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What is the first amp you remember wanting?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by cooktimj, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. cooktimj

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    Just a curious poll here. What's the first amp you either saw on TV as a kid, played in a music store, heard on an album, whatever, and said. I GOTTA HAVE IT. Doesn't even have to be after you learned to play.

    Mine? Marty Stuart's Silverface Twin Reverb w/ JBL's. I was 9 or 10. Something about his tone and the way those JBL aluminum caps looked behind the grillecloth caught my eye. Call it amp lust!:lol:

    Don't have one yet, but maybe someday....
     
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    A wall of Marshalls. ...and nope, don't want that anymore ...well, maybe just a small wall.
     
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    boogie mark 2 head. saved my pennies and paid $800 for it if I remember correctly. wish I still had it, what do the originals go for now?
     
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    There was a bunch, but I guess the Silvertone Twin Twelve kinda sticks out in my mind. Those "piggy back" amps were cool, never owned one though.
     
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    Vox Super Beatle and Fender Twin Reverb.
     
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    Dual Showman...
     
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    Vox Super Beatle for me too, when I was 14. Never had one, wouldn't want one now unless it was free. My first amp was a twin sized Silvertone that I didn't like at the time, wish I had it back today.
     
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    An Ampeg SVT - that huge cab and all those rocker switches. I ended up with an Ampeg Jupiter 42 which was almost as good - just not the massive wattage of a SVT.
     
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    First thing I heard and wanted was a Vox AC 30, and I eventually had one.

    Then I heard a Fender amp, and the goalposts moved.
     
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    Vintage '69 Marshall 1987X with a matching 1960AHW cab. That's what my guitar teacher had, with a THD Hot Plate and an eq pedal... *sigh* it was magical.
     
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    Whatever Marshalls Jimi and Jimmy (Page) were using.

    But nowadays I'm pretty VOX-centric.
     
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    This one.
     

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    ANY amp! At age 10 I didn't care what kind of amp I got, as long as it made the guitar louder.
     
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    Mesa Boogie Mark II. I heard Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" shortly after it came out in 1984, and it was like, "yeah!, that's the heavy guitar sound I want!."
     
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    A Marshall..!

    A '78 50w JMP half stack... finally bought one in 1980 via the Mpls want ads for a whopping $500!
     
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    I'm probably the only one who will say this, but...Roland JC-120. I guess it's because, as a clean tone guy, I wanted to sound like George Benson, Andy Summers, or early Mark Knopfler. And when I found out that Roger McGuinn was using one, that sealed the deal. Now, as a living room player in his 40's, I use a JC-55 that I picked up on Ebay for just over $200. I went through many amps before I picked up my little JC, but the amp I first lusted after turned out to be the amp I should have had all along.
     
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    Some class of a Crate, I guess, since that's the first one I got...
     
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    For me it was a Bandit 65 back in the 80's. I got one and I wish I still had it !
     
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    twin reverb.

    I was 16, playing as the second band on a three band bill. Knucklehead from the first band shows up without an amp, so I let him use my 80watt crate solid state thing that I got from a friend's older brother when I first started playing. Somehow, at the end of their set, the fool manages to break the tip off his guitar cable in the input jack on my amp. Can't figure out how to get it out, so cool dude in the third band lets me use his amp--a twin.

    I plugged in and I knew I wanted one almost instantly. Took me two years to save up enough dough, but I bought my twin when I was 18.

    Never should have let it go. It really was everything I had built it up to be.
     
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    '59 Bassman reissue via SRV. I got one and beat the livin' tar out of it 'till it looked good. Ahh... my young Vaughabee days.
     
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