Best Guitar tube preamps

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  1. robertkoa

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    What are the best guitar tube preamps you've ever heard or played ? I mean tube preamps for guitar to be played into a power amp or into hardware and software speaker cabinet simulators.
     
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    the worst in my opinion are jj's, dull,dark, muddy
    I prefer a mix with tungsols
     
  3. Guitar Josh

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    This question is so amp specific. For example, if I was playing a Marshall, I'd prefer RFTs. For a Fender, RCAs. Mesa, 9th gen chinese or later.
     
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    Are we talking preamp tubes, or tube based preamps to be run with a power amp?
     
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    His word order makes me think tube based preamps to run w/ a power amp.
    the CAE3 is great with FRYETTE power.
     
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    The Mesa Studio Pre is mighty good, at least in clean mode.
     
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    thanks I missed that one, added it to my list, mesa stopped making the V-twin a few years ago, really love that pedal, it does have preamp outs though I used to drive fender amps.
     
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    I've used quite a few myself, and I have to say my personal favorite, and what I currently use, is an Engl e580 midi preamp. It's expensive but it's a serious beast. You can also get a lot of tonal variety out of it just by playing with the tubes. I can get just about any type of tone I want out of it with tweaking. It's not for the light of heart, but is a serious piece. I love flexibility so that's why something like the engl goes a long way, that said, the Soldano X99 is another serious preamp with a different flare. There are lots of 2 and 3 channel preamps that have great tone too, but obviously you're limited to that number which to a degree defeats the purpose of having rack gear. BTW, I run my pres through a VHT 2 90 2 pre-buyout. Not sure exactly what is going on with the brand right now, but I know Freyette is making them under his own name as well.
     
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    I had ADA MP-1's and MP-2's. Still have an ADA MP-2. I also have a Marshall JMP-1. If you want Marshall tones --> JMP-1.

    All of these have tube stage, MP-1 also has solid state.

    None of these are being made any more, but you can readily find them used. If it doesn't have to be tube, I also have / use a Tech 21 PSA 1.1 as my main preamp.
     
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    Engl 520 modded by John Landgraff. My Bogner Fish was nice, but the Landgraff mod made me sell it. The Kasha was pretty sweet too.
     
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    Actually the long discontinued Peavey:hide Rockmaster was a very nice unit. I'm not a PV fan, but it was a nice, versatile preamp. They are going up in price, but can still be found pretty reasonably.

    Tony
     
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    X88R
    X99
    CAA3+SE/CAE3+
    E570
    E580
    M4
    RM4
    IE4
    Trio
    JMP1
    MP1/MP2/MP1Classic
    Triaxis
    Quad
    Formula(awesome clean crap OD)
    Studio
    SP77
    Piranha
    Some good some great ,always use a tube power stage .
     
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    Van Weelden Gainland!
     
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    Demeter TGP-3
     
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    I've used the following

    Recto Recording Preamp
    SP77
    GT Trio
    V Twin

    I don't use a rack anymore, but that's probably the order I liked them. My main power amps were 20/20s and GT D75s.
     
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    Thanks and keep them coming, since the Engl 530 is inexpensive I've wondered whether it could be modded by a tech to be much warmer and less brutal as I don't do metal.The tones I need are Fender cleans,and tones in between prettier Marshall type tones and Dumble types.I've talked to Kasha ( and some of my suggestions turned in to "The Brick ".Any of you play or hear the Rockmod 3 in person ? Also the Ceriatone Overtone Special might be good if they made it as a stand alone pre . Anyone hear one of those ? Supposed to go from Dumble to Marshall depending on how high the internal gain trim is set. Anyone heard the Access or Tubeman PLus? Thanks.
     
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    There is no Marshall tone in a OTS no matter what you do with the trim pot.Also The list of tones you want don't come in a single unit ,even the M4.
     
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    I still have my Soldano X88 preamp that I run with the old Marshall 50 watt a side power amp into a straight front Marshall cabinet with old Celestion 55 Hz 30 watt speakers in it. Great tone.
     

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