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

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by blowtorch, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. mad dog

    mad dog Friend of Leo's

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    Speaking of Gries ... I traded into a Gries 20 in January. Now breaking in a Celestion creamback in there. Maybe not all the way broken in, but the initial signs are quite positive. As in, I can't stop playing this amp! If you like sorta but not quite Deluxe Reverbs, here's one you'd go for. Excellent sound, and a truly fine built in reverb too.
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  2. JDC

    JDC Tele-Holic

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    1994 (original company) Matchless DC-30
     
  3. Ash Telecaster

    Ash Telecaster Friend of Leo's

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    I got to play a Dr Z EZG 50 on a 2x10 cab at a jam night. Great sounding amp!

    My modified 30 watt 5e3 home brew amp is pretty awesome.

    Got to use a friends Silver face twin for a while. Loved it. Went out and bought a used Evil Twin. Got a good deal on it but not the same vibe at all.

    Played around with an AC30 at GC. Spectacular amp. Have to buy one some day.

    All in all I would stil have to put the Dr Z at the top of the list.
     
  4. gridlock

    gridlock Poster Extraordinaire

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    A 1977 Marshall JMP Mk2 Master Lead head and 4x12 half stack.

    My 1966 BF Fender Twin Reverb is very nice also with a totally different tone than my Marshalls.
     
  5. soulman969

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    Bass; my old SVT 8x10 (but also eventually the most impractical)

    Tube; a friends Vibroverb (one of the best Fender ever produced)

    SS; my BC60 (the absolute best all around ss amp I've ever played)
     
  6. JohnS

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    Wow, kind of a "depends" question. These "retired" days it is mt Superchamp XD. When I giged regularly it was my 78 Virbosonic Reverb with a JBL D130 in it. Only amp I ever owned that sounded great in a high school "acoustically challenged" gym environment.
     
  7. Ascension

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    Clean that would be my choice also.
    Small combo my Zinky Velvet.
    Full on high gain between the red 120 watt Prosonic one off I bought from Brad Whitford and a friends Lee Jackson modded Marshall MK II.
    Interesting 3 of my 4 are Bruce Zinky creations ;)
     
  8. H. Mac

    H. Mac Friend of Leo's

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    My 1960 5F1 Champ. Lotsa good amps, but only one great one!
     
  9. Chris S.

    Chris S. Asst. Admin

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    Two Rock (I don't know the "jewel" model name). Cascading gain stages absolutely nailed the "amp about to explode" sound. Very cool. :cool:

    Aside from that, give me a blackface Super Reverb and let me turn it up to 7. Oh, yeah. :eek: CS
     
  10. Beachbum

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    My first amp was a 60's Black Face Bandmaster. I know it's not a popular notion but I like the reissues even better. This one is the best I've owned in almost 50 years.

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  11. Inventour

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    I have that 1972 Plexi Rig with the 1221 pulsonic cones slant cab, my favorite Rock N Roll Marshall Rig, my SL 100 1959 is a close 2nd. But the 50
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  12. JDC

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    78 Virbosonic Reverb with a JBL D130 in it

    I had one of those. I think I may have even bought mine in 1978 too. I know it was before 1980. Mine had the orange Fender badged D-130. I think some of those came with EVs but I loved the JBL.
     
  13. vanr

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    Hughes and Kettner Statesman Dual EL34 head. Marvelous for classic rock.
     
  14. Inventour

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    I'm really enjoying my 1958 Bassman 5F6-A chassis in the 4x12 Maple cab w/Blues, the tone has the deepest Bass through the highest highs I have played through the amp. I have both P10R and P10Q speaker cabs and the
    Celestion Blue speaker is just perfect for the 5F6A. I made the cab deep at the top like the bottom as it is non-tapered and the deep box helps the Bass
    lows and the overall tone. If you were to build a pine 4x12 5F6A cab to use the Blues you would not be disappointed. I will not be using the P10R speakers anytime soon. I'm just leaving the chassis in the 4x12 cab.

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  15. Dave_O

    Dave_O Friend of Leo's

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    Inventour-- that is The Beast that Rocks, for sure. Just add Telecaster...:twisted:


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  16. tjalla

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    Only two amps I've played relegate my Tone King Comet to third place, and have given me the jones to replace it.

    1. '59 Bassman - original
    2. Early handwired Budda SuperDrive 80, esp for the clean tones.

    I have a feeling Inventours Blue-loaded bassman would also make this list.
     
  17. Dejected_Ridge

    Dejected_Ridge Tele-Meister

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    Strat or Tele direct in and it sounds like heaven to my ears. Of course I prefer when someone much better than I plays through it!

    -DJ
     
  18. hal

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    My 68 AC 30. Unfortunately I don't have a gig where I can use it.
     
  19. BigWillyInd

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    My buddies' Tone King
     
  20. deadnotes

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