Friend of Leo's
- Mar 25, 2021
- God's Country
Mr. Thought, I totally agree. I view amplifiers as simply output devices for my guitar signal and whatever stompbox or my POD XT I'm using at the time. So, they need to have a decent clean channel and decent reverb. I've never found an amp that has great "built-in distortion." Ran my POD through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for years, but the distortion on that amp was awful, so I never used it (and toted around a heavy box to boot). These days, I run a ModTone Dirty Duo into my Quilter Aviator Cub or Blues Cube Stage and call it good. When I go to jams, there's usually a backline amp of some kind, and I do the same thing: Hook up my Dirty Duo, dial in the tone stack on the amp, and it's post time. I guess I'm not "sophisticated" enough to have a deluxe pedalboard or a corksniffer's delight tube amp, but that's how I roll. Plus both of those amps have a Wattage selector switch so I can noodle and practice without giving the cat a heart attack, and then run it up to LOUD when rarely necessary.Early in my experience with amps I found a different kind of "the one", really through nothing but luck on my part. I've had it I don't know how long now, ten or twelve years, and I'm more convinced than ever that my Peavey Classic 50 twin is the world's most adequate amp.
That has saved me a lot of time, shopping and browsing amp threads. I know there are lots of amplifiers in the world that are better looking, louder, more responsive, tonier. . .when you have this much adequate at home all paid for and still worth what you paid for it it's hard to think about pulling any triggers. The C-50 is loud enough for anything I'd ever take it to, and sounds nice to me when I turn it up with the guitar volume down enough I don't blow myself out the room, which is where I play it almost exclusively.
Tone is in your fingers and lurking next to the corroding 9V in your OD pedal. And maybe your strap too.