '09...TRADED the Line 6 for a Peavey Classic 50/410.... more on this at the end of this thread.

Edit: Based on some advice from a lister, I went out and bought a used Zoom G2.1u multieffects pedal. This MIJ pedal has got some good models (Fender twin reverb, Marshall JCM 2000, my favourite is the 5150) -, has a metal case, is able to run on batteries, and both the preset clean and dirty patches are good, quite useable - and this pedal is dead quiet with the right gating.
The strength of this pedal is in the ability to use the EQ, effects, compression, cabinet, mic models, etc to modify and create your own patches. Almost all of the effects are top-notch, with a passable auto-wah, pedal wah, chorus and 3 types of reverb. Crazy metal patches with enough gain to blow the basement up - one is a close approximation of early VH - and one can general some interesting dive-bombs. Outstanding value. Thanks again to Hendrik for his advice, best 125 bucks I've spent on effects.


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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by silence86 on Thu May 21, 2009 6:28 am

Hi,

I'm thinking of of buying a used fullstack:

- Hughes & Kettner BassBase 600
- Hughes & Kettner Bass Custom Series 410H
- Hughes & Kettner Bass Custom Series 215H

Does someone of you perhaps have any experience with this equipment?

Best wishes,
hans

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Post by halo71 on Fri May 22, 2009 10:28 pm

I recently picked up a TubeWorks Provalve 1160 rack amp. And it's sweeeet! These were made/designed by Genz-Benz back in the day. And for the money (cheap) I highly recommend anyone checking them out if they are looking for a nice rack amp for short money!

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Barry on Sat May 23, 2009 11:24 pm

In the "old days" I gigged with my 1984 Roland Cube 100. Solid state but heavy as hell to lug around so I added casters to the bugger! God knows what the hell is in it. A really powerful beast...made the 'ole Spectrum into a formidable weapon! Especially when trying to compete with the other two band jokers on their Strats!

In the really old days I used my 1965 Danelectro DM25, an all tube, real nice vintage sound with an absolutely wicked tremolo and funky reverb. I recently blew the dust off it and plugged in my Danelectro '56 U2 Re-issue--wow! I'm 15 years old again.

These days I mostly noodle in my basement music room so I don't use the Roland!
I used to use my 15 watt 1996 Washburn Southside Junior a lot. It's a cool looking amp with vintage tweed covering and has a mellow blues sound with an overdrive that really delivers. It's solid state but sounds like a tube. I normally use it with a Boss CE3 chorus pedal since it has no built in effects.

BUT...I made a deal back in November for a beautiful '07 Epiphone Les Paul Studio (worn cherry finish) and the package included a VOX DA5 "practice" amp.

WELL! Let me tell you--practice amp, shmactice amp!
This thing is the size of a toaster and ROCKS YER SOCKS OFF!!! bom

I have no clue how the clever folks at VOX did it but the advertised 5 watts somehow comes out sounding like 500!! If you've never experienced this little box o'dynamite, run, do not walk to your nearest music store and try it. You'll want one immediately! It even runs on batteries!
I could ramble on about it but best read about it for yourself here:
:arrow: http://www.voxamps.com/us/da-series/da5/

Oh yeah...I also have a Danelectro Honeytone mini-amp in Daddy-O Yellow. 4 exciting watts, and it clips on yer belt! Now I can walk about the house and annoy the hell out of everyone! Razz






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Post by DuoFuzz on Sun May 24, 2009 8:22 am

The first amp I bought for myself was an 80's era solid state Sound City. It's 10 or 15 watts, very clean sounding but has no overdrive or reverb. I've still got it somewhere, mainly because it's worthless!

I replaced this when I got the chance at to buy my first real tube amp, a silver face Fender champ. An amazing punchy little thing I'm never letting go of. I replaced the tubes and upgraded the speaker to a Jensen alnico item but it still didn't have the option of overdrive or my beloved reverb without having to resort to stompboxes all over the floor. I don't need all that extra work when I just want to sit in front of TV or play along with an album.

So I got me a Laney VC15R. I love this amp, it's loud with a great overdrive channel and a sweet reverb (if you don't overdo it). I can just plug in, kick back and noodle away!

Barry wrote:
Oh yeah...I also have a Danelectro Honeytone mini-amp in Daddy-O Yellow. 4 exciting watts, and it clips on yer belt! Now I can walk about the house and annoy the hell out of everyone! Razz
I love these type of amps. So far I've got a couple of the Marshalls (a half stack and a full stack!). And I've got the mini Fender Deluxe and the cool Mini Tweed complete with leather carry handle. Best of the lot is the Orange Micro Crush. A metal chassis and wooden cab construction, it comes with an awesome overdrive and a built in tuner. Pretty loud for 1 watt of giggle inducing noise!

Barry wrote:
I recently blew the dust off it and plugged in my Danelectro '56 U2 Re-issue--wow! I'm 15 years old again.
Cool guitar mate Cool . I got one in Limo Black, they sound amazing with both pick-ups on together. They are built so simple they shouldn't work!

DAN.

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Barry on Sun May 24, 2009 9:15 am

DuoFuzz wrote:my first real tube amp, a silver face Fender champ
A lot of folks like the Champ. Can't beat a real tube-type for that authentic sound. My buddy had one for years and I briefly had one but swapped it out for the Roland which has the reverb and overdrive built in plus a lot more power. Depends on what music yer playin' at the time I guess. I wouldn't mind having it now though!
DuoFuzz wrote:I got me a Laney VC15R. I love this amp
I seen these and heard good things about them, but never had the chance to play one...yet.

