Is the Epiphone Valve Jr. craze over?

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  1. Swampash&Tweed

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    Why? so many other great amps like the Egnator tweaker for a few $$$ more.
     
  2. Captain Bb

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    I beg to differ - the mains switch, power transformer and input jack are all original too. LOL
     
  3. Captain Bb

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    Well, let's see....as well as cheaper...UK made, hand wired PTP with top quality components, totally silent in operation (no hiss, hum or buzz whatsoever) so perfect for studio applications, proper power scaling so can be used from the, now, full 15 watts rating to whisper quiet levels without loss of tone, silicone diode or tube rectifier (incl 1/2 power rec) to change the response characteristics of the amp, will take any two power valves I care to throw at it without rebiasing, a myriad of gain & bias voicings available for virtually any tone I like, line out, headphone out, 4, 8 & 16 ohm load outputs (will drive a 412 no problem), no load circuit so will run safely without a cab connected at all.
     
  4. Vicentebd

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    One valve Jr. user, here :p without mod at the present moment :rolleyes:

    I use the valve Jr., head version with a homemade cab, 12" Weber Blue Dog.
    And with a little help ,of some effects pedal I can get some, nice sound.

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  5. discostu

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    I've got a V2 combo. I'd heard about the modding scene and picked mine up for £50 (approx $80) with the intention of making some changes.
    But I rather like it! It's got a lofi quality that I really dig! I didn't expect a boutique sound from something so cheap so I get out of it what I can.

    I've seen the alnicomagnet mod kits on eBay in the UK, but some of the pics on this thread are mad! Captain Bb- I'm looking at you.
     
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  7. Stinky Kitty

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    I've used it for a throw and go unmodded ever since scoring it. I used it yesterday. I was lucky and bought it used for $75 and got a reliable one (so far...jinx!)

    It's perfect to throw in the trunk for rehearsals. Takes pedals really well, and beats the heck out of dragging my Bandmaster / Marshall 1960a across town for a three hours session! It is voiced dark, but I've got a bevy of stompers that can fix that. I'm fortunate to play with a drummer who understands dynamics. Heck when we learn new songs, he learns them on the guitar first, then we plug in.

    When I feel playful at home I like to run out of the effects loop of my HRDeluxe and into the EpiJr, then into the 1960 and crank the pss out of it. The HRD tone controls can compensate for the Epi's warmth as much as its warmth makes up for the HRD's chillness. I guess two wrongs CAN make a right! The little btch sounds like your little sister's Ford Escort screaming across the desert at 60 m.p.h. in first gear . . .

    Oh yes, I also use it after I've been tinkering with pickup wiring and other such buffoonery on my part to re-tune and test my hack jobs. That way if I have screwed up something, I don't fry the good stuff.
     
  8. Stinky Kitty

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    That's one sweet looking little beastie!
     
  9. 3screw

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    You forgot to mention the part about how much fun you had while building it and the education you received.
     
  10. H. Mac

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    The Epiphone Valve Junior? Sure, I tried it. But I was young, and I didn't inhale! :p
     
  11. fraser

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    ive got one-
    i wanted to play around with modding amps, and for $100 it was perfect.
    change the value of this resistor,
    hear the results.
    change this cap, hear the results.
    i never got into changing the expensive bits,
    just the 50 cent bits.
    but i learned a lot,
    and the amp still sounds great.

    and if i feel like it, i can change its voice again tomorrow.

    of course there is no reason i couldnt have used a much more expensive amp to do this with,
    except for WHY?
     
  12. Wyzsard

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    I don't know if this youngster inhales, but he sure seems to dig his VJ combo. and the camera.... Still doesn't sound too bad. Pretty sure it's a stock V3 combo.


     
  13. surfoverb

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    biggest looks-to-tone deficit in amp history. (looks awesome-sounds poopy)

    the new craze now is to stick a 5E3 in one and sell it for $500 on CL.
     
  14. src9000

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    What guitar is that?

    I've got a VJr head. I think it's a V3. Paid 75. Bought it to mod out. Haven't done anything to it. It's a little muddy, but not too bad. I just make noise at home.
     
  15. kp8

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    But the '51 is still awesome.
     
  16. Wyzsard

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    He says it's a axs42. I googled it and this came up..

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  17. surfoverb

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    that is sweet
     
  18. src9000

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    Thanks.
    I watched the video without the volume. I didn't want to wake the mrs.
    I did search for the video on YouTube with no success.
     
  19. Wyzsard

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    I think he has a private account. We can only see it if we have the link or if someone posts it. He posted it on Strat-Talk.
     
  20. bob1234

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    lol... Guess I'll contribute. I used a valve junior for a while... Its no better then any solid state marshall you're gonna find. Has good output for its wattage, and seemed to be built well, but as far as tone was concerned, I think it sounds absolutely awful. You can use pedals and stuff to dial it in, but I'd say you're better off spending money elsewhere.
     
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