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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by JDaveG, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. JDaveG

    JDaveG Tele-Meister

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    Jun 8, 2008
    Powder Springs, GA
    .....LOVE it. Not the most toneful amp on the planet, but it does fine for what it is. Good sounds, great patches, good all around practice too.

    I would have gotten the Line 6 Spider Jam, but it's too big for my purposes. The G-DEC is the same basic idea in a smaller footprint, so it was better for me.
     
  2. pchilson

    pchilson Friend of Leo's

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    Aug 23, 2007
    Arkansas
    Which one did you get? I've been thinking along the same lines.
     
  3. JDaveG

    JDaveG Tele-Meister

    256
    Jun 8, 2008
    Powder Springs, GA
    Just the plain jane G-DEC (not the Junior, not the 30). Here's a pic.

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  5. brownshoe

    brownshoe Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 1, 2007
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I have a 30. Love it too! Mojotron pretty much nails the amps capabilities with his posts in this thread. Be sure to read the entire thread because he posts again after three months of use.
     
  6. Doug Ferguson

    Doug Ferguson Friend of Leo's

    Jan 3, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Another 30 user, and lovin' it! I'm looking forward to getting a MIDI interface and unlock the rest of its potential.
     
  7. pchilson

    pchilson Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    58
    Aug 23, 2007
    Arkansas
    I was trying to decide between these or the Line6 Jam Man. Line6 sure likes money...
    I would like to try the G-DEC 30 on for size. Do you guys find yourseleves getting lost in it jamming along looking up to find you've been at it a couple hours?
     
  8. JDaveG

    JDaveG Tele-Meister

    256
    Jun 8, 2008
    Powder Springs, GA
    I don't know about "lost" -- I KNOW I'm spending a lot of time with it :D

    As for the Line 6 Spider Jam, that is a GREAT amp. It's just too big for my use. I needed a small, portable practice amp. The Line 6 is a hog. Sounds fantastic though, and probably a lot more versatile than the G-DEC.
     
  9. dqami

    dqami Tele-Holic

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    Feb 11, 2004
    I wired my plain GDEC w/ a speaker out jack w/ a switch to go back and forth. I'm now able to hook it up to an 4x12 cab. At level 3 this amp is loud and the full tones from the settings are revealed. I had previously swapped out the stock Chinese speaker w/ a Jensen Mod speaker as suggested from another website but it still sounded like crap. Removing the back panel did help though. The amp seriously needs at least a 12 inch speaker to fully enjoy it. Some have hooked it up to their home stereo using their hifi speakers for good success.

    I was thinking of building a cab for it and just making it a head. The chassis is pretty small and would definitely blow people away once you hooked it up to a cab and the setting you like.

    I'd like to eventually move up to the Jam but it's more than I care to spend. Mainly for it's built in looper which has a lot more recording time vs the Gdec and for the better jam tracks. I hear they've modified the software to allow changing keys like the Gdec. That's a major upgrade cause that to me was one of the best features of the Gdec.
     
  10. Doug Ferguson

    Doug Ferguson Friend of Leo's

    Jan 3, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I, too, was thinking about ditching the stock speaker and opening up the back. The back I'll definitely do. I've decided just to run it to a 12" speaker cab I've already got with a Screamin Eagle in it. I'm building another cab, so soon it'll have its own, with the stock 12" that came with my Blues Jr. I very much agree that this amp sounds best with a 12. I'm surprised Fender didn't go with one, but then the end price would no doubt have been less attractive. Still, it's a great amp that only needs a speaker/cab tweak to get it in the zone.
     
  11. brownshoe

    brownshoe Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 1, 2007
    Sunnyvale, CA
  12. Legba

    Legba Tele-Meister

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    Jan 28, 2008
    Idaho
    G-Dec 30 here and get a lot of use out of it!
    Hooked up the MIDI for backing tracks and enjoy that a lot as well.
     
