View Full Version : Cover bands - what amp?
01-27-2010, 04:49 AM
What amps are you covers band players rocking?
Mesa Lonestar Special 1x12 (running clean with pedals)
01-27-2010, 05:47 AM
The Sig:X covers all the tones that I need.
01-27-2010, 05:50 AM
CAA OD100 SE+
Just one of those at a time (and lately, it's only been the CAA.)
01-27-2010, 05:52 AM
Peavey classic 50 and/or carvin legacy
01-27-2010, 06:00 AM
CAA OD100 SE+
Just one of those at a time (and lately, it's only been the CAA.)
I bet! Man, I would love a CAA amp.
01-27-2010, 06:06 AM
I've just started a cover band after 30+ plus years of doing originals. I'll be doing classic rock - Beatles, Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Aerosmith etc.
I plan to use an old Mesa S.O.B. Combo (which is kind of a Mark I reissue) with a Vox Night Train with a 1x12 closed back Theile cab on the other side of the stage to get stereo effects. I'm using pedals for dirt.
01-27-2010, 06:21 AM
Whatever amp gives you your tone.
Personally, I can't stand cover bands that try to faithfully sound just like the record... very boring. iTunes or a jukebox do that... make it your own.
01-27-2010, 06:37 AM
Marshall JVM-215 C with a Mesa 1 x 12 extension cabinet.
01-27-2010, 06:46 AM
Bugera 333xl w/ KT88's and a Barber ss overdrive. Big cleans lots of headroom, Barber for low gain stuff, Crunch channel dialed in like a marshall JCM, Lead channel dialied in for a high gain metal tone. I use a boost pedal in the loop to equally boost those different flavors. Covers a lot of ground for the amount of money I put in the rig. Also got a lot effects delay, chours etc. the usual.
01-27-2010, 06:58 AM
The Atomic Reactor FR from an AxeFx Ultra is all I need.
01-27-2010, 07:07 AM
#1. Clone of a Marshall 1974X (head) into a JDesigns 1x12 cab (WGS Vet 30)
#2. '59 Fender Bassman LTD
Moderate-to-hard rock 70's to now. Either amp has plenty of headroom for the type of stage volume I use. All dirt comes from a TS and/or DLS.
01-27-2010, 07:15 AM
usually wha to my zinky or wha to my tiny terror... either will get the job done... no pedals required for me.. ymmv
01-27-2010, 08:00 AM
Bogner Shiva 1x12 combo + Line 6 M13
01-27-2010, 08:13 AM
Komet Constellation into B Burt 1x12, about a third of the time I will run a T Rex delay, but nothing else.
01-27-2010, 08:16 AM
'59 bassman reissue... with a box of rock for my main od... and the boost is always on.
also have a rivera chubster that gets use.
01-27-2010, 08:17 AM
Mesa F-50 head through a 2x12 Avatar cab.
01-27-2010, 08:22 AM
I use a series 1 budda superdrive 30 with a 2x12 cab with Austin Speaker Works KTS-70s, and a whole bunch of pedals. I'm toying withe the idea of the M9 or the G Major 2.
01-27-2010, 08:25 AM
Bad Cat Lil 15: two channel, great with pedals, into an avatar 1x12 with a celestion gold. light weight, easy to lug around. great to mic.
01-27-2010, 08:35 AM
I use my tweed twin ri for everything. We do mostly classic rock & blues, so I'm covered.
01-27-2010, 08:38 AM
Bogner 101B. Sounds great but was very expensive (even used). Thinking of selling my high end gear and just getting a Marshall DSL50 ... that'd be plenty of amp for club use.
01-27-2010, 08:39 AM
Vox VT50 I gig with this 50wt modeler and do just fine all night long, good volume but not too much, cuts through the mix and I can dial in a number of tones depending on what we're doing.
Always get lots of compliments on my tone, I do use a Green Line from SPF for a boost sometimes.. and compression I'm in a country band.
01-27-2010, 08:43 AM
1. Germino Club 40 with Matching 2x12 with greens
2. 3 Monkeys Orangutan with Matching 2x12 with 1 green and 1 g12h
01-27-2010, 08:52 AM
Easy question. Soldano Decatone 3 channel amp.
