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Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by robb3566, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. krueger

    krueger Tele-Meister

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    Thanks!
    Since I'm not in a band at the moment the pathfinder really is all I would need for home use or the occasional jam with friends anyway. Of course the ac15 sounds really good also, but mostly when you are approaching volume levels that are a bit loud at home.
     
  2. rokdog49

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    Yeah baby!
     
  3. BIGD5

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    ...And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene. He's got a daytime job, he's doin' alight......Oh yeah........can't believe it took so long to notice......



    This takes me back so much it hurt's........
     
  4. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just an FYI- There is a Pathfinder 15R for sale (good Price!) on the Classifieds Page (I'm not the seller, just a happy owner:))
     
  5. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Here literally is the minimalists' gear setup for a Sunday brunch gig that our pickup band Combo Indigo, has picked up (hope to be in regular rotation....) in Alexandria, VA. They want it quiet, so we just bring 'the picture', and use house PA for vocals/bass Love it!
     

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  7. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just wanted to bump our Pathfinders back up to the top- where it belongs! The best little amp (note: not just a 'practice amp'!) ever made!

    Happy Thanksgiving! Joe C
     
  8. LGOberean

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    And a Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Joe. And while I'm at it, to all of the American Pathfinder owners in this TDPRI club. I realize that the make up of this club is quite international in nature, not to mention the fact that we're talking about a brand name of British origin. Still, there are a lot of American TDPRI brethren that own a PF15R, so...Happy Thanksgiving! :D
     
  9. richey88

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    Happy Turkey Day to everyone also! My PF15R got a buddy to play with- new AC-10. Sounds glorious together! Flashback delay has a ping-pong setting that sounds great with the two...
     
  10. LGOberean

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    On the morning of Black Friday I took one of my granddaughters to Guitar Center with me. She just started playing guitar. She lives out of town, and is taking some lessons. Right now she's just got a few chords down, and the "Smoke on the Water" riff.

    Her dad has a Takamine acoustic/electric and an Acoustic brand amp, but she wanted an electric. She chose an Epiphone LP Speciall II. She's been playing either unplugged or through that acoustic (Acoustic) amp, and so she wants her own amp. She also needed some strings, so I took advantage of the sales and took her shopping. And that's where this post comes in.

    I tried to steer her in the direction of a Pathfinder. Of course, my preference would be to get her a PF 15R, but that can't happen. But I did steer her towards the Pathfinder 10 with the Union Jack grill cloth. While she played, I demonstrated how to use the Gain and Volume controls to get either clean or overdriven tones. Then I demonstrated the settings with the Overdrive switch engaged.

    She has had someone (her instructor? another teenager?) steer her toward an Orange Crush, and so we demoed that too. Consequently, the Vox Pathfinder 10 may not win out. But hey, can I get brownie points here for at least trying? ;)
     
  11. Chiogtr4x

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    ^ More importantly that the amp (and this may not matter to your granddaughter at all, understandably...) but how is the tone/overall clarity of the Epi LP Special?

    Just curious as for many years I bought 4-5 Epi electrics (semi-hollow, Casino, and an LP Special Double Cut) because of their decent build quality and value, BUT with all of them I found that they only had their best tone with the Volume and Tone controls all the way up, and would lose all high end (on any PU position) as soon as guitar Volume knob was turned down, from full ON. Now this does not matter if you are just going for pure good rock crunch (the Epi PU's typically have high output designed for this), but kind of made the Epis 'toneless' (not bad, just 'blah') for anything else. Epi seems to skimp on pickup quality to save the customer $$- understood...maybe they have improved here, but it used to drive me crazy- especially with and ear used to brighter Fender/Dano guitar tones. I really had my Epis come to life with US Gibson or Dimarzio PAF-style pickups- Volume controls now can be anywhere, and you don't lose treble or the sensitivity to the strings themselves- these PU's pickup!
     
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    Replacing the volume and tone pots solves this problem (almost) every time for me.
     
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    I was just at the local GC and it looks like the in-store price is going to be held at $70 thru Weds. Not sure about online. I didn't buy one since I have 2 PF15s and a Cambridge 15 hybrid already.
     
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    For what it's worth, I've pretty routinely seen them (in the U.S.) for $75 to $90. The original Pathfinder 15 retailed at around $120, I think, and this is less watts and a smaller speaker/cab. The PF10 is also more "solid state" in behavior (goes from fully clean to distorted messily), but is by no means a bad amp for bedroom levels. It just isn't as good as the PF15/R.
     
  17. Chiogtr4x

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    i agree on this too as I had these switched out on a very cool Epi Les Paul Special Double Cut (w/P-90's) that I later had to sell for $$...

    It's a shame that Epi (and other imports) sometimes have to make price concessions on such important 'tone generators' as quality pots and PU's - but I guess they have to draw the bottom line somewhere, and they know most of the budget-guitar buyers won't (or just don't know...) the difference in sound. Epis are (IMO) still great values that you can upgrade. I'd love to try out an Epi SG (Pro Plus, maybe?) w/US PAF-style PU's

    BTW had a very fun (steady gig lounge) show last night with my classic R&R/blues, etc., band, using an Epi Dot (with Gibson Classic '57's) > Blues Driver, always ON to goose the amp and basically double the amp's volume capacity> Vox Pathfinder 15R- control it all from the guitar's Volume knobs and the PU'switch.
     

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  18. rave

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    I pulled my Pathfinder 15r back out yesterday. I am trying to find the loudest clean setting on it. What setting have you used to get a clean tone. Also does the Led mod change the character of the sound for those who have done it. Many thanks
     
  19. Chiogtr4x

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    This is exactly how I run this- the amp's loudest and cleanest; at least my Pathfinder...

    Now you have to have some Gain on the amp dialed in just to generate decent volume, and of course doing that is gonna introduce some distortion. I run mine BOOST OFF,
    "Clock position" settings: Gain at 11, Volume 2 or 3, Bass at 11/12 and Treble 1 or 2 Reverb at 3 as it is not too strong anyhow

    * Now I actually run a pretty dynamic OD pedal (say, all controls at NOON) that will really boost amp volume. I leave pedal ON all the time and roll from clean to dirty with guitar volume knob ( I play mainly single coil Fenders and a Dano) This works great for me in small room gigs as it really increases PF's volume capability, amazing how the 8" speaker can handle this and it's not just thin and all treble- there is some thump there on the low notes. I happen to be a big fan of the Boss Blues Driver as it leaves guitar>amp tone alone (no mid boost) and I can control amount of breakup- Love this little amp!:D;)
     
  20. rave

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    Thanks I will check these settings out. I have the orange boss which I will try as well.
     
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