A lesson on solid state amps, perhsps

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by ebb soul, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    7,843
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Location:
    Smyrna georgia
    Did the best gig I've had in,....possibly years. On a whim, well, tight for time, I left the 'lil AC and Darkhorse and pedals behind. Saved some settings to the zoom g5, and grabbed my Fishman loudbox.
    Settings stayed exactly as I left the house with, setup was 2 mins. No tube warm up time.
    Digitally moddeling and s.s. amp gave me the clearest tone, studio like.
    Great projection. No hiss.
    I think I learned this lesson years ago, but kept insisting on tube amps. Then the pedal craze kicked in...
    I would be a fool to not do this more often.
     
  2. Veltek

    Veltek Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    629
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2016
    Location:
    Blues country
    Small tube amps for the studio

    Big solid state amps for the road :)
     
  3. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    7,843
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Location:
    Smyrna georgia
    My soundengine arrived today. I think I'm gonna stick with this setup live.
     
  4. Amerman

    Amerman TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    83
    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2017
    Location:
    Underwater
    I switched to a PodXT Live for gigging .Don't miss lugging the DSL about, and the tone is fine.
     
    PhredE and davidchagrin like this.
  5. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    10,643
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Location:
    near Arnold's
    I've gone entirely to the Jazz Chorus - JC-40. Not as a compromise. But because it sounds better. Just got back from rehearsal. Only pedals I stepped on all night were the tuner and the amp chorus/vibrato footswitch.

    The fact that I get 50 loud, clear, dynamic watts of power in a 2x10 package that only weighs 33 lbs is just gravy. And I don' miss tube warmup or rattle either.
     
  6. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    17,290
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2003
    Location:
    The North Coast
    Never say never, and all that Jazz... that said, I can comfortably state that I have no plans to use tube amps again.
     
  7. teleaddicted

    teleaddicted Tele-Holic

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    612
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    Location:
    Roma Urbe
    ...I like to think that an R8 + Phat Cats was part of the gravy too...! ;):):D
     
    FerruleCat, PhredE and MilwMark like this.
  8. Darkness

    Darkness Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    51
    Posts:
    1,131
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2016
    Location:
    Stygian Gulf
    BluGuitar AMP1 is the best of both worlds. So many tones in that little beastie.
     
    Jakedog and PhredE like this.
  9. DaphneBlue

    DaphneBlue Tele-Meister

    Age:
    33
    Posts:
    457
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2017
    Location:
    Switzerland
    It's true that for a year, I've only used a ss amp on stage (roland bc hot). It's easy to use and sounds great. But I must admit that when there's a vox ac or an old fender combo in the backline, it's on stage with me.
     
    JustABluesGuy likes this.
  10. brbadg

    brbadg Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    1,495
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2008
    Location:
    Timonium,Maryland
    Ok,nothing for me to see here...bye!
     
    xafinity likes this.
  11. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    2,426
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2017
    Location:
    Harvest, Alabama
    As Jakedog said, never say never.

    I'm not a fan of hard, definitive choices when it comes to amps.
    Nor am I a fan of the culture of animosity between Solid State amps devotees and the die-hard Tube Amp club.

    I love all my SS amps, and I adore my tube rigs.
    And I'm a whimsical person when it comes to choosing gear to lug to the next gig.

    I love options, and (here's the bottom line), I have never had a bad gig solely because I packed the wrong gear. It's all good as long as the band is tight and my own guitar playing was up to snuff.

    ;)
     
    Honest Charley, Mugs, ce24 and 7 others like this.
  12. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,029
    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2012
    Location:
    Sou Cal
    My latest amp purchase is a SS Fender Accoustisonic 90.
    The tones and overall sound I get from it absolutely blow me away every time I use it, and I’ve had it about two years.
    I couldn’t expect more from any amp than I get with my SS amp, for acoustic guitar it is amazing.
     
  13. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    90
    Posts:
    4,182
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2007
    Location:
    Swanton Ohio
    Tone is in the ear of the player..I have (and use) both ss and tubes..
    My ears hear the bottles much better..
     
    Ben-Zion, ce24, kuvash and 2 others like this.
  14. stax

    stax Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,676
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Location:
    Brentwood U.K.
    The lesson I get regarding ss is good players who gig a lot don't have a problem with them and are happy to use anything as long as it sounds good and most of the tube snobs only ever play in their bedrooms and are unlikely to ever do a gig in their lives.
     
    unfamous, stepvan, Bobbyoso and 9 others like this.
  15. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,152
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Location:
    meridianam altum centralis
    You have a bit of a point about snobs, but in my area, tubes by far are seen live. I'm one of the few that will gig with a ss amp. I get away with it, because I often have a fiddle or flattop, and that's an acceptable reason to resort to solid state in most eyes.
     
    JustABluesGuy and Papa Joe like this.
  16. Tomm Williams

    Tomm Williams Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,173
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2016
    Location:
    USA
    It must be a liberating moment when you stop wondering what tube amp guitar hero A-Z is using and just do your own thing.
    I'm afraid I'll never experience it.:lol:
    There's just something about those glowing bottles that mesmerizes me. I must be an amp moth of some sort.
     
  17. PinewoodRo

    PinewoodRo Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,362
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Location:
    Carmarthenshire, Wales.
    Nice phrase, can definitely relate.....
    For gigs. I like a bit of both - Boss ME80 for predictable, preset sounds and a clean-channel valve amp to make it louder - normally a Peavey Delta Blues 2x10 but I have options ranging from 'intimate' (SE5) to extremely loud (Hiwatt 100)
    I also use a Vox MV50clean - does that count as valve or SS?
     
    naneek, Durberville and PhredE like this.
  18. bblumentritt

    bblumentritt Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Posts:
    1,848
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Settings stayed the same? I know my knobs settings.
    Two minutes? Tube warm up time is about 15 seconds.
    Great projection? Are you saying that tube amps don't project? Huh?
    No hiss? A good tube amp doesn't hiss. Mine don't.
     
  19. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    58
    Posts:
    3,435
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2017
    Location:
    GCDB
    I have a modest but nice collection of amps that I enjoy playing; but more and more I see them as studio tools or something I take out like a dignified senior citizen using her classic car.. on sunny days when its neither too hot or too cold... & use a Crate Taxi w/ my old Boss ME 30 for gigs ( I play parties & such solo & not worrying about wiring issues is a good thing) The Crate was a freebie (needed a new batt..the exit sign batteries from HD work fine) and the Boss cost me $5 at a thrift.. $35 or so, one hand carry and I can plug in a mic!
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2018
  20. luckett

    luckett Banned

    Posts:
    3,614
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Location:
    .
    Solid State has killed the valve amp industry.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.