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

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  1. smsuryan

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    I can't remember the model, but this one old Supro amp sounded just stupid good!
     
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    A 18 watt 2x10 Bad Cat with Reverb at the Arlington TX Guitar Show in early 2000's.
     
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    Swart probably.

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    Two come to mind.

    The first was a Groove Tubes Soul-O 75 head and 4x10 cabinet that had custom tool leather. It was at a local GC in the late 90's. It had been special ordered for someone who refused delivery whatever reason so they were selling it for a $750. It was a very nice amp but rather loud so I hesitated even though I was pretty flush with dot-com and Y2K consulting bucks at the time. Someone else snapped it up soon afterward.

    The other was a Victoria Vicky Verb I tried out at a rather hoity-toity guitar store. It had a really nice sound and a really big price tag.
     
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    Ampeg VT-40 4x10 60 watt combo guitar amp. Transparent and present and in that 4x10 way, clear, loud, easy to get a useful sound out of.

    On bass, an Ampeg SVT with 8x10 cab at gig volume. The real deal
     
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    mine was probably one of the handwired deluxes that fender put out a couple of years ago. i was playing an es-339 through it and i consider that to be the finest guitar noise i ever made. all of blues rock and classic rock right there in my hands. but i never played a strat through it and that 339 made anything sound awesome. wish i had kept it!

    before that, the best i can remember was a bruno cow tipper.
     
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    70s OR-120s and OR-80s through orange 4x12s. have used them in studios, at the time i didn't have the cash for them. now i could probably build one, but i don't exactly have a use for them. i've thought about making 15-30 watt versions in the past though.
     
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    A friend's 1979 Mashall JMP Mk II.
     
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    1. I have never owned a "good" amp per say. I wish I could afford one. I just got my first electric 7 months ago. I love it. I want want want a "good" amp, one of these days. Played acoustics for 30 years. Never elec. I'm a lefty so it's not been easy. I think I have opened a new box recently and have learned so much from playing an electric. I plug into a cheap amp and make it work(home use only)! I love plugging into a nice tube amp any chance I can. One of these days I know I wil get onel. Too many health and financial issues right now so I'll be happy with what I have. It's wonderful just to be able to play with what I have. Keep on pickin!!!! Twin reverb or vibrolux would be nice one day!
     
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    I once plugged into a B-52 AT-100 head through a 4X12 cabinet in a guitarshop, while waiting for my frettless bass' maintenance. I ended up spending the whole afternoon in there. It's a three chanel Mesa dual rectifier style amp, not something I would be interested in normally, but it was warmed up, and I plugged in. It had a chrystal clear clean channel, and two separate were distinctively different od channels. I was tempted to buy it, but my tiny attick can't store a giant like that, not to mention I could tear down walls with it.
     
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    For me it was my first Fender tube amp and first Marshall.

    The fender was at a buddies place, he was a really great drummer and we would jam off n on. He usually played in metal type bands but was doing an acoustic funky ska punk gig and the guitarist had a silver face super reverb. Played that for a few hrs of various seeds and styles and was blown away by it... bought a silverface twin awhile later but it was the 135watt beast and wasn't really the same amp lol...

    Next was another drummer friend I was also visiting and he had rehearsal, so I tagged along. Was a rented by the hr spot at a local studio.. they ripped through their set a few times then the guitarist suggest I rent an amp too jam. So I did . It was an jcm800 head through a house marshall 4x12 of unknown year or speakers.. the thing ripped it was a serious ah ha moment. I bought my first marshall not too long after..

    Amps I owned and lost where a silvertone 1482 combo my dad had when I was little, he hated it and gave it too me when I expressed an interest and I played it for years but put it at my moms house when I was working out of town and they threw it out and kept all my other worthless belongings for some reason.

    After i played that jcm800 I wanted a Marshall really bad and would always go visit at west coast music in Vancouver when I was there and talk with the owner who was really cool guy use to run a big stage and lighting company and tour the states a lot... anyways he always had sweet gear in the back and one day I spotted an old marshall half stack.. it was a modded plexi 50w bass and cab ... I payed on it for a year but it was the best sounding amp I ever heard, had multiple techs and musicians also say it was the best marshall they ever heard too... burned in a house fire and I can't afford to try to find another!
     
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    Sorry double post.
     
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    Matchless DC-30 from the mid-1990s. Spectacular in every conceivable way.
     
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    It's a tossup. Either an original JTM45 through a '72, 1960B, 4x12 with 25 watt greenbacks. OR, a mid '70s Sound City 50, through one of it's stack of 4x10, Dallas Arbiter speaker cabs. Both were owned by my same friend, at different times. They both effortlessly produced any sound I could imagine with my '73 Les Paul Custom! I never got to own either of them!
    Just My $.02,
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  19. Wally

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    I have a suspicion that that amp would be a Bludotone ODS that a young friend had just received after a two year wait for the amp to be built. The cleans were not what impressed me....they were great but a good Fender Twin Reverb could match it. The overdrive was what amazed me. It was the smoothest overdrive I have ever heard. I did not have much time with it...and maybe that was for the best. It would be hard to want such an amp and not be able to own it. It was already worth more than he paid for it.
     
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    Fender Twin Reverb. I plugged into one and thought, that is the most beautiful sounding amp I've ever heard. And then I thought, that's way too heavy to be carrying around.
     
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