Did you guys have Amp GAS after getting first tube amp?

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  1. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    When I came back to guitar after a long hiatus to build a career and raise a family I bought a SuperChamp XD. I had Amp-GAS almost immediately. The amp was both farty and flubby on the low strings and too loud. I replaced the speaker with a Weber. Fart and flub were gone, but it was even louder, intolerably loud in fact. The high gain amp models made it louder still. I was fortunate to come across a Mesa Boogie Mark IV while guitar shopping and I liked a lot about it. I didn't need that much power, didn't want to spend more than $2000, and definitely wanted something lighter, but I heard something I liked. Patience is a virtue. I found an Express 5:25 at the model change to the Plus for well under $1000 off the floor. That was the right amp for me. I have plenty of headroom or I can get crunch. I don't use the high gain channels, but I have the two "clean" channels set up for twang and jazz. I think that GAS is driven by not having what you want or need. In my case it was pretty much cured by finding the right amp. Of course nothing cures GAS when it's an obsessive compulsive disorder.
     
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    Dude, I played a Classic 30 for years and they are really great little amps. I had a few speakers in mine over the years, but I think my favorite for that particular amp was actually the Jensen MOD 12/70, which is a pretty affordable speaker. I would also suggest a reverb tank upgrade. I used the MOD tank and it was MUCH better.
     
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    If you mean did I then buy multiple tube amps within months, spare NOS tubes, a Hlickok tube tester, and a Pelican case to store tubes, then yes. :lol:
     
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    Yessir! exactly right!
     
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    I will check out that Speaker.. Ive got like a list of what are the best and waiting for it to turn up used. LOL

    I dont really use the reverb as I have a reverb pedal (RV-6) on my board, so Im just limiting the amp on the volume and tone controls on the clean channel..
     
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    Yup, but I learned to live with it.:)
     
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    No, it won't. :(
     
  8. dreamingtele

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    Im pretty sure I agree with this.. I went from Squiers to MIM's to MIA telecasters, and once I got my holy grail, AVRI62, now I want to go custom shop, and even higher!!!
     
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    I've got six Mesa/Boogies. The Mark V was supposed to be the one to stop the vicious cycle, but it didn't happen. :oops:
     
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    My Line 6 Pod gave me Amp Gas.
     
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    The Prosonic does Fender cleans quite well, although it is generally fatter with more mids than the traditional blackface tone. You can get really close to blackface by setting the EQ right. And don't let the 30w power fool you; its pair of 6L6s make it a very loud amp. There is plenty of headroom in the 60w solid-state rectified mode. In the 30w "Class A", cathode-biased, tube-rectified mode, it breaks up much sooner and is very touch sensitive, but runs hot and eats tubes. And you can get good crunch through searing gain, and everything in between, at mild to wild volumes using the cascading gain channel.

    The combo is heavy, though not like a Twin. It is heavy enough that I've seen evidence some players are starting to dump them in favor of smaller, lighter amps.
     
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    Thanks for the info!

    I didnt realize that its 2x10! Im not sure i want it anymore. hehehe.. I only want 1x12 for the sake of my back!
     
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    I have gas everyday.
     
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    LOL ... Fair enough .. I'm up to seven guitars cos they're all different and essential. But with regards to amps I just need that deep clean sound and a decent dirty channel and I'm good

    First my marshall half stack served me well for a decade and now my Mesa Boogie Rectoverb has served me for another decade.
     
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    i think, i need to clarify that this is my first tube amp, and I thought i could never own one let alone afford one.

    Now that I have one, im hooked. And i want more! Hahaha.
     
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