Become a Supporting Member


Go Back   The Gear Page > The Gear > Amps and Cabs

Notices


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-03-2011, 10:48 PM
radiohead625 radiohead625 is offline
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,414
Thumbs up Ampeg B12-XT..

Anyone know much about this amp? Does anything sound similar?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-03-2011, 10:51 PM
Flyin' Brian Flyin' Brian is offline
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ottawa Eh?
Posts: 21,320
I had one back in the '60s. Very hi fi sounding, as most Ampegs were back then. That was the required sound then so I have no idea how it sounded pushed. It was clean and pretty loud.
__________________
"Play like you have something to say, not something to prove." ~ Unknown author. ... "I did think that when I was younger, there would be a day when I would sort of 'get it', and that everything would be cool, and I would have arrived at that promised land of being a great musician and I would just 'be'. And I can see now, that that is never going to happen."~Metheny
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-04-2011, 12:24 AM
radiohead625 radiohead625 is offline
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,414
what do you mean by hi fi?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-04-2011, 05:39 AM
fabulusfab777 fabulusfab777 is offline
Supporting Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 492
Funny because i was about to post on that. I bought one locally after reading on them. It is a great amp, 2 channel (that you can blend) with reverb and a very psychedelic tremolo (or more Vibrato). I think they where only made during two years. Mine is a 1967. I would agree with the OP when he said it sounds HI-FI, it is hard to describe but it is a very clean amp and it was said too much about some amps but it takes pedal extremely well. So far it is the best pedal platform that i have tried and i've tried many. Also they are very unique looking, and the Ampeg logo light up when the amp is on (just think it's cool !!). I have only got the head and not the original cab so i plugged mine in a 2x12 with a Webber alinico blue dog and a celestion G12h30 and it is an AMAZING match. If you have any specific questions let me know because i am not good with adjectives that describes sound but if i had to say one thing it's that i LOVE this amp.

Hope it helps
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-04-2011, 05:55 AM
Flyin' Brian Flyin' Brian is offline
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ottawa Eh?
Posts: 21,320
Quote:
Originally Posted by radiohead625 View Post
what do you mean by hi fi?
Very uncolored. Fender BF has a big mid scoop, Marshall has it's thing, Vox is "chimey", Fender Tweeds have a lot of mids. The B12XT just amplifies whatever you put into it and changes nothing.

It was a great amp for jazz (reverb was just being accepted then in the jazz world) and a great amp for squeaky clean surf music.

You'd almost assuredly need pedals to cop any post 1970s sounds.
__________________
"Play like you have something to say, not something to prove." ~ Unknown author. ... "I did think that when I was younger, there would be a day when I would sort of 'get it', and that everything would be cool, and I would have arrived at that promised land of being a great musician and I would just 'be'. And I can see now, that that is never going to happen."~Metheny
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-04-2011, 09:21 AM
billyguitar billyguitar is offline
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 2,991
Country bands used them back in the day too.
__________________
www.luckysoandsos.com
OMG! 77 guitars, lap steels, basses & 73 amps!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-04-2011, 09:31 AM
OKhan OKhan is offline
Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 117
The vibrato is sweet on this one.
__________________
Obeid Khan-Design Engineer Reason Amps www.reasonamps.com

Amps I have designed - Crate Vintage Club, Vseries, Palomino, Ampeg Jet, Reverbrocket, SuperJet, B15R, Ampeg J20 (ptp) SVTDI, SVTMP

Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-04-2011, 10:22 AM
AL30 AL30 is offline
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,677
I don't have any experience with that particular Ampeg. But, I do have a few older Ampegs and I quickly checked your schematic. It looks similar to a lot of Ampegs.

I've never thought of them as "Hi-Fi" sounding but I do understand the "uncolored" comments. The baxandall tone stack takes a little while to get used to as it's a lot different than the typical Fender/Marshall tone stack. But, it's much more versatile once you get a handle on it.

My Ampegs have great cleans also. But, crank the amp up a little (especially with humbuckers) and they will grind with the best of them. (Actually better IMO).

If you've got a line on one you should really try and play it. Most people that hear my Ampegs are really surprised.

AL
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-04-2011, 10:36 AM
radiohead625 radiohead625 is offline
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,414
ya i played through a ampeg jet about a month ago... i know its not the same as vintage ampegs, but it was darker than a fender and i really liked it. Im looking for an ampeg with reverb. I just cant get that amp out of my head lol. Trying to figure out what model is best for me.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-04-2011, 10:48 AM
AL30 AL30 is offline
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,677
The Gemini amps have reverb on them. If you can find one these are beautiful sounding amps. The Gemini 1 is about 20 watts in a large 1x12" package. Nice trem, sparkly cleans and a fantastic, thick breakup if you need it.

The echo jet also had reverb.


GGJaguar has a really handy site for older Ampegs.

http://www.ggjaguar.com/ampeg.htm
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©1999-2014, The Gear Page, LLC, Brian Scherzer
All rights reserved.
Banner Design: Chris Sileo