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100 Greatest Guitar Amps of All Time

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by JayFreddy, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

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    Top 10 lists are so limiting! :cool:

    My initial nominations:

    Fender Champ
    Peavey Bandit
    Twin Reverb
    Deluxe Reverb
    Princeton Reverb
    Roland Cube
    JCM 800
    JC 120
    Yamaha G100

    Plenty of room for more!
     
  2. Johnny Cache

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    Heck Fender could almost fill the list.
     
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  7. Jim Dep

    Jim Dep Friend of Leo's

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    Fender Mustang

    Being it's the top selling amp of all time, there's several reasons.

    There is a before the Mustang and an after the Mustang.
    It's a huge technological breakthrough at a price that most can afford.

    My list of great historical amps off the top of my head:

    Fender tube amps of all sorts

    Mesa Boogie Mk1

    Marshall plexi's from the 1960's - the wonderful Marshall stacks

    Fender Mustangs

    Peavey Bandits

    VOX AC 15's and AC 30's.......made famous by The Beatles of course.
     
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    The mythical Dumble steel strings

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    Low power; Champ/ Valco (Silvertone, National, Supro etc.)/Princeton Reverb
    Mid power; Blonde Bassman/ Blackface Bandmaster/ Ampeg Reverberocket
    High power; Twin Reverb/ Dual Showman/ Ampeg SVT/ Traynor Custom Special/ Maybe a Marshall JCM
    Just a few off the top of my head, all amps I have personal experience with, some of which I've owned.
     
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    I have never played through Vox or Marshall amps, but I'll include an AC30 and a Marshall of your choice based on the recordings on which they were featured.
     
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  13. soulman969

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    100 amps could probably cover almost anything worthy of plugging into and a few that aren't.
     
  14. JayFreddy

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    And your point is? ;)

    Is it really the best selling amp of all time? Or just the past year or two? :?:

    The Peavey Bandit has been in continuous production for 34 years. While not continuous, the various flavors of Fender Champ have been in production for even longer than that.

    It's hard to believe a modern amp that's been out less than 3 or 4 years could take the prize of best selling amp of all time. Best selling amp for 2013? That I can believe. But all time? That's a tall claim that needs some evidence to back it up...

    But if you think the Mustang is one of the top 100, I support your nomination! :D
     
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    Favorites that I've owned and one that I want to own:

    Marshall JMP
    Marshall JCM800
    Fender Twin Reverb (BF & SF)
    Fender Deluxe Reverb
    Fender Vibrolux Reverb
    Fender Vibro Champ
    Mesa Boogie Studio 22+
    Marshall Bluesbreaker (I plan to own one)
     
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    From the semi-obscure yet legendary category I will add to the many fine amps already mentioned the DeArmond R15/ Martin 112. These are iconic low-power tube amps, and no one who has ever gigged or recorded with one would dispute their inclusion on the top 100 list. I would think the Watkins Dominator certainly deserves mention in this category too.
     
  17. JayFreddy

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    One more: Pignose!

    EDIT: I don't know if it is truly one of the greatest amps, but it is a legendary amp... So even if the amp isn't one of the greatest, the legend is! :oops: ;)
     
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    Fender Bassman

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    Super reverb

    Vibroking

    Vibroverb

    Tweed twin

    Marshall JTM 45/100

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    Deluxe Reverb

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    1967 Marshall 10,000 series plexi

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    Trainwreck (based on my experience with a Ceriatone version)
    Polytone (based on recordings and, to some extent, reputation)
    Victoria 35310
    Baldwin Exterminator (I kid, I kid)
     
  20. joeford

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    aside from your neglect of the bassman (all of them really... but especially everybody's beloved tweed)... i really like your nominations! extra points for including the much-neglected bandit and g100 on your list. those are exceptional amps that aren't nearly appreciated enough.

    its a funny world we live in when two of the best amps of all time can be had for under a $100 used. i just snagged a g100 2x12 for $40 last week. i'd been casually looking for one for a couple years and absolutely couldn't pass on that. the speakers alone are worth double that to me
     
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