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Blackface or Tweed for a Tele- which is better and why

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by tjmicsak, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. thegeezer

    thegeezer Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Hey, I use a Tele into an old tweed Deluxe...I never turn it up past 3.5. It's plenty of amp to hang with a drummer and handle places that hold 100-150 people.

    If it's mic'd, I mean c'mon, a tweed Champ could fill the Garden.

    I've had a Deluxe Reverb and still have a Twin Reverb. I actually like the Tele through the tweed best because of the mids but to each his own.
     
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  2. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Holic

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    Either one really. Just run a compressor between your guitar and amp. A tweed will cut through the mix better in my opinion because of having a bit more mids.
    They look better too.
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I prefer BF, because I play clean most of the time.
    If I was more of a rocker, tweed would be cooler.
    Both sound great.
     
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  4. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Afflicted

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    Depends on the drummer... I've played with one who's sole purpose in life seemed to be hitting the kit as hard as he possibly could. A tweed deluxe would've stood no chance!
     
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  5. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Tele-Meister

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    My Tweed Deluxe has been got at with uprated transformers and a few other mods. It'll stay cleaner till a lot later than a stock TD, which makes it a bit more useful for gigging. The small cab does however hold it back, so I just scored a Tweed Super clone. More of everything in a lightweight package, plus a better tone stack. I'm interested in how it'd sound with a 12" Celestion Gold, but the 2x10 Jensens seem pretty cool.
     
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  6. rze99

    rze99 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    With judicious use of EQ and tone control I can get either to sound just like each other. Prefer tweed and Marshall's for Strats. Tele sounds great into anything .
     

  7. middy

    middy Friend of Leo's

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    Right, just turn down the bass and treble (and turn up the mids if available) and turn up the volume and a blackface has plenty of mids...
     

  8. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Tele-Holic

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    I agree with the prolific use of Peaveys on much of the early county recordings and tele work.

    But as far as blackface versus tweed, I always thought I liked the blackface sound better - at home. With a band? The tweed wins in my opinion. All that lush scooped sound of a blackface can vanish in a band, while the tweed seems to speakout, and spanks and quacks better for a tele imo.
     

  9. highgreenchilly

    highgreenchilly TDPRI Member

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    What about a Bassman?
     
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  10. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Tele-Meister

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    Fantastic sound. Dangerously loud. 410s are a bit odd. Stand directly in front and they don't seem too loud. Anyone further away gets their face melted.
     
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  11. LuthRavin

    LuthRavin TDPRI Member Ad Free Member

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    When these questions pop up I always go back to my youth.. and Buckaroo Don Rich.. His Telecaster thru a Blackface Fender will always light up my fire!!
     
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  12. jorbjorb

    jorbjorb Tele-Meister

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  13. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Holic

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    Tweeds and Blackface (Silverface)........I like both for what they do. How does one decide?
     

  14. jutter

    jutter Tele-Meister

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    Hmmm why not?!
     
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  15. jutter

    jutter Tele-Meister

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    Is this a Pro Junior?
     

  16. Il Duce

    Il Duce Tele-Holic

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    I know that I did the Lol, but I was actually being serious. I remember seeing lots of very talented players using Peavey's back in the day and sounding pretty darn good.
     

  17. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Holic

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    It's a Tweed Deluxe clone.
     

  18. jutter

    jutter Tele-Meister

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    Do you mean the tubes or the tranny Peavey amps?
     

  19. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Gotta disagree.
    A tweed Bassman is not a very loud amp. 40 watts just isn't much louder than 20, and they start to break up at reasonable volume. AND, the 4x10 sound disperses very close to the amp, so you do hear what the room is hearing. It's 12s and 15s that do what you describe
     
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  20. Il Duce

    Il Duce Tele-Holic

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    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that most were solid state, Bandits and Studio Pro's. A lot of the Peavey amps from that era had the same or very similar cosmetics.
     

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