What is the most underrated amp ever?

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  1. thejumpcat

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    I had a 1956 Gibson GA40 that was gorgeous sounding. Absolutely crushed my friend's tweed Deluxe. Mine had the burgundy faux leather on top and shaved poodle wallpaper on the bottom. Original Jensen 12"; wicked tremolo.

    For runner-up, I'd go with a '65 Ampeg Reverberocket. Killer 'verb and trem. And LOUD!
     
  2. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    For example... there are a couple solid state amps I buy because I'm gonna turn 'em upside- down, dump out all the silicon junk and add tubes. Hilariously, there's a "rare collectible early version" of these legendary beasts that actually fetches stout money. Not from me, they don't! I got my first one for $10, my second one for $20 and...

    I overpaid for the one I just bought. :rolleyes:

    Reverberockets are no secret. They're bringing mainstream prices.

    We're talkin' "sleepers" like the Pignose G40V... :cool:
     
  3. Deckard

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    Traynor are great amps but have a smaller name. Those old Gibson amps are super cool but I never really see anyone rockin out with one. Garnet amps are another.
     
  4. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    hehehe

    Clapton said of Freddie King, that the greatest thing he learned from him, was to keep his cards to his chest.... :p
     
  5. TellyJelly74

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    Does anybody know Acoustic Amps? They were built in the 60s to 80s i suppose. The bass amps are killer and the guitar amps are pretty good, too. I used to play a head with 4x10“ and 2x12" speaker boxes and a combo at other times. Great underrated/unkown amps.
     
  6. telemnemonics

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    How much $$ to hot rod my Lead 12?
    For that matter my MMB could do with some gutting...
     
  7. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    What keeps the '50 Gibson amps in the shadows is the fact that the '60s versions sound completely different and, to most, vastly inferior.
     
  8. MilwMark

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    Ampeg has a number of sleepers. The GVT series is and sounds great. Very useful feature set for live work. For some reason they only lasted about 3 years. Whenever I see one mint I scoop it up. They respond very well to different speakers. And they look friggin cool - like the Cars backline - woo!
     
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    Was the Peavey with the hidden tubes a Bravo? Have come close to buying one a few times,never quite happened.
     
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    Peavey blazer, bandit and studio
     
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    The first two are not really underrated: some people like them and not many people hate them.

    The last two are often hated, I cannot agree enough with the people who hate them.
     
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    Yep. St. Louis music did some great stuff with affordable amps. The V50, the VC series, and the real sleepers- The Crate "Stealth" series. Designed by Lee Jackson, built in the USA, all tube, Celestion speakers. Fantastic high gain rippers. The 100 watter ran on EL34s, the 50 watter ran on 4 6V6s!

    Liked a hopped up 800, but with a really nice clean channel. My brother still has his 100 watt Stealth half stack. It's been gigged for nearly 25 years and it's never gone down. Still on the original tubes, and still sounds great. They may look goofy and dated, but man are they great amps.
     
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    Yeah, those mini Marshalls are truely awful. I'd rather play unpugged than use one of those again.
     
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    Until you play converted one from our boy Muchxs...
     
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    Fender Pro Jr. Yes it's noisy and obnoxious but it's dead simple and pretty cheap for pure tube tone. What I mostly love is the "Fendery" tone without the scooped mids of practically all their amps. I love the little Pro Jr. Perfect for playing quietly at home and takes pedals well. Just my opinion of course :)

    P.S. Can't stand the Blues Junior, I modded the bejeezus out of it, changed speakers and still hated it. Pro Jr. Rocks.
     
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    Oh MAN I had one of these ! Don't know what the heck I did with it. Doh doh DOH!!!!
     
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    The most underrated amp? I vote for the 5f1 you build yourself...
     
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    Mesa Boogie Blue Angel.
     
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    70 s H&H english made SS amps..

    this thing is a beauty

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    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    I don't really want to reveal my fave underrated amp.
    However, Solid States seem to be underrated just by design... like:
    the early eighties Randall RG series
    The bigger (70's) Stage series by Unicord?
    Early Fender Ultimate Chorus and Princeton Chorus
    Peavey Chorus 70 (or pretty well any SS Peavey)
    I played an early SS closed back Laney that Rocked!
     
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