  13. dqami

    dqami Tele-Holic

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    Feb 11, 2004
    I guess Fender kept the 8inch speaker to keep it light for beginners as it is the perfect amp for a beginner. "Real players" move up to the 30 or their other amps.
     
  14. Lathem

    Lathem Tele-Meister

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    Feb 9, 2008
    Kentucky
    I love mine, too. It's a fantastic practice tool, and it's just plain fun to play around with.

    I also contemplated the Spider Jam, but in addition to being a little big for my purposes you also can't change the key without changing the tempo (and vice versa).

    --
    Mark
     
  15. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 21, 2008
    Seattle
    Hey brownshoe - it's interesting to see a post I made way over there in Parker-land referenced here in Tele-land. I think they are a couple of great forums.

    I think I have used every feature and setting on my GDEC30 now - after 7 months I'm still impressed with it. The backing tracks and presets are what they are, but the backing tracks are great for practice/timing and song writing - that's the only week point of this amp. It's a great modeling amp, has very nice effects: I was looking for a small practice amp where all I needed was a cord with the ability to use a decent cab if I wanted to play with a drummer - and that's exactly what I found in this amp.

    I'm very happy with it because even after decades of playing - I do practice more now with this amp and I get a lot more done when I do. One thing I really like to do is to take a tough track - like a Mason lick - slow it way down and record it into the loop on the GDEC so that I can play along with it - it's an amazing tool for that sort of thing.

    With my JamMan and DL4 hooked up to it I do kind of get 'lost' while jamming - after a couple of hours I am usually am lost and off in to some esoteric weeds making whale sounds in 5/8 time :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2009
  16. brownshoe

    brownshoe Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 1, 2007
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Whoa! Just saw this reply. Welcome Mojotron!! Yeah man, your post over at the parker forum was great and really put my head in the right place about this amp.

    My gdec is as important to me as any amp I own, including my PRRI's. Lately, I've liked running my pedals and gt10 into the front of the gdec for even more capabilities and it sounds really good too.

    Glad to see you here!
     
  17. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 21, 2008
    Seattle
    Glad to be here - I wish I found this place a long time ago!
     
  18. Hoodster

    Hoodster Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 3, 2007
    Oregon
    I bought the 30 a few weeks ago and also LOVE it. It is NOT a toy for beginners--I've been playing since the 70's, owned lots of great amps, and this is the ONE for home playing. Sounds great stock, but even better through the 1x10 cab pictured in my avatar, with Emi Ramrod.

    It is impossible to plug in and not play for at least an hour, and that kind of motivational factor just can't be reached with a standard amp (for me, anyway), no matter how great the tone.

    Go to the mygdec site, register, and download the excel sheet of 300 patches, then start fiddling. You'll find some killer sounds.

    My faves so far are the "Country Twang" posted by "viki" for cleans and the Eric Johnson dirty patch on the Fender website.

    Add your faves here!!
     
  19. brownshoe

    brownshoe Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 1, 2007
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Agreed. Nor do I consider it a "practice" amp. Great for recording and the stereo outs are a plus.

    Yep, I like the EJ patch. Also like the Keef (from mygdec) patch a lot. I've actually loaded about 35 patches off the spreadsheet. I also have a couple of "clean" patches for pedals and whatnot.
     
  20. Hoodster

    Hoodster Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 3, 2007
    Oregon
    Just read mojo's comments in the other thread--agree 100% that the key is to take the presets, dump 90% of the cheesy effect levels, add the reverb you like, maybe eq a bit, and you have some FINE sounds, esp. BF, Tweed, and Brit.

    I'm still looking for a great AC30 emulation--if anyone can provide settings, I'd be much obliged.
     
  21. chadp

    chadp Tele-Meister

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    Nov 19, 2008
    Circleville, OH
    I bought my daughter a G-DEC for her b-day last Oct. & we've had blast with it. It's a great practice tool and doesn't sound bad for a small amp.
     
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