It's fun to speculate, but considering all the older guitarists who are still playing but are now using the latest technology, it's not a stretch to think Wolf, Waters, or Hendrix if alive would be going all-digital, or at least S.S. today.I am surprised anyone on here cannot tell a tube/ss difference. Maybe we play different music. I don't think if Howlin Wolf were alive he would go through ss. Nor Hendrix, nor Muddy Waters, but I can't get upset if you can't tell any difference
Already achieved through playing different amps over the years. Tube and ss are very different. Accepted, there are some very good ss amps, but that isn't the title. If people think they are equal we have different earsHave your local shop set up a three amp test and see.
I have a rig setup that took me years to put together. My rig is now made of 6 amps (tube, solid state, modeler), 2 1x12 Celestion cabs (Alnico Cream and G12M65 CreamBack) and a wide choice of guitars (acoustic, bass, electrics - humbuckers, single coils, P90) for each sound I can think of.I thought I could, and spent years in a "tube only" phase. But this past week or so, I've come to the realization that it was all in my mind. Now, I can tell the difference between a good and a bad amplifier, regardless of technology. And I have owned bad tube amps and bad solid state amps; however, as far as tube "warmth", "dynamics", etc., I simply don't hear it. The seeds of doubt began a few years ago when I had a Fender Frontman with a built-in LED distortion circuit. I also had an ADA MP-1 which was the rackmount tube preamp of the late-80's into the early 90's. Anyone who was anyone had one of those. I plugged that MP-1 into the Fender Frontman clean channel, A/B'd back and forth between that and the Fender's distortion channel (with the MP-1 bypassed), and with a little gain and EQ tweaking, both sounded identical. The LED distortion of the amp sounded exactly the same as the MP-1.
"Dynamics" is one element that tube amplifiers supposedly excel in (responsiveness to picking), but every single amp I've played through, tube or solid state, would respond dynamically if the gain knob was set right. "Warmth"? I've been fooled plenty of times by what I thought was a tube amp that turned out to be solid state. I thought I got a fantastic deal on a Hughes & Kettner tube rack preamp when I was stationed in Germany. The price was great for what (I though) I was getting based on the tone I heard in the store. I opened it up to see how many 12AX7's were in there and all I saw was a circuit board...
Of course, there are things like tube rectifier "sag" that is exclusive to tube amps, and that is something I've never really had a thing for, though I understand some people love it. But as far as tone itself and dynamics, no - I can't hear the difference. Odd and even-order harmonics? Can't hear the difference.
I'm open to the possibility that if I sat down with one good example of each, and spent some time going back and forth, there might be something I'd notice, but that "something" just might be the difference between two different amplifiers anyway.
How heavy is your Marshall 1974x? Sweetwater says it's 41.89 lbs. My Katana is less than 25 lbs.
I just wanted to make a "joke" - sorry, if it didn't come acrossI guess you didn’t read my next post, where I said that I have a silverface Princeton Reverb, a ‘66 Ampeg Jet, and an Allen Chihuahua, which is pretty much all I use in my funk ‘n roll band.