Guitar amps!

FranzS

Rookie
Anyone playing guitar? What amp are you playing with? What's your dream amp? Tube or ss? Real amp or digital modeler? Clean, crunch or massive overdrive? Discuss!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Had a Marshall JTM50 "Bluesbreaker" Combo. (In my dreams) Stole it from Clapton when I was his roadie. Traded it in for this Dumble (another dream):
Were you the roadie that spoke the malapropism that became the album title Disraeli Gears ? Can I start calling you Mick Turner?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Were you the roadie that spoke the malapropism that became the album title Disraeli Gears ? Can I start calling you Mick Turner?
Perhaps. I've gone by a number of different pseudonyms. I don't know if I was, indeed, responsible for spraching that malaprop. Thanks to frequently partaking of a rather potent Strange Brew, I have very little recollection of the years 1966 thru '68. Me, and my buddy Jimi were in a pleasurable, prolonged, perhaps pernicious, perpetual Purple Haze during that period.
 
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zipplock

Hall of Fame
Just a simple Line 6 1x12. Most folks think these amps are trash but I get some nice tones out of mine. I went from tube to solid state to modelling amps.
Of the new stuff I'd do some setup with a Kemper Profiler.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Perhaps. I've gone by a number of different pseudonyms. I don't know if I was, indeed, responsible for spraching that malaprop. Thanks to frequently partaking of a rather potent Strange Brew, I have very little recollection of the years 1966 thru '68. Me, and my buddy Jimi were in a pleasurable, prolonged, perhaps pernicious, perpetual Purple Haze during that period.
Well, Mick, you did get around quite a bit to gig for both 3-piece power rock bands simultaneously. Sure(shs)ly you must remember going from stacking Jimi’s Marshalls at Monterey during the early days of The Summer of Love to touring as the warmup act for The Monkees for 7 dates in July.
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
Many years ago I was looking for a small amp to use in my apartment at the time (my 1x15 being a bit much for that setting) and I had my eye on a small Orange amp. I searched for weeks on end, and finally an ad pops up for a used one. I drive 45 minutes to its location, super excited. I plug in and start playing.

I ended up leaving with a Peavey.

I like my amps relatively clean, and if I want some noise I'll just use pedals,. Amps I've liked: Fenders, most Peavey amps, Yorkville/Traynor (my brother has a great tube Traynor amp), just about anything by Ampeg, Markbass stuff sounds great but the brand is really pricey. I'd like to try out some Aguilar stuff.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
A Fuchs ODS used to be may main gigging amp for some time. Versatile and very good quality. But these days it mostly stays in its flight case. Top + cabinet is not the most practical setup.

In more recent history, an old 80s Roland Cube that I picked up for pennies has been my main gigging amp. It's very light and portable and works very well for jazz, takes pedals etc. Some jazz legends like Ed Bickert used to play through them back in the day.

Also have a marshall tube combo that I used in my early teens and a fender champ that's nice for home usage. I Occasionally borrow my dad's Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb reissue, which I also think works superbly for jazz and clean tones in general, though I hate the way it overdrives.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
I play bass and I love my orange amp. I love how it has a distortion effect, helps make those really crunchy bass lines sweet!
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
Many years ago I was looking for a small amp to use in my apartment at the time (my 1x15 being a bit much for that setting) and I had my eye on a small Orange amp. I searched for weeks on end, and finally an ad pops up for a used one. I drive 45 minutes to its location, super excited. I plug in and start playing.

I ended up leaving with a Peavey.

I like my amps relatively clean, and if I want some noise I'll just use pedals,. Amps I've liked: Fenders, most Peavey amps, Yorkville/Traynor (my brother has a great tube Traynor amp), just about anything by Ampeg, Markbass stuff sounds great but the brand is really pricey. I'd like to try out some Aguilar stuff.
Totally agree. If an amp cannot provide a nice clean tone, forget it.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I am not sure if I understood, but we can leave it there.
If youve not seen it, perhaps SNL will yield some insight.


Here's a German drum / cowbell cover of BOC's Don't Fear the Reaper. Ironically, Blue Oyster Cult's use of cowbell is much more subdued than either of these versions.

 
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Had this Sunn before but I borrowed it and it never came back.


Should probably buy something small now and I'm delaying it endlessly. Haven't played anything other than classical in 2 years for sure.
 

FranzS

Rookie
Just a simple Line 6 1x12. Most folks think these amps are trash but I get some nice tones out of mine. I went from tube to solid state to modelling amps.
Of the new stuff I'd do some setup with a Kemper Profiler.
I've started with a Line6 Spider 1x12 :). But after discovering tubes I've never looked back! Digital modelers/profilers became great in the last few years though. And Neural DSP brought PC plug-ins to another dimension too!
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
I've started with a Line6 Spider 1x12 :). But after discovering tubes I've never looked back! Digital modelers/profilers became great in the last few years though. And Neural DSP brought PC plug-ins to another dimension too!
Looks like we have taken opposite paths. Maybe tubes are more consistent now. Back when I started you could rarely get the same sound twice. That's why I moved over to solid state and then modeling. I know what I am going to get. To be fair, there is no substitute for the liquid gold that can come out of a tube amp when the conditions are just so ...
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
Totally agree. If an amp cannot provide a nice clean tone, forget it.
Having said that, I did play with a Gallien Krueger that was so flat that it was kind of lifeless. Couldn't manage to get anything out it.

I've started with a Line6 Spider 1x12 :). But after discovering tubes I've never looked back! Digital modelers/profilers became great in the last few years though. And Neural DSP brought PC plug-ins to another dimension too!
Looks like we have taken opposite paths. Maybe tubes are more consistent now. Back when I started you could rarely get the same sound twice. That's why I moved over to solid state and then modeling. I know what I am going to get. To be fair, there is no substitute for the liquid gold that can come out of a tube amp when the conditions are just so ...
I remember the very first Line6 amps that came out, and everybody was kinda blown away at the variety of sounds that came out of them, but after playing with any one tone for more than 5 minutes everyone kinda went back to their original rig. On some level, even the new ones - which are apparently much better, but I haven't actually been in the loop for many years - may not be that useful outside of working studio musicians who need to have a wide variety of tones available to them. I feel like getting one amp that is close to one's preferred tone and tweaking from there might be more practical, though I understand the appeal of having access to so many different sounds.
 
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