Do check out the VOX DA5 if you're into a smaller amp for noodling around, or even very intimate gigs! It's got all the effects you could ever want built (11 of them) in as well as 11 amp styles plus the ability to program them all, AND it can optionally run on C batteries! I've heard tell of lots of pros who use this for both recording and as their main source when live, patching into a larger amp or the PA for volume!
Ain't it grand to have so much choice these days? sunny

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Post by corsair on Sun May 24, 2009 3:51 pm

Yep; sure is!! I don't know what the situation was like in Canada when you were a young fella, Barry, but out here in the Antipodes it was pretty dire!! But a couple of NZ firms came up with versions of the famous amps of the time, one of which I still use to this day... or would if it were in the same city as I am!! It's an all-tube Holden 100W combo loaded with 2x KT88's and 4xECC83's - heavy as all hell but what tone,,, sort of marshall-y with a heavy Blackface vibe; I've never liked the idea of a practice amp simply 'cause I think you should practice with what you're gonna gig; that way there are no surprises and you know exactly what sort of tones you are going to get at most settings.
If you don't gig of course, then a wee job makes a hell of a lotta sense!! Laughing (You can always turn a big amp down, though...)

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Barry on Sun May 24, 2009 10:15 pm

corsair wrote:I've never liked the idea of a practice amp simply 'cause I think you should practice with what you're gonna gig; (You can always turn a big amp down, though...)
Yeah, I never used a "practice" amp in the days when I was playing either. Didn't have one!
As for turning it down, I suppose, but I don't think you really get the full frequency response and subtleties that way. You have 100 watts sitting right there--too much temptation to let 'er rip so you can hear it all!

My 'music room' is only about 10x10 and I already have enough tinnitus to provide my own horn section. I don't need more volume. The VOX suits me very well for most noodling around. It's plenty loud but also extremely versatile and 'suggests' different sounds depending on what guitar I'm playing (and which song). It's a great way to stretch myself musically. With just that one amp I have 11 amp styles X 11 effects settings X 12 guitars...and I can program each setting 3 ways. (You can do the math. Makes my head hurt thinking about it). About the only thing I'm really missing is a heavy bottom end.

Lately I'm rediscovering my first amp, the Danelectro DM25. With the Dano U2 or the Gibson ES330 plugged in it reminds me where it all started for me. Great stuff--single coil hum and all!

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by hendrik on Sun May 31, 2009 2:09 pm

- Blackheart BH5-112 http://www.blackhearteng.com/bh5112.html

- Orange Crush 15 http://www.orangeamps.com/products.asp?Action=View&ID=92

Both are actually to loud for home use.

- a small 4 W amp from around 1965 called Lancia (Japanes made, seems to me it's a Guyatone).
Has a nice warm sound and can be played in the living room !!!

Plus a bunch off pedals. Tonebone Hot British, Little Big Muff, Tech 21 XXL ... DOD Phaser...., EHX Echo.

For the daily playing I'm using a ZOOM GM-200 amp modeler. Has also Chorus, Tremolo, Reverb and Echo.
(11 model's, I'm using two off them, British Crunch and British drive). Goes straight into a small ALESIS IO14 Firewire and then into the PC.

Keeps the neighbours happy! Cool

H.

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Post by bobroberts on Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:47 pm

i sold the crummy marshall practice amp (and a load of other stuff), and and bought a lovely, nearly new, peavey classic 30.. swoon...

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by colt933 on Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:31 pm

bobroberts wrote:i sold the crummy marshall practice amp (and a load of other stuff), and and bought a lovely, nearly new, peavey classic 30.. swoon...

I have a Classic 30 too - pretty good for PV. The clean sounds are great. The built-in distortion is barely passable but I imagine it would sound good with a good distortion pedal.

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by bobroberts on Sun Jun 07, 2009 2:10 pm

it does quite nicely for the stuff i play...

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by kebabage on Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:08 am

Got this today! Its a Marshall MG100HDFX and is replacing my MG30DFX!

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Barry on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:03 am

That should keep the neighbours' toes a-tappin'! Razz
Cool Jazzmaster too...is it new or old?

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by kebabage on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:12 am

Thanks! Its a Crafted In Japan Jazzmaster, from around '03 or later I believe! I think the amp was good at £200 Very Happy

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by Barry on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:31 am

kebabage wrote:...from around '03 or later...
So, old for you, new for me! Razz
I've never been much of a Fender guy but these always had an appeal for me for some strange reason. The closest I have to a Fender is Vintage TC200, a British designed Telecaster clone which is very nice.

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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by anaerobe on Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:11 pm

I picked up a Peavey Classic 50/410 last weekend. I emailed Peavey with the serial number and factory codes - and found out that it was shipped in 2001. Tubed preamp and power amp - built in Meridian, Mississippi. She's got a really smooth clean channel, nice and glassy, perhaps not as chimey as a Fender Twin, but better than a Hot Rod. Its heavy - weighing in at about 75 lbs... I'm going to find some Ernie Ball casters for this one. I like the reverb - the tank itself is pretty huge. The lead channel is not as "dirty" as my Marshall, but its quite useable for what we do. How does the lead sound? The closest thing I can think of is Gerry Garcia circa 1972.


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Re: What amp(s) are you using?

Post by anaerobe on Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:52 pm

OK here we go.... Real Pics of our amps..

First up is the Marshall valvestate. Its a nice little amp, good dirty channel, some background hiss - 1996 model, made in UK.



Next up is the new Peavey... love this amp. It runs a fan which is audible when idling.



The clean sound is pretty brilliant. Dirty is nice too, not meant for metal, but I like it. Nice warm tones from this amp.

Here is a pic of the controls... you can also see part of the Zoom 2.1 pedal in the background. The two make a nice combination, as I mentioned before.



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