Why? Perfect transitions from clean (bassman style), to crunch (JCM 800 style), to overdrive (SLO-100 style). It covers every tone you could ever need to cover. Couple that with individual masters and gain on each channel PLUS a finishing global master to control output volume for any venue size and you are there. Bright/normal on each channel, super easy MIDI channel changer with same indicating lights on pedal as front of the amp, DEPTH option for big time drop tunings, and a parallel/series effects loop.
Fortunately for me and BCM I could run any amp I choose, but nothing touches the versatility of the Decatone.
I'm not in a cover band but most of the jam sessions friends and I put together cover a wide variety of music. So far my Mesa Mark V 1x12 combo is working wonderfully in this context providing blackface-like cleans, JMP-like crunch, and Boogie lead tones without compromise. For versatility it's my favorite amp to date.
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, guitar cord, Dunlop wah, guitar cord, '84 Fender Squire Strat w/David Gilmore EMG pickup set. Cover band - We do classic rock and some blues.
01-27-2010, 09:27 AM
Any of the amps in my signature, usually selected by wattage for the gig. I always sound like me.
01-27-2010, 09:44 AM
Peavey C-50 for most rooms.
Music Man HD-150 and 4x12 cab for the really big ones/outside.
And, today I'm going to check out a 5e3 Deluxe clone in head form, which will get use in the little rooms.
01-27-2010, 09:51 AM
I play modern, 90's and classic rock covers. SG->Super Reverb with a few dirt pedals gets me pretty much all the sounds I need. I tried to move away from the Super, but it just perfectly fits my needs and just flat out has the TONE.
01-27-2010, 09:55 AM
I'm using a Tech 21 Trade Mark 60. Sometimes I'll add the Power Engine 60. I switch between this rig an my Marshall 50 watt DSL thru a 2 x 12 Avatar vintage cab. All my distortion comes from my amps channel switching. I use a Digitect 2120 for effects. I boost with a BB-Preamp (set for clean).
Both these rigs cover a lot of sonic ground.
01-27-2010, 09:56 AM
I'm in a Doors cover band.. Allen Old Flame, which for the most part is a Fender AB763 circuit... and a mid 70's Deluxe Reverb for lower volume shows. pedals: cheap ibanez toneloc fuzz, rocktron austin gold and a zoom G1.
01-27-2010, 10:07 AM
Laney TT50H. 3 channels, separate EQ. MIDI controls the channels (1-3), reverb (on/off) and boost (on/off).
01-27-2010, 10:31 AM
Small gigs- Fender Tweed Pro Junior, pedals for dirt and delay.
Large gigs - Reverend Hellhound Head with Trutone cab, pedals for dirt and delay.
Very small gigs- Gibson GA-5 Goldtone, boost pedal and delay pedal.
01-27-2010, 10:40 AM
Deluxe reverb and a rat. I'm usually mic'd into the PA, so I'm looking for something not as loud.
01-27-2010, 10:56 AM
Either the Sig:X, HotCat, or BlackCat, depending on the gig. If potpourri, I use the Sig:X (if the room/stage is big enough, with the D4x12), if more on the heavy side and a small gig I use the Hot Cat, if it is more classic rock/blues/country I use the Black Cat. Occasionally I'll take the Flexi over the Black Cat, but I just prefer the Voxier amp for most things. My board's in the sig.
01-27-2010, 12:05 PM
Traynor Guitar Mate with a GGG Brown Sound in a Box pedal, Vox wha or Banshee II, Boss Dimension C, and Boss EQ for boost.
I play in 2 different bands - one does Chicago, Motown, ska, some rock. Other does classic and modern rock - Who, Rush, Primus, Peppers, and some of those new bands whose names I do not know ;)
01-27-2010, 02:39 PM
Diezel Einstein or Budda SD 30 I plus M13 for me
01-27-2010, 02:48 PM
going against the grain:
XTLive direct to a powered top. no, i don't try to sound like the record for EVERY nuance, but it helps my diversity and load in/out
01-27-2010, 07:48 PM
I was running a Budda SD30 II into a Marshall 425A cab, but just pulled the trigger on a Marshall 2203x. I found that I rarely used the clean side of the Budda, and wanted something with more punch and less compression. We don't try to sound exactly like the recording- we like to be "us" doing a version of the original song.
01-27-2010, 08:11 PM
Bugera V-22 using both channels,an overdrive pedal and an EQ in the loop for a lead boost. Very versatile.
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