63 Concert vs 59 Bassman

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  1. Larry F

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    When I was 17, I moved from my small town of Richland, Washington to Portland for my senior year in high school. I had already had some solid gigging experience in rock and jazz, and had acquired some good gear, including a 1954 Strat and a 63 Concert Amp. Within a month of hitting town, I was in a regularly working rock band, a small ensemble jazz group, a high school jazz band, and a university jazz band. It helped that I could play chords, improvise, and sight read. A month after that, I bought a 1969 LP Goldtop, then weeks later bought a 1953 Goldtop for $100.

    Because I was gigging, rehearsing, and teaching all day, I had to travel around town with my Concert Amp and one of the guitars in my 1962 Olds. I don't like driving in cities that much now, but then, I was fearless. All I needed was a map or a set of written directions. I would park as close as I could get to the place, then carry the amp and guitar from the car in one trip. Stairs? No problem. Three flights of stairs, OK, problem. But I was OK after shaking out my arms and catching my breath. I was 17 and on my f***ing way. Stand back!
     
  2. Wally

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  3. drf64

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    17 year old Larry, 63 concert in one hand, 53 LP gold top in the other. Someone please make a movie of this man's life!
     
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    Leo didn't want tweeds to break up either.
     
  5. Uncle Daddy

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    Slipped up with the 5E3 then. That's about all they do.

    Just sold mine. Too limiting.
     
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    I do think he was once bitten twice shy. Can't deny he tried even harder the second time around to eliminate that evil distortion. But it is funny how overdrive was such a bad thing!
     
  7. King Fan

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    Good question here. Leo did like clean. But he made the Deluxe from 1948 on, and the 5e3 iteration from 1955 to 1960. They clearly didn’t think it was a failure, and they didn’t 'fix' its lack of headroom or its other supposed faults during that 12-year span.

    Sure, rock guys eventually adopted it because of its OD, but there were clearly lots of people who could play it clean. *Clean by '50s standards,* anyway. And let’s face it, Larry Carlton on a 5e3 isn’t at all Neil nuclear.

    Many folks never figure out that the 'volume dial' on a Deluxe only goes from about 2 to 4. After that it’s an OD dial. And the tone dial adds gain. And the opposite channel way up is a 'polite' dial. And so on.

    Our friend @Wally has often talked about shaping a 5e3. Touch and pick attack and the guitar volume knob and....


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    from what I could hear, I liked the LP through the Concert, strat through the Bassman. but if I was standing in the room, I might think different.
     
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