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Old December 12th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Join the Bedrock Brigade.

Bedrock amps were high quality tube amps built in New England during the late '80's through mid/late '90's.They are still great bargains on the used market,with amps still showing up quite frequently on Ebay and Craig's List.


First,I have a custom '97 600 Series 651 combo in green/blue tolex,Fender style silver mesh grill with old style scripted logo.I installed a Celestion G12K-100 speaker to excellent results.It was a Winter NAMM floor model in what I believe was Bedrock's last year of production.


Next up,a '96 600 Series 621 combo with Celestion G12H-30 speaker.This is basically a dual EL84 25 watt version of the quad EL84 50 watt 651.Both feature massive power/output iron,chassis mounted tubes,spring reverb,effects loop with send/return controls and military spec circuit boards.


Btw,I used to own a killer sounding early '90's 1600 50 watt head.This complex amp featured 12AX7A 7 tube descrete preamp sections [USA/British],a pair of EL34 power tubes,dual effects loops with send/return levels and bypass on each,dual spring reverb controls,8/4 ohm speaker outs and massive power/output transformers.I especially dug the higher gain British mode for it's smooth/tight/articulate tones and wonderful sounding harmonic structure.I eventually sold it to a friend after he had pleaded with me to sell it to him for the 5th or 6th time.I also made a nice $200 profit in the sale.


Lastly,I also had a late '80's 1400 Series 50 watt head.A great stage amp that sounded like a really good hot-rodded Marshall JCM800.Unforunately,it sounded only so so at lower/medium volumes and was quickly sold to an old school metalhead.


Anyone else have [or have had] a Bedrock amplifier?



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Old December 13th, 2009, 02:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No but I have always wanted one (just because I kinda have a Fred Flintstone thing about Me)but all I know is that I want green! so I am happy that You give some model info since I don't know one from the other
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Old December 13th, 2009, 03:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I inherited a Bedrock speaker with some other things bought from a guy a while back. It's a Bedrock 12E100.

I found through research that Guitarfetish's Jay once ran the Bedrock company. I wrote to him to find out more about this speaker and this was his response:

"Good speaker- Cone is a Britihs made Celestion style- Magnet and basket by Standford Acoustics- We assembled them in house- Like a 100 watt Vintage 30"

And that, kids, is your information moment.
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I inherited a Bedrock speaker with some other things bought from a guy a while back. It's a Bedrock 12E100.

I found through research that Guitarfetish's Jay once ran the Bedrock company. I wrote to him to find out more about this speaker and this was his response:

"Good speaker- Cone is a Britihs made Celestion style- Magnet and basket by Standford Acoustics- We assembled them in house- Like a 100 watt Vintage 30"

And that, kids, is your information moment.
Cool info.Thanks!


Billy B.,funny you mention the Flintstones reference,as the very first "Bedrock" amps were actually called Fred's.




Btw,here's a link to the Bedrock Tribute Page.There is also a link there to an informative message board.


http://bedrock27.tripod.com/bedrockamp/index.html



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Old December 23rd, 2009, 12:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've got a Bedrock BC-75 combo that I bought new in 1995. It's been on a bunch of tours with me, and to 45 of the 50 states... Still going strong.
It sits in semi retirement now because it's so heavy, and I haven't played a room where I needed 75 watts since the '90s.
I'm always a bit suprised that there isn't more of a cult following for them, they really are fantastic amps.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 12:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old May 20th, 2011, 07:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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got a bedrock 2x12 combo, Eminence speakers. loud and heavy--i think they were named
by their weight, or the cab being made from bedrock or depleted uraninium. built to survive a nuke. can get a variety of tones. not much info available on these, but i would grab another one in a heartbeat. Guitar Center special for $200 5 years ago, had 1 bad 12ax7, so they let it go cheap.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Btw,here's a link to the Bedrock Tribute Page.There is also a link there to an informative message board.
http://bedrock27.tripod.com/bedrockamp/index.html
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That's the website I started just so at least there is a little bit of Bedrock info out there. The Tripod host is screwy, they changed software and made updates a big pain, so not much has been done with it, and I don't have time to start over from scratch.

I just picked up a 1600 50w head (looking for a footswitch!) and I own a 1200 head and 1202 combo.

Too bad Jay Abend or Brad Jeter don't put up a page with a bunch of tech info, schematics, etc for the owners of these amps, since this stuff is tough to track down.
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I recently picked up a clean dual EL84 600 Series 25 watt head off the bay.Not sure if it's called a 620 or 625.Either way,it's a really nice compact tube head.



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