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

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  1. SlimGrady

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    Definitely an original 60's Black Face super reverb in a guitar shop in Lexington. That thing oozed tone.
     
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  2. eggman

    eggman Friend of Leo's

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    Howdy,

    2009 Fender '57 tweed twin re-issue., handwired, with two transformers. Milkshake thick tones., sweet cleans.
     
  3. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I once played a 1972 Super Reverb a friend owned; I did not get a chance to turn it up loud enough to get the tubes cooking, though.

    He also had the piano black 5e3 re-release from Fender. That sounded good too.
     
  4. aging_rocker

    aging_rocker Friend of Leo's

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    It's a long long time ago now, but I remember being in a rehearsal room and someone had left a strange looking half-stack that was being 'picked up later, but he won't mind you having a go'...

    I have no idea who 'he' was, but the funny-looking half-stack was an 'anonymous' 4x12, with no badge or anything, and a pretty scruffy head that had an ugly tin nameplate on it, 'NARB'. The front panel layout looked like standard '4-hole Marshall', if I recall correctly. So, I had a 'go', as you would...and...wow!

    Very loud and sweet, is my subjective and time-fogged recollection.

    Of course, decades I later found out that these amps were basically Marshall Plexi's but re-badged to avoid some sort of legal wrangling that Marshall had going on at one time. I think they were shipped out of the back door, under the radar... NARB is just the surname of Marshall designer Ken Bran reversed.

    But it sounded so, so sweet, and I would have swapped my Plexi for it there and then. Obviously, that didn't happen. This would have been around 1980/81, I think.

    No idea why it sounded so good, but it did.
     
  5. redchapterjubilee

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    The heritage mahogany AC30 at Ohm Recording Facility in Austin. Gave me fits how good it sounded strung up in dual mono with my Mark I and led me on a wild goose chase that ultimately ended in tears. No other Vox I've played sounded as good as that amp.
     
  6. jglenn

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    A 60s brown princeton,with a 70s Les Paul special. back when the amp was probably 100 bucks.
     
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    Some years ago I was passing through Chicago and I stopped in at CME. I wanted to try a guitar out and I went into an amp room and plugged into a Friedman. I dont know what model it was and at the time I'd never even heard of Friedman amps. Holy crap did that amp sound insanely good! I remember checking the price tag on it and I was like, holy crap that's expensive!
     
  8. Muttly

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    Whew!!!!
    Good Lord, y'all!!! An amp that sounded so good, just tuning up bring a tear to your eye!!
    Looking at the price tag, also bring a tear to your eye, so...
     
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