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Backup amps

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by GuitarJonz, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. FiddlinJim

    FiddlinJim Tele-Holic

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    I build my own tube amps, so I'm always nervous! I just bought a Quilter Tone Block for backup and outdoor gigs where 28 watts won't stay clean (non pedal steel guitar). I'm going to try it at a gig this weekend. That new Quilter 101 Head looks like a winner, too.
     
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  2. FiddlinJim

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    [sorry, used this text in another thread]

    First gig test with a Quilter Tone Block 200... I used it with non-pedal steel using my tweed pro's speaker (Emi Legend 15") with a little reverb (Boss Fender 63 pedal) and Tone Job parametric EQ. I bought the Tone Block as a backup for my home-built 5e5a Pro and as a possible superlight portable high-power rig with a 1x12 ext cabinet if I ever get one.

    I didn't get it dialed in quite right. I had a little too much preamp gain (I'm all clean) and was darker than I expected, but still 8/10 of what I wanted. I used it for one set and went back to the tweed pro setup for the rest of the night. The Quilter is a great little amp with plenty of juice.
     
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  3. DrBoBo

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    When I gig my main amp is my Allen Encore 2X10. Never failed me, but I cart around my MusicMan 65 reverb head and a custom 1X15 cable for emergencies. Heavy, but great peace of mind.
     
  4. Paul G.

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    I always used to carry a spare head with me. Stopped about 2 years ago, just seemed to be too much trouble, I never needed it.

    This past Saturday night, my amp went bad (impedance selector switch busted, crackling at full volume). Had no spare. Ended up playing through my bass player's spare head. A 500W Hartke. It was less than pleasant.

    From now on, I will hoist a spare head into my car, as I did for many years. If you only need it once, it's better to have it there than not.

    P.
     
  5. Paul in Colorado

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    My backup amp is a Sessions JD-10 pedal and a DI box. Compact and could get me through almost any gig plugged into the PA.
     
  6. jaycoyoyo

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    my backup is a Sansamp GT2
     
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  7. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Same here fortunately, since the mid 60's as well. I carry a Pro Jr. as a backup sometimes but usually not. However, I always carry a spare set of tubes and spare fuses, and have had cause to use one or the other a time or two.
     
  8. ericmichel

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    tech 21 fly rig 5;fits in a guitar case.
     
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  9. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Friend of Leo's

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    Either the JD-10, a Joyo AC Tone or American Sound sits in the back of my amp or in the guitar case. Never had a failure myself, but on a couple of occassions I've lent one to another guitarist to run direct through the PA.
     
  10. uriah1

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    Still have crate power bloc under truck seat for backup, however now they have pedals that will do the job, even smaller!
     
  11. bo

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    If I'm doing a single set gig I generally carry the bare minimum w/o backup. But if I'm playing the whole night I keep my Vox Pathfinder 15R in the trunk. I plug the other amp's speaker into it and I'm good to go. Mic it if I gotta.
     
  12. twintwelve

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    I have used many shaky old amps (Silvertone, Supro, old, unserviced Fenders) over the years, so I always carry a backup-at one time, my now "restored by muchxs" SPR head, now an Orange Micro Terror. Half the time I end up playing all or part of the night through the backup-the PR and the Orange are both FUN amps!
     
  13. 410DeVille

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    I always have a backup head in the Chevy.
     
  14. flyswatter

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    I keep an Orange Micro-Terror tucked away in my roadcase. Takes up hardly any room, can run any cab up to a Marshall 4X12 at gig volume, and has a decent gain level in case the pedalboard goes south.
     
  15. pete-strych

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    I carry a Blackstar HT-1R Head & a Joyo AC Tone amp simulator pedal. I've used both in a pinch. They each sound great after my Pedalboard, direct into the PA.
     
  16. buddhuu

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    This, but in my case it's a Zoom G3X.
     
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  17. Tony474

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    Actually, many, many years ago my Mk 1 Sessionette went down on a gig by cooking its ILP power-amp module and I had to use my old Zoom 2020 MFX straight into the PA in the same way. Awkward, because its direct cab-voiced output is a 3.5mm (1/8") miniature TRS jack. Luckily I had an appropriate connection in my kit. No amp models as such, just effects patches, but it got me through the gig. I still use it for most work with my own band in preference to my pedalboard or my own G3.
     
  18. studio1087

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    I do the same thing. Lately I've been gigging two Avatar Vinage cabs (1 x 12's) and a Blackstar 20 watt head. I doubt that the Blackstar and both 1 x 12's could ever fail. If the Blackstar died I would use the Micro Terror and one 1 x 12.

    I used to keep a Pro Junior in my car as a spare.

    You have to have a contingency plan.
     
  19. jwag

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    I just started bringing a backup within the last six months. My lead guitarist uses my Classic 50 head, after having both of his amps fail within a month. I bought the Classic 50 off CL, and don't know it's history. That's why I bring a Peavey Delta Blues as a backup.
     
  20. TheletterJ

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    I have a different load-out depending on the gig. Any gig in which I am playing acoustic I have my POD all geared up to go direct and it's as easy and switching to my bank of "electric direct" patches.

    For shows where we bring our own PA I always bring an old Yamaha GC-50 to use as a powered monitor which I also use as a practice amp - it's really easy to dial in and takes pedals well.
     
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