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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by noname_dragon, Jun 23, 2020.
My boss ME80 multifx would just go direct to PA. So I just carry a 12' 1/8"-XLR patch cable.
Like others say, either an older Peavey bandit or a Roland cube ( I prefer the cube 80xl) both very dependable
I never bring a backup amp. I keep em maintained and I trust 'em.
+1000 on that! No matter how well maintained, it's never a 100% guarantee that an amp is failsafe. Ask me how I know!! The last thing you want to be doing is troubleshooting on a dimly lit stage.
Right now I'm bringing ( and sometimes using it as my OD) a Bad Monkey as my backup amp.
I can use it first in line on pedalboard as my primary OD ( using the AMP/OUT jack), as it has a moderate grind and good OD tone.
If something goes wrong with an amp ( rare, but it happens) I move the pedal to LAST in line ( so I can still use other pedals, just 3) and use the Monkey's MIXER/OUT jack into an channel input ( line level) of our PA.
it has a speaker emulator circuit so an electric sounds like an electric, AND Monkey's OD does NOT have to be on for it to do this, just plugged in. So you can still have Clean/Dirty options
Not perfect but cheap, it works, and I'm too old and weak to schlep a 2nd amp!
Quilter Pro Block 200. For some gigs it's the only amp I bring, but it makes a good backup to my old tube amps, small, sturdy, can power a cab or go direct to the board, sounds good. I love playing with my 53-year-old Bassman, but it's nice to have a backup, and sometimes I'm too lazy to bring the Bassman and cabinet. The Quilter would be perfect for fly gigs, but I don't have those anymore.
Best backup rig I have used..... plug it into a 1x10 Weber 100 watt ported speaker cab......kicks some serious butt.
I've been bringing my 5e3 clone and 5b3 clone and a Joyo American dream pedal as a backup backup. Never had to use the pedal but it's there just in case.
I’ve got an early 80s Bandit 65 that I usually carry as a backup. It’s been indestructible (so far), loud enough to keep up with pretty much any gig, sounds pretty good at lower volumes too, and if it got stolen out of my car, it wouldn’t be a great financial loss (I paid $50 for it). I have only had to use it twice, but it’s been there for me when I needed it and always come thru. And on one other occasion, the bass player’s amp wasn’t working and he wound up playing thru the Bandit. Fortunately it was a mega low volume gig.
Ironically (for this thread at least) one of the amps the Bandit had to sub for was a Blues Jr lol.
Joyo American Sound pedal $30 can go direct to a PA. Good to carry in the gig bag.
Bandit is a great option. You might actually play the Bandit and use the other amp as the backup
Jakedog who posted previously gigged bars for a time with an Orange 35RT which is very light weight.
This guy converted a practice amp to a head and runs it through a big cabinet, here he shows a couple other similar amps where he added speaker output jacks.
Another cross over pedal/amp
My back-up amp is an old Line 6 amp.
If I have to use the Line 6 I'll leave it on the clean setting and use my pedal board for overdrive/distortion.
I always bring a backup, and it's nearly always my Peavey Vypyr VIP 2.
It's a solid-state modeling amp, designed to be able to emulate the tones of a variety of vintage tube amps. 40 watt, 1x12.
So lightweight and versatile, it's scary.
Will function as an electric guitar amp, acoustic amp, or bass amp.
And I have been to jobs where it was put to use as all of the above.
You only have to have your bass player's rig to crap out one time to appreciate how handy this particular model is.
Tons of effects and amp models, and really user-friendly. I bought it on a whim in 2013, and have been really happy with that decision ever since.
I use a Palmer Pocket Amp MkII.
Small, robust, versatile, great sound.
EHX 22 Caliber
I'd like to try one of them some day. The good tones and simplicity has always intrigued me.
Do you run it in front of the amp normally, and the plan if the amp went down would be to just go direct,,,or do you bring it along but not use it?
I bring a backup amp, just two 1x12 combos. My band has a couple confirmed & not cancelled gigs in August.
I'll use my H&K 20th Anniversary as primary and bring a Peavey Classic 30 as spare.
My Vox Tonelab is the brains, I play in a band with a wide variety of music and have a lot of patches programmed. If the Tonelab went down I could use either amp (both are two channel) and my TS-9 & other pedals to make it thru a night.
I vote fly or an older Tech 21 Tri AC if you don’t need the fx loop/reverb.
A FlyRig RK v2 and a ZT lunchbox amp are my go-to backups. Small and lightweight, they have bailed me out more than once.
I don’t have it yet. It’s on order.
I plan to use it as my backup amp, not in front of an amp. I also have plans to use it for some small gigs where stage/room volume can be a problem or a challenge. I’ll run it direct and not have to worry about an amp at all.
I bought the Tech 21 Acoustic Fly Rig last fall. It's impressive! I plug it right into my PA. First time I ever bought a pedal and I was not disappointed.