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Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by Strato50, Nov 26, 2017.
That is the tone.
I have a Crate V32 Palomino (GC Exclusive from years ago; 30 watt EL84 1x12 combo from years ago) that sounds like God when it works right. That thing, when right, is perfect.
But I would rather use my Mustang III. Yeah, I mean it. WAY more reliable.
This one, because it's the only one I have.
My 1987 Marshall Silver Jubilee Mini-Halfstack 2553 Head (50 Watts) + 2x12 Cab
My favorite has to be my Avatar 45 into Avatar 2x10 Greenback 10 loaded cabs. Usually straight in, but I've a Analogman Beano Boost if I want to do a hot rodded early 70s metal face vibe.
That is a very recent purchase. Historically, it probably was an early JCM 800 into a 4x12.
It seems my most favorite amp to play on is the one I'm plugged into at the time....
Hard to pick between these two..
I should add that if I'm sitting down, it would be a Twin. Great sounding, and perfect for sitting on. A Twin has actually doubled as furniture at on point of my life.
Tubemeister 18 into one of my homebuilt cabinets: 1x12" or 1x8"
My Carr Sportsman. It's like a combo between a PR and a DR. And when you crank the gain and mids, you get a great tweed / semi-Marshallesque drive.
My Holland Gibb Droll, my 60's AC30, or my friends Emery Super Baby.
71 Super with CTS alnicos
69 Twin with any speakers
Hard to dislike a twin:
Maan. That looks lush.
My one and only re-capped SF PR. Just recently got a greenback G12, it's in an extention cab tho, as it hasn't enough holes in the chassis yet to mount in the cab, which currently has two EV speakers of unknown model number.. I'll peob have a G12 EV combo, as it does sound extremely gorgeous right now.
Fender Greta. It's amazing what you can do with one of these little guys, especially through a decent cab. I gig with a Hot Rod Deville 4x10, but I never play that in the house, which is where most of my playing is done these days.
Until recently I’d have said any Mark Boogie up to a MK4
But I’m rediscovering my love of the ‘79 JMP circuit in a 50w 2x12”. That is about as good as it gets and spits fire with a tele.
If I'm honest, the only tube amp that ever kept me reasonably happy live was my Ceriatone lunchbox Dumble clone. Say what you will about Dumble but he did some things to the Fender circuit that made it much more useful and useable for meat and potatoes live work, ironically. More useful than any classic Fender, Vox, Ampeg, Orange or Marshall I tried (and I tried more than a few). I foolishly sold it, moving on to other TUUB amps that made me much less happy. @noah330, if that is your Dumble, I am supremely jealous. Nice!
But my Jazz Chorus 40 makes me way happier than even the Ceriatone. By a large margin. All's well that ends well.
I was playing on a Mesa Boogie Mark V:35 for a while. But after years of previously owning a Deluxe reverb, and recently playing through or backlining my last dozen gigs with touring acts asking or bringing a deluxe every time, I just decided to go back to my Fenders and get rid of everything else except a couple SS amps for venues with bad electricity. To me, Deluxes are the SM57 of Amps. Everyone should know how to use one and know what it’ll sound like (As they’re found in so many clubs across the country). And as I got older the less I cared about unique amps and stuff and just want to focus on playing my guitar.