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The Best Amp You Played... but, Never Owned?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Tele-beeb, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    Ok... I’ll start.
    It was my friends (who was a bass player) Marshall 50 watt Bass amp. Half stack slant top. Early to mid 70’s and I don’t remember much, except, a bunch of jack plugs on the back.
    The sound was a dream come true.
    No pedals with my Gibson GK-55. A mild summer evening out on the deck. Maybe 1978?
    Loud, clear, present... I could feel the chords ringing all over me.
    I’d own one, but, so uber-impractical.
    What did ya’ like that you haven’t owned?
     
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    tubegeek Friend of Leo's

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    I recapped a buddy's super-fresh 5E3 Deluxe, complete with a "Lily"-signed tape inside. Reluctantly I gave it back to its owner.
     
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    40W Marshall Haze combo amp. I was pretty close to buying it.
     
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  4. elihu

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    Early 60’s Deluxe Reverb...sounded great using the early 60’s Les Paul/SG that was plugged into it.
     
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  5. Paul G.

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    50-watt small box Marshall half-stack at one of the SIR rehearsal studios back in the late 70s or early 80s.
     
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    Back in the 90's a friend (who played bass because of a light stroke) brought his late 60's Deluxe Reverb to a jam session. I wanted to buy it right there but he wouldn't sell. It was pristine with original tubes in it. That thing was awesome!
     
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    a 2 cab 4X10 (2 X10 each cab) soldano head and cabs , outstanding , I have played soldanos since but never the same as that unit, also Hughes & Ketner Vortex 4X12 cab and matching nead , I drove 200 miles to get it after i played it but the store was closed that day and then folded up , too bad ....it sounded great in close range ,but then i walked out 20 feet infront of the amp ,and OMG this sucker rocked!

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  8. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    A Marshall Slash-Jubilee. Sounded great, very impressed, but did not buy it, and never owned a Marshall Jubilee.

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    Also going back to my first real experience with a Fender amp about 8-9 years ago. I believe that was a 1973 or 1974 SF Fender Super Reverb. It was in my local GC and was marked at $450. It sounded so good, deep-full sounds, and with beautiful Reverb.

    When I left the store, I had that sound was in my head, and I could not get that sound out of my head. The next day, I went bacK to the store determined to buy that Fender amp, but it was sold.

    I guess that I cheated a bit, because a few years later I bought a different SF Super Reverb, after that one, I bought three different BF Super Reverb’s, and many other Fender amps since. Sill, that first SF amp, seemed to sound the best.
     
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  9. Hobs

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    A Mesa Lonestar combo. I normally don't care for that brand, but that model is fantastic. I may need to look for one.
     
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    Didn't actually play it, but one time a friend of a friend shows up to a jam with a '60s Ampeg Reverberocket. Played with him for a few hours. No idea of what had been done to it, but to this day it's still best sounding amp I ever heard.

    Our common friend told me the guy became homeless and pawned it for hardly anything a few months later.
     
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    A tie between a vintage Hiwatt DR103 half stack and a BF Super Reverb. Both amps were fairly revelatory as to how good a great tube amp can sound, as well as how unworthy my limited playing skills were for such terrific amps.

    The DR103 was particularly illuminating as I had previously always equated having more gain as necessary to getting aggressive tones from an amp. The DR103 can sound incredibly aggressive while still having tons of clean headroom.
     
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    Mesa/Boogie Roadster 2x12 combo. Holy Jim-Bob.
     
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    I really want a Mesa boogie California tweed.
     
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    Got to use a killer old narrow panel 5E3 and a '60 Gibson Skylark at 706 Union Ave. Loved them both.
    I never got the exact year of the Fender.
     
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    Fender Vibrolux paired with a John Mayer strat (Fender not PRS). Tone was gorgeous. My Mesa Blue Angel 2x10 sounds pretty close, but it lacks tremolo, so I use a Strymon Flint.
     
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    My TR went out once and I used a Peavey 6 channel PA head. It had great OD!
     
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    Back when I was in my early 20s I played through my friend's dad's Deluxe Reverb. I don't know if it was a reissue or not. I can't even remember if it was a silverface or blackface, but I've never played through another amp that sounded as sweet.
     
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    Early 1980s I worked in a music shop...

    60s Fender Tweed Bassman head and cab ...
     
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    I'm not sure I believe in a "best amp, period" because context is so important,but I played a Morgan PX50 that was pretty rad. I have several nice amps but nothing quite like that one.
     
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    My buddies Pignose Crossmix 150r with two ten inch speakers. I've since purchased two of the same, but with 12" speakers. My buddy always said that the two tens were the trick and I know that he was right.
     
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