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Amps Not Used For What They Were Made For

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by JoesTele, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Beverage holder with inevitable result

    Something to lean guitar against and be sorry afterwards
     
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  2. tabeck5

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    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.
     
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    I had a Marshall Super PA 100 I never ran mics into.
    But early Ampegs sounded best with guitar into the mic input.
     
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    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    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.
     
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    Did anyone mention the Fender Bassman yet?
     
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    Back in the late '70s and early '80s I used a Marshall Super Lead for a bass amp. Worked well, just like a Bassman.
     
  7. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    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
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  8. nedorama

    nedorama Tele-Meister

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    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...
     
  9. scottser

    scottser Friend of Leo's

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    I use an ampeg bass amp for mandolin for when we go electric and punky.
    https://ampeg.com/products/bassamp/ba-108/
    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.
     
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  10. TigerG

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    Speaking of Knight, this was once a stereo amp, but I gutted it and built a quasi reverb-less Deluxe Reverb circuit into it.
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    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.
     
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    I use my champ clone head for a bass amp sometimes at practice... hasn't blown yet...

    it has DI out which is handy....:)

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    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... :)
     
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    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.
     
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    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).
     
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    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.
     
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    You are my hero! I used to love seeing those McIntosh amps onstage behind the Jerry. I covet one.
     
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    Been a LONG time since I've heard that name. Is he still above the dirt?
     
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    How many people use a Bassman amp to play bass?

    As many as use a Jazzmaster to play jazz.
     
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    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.
     
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    All of my amps were built to produce wonderful music. Not sure I am using them for that purpose all the time.
     
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