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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by FenderGuy53, Dec 6, 2017.
That’s one I want to check out.
Always in love with my 2 vox Pathfinder 15R...
Yes digital reverb.... But high quality to my ear. It has a mini toggle that allows you choose Spring, Plate, or Hall reverb.
They all sounded great to me.
Also, supposedly the effects loop is the same basic circuitry to that found on a Rockerverb.
Voter number two for OR CR-120 on a Orange 2x12 closed back cab! Sitting in my office right now with a Les Paul plugged in.
Never played the Oranges that keep getting mentioned, but I'm keeping an eye out for them.
For amps still in production, Fender Champions aren't terrible, but I liked the Frontman series way better. Every time I've had an opportunity to play a Roland JC-40 I've absolutely loved it.
I can't find one locally to try out, but I'm obsessing pretty hard about the Roland JC-22.
I must mention here that I have been quite impressed with how some tube amp designers have come up with solid state versions of their tube amps that sound just like their tube amps. Marshall (the MOSFET line) and Vox (Pathfinder) especially.
Agreed. I used mine for gigs and would do so again. Very close to a Bandit in tones, and yet about 10 lbs. lighter. And yes, you're right, the red stripe Studio Pro was rated at 65 watts RMS.
Speaking of the Bandit, the current Peavey Bandit 112 TransTube shouldn't be left out of this discussion. I haven't owned one of the current production models, but what I hear, I like. But I've owned a couple, and would still have one if it hadn't been stolen. The cleans on a Bandit are great...nice beefy, full-bodied clean. As for the drive channel, I generally don't do much more than a "bit of grit," just a creamy crunch for my classic rock offerings. I can get all of that from a Bandit, plus enough firepower for just about any gig...or any gig I'll ever play, anyways.
Yeah, if "current production" weren't a parameter to this discussion, I'd recommend the PF15R. I use/have used mine for just about everything. AC-ish tones, wamth, crunch and chime. Real spring reverb, albeit weak on account of the small tank. You can run it to a 1x12" via the extension Out on the rear panel, as well as Line Out to a PA/FOH. I've gigged mine that way plenty of times. I've also run two of mine (I have three) like a stereo rig. Nice sounding and versatile grab-n-go amp. But alas, it's discontinued...
+1 on the Orange CR series. Very natural sounding, fantastic range from clean to crunch to distortion.
Another vote for Orange 35RT, my daily practice amp, sounds fantastic
I also played a blues cube hot “boss drive” recently and I loved the tone. Great tone was just there. It was hard to make it sound bad.
Unfortunately for the purpose of this thread... I think it is a modeling amp albeit a single model. Digital — not analog.
I bought a DV Mark micro 50 ii — not because it was better or because it was analog, but only because I wanted a small SS Head with effects loop.
The micro 50 is a good clean warm amp with useable distortion. It has a reverb which doesn’t seem like reverb, maybe “delay and reverb”, but it is musically useable.
Flat EQ settings seem bass heavy with my current speaker, but the knobs have plenty of range to get what I like.
I’m unclear on what this topic means, my Katana is all solid state but am thinking has digital aspects, sorry old man alert...my Katana rocks. Got a great mix of my pedals and the onboard effects, been a happy camper for a solid year now. If I’m out of line here forgive me...is the amp digital?
Really haven't heard that. Mine's been gone strong over 15 years.
For bang for the buck, you can't beat a Peavey Bandit or Envoy.
I hate recommending PV because of the way Hartley screwed his employees and M&P dealers, but they make great amps. And he's really no worse than most other big corporations. Profits are the only thing that matters and employees and dealers are just like any other resource, to be used and then discarded.
Randall works for metal I have heard. I have also heard things about sunn beta leads and peaveys.
I'm pretty fond of my Hughes &Kettner Edition Blonde. The clean channel is pretty Fendery, and the lead channel is very responsive and defined even at high gain. They don't make that particular model anymore, but if the new ones are similar, they'd be worth checking out.
Man I had a Randall RG80SC 1x12 with a Celestion... it was badasss! The "green" channel sounded Fendery enough and the spring reverb was one of the best I've ever played in a combo. The "red" channel was as red as it sounds. Distortion, cleaned up on the guitar volume knob, pull one of the knobs and get a boost into metal territory, but I found my favorite setting was combining both channels for a low gain grit. Otherwise the 2 channels are kind of Jekyl and Hyde.
Great amp, but it buzzed and hissed like a mad scientist and it was fairly heavy for a 60-80 watt 1x12 solid state combo. I still wonder if I was wrong to sell it though... I've read that Dexter Romweber of the Flat Duo Jets used to use a Randall RG80SC and I definitely got close to that sound on the "green" channel with reverb.
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OK, if you want to talk OLD SCHOOL, then Acoustic 150 heads, and Sunn Concert and Coliseum heads. Jeff Beck was playing a Coliseum Lead head and Univox 6x10 cab during the Rough and Ready, Goin' Down and BBA period, at least onstage. And Santana used a GK head at Woodstock.