Done with Guitar GAS - now it's time for some amp GAS

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by tfarny, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    The more I play the more I realize that I already have great electric guitars thatjust about meet all my needs - and nearly all of my wants. One mod to one guitar and I'll be done with them for a while.

    But also the more I play, the more I realize that I want to own a couple / few classic tube amps. I have been on the "tube fence" for a long time - I have owned a variety of amps, of different kinds. There are some good SS amps, and I have owned TWO Katanas, so don't get me started there. None of them that I have owned and played, if I'm being really honest, have sounded as nice as a simple cranked DRRI. I will probably keep my Roland Blues Cube but it's time for me to step up and get old-fashioned.

    I'm an occasional bar gigger, no more no less. A 112 combo is really all I will ever need, and even though part of me is tempted to just dive into the future and go for a Helix, whatever, for that $ I could get a couple of classic style tube amps that would be all the tones I would ever want from a Helix anyhow.

    I basically have always had a couple of sounds in my head: A Vox tone from fairly clean to a bit crunchy. The other one is (of course) a clean-ish Fender tone, but maybe not sparkly clean. Deluxe to Vibrolux is probably where I'm at there. With those two sounds (Vox and blackface), and POSSIBLY a big-bottle Tweed amp like a 5e5-a, I think I would be good to go, would never need a firmward update, no USB cables in my gig bag, etc. I have no need or desire for more gain than, for instance, an AC15 can provide stock.

    I've narrowed the possibilities down to several (on the used market; I'm quite the cheapskate). If people have owned the '68 Custom Deluxe RI amp, how does it compare to the regular DRRI? And does the "revoiced" normal channel really sound like a Bassman? I thought that seemed like quite a claim to make. I doubt I will get a chance to play before buying.
    Another possibility is one of the Super-Sonic series. They are supposed to have BF and Tweed tones available from the normal channel - do they really do a convincing job of it?
    Third possibility is to start the journey with another Ceriatone - maybe one of their Matchless clones or their 5e8-a or 5e5-a clone. I can make my own cab and I am very happy with the Champ they made me.

    As you can see, I'm all over the place. I figure to spend between $500 and 1000 for each of the two / three amps I'm looking for. A piece of me does wonder if an old Hot Rod Deluxe and a beat up AC15 @$350 each would satisfy me....Anything you can see that I'm missing?
     
  2. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah...something lightweight.

    I'm kidding but only kinda. Have you seen the MarkBass guitar amps? If I was in your position I would give this a hard look.



    Here's a better player with one.

     
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  3. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I haven't - but I've decided that I'm gonna give old-fashioned a try. I've been playing a Katana and a Blues Cube for a couple years now. Time to see if I'm really missing anything. Not gonna convince me not to try the old stuff.

    I also don't see much advantage to super-light over just light - if I can carry it in one hand, pedalboard / gear bag in the other, & a guitar in a gig bag on my back, I'm happy. Doesn't have to be 2 lb or something.
     
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    I bought a new B-stock AC15C1 for $435 from Full Compass a couple of years back. Never found a thing wrong with it. It really is a great amp. The tones are great and they're a cool contrast to Classic Fender. It's a very loud 15-watts too.

    The DRRI sounds really nice though. I've been kinda daydreaming about the '68 Custom Deluxe for a couple of years now. I feel like it would complete the stable.
     
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    as a Marshall crossover to older Silverface player now...the 68 CDR is a darn good amp ! it does clean & some nasty OD. I was able to get just about anything i desired out of it..it took every guitar well Gibson & Fender..it acts just like my classics. I have the Super RI also..love it cdr1.jpg
     
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    You are all over the place.
    I like some of the new supros.
    Put all 3 and get a drz ghia..tad better than vox ballpark
    Have fun
     
  7. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I dont know if "I want a Vox and a Fender" is "all over the place" - I have played one of the new supros and I liked it, but like I said, I have two basic ballpark sounds I need / want. DR Z seems boutique to me, never tried one they just seem like super-expensive souped up versions of classic amps. I just want a couple classic amps.

    Edit: I just realized I said I was all over the place in my OP. Oops!:)
     
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  8. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Guitars, then amps ... Then effect boxes ... Soon your rig will sound so great you will need some recording gear ... Then you will need a PA system for all the gigs you will be getting... Then you need a semi for your gear and a tour bus for your band and crew ... Next, a place to park them ...
     
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    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I'm not that interested in effects. My "board" has has had just an EQ, trem, and delay on it for 6 months now. With the right amp I could get that down to a delay and a channel switcher.
     
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