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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Leep Dog, Jul 15, 2011.
We have a winner!
Another winner !
For me the blackface Fenders have it all, visually. Ugliest? I remember a Univox bass amp that my old bass player had. Ugly as sin - blue with orange knobs. And it sounded even worse. Every bass played through it managed to sound like crap.
KUSTOM 36 COUPE looks awsome to my eye...lol
Ok, I'll have a go :
None more brown. Kick ass.
I like orange amps and the tweed peavey classic amps the best.
I'm a sucker for blondes...
Most vintages of Fender amps are beautiful: tweeds, blackfaces, silverfaces. Of the boutique amps I think Emery Sound amps have a nice look:
I'm partial to Verellen amps. Looks like a working man's amp and sounds like a fire breathing dragon
I was going to go to the last page and place my vote for Swart as well, but I need to declare my bias, as that is one of the amps that I have (the AST Master combo). Michael's use of two tone combo tweed is really striking and affordable. That being said, there are some really interesting designs out there, and some really great looking products with gorgeous types of wood to accent the product. However, none of it really means a damn if the sound is not for you, and with pricey woods, and extra work being done to make a unique cabinet, the buyer pays for that, and it may do nothing to improve the sound of the amp. If you really want to see some stand out designs, check out the Watkin's Dominator, which won an award, and any of the Trillium Amps, but, expect to pay some really big bucks for some of their designs ($6000).
I went through my favorites page, where I have roughly 95 amp sites, and while many use a nice combo of different tolex coverings, such as Tone King, Divided by 13, and Reinhardt, and then some builders use some really gorgeous woods, like Vintage Sounds cherry cab on their DR clone, almost all of the basic designs are the same, and they are variations on the same themes that have been around for a long time: Fender, Marshall and VOX. There is only so much a manufacturer can do before it becomes impractical from a transportation standpoint, like the Trillium amps due to the shape, size weight and cost. Do you really want to haul a round an amp that is tantamount to a China cabinet? Also, does the extra design payoff in the sound? We all know, from our very subjective stand points, that it really doesn't matter what it looks like if we don't care for the sound. And when you're pushing 50, do you really want to lug a 70 pound behemoth around, worrying about putting a scratch on it?
I agree with most everyone here. The classics look best, and those with the calssic look.
I also agree about the pointy peavy logo...but that logo is everywhere here. I grew up about 50 miles south of Meridian, so you saw it at just about every local concert, or function requiring a P.A. So we never gave it much thought.
Verellen for me
I love an all-wooden amp head.
. . . you beat me to it
The classics are just that for a reason . For something that looks a little different I think Mojave makes a good looking amp.
I vote Fender tweed followed by Vox....