Looking for a new amp for gigs

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  1. Mike7300

    Mike7300 TDPRI Member

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    Hi - I am currently in a 90s cover band, we play mostly the Seattle rock stuff (Soundgarden, AIC, PJ, STP etc) and looking for a new amp.

    I prefer head and cab, and I am a pedal person so I mainly use the amp clean channel and put whatever I need on top - overdrive, distortion, fuzz.

    No budget on this, and open to any ideas. I’ve researched on matchless, bad cat, Marshall, Orange, Vox, Mesa, Bogner. But would love to get opinions on these or any other brands you have tried. Thanks
     
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    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    For that music, it’s really to beat a plain old Marshall. If budget isn’t an issue, hunt down a 50 watt JCM800 and call it a day.
     
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    I guess what I struggle with is that those bands who are still around aren’t using those marshall amps anymore when they play those songs live. Like Stone from Pearl Jam was playing matchless for a while and now is playing a savage.
    Billy corgan was playing a Marshall back then but is now playing some Friedman amp.

    so does trying to get that sound even make sense when those musicians don’t even play the JCM anymore on those songs? Does it make more sense to buy the more current amps they use?
     
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    They started with Marshall because it was within reach. When you make the big time the likes of Friedman/Matchless etc. Will bend over backwards to have their product used & endorsed. Personalised setups, backups & servicing. I doubt those bands would have off the shelf gear but they can afford the personal service that goes with the brands. Unlike your average punters.
     
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    Metropoulos Super Plex
     
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    They have some great stock models that combine Fender and Marshall, I have one of those. quality and the price is great but you do have to wait for the build.
    https://www.frenzeltubeamps.com/
    My present live rig is built by Nau, located in NY. very reasonable and quality build. John has been in business for decades.
    http://www.nauengineering.com/
     
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    How about those new Marshall mini heads. Capturing the sound of the big heads but in smaller 20 watt power.
     
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    A Friedman is just a souped up Marshall. A matchless is just souped up vintage Vox with some circuit tweaks. EF86 front end and EL84’s in a Brit design.

    The advantage to the really high end amps is build and component quality. They are very well made. They have advantages like channel switching, much better FX loop designs if that’s important to you, etc. But they are not necessary for getting great sounds.


    If it was me, and I wanted to carry a big, heavy, rig... I’d go back to using the Marshalls I used to. I never heard anything do those sounds any better.
     
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    Mod a Traynor YBA-1 more towards a 2204 Marshall head.
     
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    what Jake sed.

    or a Dumble.
     
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    If you can track down a used Bogner Alchemist, it would probably get you into that 90's Seattle tonal territory. Otherwise, I always thought it to be a fantastic sounding amp.
     
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    Vintage OR-120 Orange head with a 2x12 cab. (or full if you wanna go big).

    Excellent sounding master volume that will get you hair anywhere you need and the "FAC" switch which changes the feel of the amp from fat to medium to thin sounding.

    Very underrated and would kill at 90's rock stuff.
     
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    Hey man wth?!? If money’s no object keep going for the silver!!! Jubilee is the way to go!
     
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    That's describes a few of the matchless circuits(kinda), but leaves out about a dozen or more.
     
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    Don't write off Orange & 5751 up front. Ever.
     
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    I'd suggest a JCM900. In this case, maybe even the *shudder* Dual Reverb model. But maybe safer with the vanilla JCM900 MK3. Loads of bands in that era seemed to get that 900 tone to work somehow. I can't do it to save myself, but they did!

    Otherwise, as Jakedog says, a JCM800 would be great.
     
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