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Old February 7th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nobody home: cranked my Classic 50

Hoo, boy.

I play my Peavey Classic 50 with the amp turned up and the guitar turned down, most of the time, and I enjoy it that way, but today there's nobody home, and I got here while most of the neighbors would still be at work, so I dimed the guitar volume. I played as long and loud as I could stand it. I still haven't figured exactly what all the knobs do, but they do it loudly when they're pointed at the big numbers (8s and 9s; the 12s scare me.)

I wish I'd had one of these when I was a kid. Maybe not though, 'cause I can kind of hear still.

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Old February 7th, 2012, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old February 7th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice....I love to play just below ear hurting volume
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You gotta do that more often.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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A couple days ago I was in the same situation - no one home, neighbors out, and for the first time I cranked my Delta Blues. Now my OD pedal just sounds lame
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Old February 7th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a PV Classic 30. I think the classics need to be turned up to fully appreciate the hidden potential of these amps.

If all you do is try them out quickly in a guitar store or play at home with the volume less than say on 2, the amp really doesn't get to moving enough air to show off what they can do. Turn them up to half throttle and play a Tele on the rear pickup and it all becomes clear (well semi-distorted actually!).

Great cheap amps.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 11:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a PV Classic 30. I think the classics need to be turned up to fully appreciate the hidden potential of these amps.

If all you do is try them out quickly in a guitar store or play at home with the volume less than say on 2, the amp really doesn't get to moving enough air to show off what they can do. Turn them up to half throttle and play a Tele on the rear pickup and it all becomes clear (well semi-distorted actually!).

Great cheap amps.
I agree with this. When my classic 30 is at home volumes it sounds really thin on the overdrive but when I can crank it (usually all the way up to twelve on the normal channel) I get a very nice, extremely thick overdrive that's perfect for hardcore punk. I have noticed though that I can get a very nice clean surf or rockabilly tone at home volumes.
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I think I put up the same post two weeks ago, just a bj though. There's not much better than opening her up when you only have that opportunity rarely. It's up there.

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Old February 8th, 2012, 06:53 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If you really crank that amp up there's no need for distortion whatsoever; the loudness & feedback will make any guitar ring like a bell. I learned that lesson as a teen with my Standel super-loud transistor amp.

Unfortunately, unless you are Albert King, or a rock star, you won't be welcome on many real-world gigs playing that loud. Best to get that guilty pleasure done when no one's around!
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I think I put up the same post two weeks ago, just a bj though. There's not much better than opening her up when you only have that opportunity rarely. It's up there.

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My other amp is a Blues Junior. It's the one I use most of the time. I've never dimed it, but I often play it at comfortably loud levels. I thought about cranking it last night, too, but by that time neighbors were arriving home, and my ears were kind of, well, you know.
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Now try it with a 100 watt twin turned all the way up :)
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Now try it with a 100 watt twin turned all the way up :)
I bought an old 100 watt Twin this last December. I have not been able to get it above 5 so far. I really do need to put in the ear plugs, stand in the hallway, turn it up to 10 and see what happens.

But ya we wouldn't need half the pedals we use if we could dime our amps all the time.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #13 (permalink)
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PERFECT!!! I live out in the country by myself and my neighbors are awesome. One don't care how loud as long as some Eagles are thrown in there for good measure and the other will grab his guitar and come join me if he hears me. Just goes to show, be good to your neighbors and you'll have good neighbors. Rock on!!!!
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Met a guy who had brought his SG and a full Marshall stack to college my freshman year. I'll never forget filing down the hall during a fire drill, alarms wailing, hearing someone just shredding, clear as a bell over all the noise. Got to his door, and there he was, plugged in and turned to 11. He just shrugged, with a "when else do I get to crank it?" look on his face. Nothing quite sounds like a tube amp cranked. Nothing.
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