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What makes a great amp?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by smuc, Dec 5, 2020.

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  1. Tom Grattan

    Tom Grattan TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Everything is subjective (IMO) and that goes for what comes out of your amp. This is a question the begets questions. And, you can't really talk about how an amp sounds as everyone hears them differently.
     
  2. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    What makes a great amp?
    1. Envy
    2. Ownership
    3. Confirmation Bias
     
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  3. Gris

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    It’s like asking what makes a knife or a wrench great. Diff tools for diff jobs. A country player might like a twin w JBLs. A rock guy a Marshall w Celestions. A blues guy a tweed amp. Different strokes.

    Many many years ago I built a bunch of amps trying to make the perfect amp. Eventually I gave up and just settled on two or three different amps, each for it’s own purpose. An old ‘50s Silvertone for recording. A 1x12 Princeton for practice and small gigs. A Super Reverb and Tweed Bassman for outdoor performance.

    But I do agree with poster who talked about reliability. Though I learned, the hard way, a real pro always has a backup.
     
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    If my wife agrees to let me buy it.
     
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  5. TwangToInfinity

    TwangToInfinity Tele-Afflicted

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    for me i dont look at the amp just listen

    i like amp that make a tele sound even more tele'ish

    thats a good amp
     
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    I know right, me too.
    But believe me, I am not complaining!!!!!!!!
     
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  7. chazeroo

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    What makes a great amp?

    The amp should be an extension of you and your guitar.

    A great amp is a musical instrument in and of itself.

    A great amp will respond to your touch in an organic way. Clean or dirty.

    A great amp will inspire you to play better, because it responds to you, and when you sound better you play better.[/QUOTE]

    This is great. And as an owner of a Music Man, I agree to a large extent. If I ever play live again I probably won't use it. But the clean is really good. Shimmering harmonics come out so well, and it takes pedals pretty well. But it's far too loud. So, for now I have it dialed in for home playing at the half-way point between 0 and 1.
     
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    Pair of push-pull 6v6 tubes. Pair of 12AX7s in a really munged up input stage. That's all you need.
     
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    To me a great amp has to have near perfect clean tones, break up when pushed and has to have headroom. I should be able to turn the master to full and the volume to just were it breaks up , and then roll off the guitar volume and get a almost perfectly clean sound. It should be easy to use, well designed and built with quality components. And it should be affordable to the working professional musician as well as priced for the guitar hobbyist/ lover. Leave the effects to the pedal board, have tubes and look great.
     
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    This Amp does it for me the Vox AC30HW2X mine has the
    North Coast Cab conversion. The only other Amp for me
    would be the Top Hat King Royale. Both are EL84 Amps. dsc08477.jpg
     
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    Two coffee cans and a string.
     
  12. aFewGoodTaters

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    I think this really depends on the player and his or her needs. For me, I can make due with just about any Fender tube amp. Simple controls and reliable. As far as a GREAT amp though, it's pretty tough to beat vintage blackface and early silverface Fender Deluxe and Princeton Reverbs. Shimmering cleans, great reverb and trem, great overdrive when cranked, can use them at home, in the club or studio...those are the things dreams are made of.
     
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    • sufficient headroom
    • reliability
    • ability to accommodate a variety of guitars
    • dynamic response to varying inputs
    • predictable performance
     
  14. DougM

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    A great amp, whether it's tube or SS or modeling, is one that produces tones that inspire you, and also has dynamics that responds and reacts to your touch and attack in the way that you desire it will.
     
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    I have two qualifications for an amp; a good clean gigging volume and a lush long tailed reverb.
     
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    A great amp, like a great guitar, is one that compliments what a guitarist is playing.
     
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    What makes a great amp?

    The one that gives you the pleasant surprise that you have finally found the new amplifier that beats all the previous ones!!!:)
    For me that was the Super Reverb, then for a moment an early '80s blackface Twin, recently a Mesa Electradyne and finally the Super Reverb!!
    I like big amps more. Big amp - big sound!!;)
     
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    A great amp provides beautiful glassy chime, wonderful compression/sag feel, a large range of tasty breakup on the dial, fantastic spring reverb and a wide range of tremolo, and doesn't get so loud that you feel like someone is pointing a laser weapon at your skull. And it's lightweight, indestructible, covered in tweed, and has knobs that feel good to turn. Comes with a three-prong cable a faux cover that has the look and feel of rich Corinthian leather.
     
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    I always thought an amp doesn’t make much of a difference, until I started trying a bunch of different amps! My perfect amp now is my custom shop Morgan RCA35R with a 112 cabinet, vintage NOS (1950’s) Tung Sol 6V6GT’s and 7025 preamp tubes. It makes any guitar you throw at it sound glorious!
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    one that's paid for. is a good start.
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