WHAT is THE best sounding amp you've ever played through?

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  1. TheletterJ

    TheletterJ Tele-Afflicted

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    Every time I play a gig with my Vox AC30 I pinch myself and wonder why it took me 25 years of playing guitar to plug into one. I was hooked from the first Asus2.

    That said, I recently had an opportunity to play through a Nolatone Rotten Johnny which, I believe, is also an EL84 Class A amp. It was spectacular.
     
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    I don't plug into any amp that I am not intending to buy so I have not reached that point yet.

    BTW, I'm very happy with my SCXD and THR10C but playing through the emulated Matchless DC 30 on my THR10C has made me curious as to how a real Matchless must be like. I'm getting GASsy now, heck!
     
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    3rd Power Dual Citizen. Channel 1: perfect Vox AC tones. Chanel 2: Perfect vintage Fender tones (both blackface and tweed). Blend the two channels and it is everything I ever dreamed of in an amp. It is, in a word: sublime.
     
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    Lol . . . it's funny how these threads hit a nerve and one can't not respond. Every once in a while someone posts that this is a zombie thread, or OK, stop replying now, the thread is over. But it just keeps on chugging like the little train that it is. ;)

    Oh yeh, BF Deluxe, SF Vibro Champ, and an old 45 watt Marshall combo I never should have sold.
     
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  5. Gary Mitchell

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    Hiwatt. 212 don't remember for sure which one I think it was a Bulldog.
     
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    In the '80s, I borrowed an early '70s Quad Reverb that belonged to a friend. He loaned it to me until I got a Music Man HD 130. That Quad was The One. Somehow it had something his Twin (and my MM) didn't. Worst part is I could have bought it, but my friend wanted more than I could afford and I couldn't deal him down.
     
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    You've noticed that too, eh? Funny how some people get annoyed at not being able to control what others do or say :p:D
     
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    I've loved many amps, but after each love affair, I come back to one amp...my Matchless HC30 run through a Studio 63 Music Works ES212 Clone cabinet. No matter what guitar and pedal combo I throw at it, the darn thing just sounds incredible!!!
     
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    Damn .. i misposted
     
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    Live: I got a Hiwatt 100 that is a permanent staple in my life.
    Recording: my friend used to have this weird brown tolex Princeton that had a rich breakup and the perfect balance of Tweed warmth and Blackface clarity for cleans. I was always perplexed by how good that thing sounded.
     
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    a legit '59 Fender Bassman
     
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    Hiwatt DR103 or a Lazy J 40.
     
  13. Ash Telecaster

    Ash Telecaster Friend of Leo's

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    Hmmmm, so far my 1987x and my Ceriatone DZ30. They are very different but very great at the same time. I didn't love the Ceriatone until I paired it with a different speaker. I was trying to run it with a greenback style. When I paired it with a Lil Texas the thing just came to life and now I think it is unbelievable. Even with the Lil Texas the amp is warm and gritty. The 1987x on the other hand is tight and precise. so It's like they are both great but on apposite ends of the tone scale.
     
  14. Jim Dep

    Jim Dep Friend of Leo's

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    Mesa Boogie Mk 1 with a Les Paul going back about 15 years...but I love a specific tone on that amp I can't get from others and it also has to do with how the reverb is dialed in. Very personal preference.
     
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    Tie between my old 96 Matchless Chieftain and Alnico Blue-loaded Korg-era AC30. My 96 Tom Anderson Hollow Classic straight into that amp was maybe the most chime-y, 3 dimensional and harmonically complex tone I've ever heard.

    That said, I'm completely enamored with my current Bassbreaker 15/DV Mark 212 cab combo.
     
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    Brains, more brains...
     
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    I would have to say my 73 Super Reverb, or a 5E3 Deluxe clone.
     
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    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    I love my Mesa Boogie Mark III and my DRRI 65. My uncle had a Mesa Mark 2b that has the best clean sound of anything I've ever heard!
     
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    '65 DRRI
     
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    My Mesa Express 5:50 plus. I love the versatility and the variety of sounds I can get, clean,dirty, bluesy,hard rock, jazz, country , just everything it does
     
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