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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by JoesTele, Sep 9, 2020.
Beverage holder with inevitable result
Something to lean guitar against and be sorry afterwards
The Fender Rumble 100 Bass Amp is a great guitar amp, super clean, hit the bright switch throw a reverb pedal on it and you are good to go.
I had a Marshall Super PA 100 I never ran mics into.
But early Ampegs sounded best with guitar into the mic input.
I used to know someone who played twangy surf music with a '70s Les Paul Deluxe goldtop w/Bigsby through a Marshall JMP 2204 half-stack.
Did anyone mention the Fender Bassman yet?
Back in the late '70s and early '80s I used a Marshall Super Lead for a bass amp. Worked well, just like a Bassman.
Knight 3245 - originally a PA for high school football games. a 45Watt 2 X 6L6, 2 channels. Pretty good bass amp, have also used as an acoustic amp and some use it as a harmonica amp. Tube rectified: 5A54-A
Yep - I owned a 1950's Bogen Challenger CHA-33 - point to point handwired, minor changes to make it a very raw sounding guitar amp. Definitely not what it was intended for...
I use an ampeg bass amp for mandolin for when we go electric and punky.
Then for hoots I use my wee boss board with a ge7, sd1 and dd3.
It takes all the harsh trebles you get from piezo pickups and turns it into creamy loveliness.
Speaking of Knight, this was once a stereo amp, but I gutted it and built a quasi reverb-less Deluxe Reverb circuit into it.
Fender PA100's are ideal for re-purposing into guitar heads, cuz they're basically a re-purposed Twin Reverb with lots of extra front panel space. I've converted one to a Plexi/Twin mashup. Lord Valve in Denver had a couple or three or four he used to burn in matched tubes.
A Lab Series L11 makes a great bass head, as does a Marshall Major. And so does the Twin Reverb channel of that converted PA100 head.
I use my champ clone head for a bass amp sometimes at practice... hasn't blown yet...
it has DI out which is handy....
I use my Strat and my Mustang practice amp for a telephone amplifier.
I have no cell signal at my house so I still have a landline telephone, when I have to deal with companies that have wait times of 30+ minutes I just set the speaker of the phone over the middle pickup and listen to their on hold music while doing other stuff that needs doing in the house...
This is kind of the reverse of what the thread is about , but my first "amp" (back in about 1975) was a Marantz cassette deck. I would plug in the mic input, hit record, and put it on pause. It was really noisy and lo-fi, but if I cranked the rec level on it, the distortion was absolutely killer.
As an aside, around the same time a friend of mine salvaged some tape heads out of a couple of old cassette players, and suspended them over the top of the strings on his dad's tenor guitar. Voila -- instant electric. Again, really lo-fi, but great overdriven sounds.
I have often wondered if some of the famous hi gain sounds from the early days were from overdriven tape decks.
I spent quite a while playing keyboards through a Peavey Manx bass amp (didn't sound half bad for guitar either - although I had other, better amps) and I've played many solo gigs on electric + mic through a Fishman Loudbox Performer (using a Tech 21 RK5 between the guitar and amp).
No need to be jealous at all. That Crate Taos is no longer in production, but there are countless used ones for sale. Range from $150 to 70 bucks. I strongly recommend a purchase of that amp. It really is a neat little amp (and really nice looking). The effects on it are all useable - great reverbs, chorus, echo effects, even a Leslie effect. Plus, as I said earlier, the tone has a warmth to it. Not sterile, not crisp. I guess it is truly voiced for acoustic guitars, but it makes my electrics warm.
Do I use it everyday? No. But when I do plug in I smile. It is a lovely little amp. And, as I said, it is the go to amp for my Falcon. Can get me the best Scotty Moore sounds.
You are my hero! I used to love seeing those McIntosh amps onstage behind the Jerry. I covet one.
Been a LONG time since I've heard that name. Is he still above the dirt?
How many people use a Bassman amp to play bass?
As many as use a Jazzmaster to play jazz.
No idea. I've not heard a word from him in at least 15 years, and it's been a few more than that since I was at his shop.
All of my amps were built to produce wonderful music. Not sure I am using them for that purpose all the time.