Blankenship VARIPLEX In Action....Clips!

Discussion in 'Member Video and Sound Clips' started by John Ziegler, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. John Ziegler

    John Ziegler Member

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    thought i'd share a really cool amp that i've had the chance of banging on and hearing live a few times recently!
    this is from another board posted by a friend and fellow guitar player named dave phillips here in LA....
    http://www.davidphillipsmusic.com/variplexdry.mp3

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    and here's another clip that dave put online which has a little 'verb and panning added...

    http://www.davidphillipsmusic.com/variplexrev.mp3

    this amp is a really awesome machine.
    hope you dig.

    choice!
     
  2. gassyndrome

    gassyndrome Member

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    Sounds awesome - (good) VH in a bottle! :AOK
     
  3. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Gold Supporting Member

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    John, sounds like the best VH tone I've heard aside from the man himself.
    This looks to be the amp that can finally delver on that claim.
     
  4. leftyaxeslinger

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    NIce! Amp sounds incredible. What does dropping it to 90 volts actually do to the sound? I've read all the history on Eddie's sound but don't think I remember reading or hearing that explanation.
     
  5. gururyan

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    wow, that really does nail the sound!
     
  6. michael.e

    michael.e Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice clips!

    Any idea at what volume they were recorded at?

    M.E.
     
  7. John Ziegler

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    as far as the volume the clips were recorded at....
    everything on the amp was all the way up("dimed").
    it's a 50watt model going into one cab.

    and the variac is what gives ya the "sag" and lowers the overall output volume....
    it does some really cool things to the overall tone, eq, and feel of the amp too.
    with tube amps you really can't go below 90v, because of tube/parts wear.
    BUT, the Variplex can be turned all the way down to 10 volts....
    without harm to the tube heaters.
    the different tones sound really great all the way from 10 to 120 volts.
    think of the most versatile killer sounding marshall you can imagine.....
    and voila!

    oh..and the 2nd channel is amazing too...
    differently voiced(marshall super bass meets vox).
    especially for the cleaner, bluesier stuff.

    rock on!
     
  8. michael.e

    michael.e Gold Supporting Member

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    I guess that amp must be a custom order. I only see low power amps on his site. Although, I did read this........

    "Power: 236 watts with 6L6 config. and 18 watts with 6v6 config."



    :dude :dude

    M.E.
     
  9. Crunchyriff

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    Yup, Ed used a variac. That was one of the main staples of his old rig. He used to drop it to around 90-95 vac and it would vary from venue to venue. Later, on the Fair Warning disc, he claimed he was running the variac at 140 vac, which of course killed tubes like crazy....

    I'm hearing just a hair of 'fizz' on the notes, but aside from that, that is a legit tone. Very nice. COOL!
     
  10. John Ziegler

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    since it's a brand new model, i'm sure it'll be on the blankenship site soon.
    i do believe the Variplex amps are currently rumbling out the door...
    with plenty of orders coming in from mostly LA guys that have heard the amp in action over the past couple of months.

    good stuff!
     
  11. michael.e

    michael.e Gold Supporting Member

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    Didn't Ed also do something with criss/crossing wires inside the chassis to drop voltage as well?

    So many myths, yet I doubt anybody else really knows. Except each of us, of course, because we believe the source of where we heard it.

    Bottom line, there are many ways to cop that tone. It just happened to be recorded on that day with a result that will go down in history.

    M.E.
     
  12. michael.e

    michael.e Gold Supporting Member

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    It is an incredible sounding amp no matter how you slice it! Eddie or no Eddie.

    Radar tuned...........

    M.E.
     
  13. electronpirate

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    That does nail it.
     
  14. michael.e

    michael.e Gold Supporting Member

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    Can one safely use a variac [within reason] on any amp?

    M.E.
     
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    Sounds great John!

    I swear I'm gonna make it out the Baked Potato soon to see ya!

    Hope everything's going well.....

    BTW... I'm playing at The Barrel in Sherman Oaks Sat night if you wanna swing by!

    Rick
     
  16. carbz

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    Something must be wrong with me cause everytime a clip gets posted that supposedly "nails" the early VH sound IMO they all fall short including this one. Yet everyone else feels different. It just sounds like a typical high gain over fuzzed amp to me. Not bad but certainly not early VH. Where's the brown? It just doesn't sound rich and warm with that nice articulate high end sizzle that ed's had. Playing is good though.. Again back to the drawing-board.
     
  17. ericb

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    NOthing wrong with you. I feel exactly the same way . I posted on it at first that it's really easy for many guitarists to get close to that tone with MANY setups and then I deleted my posts , as I didn't want to offend anyone. But this time I'll leave this one up... I still say it's very easy to get close to that tone for many of us. The rest is in the fingers, forearms, the technique and the soul. This amp btw has killer features and I'm sure it's another great amp amongst many great amps out today . Btw, if you guys haven't heard John Z , the poster here, play, check out his skills.. I haven't heard him live, as I live on the wrong coast, but the clips on the internet are KILLER. (the guy who posted here, not the clips on this thread)

    ERIC
     
  18. carbz

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    Eric,

    There are tons of great players out there. There is some dude Ralley 500 that posts on some forums. Another VH nut and he has gotten closer IMO then anyone I have heard. Sometimes I think the production of the VH records is a big reason his guitar sounds the way it does? Who knows, but no-one has really been able to capture that sound the way it sounds on any recording I have heard. Anyways I stubbled across an amp a few weeks ago on this forum called a "Sommatone". I went to his website and checked out his amps. I absolutely loved the overdrive clip. I wouldn't say its the Van Halen sound per say but its real "Brown" to my ears! It aint cheap though...
     
  19. John Ziegler

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    thanx for the kudos and head's up rick.
    everything is rockin along as usual...monday nights are more slammin than ever!
    also VOLTO! is hitting @ the baked potato in a few weeks too.
    so i look forward to catching up with ya one of these days.

    as far as the Variplex getting whatever kind of tone....
    i've played it and heard it live and in the studio too.
    i have owned and still own some awesome original marshall plexis...
    and i think the Variplex an amazing sounding plexi-based amplfier that can get all sorts of wonderful sounds,
    be it with the variac and/or the 2 channel options.
    if YOU don't think some internet mp3 sounds like van halen and isn't "brown" enough....that's totally cool.
    there's more than a ton of clips that i personally don't think sound like what others describe them to be.
    just like people's playing skills and overall perceptions of things in general when it comes to art/music,
    everyone''s ears are different too.
    at the end of the day...it's just another little clip on the web,
    simply something to possibly get someone's attention to delve further...
    nothing more than that. :D
    so if ya dig it, check it out....and rock on!

    choice!
     
  20. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

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    Great post.. If this amp was called the Eddie in a box clone, I'd take issue with it, but it's not.. We all can play loads of styles with those tones. THanks for the post and the clips

    ERIC
     

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