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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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
    Polytone
    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

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    Eh.......no. Only the Quilter amps piqued my interest in solid state amps.
     
  8. Gary Mitchell

    Gary Mitchell Former Member

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    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

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    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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