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Old 05-31-2009, 12:43 PM
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Best Guitar tube preamps

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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Old 05-31-2009, 07:21 PM
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the worst in my opinion are jj's, dull,dark, muddy
I prefer a mix with tungsols
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:03 PM
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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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Old 05-31-2009, 08:19 PM
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Are we talking preamp tubes, or tube based preamps to be run with a power amp?
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:28 PM
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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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Old 05-31-2009, 08:46 PM
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your asking about preamps I presume, my mesa v-twin pedal, it also came in an rack mount, basically a mark preamp stage,

http://www.mesaboogie.com/manuals/V-Twin%20pedal.pdf

http://www.mesaboogie.com/manuals/V-...k%20PreAmp.pdf

though they still make the triaxis preamp, not really as familiar with it.

http://www.mesaboogie.com/manuals/Triaxis.pdf

and the studio pre which primkurtz added after I posted

http://www.mesaboogie.com/manuals/StudioPre.pdf
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:49 PM
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The Mesa Studio Pre is mighty good, at least in clean mode.
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:55 PM
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The Mesa Studio Pre is mighty good, at least in clean mode.

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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Old 05-31-2009, 10:03 PM
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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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Old 05-31-2009, 10:07 PM
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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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Old 05-31-2009, 10:09 PM
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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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Old 05-31-2009, 11:42 PM
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Actually the long discontinued Peavey 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.

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Old 06-01-2009, 04:29 AM
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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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Old 06-01-2009, 05:06 AM
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KOCH pedaltone works great for me.

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Old 06-01-2009, 05:10 AM
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