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Old January 2nd, 2012, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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IF You Were Going Solid State..

If you were going to use a solid state amp for whatever reason, what specs/features etc. would you require ? What would you avoid ?

Name a specific ss model if you like, but what does it have that does it for you.

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Old January 2nd, 2012, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Almost anything Peavey or a Yamaha G100 II. Great cleans, just a bit more sterile than tube.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 11:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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just get a mustang they have it all
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Peavey and Fender both make some good SS stuff.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 11:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Fender and Marshal Chorus amps are pretty nice. Princeton Chorus for example.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Tech 21 or the ZT lunchbox amps.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have played through

Roland JC120-Great amp with a killer chorus and vibrato that can give you a Leslie type effect. Great for keyboards and electric-acoustic guitars too. DO NOT USE THE BULIT IN DISTORTION.

ZT Lunchbox and Club-I currently own both but after getting the matching cab for the Lunchbox and I may sell the Club. The Club has a nice tone for Jazz and efx loop but I rarely use it these days. The Lunchbox stack gives a great tone.

The Roland Cube line is also pretty good.

I would like to try Pritchard amps.

Peavy Nashville and Session 400. Loud and clean. Hey, Jerry Reed used a Session 400 and Redd Volkaert uses a Nashville 400 and a LTD 400 IIRC.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
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old kustom solid state amps
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I've got an old GK 250ML that I really dig. I've used it for 2 gigs,and as a practice amp. It works well with my new hollowbody, and it's now become my "Jazz amp".
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Fogarty got great tone from one but , not sure how. My father in law has one and it sounds ok sometimes but bad lots of times
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Roland JC120, there is a reason it ia used on tons of albums and live. But you better have a strong back.

Peavey Bandit, killer 112 combo
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies. I have access to several models mentioned here.

This one is what I'm considering. I can get a somewhat minty one cheap, complete with f/switch
http://www.peavey.com/assets/literat...s/80370411.pdf

I play acoustic as well, and this one looks tempting.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Vox Pathfinder 15R does it all.

Great tone
Low enough wattage for home/practice
Headphone output
Tremolo and reverb
High enough wattage to gig
$120 USD new

I don't work for Vox.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 01:33 AM   #14 (permalink)
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As mentioned in a different thread, are you specifically wanting a digital modeling amp, or an analog amp?

I've been a HUGE fan of the old Randall RG series amps for years, and I own an RG-80 (80w, 1x12 combo) and it's big brother RG-100? (100w, 4x10 combo). These are from approximately 1980.

These are the amps that Dimebag Darrell used for his heavy crunch tone, but that's not what I use them for. The overdrive sound more like a Warren Haynes or Billy Gibbons tone to me. But they have a glorious and huge clean tone with more headroom than you can imagine. The punch that they have is amazing. And if you've ever played a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive pedal, which has the ability to blend clean and overdrive tones... the RG series do this with the two channels. You can blend the two channels, and even engage that via the footswitch.

The coolest thing? I got the RG-80 for $90 (in 2001). And I got the RG-100 for $120 (in 2010).

To be sure, I still use my old Alamo tube amp a lot. But I also use my Randall amps a lot. These things can be found sleeping away in pawn shops across America, and many of them come stock with original Celestion speakers (mine did). I've got an original G12-80 in my RG-80.

If you ever see one, check it out.
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Almost anything Peavey or a Yamaha G100 II. Great cleans, just a bit more sterile than tube.
I never thought I'd see someone else taking about the Yamaha. I have a G100 112 that I bought for about $225 years ago. I bought it when I was in music school and I needed an amp to play in the big band that would stay clean...and I had to wheel this thing all over campus. It's built like a tank. It's not my favorite amp, but I've used it on all kind of gigs in a pinch. The cleans do sound good, but not warm like a tube amp. My OD & distortion pedals work with it (they do sound better on a tube amp). You have to be more careful matching solid state with your OD/distoriton pedals. Some of them just don't sound that good paired up.

There are some good players that have gotten good tone from solid state. I think Ray Flacke used solid state Lab Series if I'm not mistaken.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 02:12 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Peavey Bandit you just cannot go wrong with one.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 02:13 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I was pleasantly surprised when I played through a Tech21 Trademark 60, that amp did a very respectable job I thought.

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Roland cube 60 is easy to dial in. Vintage type; any Lab Series but the Lab Series L5 is a favorite among the SS amps
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Peavey and Fender both make some good SS stuff.
Peavey Bandit rules the solid state world (the new ones are real good). I absolutely abhor Fender's solid state amps...until the Mustang Series. The Peavey Bandit can sound great but it can sound awful too. I only use the clean channel/25%/loose speaker setting or the (have to go look what they call it) lowest drive setting. You can still crank that pre setting but the beauty of the Bandit is that the power section will crunch. The clean channel can get creamy wicked. Of course you can crank out the 100% setting and use an extension cab to crank out 100 watts. I use the ext speaker purely because I have it.
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Peavey Bandit rules the solid state world (the new ones are real good). I absolutely abhor Fender's solid state amps...until the Mustang Series. The Peavey Bandit can sound great but it can sound awful too. I only use the clean channel/25%/loose speaker setting or the (have to go look what they call it) lowest drive setting. You can still crank that pre setting but the beauty of the Bandit is that the power section will crunch. The clean channel can get creamy wicked. Of course you can crank out the 100% setting and use an extension cab to crank out 100 watts. I use the ext speaker purely because I have it.
Mine is the Teal Stripe the one before the Transtube versions even though it has some of the electronics in it just does not have that adjustable stuff to mimic tube saturation. Still it is a great amp and I do not even use the distortion channel I use the clean channel when I use it with one of my RP Digitech pedals for dirt.
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