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anyone here actually prefer NON tube amps? what amp?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Guitartom_ca, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. vintagelove

    vintagelove Tele-Meister

    Oct 18, 2014
    The classic jazz sound is a Polytone with an ES175. If you hate that sound, your a fender man.
  2. Snake Danger

    Snake Danger TDPRI Member

    Jul 24, 2014
    in my house.
    I spent some quality time with a Fender Deluxe 90 the other day down at the LMS. It sounded super chimey, wouldn't break up no matter how hard I pushed, it was super loud and it doesn't weigh 80 pounds like my Vox does.
  3. LawDaddy

    LawDaddy Tele-Holic

    Dec 14, 2009
    Auburn, CA
    Love my Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight, always turns heads and takes pedals amazingly well.

    Recently picked up a Quilter Toneblock 200, that's got me looking at their Steelaire with the 15" speaker.
  4. Jim Dep

    Jim Dep Friend of Leo's

    May 23, 2010
    New York
    All tube amps, SS and modeling amps aren't the same....so

    If I had a limit of $500, and was gigging, I'd prefer the Mustang III. It does a lot of tones really well, from vintage 1950's to modern.

    It's a gigging machine, no doubt. No need for pedals. It's easy to forget it doesn't have tubes, so whether or not it has tubes is a non issue for me. That being said, it's nice to know I don't have to replace tubes every few months. I don't think tubes last as long these days, based on what I read on the net. Then again, if I was gigging, I'd be able to afford new tubes.

    My favorite amp of all time is a Mesa Boogie Mk1. I wouldn't care if it was solid state or tube, I love that certain tone that I don't get from other amps. If that were the choice, I'd go with the Boogie, if I could afford one. If I had both the Mustang III and the Mesa Boogie, all my amp needs would be covered..........that's all I'd ever need....the Mustang III and the Boogie......and a Marshall Plexi 50 watt head....that's all I'd ever need...the Must.......
  5. 4telecaster4

    4telecaster4 Tele-Meister

    Oct 26, 2011
    In the 70's and early 80's. I used acoustic heads with pedals....they sounded great.....never had any problems at all....100% reliable ....plugged it in then played .....I like both tube and solid state....I have/had and played many amps over these 46 years....amps are to me part of the pallet of different tones/flavors ....there are a lot of good ss amps out there both old and new....I remember trying this one out a few years back....some no name amp from the 70's...solid state
    . 12inch speaker....the distortion sounded amazing!!! Great brown sound! They wanted $39.00. I thought I have enough amps. Tibe amps....I drove away....20 minutes down road I turned around to go back...to buy it....and it was sold...the guy that was standing behind me while I was playing bought it...for the love of me I can't remember the name of it...some odd name....oh well....I have a fender stage 112se that I really like....and you can dial in a really decent distortion ....the cleans are great..some here have said these are one of the best ss amps that fender made ...I concur! I have a vox pathfinder 15r which I love..just picked up a peavey encore because of the reviews here....has a nice pallet of tones....and for $49. I do love solid state!!!
  6. Fatz

    Fatz Banned

    Dec 30, 2014
    Belleville, Illinois
    That would depend entirely on the tube amp. It's not like there aren't any horrible sounding tube amps in the world. I've never heard a Hiwatt, Peavey, or Ampeg tube amp that I liked among several others.

    Good SS amps were:

    Peavey red line Bandit
    Hartley Thompson
    Tech 21 Trademark
    Gibson Lab Series
    Fender Studio/Stage Lead
    Acoustic 134

    Those were all good at different things though. I'd say only the Bandit and the Trademark were much good at overdriving a Tele. The others were better at cleans and flatout Gibson type front pickup distortion. They got used a lot during the jazz-rock fusion era. That music didn't require much by way of dynamics. You were either playing squeaky clean or heavily compressed distortion.
  7. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 24, 2012
    Southern California
    Eh.......no. Only the Quilter amps piqued my interest in solid state amps.
  8. Gary Mitchell

    Gary Mitchell Former Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    central tx
    I like both tube and SS amps.. I have not played Quilter, but I have own a Labseries L5 it was real cool. I gave to a good friend who is still using it. I had Peavey Renown I loaded with Black Widow 12s nice amp. And my favorite was the first Peavey Bandit 65 very cool amp with a Celestion Vintage 30. I am using a Rivera Clubster now tube amp, but would love to have another Bandit 65.
  9. DaveKS

    DaveKS Friend of Leo's

    Oct 21, 2013
    I like em both but have been tube exclusively for well over 2 decade, their just more "me". But that said I would not hesitate to snap up what was my 1st amp back in the late 80's, a GK ML250 and pair with 2x12 cab. Brilliant SS amp.
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