58 Bassman

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  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    At last night's gig I plugged my tweaked Supro Sahara slide guitar in and played a few licks to get the audience's attention after taking a minute to switch guitars.
    It sounded like GOD!
    My tone hound harp player knew just what I was thinking.
    He leans over and says in my ear, "Man...that old amp sounds like s#%&! Hahaha..."
     
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    I used to run across two particular tweed 4x10 Bassman’s regularly in the 80’s/early 90’s.

    One was owned by Duke Tumato’s rhythm guitar player. He played a ‘54 Goldtop through it and it sounded just like you think it did. I wouldn’t even pay attention to Duke or what song they were playing , I was just so focused on that tone.

    The other was owned by the house band guitarist at the Hi-Kicker country bar in Pontiac. The amp lived at that honky tonk. I think it was bolted down or something . This guy looked like Sleepy La Beef and Waylon had a kid. He knew country guitar chapter and verse and he sounded so good. Played a custom Tele through it.

    Charlie - most of your audiences probably don’t know how lucky they are !
     
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    Yah, I remember that Tomato guy.
     
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    A buddy of mine in Dallas, Mike Morgan, still gigs and tours with his '59. Literally, any guitar he plays through it will sound amazing!
     
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    I can buy guitars just by the way they look.
    They ALL sound good now
     
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    Not to derail this, but Duke Tumato and The Power Trio are still out there gigging. He's a great player and entertainer, and I saw him many times around Indianapolis, IN in the 70s and 80s. He's always had a solid, tight band.

    https://www.duketumatoe.com/
     
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    I feel the same way about my Twin. Maybe '58 was THE magical year? LOL
     
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    Man...it sure would be cool to get these 2 amps in the same room with a rhythm section!
     
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    Well, maybe if this hurricane hits us too hard, I'll come visit? LOL

    Seriously, it would be cool as the other side of the pillow to compare and do some pickin and grinnin!
     
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    Mama Chitlin is very sweet and supportive, but I wonder how she would react if I told her I was driving to Fredericksburg to listen to an amp!
    Actually...as I think about it...she'd be fine with it as long as she could come along.
     
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    Cooler than a polar bears toenails.
     
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    If ya come this weekend, y'all better bring yer water wings! LOL
     
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    I just gigged with my $99 Epi LP Special II P90.
    Sounded amazing.
    The 50s ES225 only saw the 1st set.
    It sounded pretty good, too. ;)
     
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    A great guitar + an ordinary amp can only sound but so good.

    A great amp + an ordinary guitar can get you the sound of your dreams.
     
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    P-90 FTW!!!! LOL . I love P-90s, even cheap ones!

    Yes, this is very true! I have a number of really good sounding guitars, and a few great sounding amps. The amps can fool me about so-so guitars....
     
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    I actually had to google FTW.
    In my biker past, it meant something different.
    I didn't know it had a more mainstream meaning!
     
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    Buddy Guys Chicago Blues Box amps are modelled after his 58 Bassmans. And Yes, they sounded like God when I saw him at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta a few years back. Between the tone and his raw, in your face playing, it tore your head off from the first note he played.
     
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    Didn't know that! He has a restaurant here in downtown Chicago that I've been meaning to check out. He talks to customers and plays shows every now and then. I've been meaning to look at the schedule.
     
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    Uh... I had to Google it too... My biker past is showing, I guess? LOL

    I had never known For The Win. Although, it was kinda the same sentiment... Better than all the rest, or better than anything else. Learn something new every day.
     
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    i played my 58 bassman off and on for decades and i must say i like my 58 twin twice as much.
    joe bonamassa nailed his signature high power twin pretty well so with those around more folks can have a chance to get on board with one, of course they may all get snapped up and hard to find just like an original.
    $3500 for the bonamassa one is a fair deal considering they may actually go up in value and you get to play a high power twin!
     
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