Can you have too many amps?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by cntry666, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Bob Arbogast

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    Can I have too many amps? Yes.

    I have three, but I would probably be happier with just one: my Vibrolux Reverb. Then I would never be making comparisons or wondering which amp to take.

    Simple is good. For me.

    Anyone want to buy a Princeton Reverb "clone"?
     
  2. vernon

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    If one answers "no" and currently owns 10+ amps... I'd have to say they might be in denial of reality.

    Of course, the process of finding the right amp(s) may very well require buying a bunch.

    I've owned about a dozen amps over the last decade, but have settled on three:

    Milkman Dairy Air
    Quilter 101 Mini
    A home-built 5F1 '57 Tweed Champ

    I do have 4 external speaker cabs however.
     
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  3. mad dog

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    Depends on what passes for normal in your musical world. I have a deep curiosity about amps; keeping that under control is not easy. For me, yes, possible to have too many amps.
     
  4. Coop47

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    The problem for me is that it's a lot easier to find a good deal on an amp than a guitar. I sold one this week, bringing me down to 11. 11 is too many amps, and I listed another on CL yesterday. The problem for me is that it's a lot easier to find a good deal on a cool vintage amp than a guitar.
     
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  5. bparnell57

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    I'd probably be interested hahaha
     
  6. elpico

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    I propose the following formula for calculating your PASS level (Personal Amplifier Supply Sanity level):

    PASS = 52 * (122 - Y) * D

    where:
    D = Number of days per week that you have a practice session or gig
    Y = Your current age


    So for example, if you're 50 years old and you play once a week then your PASS is:


    52 * (122 - 50) * 1 = 3,744

    3,744 amps. If a 50 year old man who plays once a week has more than 3,744 amps then he has spent money on amps he will never, ever get a chance to play even if he plugs into a different amp every time he plays, and even if he keeps doing that longer than any human has ever lived (122 years).

    Got less than 3,744 amps? You're Good. Carry on.
     
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  7. Dismalhead

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    I've got five right now. Like my guitars, they all have different sounds or functions. Here's how I see them:

    Blackstar HT Studio 20: Gigging, pretty, but very non-Fender and non-Vox cleans. Quality, crunchy, compressed built-in distortion for me to get my metal freak-on with.

    Fender Super Champ XD: My grab and go amp. Great cleans, kinda mushy distortion, built-in effects so I don't have to lug my pedalboard. Backup for live gigs; loud enough for practices with a drummer.

    Vox AC15C1: Gigging amp. Prettiest cleans and my best sounding amp for natural breakup. Needs my pedalboard though if I want anything else.

    Peavey Bandit 112 (Silver Stripe): Loaner amp so friends have something to play if they don't want to lug their stuff.

    Vox AD30VT: Another great grab and go amp with built-in effects. Great tones.


    I also made a 16 ohm extension cabinet with a 12" Celestion V-Force speaker that I use with both my AC15 and my Blackstar. I've used all the amps except the Bandit for recordings, chosen depending on the tones I'm looking for.

    For me, I think four is enough though. Thinking about giving the AD30VT to my grandson right now. I just had a big amp and a little amp for many, many years. I've kinda gone nuts lately in my quest for tones.
     
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  8. dburns

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    Fender '68 Custom Deluxe
    Mesa Boogie Mark v25
    Dr Z Carmen Ghia
    Orange Micro Terror Dark

    I feel a little guilty at times having this ensemble. Not so much after seeing some of the other collections out there. Thing is tho, they're all different and awesome in their own way that I know I'd rergret selling one of them.

    The Ghia was the last one I bought. and that has quelled any amp GAS I had left. That was back in October and I haven't thought of any amps since.
     
  9. thegeezer

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    Re:dburns

    It was October? Well, you will be wanting more soon...very, very soon.
     
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    I own 4 as of right now and for me the answer is yes. I need to work on being a better player than collector. The amps I have aren't necessary for an advanced beginner in a bedroom. I find a tweed Princeton and a later Champ to be the most useful in my situation.
     
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    Who is that?
     
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    The way I've been looking at it lately; I think one should have at least an amp per electric guitar.

    I mean they are tonaly matched pairs; right?[emoji48]

    By that logic, I'm two amps shy of a perfect set.
     
  13. muscmp

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    that's big of you! or is that bigamy?

    i have about 25 amps. i love them all but i forgot that they need maintaining. my tech told me he wouldn't work on my amps anymore since it is so tedious. he'd rather do SS module stuff. in and out. so, i'm doing whatever i can with the help of wally and many others on various guitar-related fora.

    play music!
     
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    Here's the thing:

    With guitars, you can basically only play one at a time.

    But with amps, you can play them all at once!
     
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    I've found that four is about right for me.
    Any more than that will trigger the wrath of Mrs. Boppy...
     
  16. Jupiter

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    I cannot have too many amps because I ain't allowed to.
     
  17. Big_Bend

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    I have 4 amps... small, medium, large, and extra large. I'm good.

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    BillM Blues Jr with all the mods
    69 SFPR modded by muchxs
    Kendrick New Joyzee made by my son in Gerald Weber's "Build Your Own Amp Camp"
    1966 mint blackface Super Reverb, the holy grail
     
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    We'll see. Currently my GAS is being reserved for some type of humbucker guitar...probably tele deluxe, or a thinline with humbuckers.
     
  19. cincyguitarplay

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    so many amps....its takes half hour to find them all and count them...LOL
     
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