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What is the oldest amp that you own?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Joe_Tone, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. rhythmjones

    rhythmjones Tele-Holic

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    Awesome. I'd love to get my hands on an old Selmer!
     
  2. TwangToInfinity

    TwangToInfinity Tele-Afflicted

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    a 64 or 65 gibson invader ga30rvt

    great amp
     
  3. sbpark

    sbpark Friend of Leo's

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    I dig it. I think it sounded really good in it's stock form, but upgraded the tubes and it sounds even better. I can attest that the speakers can sound a bit harsh when cranked, but I think it's partly due to the fact that even though I've had the amp for a while now, I rarely get the chance to crank it and break the speakers in. I did have an older BMRI (the non-LTD version with the blue frames) and it sounded fantastic, but wasn't lacquered and had a SS rectifier. I paid between $600-$650 for each of them and consider both a bargain. I love the way the LTD sounds now with the new tubes, and changing around tubes in V1 made a big difference in how the volume knobs react. With the 12ax7 there was a big jump in volume from nothing to loud, but with a lower gain tube like the 5751 it makes the amp more manageable at lower volumes, and dare I say, it even sounds good at low volumes at home. I did try something like a 12ay7, but felt like that tube killed the dynamics of the amp and made it sound sterile, lifeless and spongy, so I went with the 5751 in V1. For what I use the amp for (occasional jams with friends these days) it's well more than enough amp, sounds great, and is lighter than it looks, making it pretty easy to carry around for a 410 combo, which is one of the reasons why I prefer it over the Bandmaster head and cab. I think if I had to do it again though, I may go for the older version. The SS rectifier can easily be swapped out for a tube, and a competent tech can add a bias pot, and the speakers in the older BMRI's are some of the best. When I had the opportunity to crank that amp it absolutely screamed. Not harsh at all, and VERY reminiscent of a cranked Marshall. Huge sound!
     
  4. hockey guy

    hockey guy Tele-Meister

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    I used to own a 59 Champ. Now my oldest amp is a 2011 Blues Jr NOS.
     
  5. gitapik

    gitapik Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    I have that BJr. BillM mods. 30w. Absolutely love it.

    Thanks for the info, sbpark. Copied and pasted to my "Guitar Tips and Manuals" folder.

    :cool:
     
  6. Riffraff12571

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    '47 Masco - 25w tube PA (2) RCA 6L6GC black plates & all loctal preamp.

     
  7. gitapik

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    Hah! Great pedal platform! That's awesome!
     
  8. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    63 Gibson Discoverer Tremolo GA-8T. Just got it a couple of weeks ago. Traded a well used Highway One Strat body for it. Looks beat but sounds sweet!

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  9. dandd

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    Current amps...

    1968 Fender Vibrochamp 1-8" Jensen speaker.
    1969 Fender BFed Deluxe Reverb 1-12" Weber Chicago Jensen C12N speaker.
    1969 Fender BFed Vibrolux Reverb 2-10" Naylor 1040 C10N speakers.
    1969 Fender BFed Pro Reverb 2-12" Naylor 50watt C12N speakers.
    1965 Silvertone 1484 35watt Twin 2-12" Eminence C12N speakers.
    1995 Fender Prosonic Lizard Skin Green Combo 2-10" Celestion G10 speakers.
    1998 Holland Bassman 5F1 4- 10" WGS C10P speakers.
    2000 Gibson Goldtone GA-30RS 2-12" Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.

    Silvertone 1484 sounds like a Marshall JTM45 w/great tremolo.
    Prosonic sounds like a Twin Reverb (clean channel) and a Mesa Boogie Mrk 1 Combo (hot channel).
    Goldtone sounds like an Vox AC30 Top Boost with a 3D reverb.
     
  10. 3 BARREL

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    1969 Princeton Reverb
    1984 Peavey Classic VTX
     
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