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Solid State amp you've known and loved,,, or hated,

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by ASATKat, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. ASATKat

    ASATKat Friend of Leo's

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    Seems solid state amps never went away, they've integrated in ways with digital and tubes amps.

    What are your thoughts on solid state in 2020?
     
  2. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have always liked SS amps...

    I tend toward a cleaner tone...

    Steel players and jazzers favor SS technology...
     
  3. jamieorc

    jamieorc Tele-Holic

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    Absolutely love my Pritchard Gold Estoc. (Apparently, TDPRI's software won't let me upload the front of the amp right side up!)

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  4. wabashslim

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    Had one of these for a while, got me through some Fender-less pinches. Definitely a jazzer's amp, no Fendery twang at all. Found a sweet spot on the gain channel using the single-band parametric e.q.

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  5. sluglas

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    Late 70's I had a Yamaha JX40 solid state. Played it through most of the 80's.
    Then Marshall 8100 valvestate.
    Then a Peavey Prowler tube amp
    Then Pro Jr tube amp
    Then a Peavey Blues Classic ( a classic 50 with a 15" speaker)
    Then a Roland Cube 80xl
    Then a Vox Ad60VT
    Then a Vox VT50
    Then a Mustang III
    Then Peavey Bandit Red-Stripe

    Play mostly the Cube 80 and the Mustang
    Started solid state went all tube
    Now back to solid state
     
  6. Dietcokedream

    Dietcokedream TDPRI Member

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    Orange crush 35rt. Consistently impressed.
     
  7. KATT

    KATT Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I got one of these for free recently. A Marshall Valvestate VS100R. I bought the head version and 2x12 cab when I was 14, so it was nice to try one of these amps out again after over 20 years.

    I took it to rehearsal a few months back and my verdict was that it sounds pretty good. However, it doesn't cut through the mix like my usual valve amps seem to. I'm not sure if that's because it has a solid state power amp or not. I would happily use it at a gig though.

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  8. cravenmonket

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    Love my Vox Pathfinder 15R

    And I won't be the last person to say so.
     
  9. DOC DYA

    DOC DYA Tele-Meister

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    I have a Fender Frontman 212 that I really like, but I always come back to my Orange Crush 35 RT ! (OK, I'm not a SS amp totaller, I also play a Blues Jr).
     
  10. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I loved my Marantz SS stereo receiver!
     
  11. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    Quilter Micropro Mach 2 8" -- sounds much bigger than its size suggests!!
     
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    I'll second that!
     
  13. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Good Stuff

    My Hotone Purple Wind sounds very good indeed. As does my Harley Benton HB80-r. The Hotone is small, the HB is huge. I de-badged the HB as I despise their logo, and after a gig, I got collared by the one neck-beard you don't to get collared by. He insisted my Peavey sounded just like a valve amp. It doesn't. At full chat, it sounds broadly similar to an H|H. Ever been told your amp is a Peavey and you're incorrect, with added 'I think you'll find ...' when it most certainly isn't :)
    I had a Behringer Vintager GM110with a 10" Jensen speaker. Claimed to be 30 Watts. Claim all you like. It sounded awesome!. It featured analogue modelling along the lines of the Tech 21 it was ripping off. The speaker emulation was passed to the built in D.I. and that made setting up a piece of cake. I was told that was a Fender by another drunken neck-beard with halitosis. Sadly, it proved not to be waterproof and went 'phut'

    Must try harder

    I had two Marshall MG100DFX models. They both died. The early ones, or at least the ones I had, had a small, CPU type fan cooling the output IC. It wasn't sufficient. If the fan overheated, in a delicious mix of irony, the output IC went 'phut'. The shop swapped the second one for an MG50DFX. It too died, which is when I bought the Behringer. Some very good sounds to be had from them, let down by a tendency to 'phut' when Spinal Tapped to the max.

    Star for participating

    MG15DFX Delivered with the effects board detached. It could never have been fitted properly, despite all the QC assurances. Not too bad for dinking around at home with, but turn it up and the Harpies think a sister is trapped nearby. Modified to allow it to run an external speaker, and it improved substantially. I passed it on to a Son of mine. He seems happy enough with it.
     
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    Randall RG80 is good for Dimebag riffs.
     
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  15. The Angle

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    Analog SS - Pathfinder 15r, Peavey Envoy 110, Hotone Mojo Diamond, Tech 21 Trademark 10.

    Digital - Fender Mustang II, Champion 40, Vox AD30VT, Vox VT40X, Roland Micro Cube.

    I don't dislike tube amps by any means, but I enjoy a good SS or digital amp just as much as any tube amp.
     
  16. TeleBluesMan

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    I'm another Orange Crush 35RT fan.
     
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    Another fan of the Pathfinder 15r here.
     
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    Peavey back stage 50 no love.
    If I can't say anything nice then say nothing at all. So nothing at all.
     
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    My very first guitar amp... circa 1974...

    A Sears Silvertone "Mini Stack".
    This is what the head looked like...
    Fond memories of this amp, along with the Silvertone guitar I picked out of the catalog.

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    Here's a pic of a similar amp, the Audition with it's 2X8 cab.
    The Silvertone was nearly identical.

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    ...and a Kingston version...

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  20. PARCO

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    The first really good solid state amp that comes to mind is the Roland JC-120. I think Albert King used an Acoustic 150.
     
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