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My friend opened his special order Ric bass as soon as it arrived on a -10F day in MN and watched in horror as the entire finish checked. He was devastated.
40 is fine but when these things spend time below zero WAIT!
It's a little weird at first. I usually use smooth nylon straps that let me move the guitar around, but on my SG because of the neck heavy aspect, I use one with a suede backing that grips my shoulder more.
More than likely its just that the gasket has fused to the baffle. This happens a lot especially if the baffle has been cleared or painted. Many times the finish isn't fully dry when the speaker is installed, and it sticks to it.
I've had more than a few amps that I've gone to swap and had to...
The cleans are pretty much in the tweed camp. More mid focused and percussive than a blackface type amp. I have an older version of the STR no extra gain stage and running a Tone Tubby speaker which keeps it cleaner / louder.
Great sounding amp and sounds much bigger than you would expect.
Kiwi - I read through that thread good info.
David M - I thought about a McSoapy, but I currently have a PRS Custom 22 3 P90 so I'm good there really looking for a humbucker.
I've had a love hate thing going with PRS I like them but typically they don't stick around too...
So I've always wanted a rosewood necked PRS, but need some help or at least opinions :)
I tend to like wrap tail bridges but would be open to a PRS trem
I like a big neck but not really wide think Nocaster, R4, R8, etc...
I know PRS doesn't make anything that big but I played a Tremonti...
Depends on what you are looking for in the amp. Cleans I'd go I or IIb. If you are in it for the OD channel its hard to beat a MKIII for price vs capabilities.
My preference is to have reverb, simu-class, and GEQ
This surprised me a bit based on the speakers, but remains my favorite.
93 Matchless Clubman>Marshall 4x12 loaded with Heritage Greenbacks and M75 Scumbacks. Guitars all sound great but my ES330 is probably tops.
The fact that you can't audition these amps is tough. I'd try and find an on-line retailer that has a return policy, or find them used on the Guitar Center Web Site
They all have their own sound / take on the voxy thing and may or may not be to your liking.
I will say that Top Hat and...
Mint with padded cover and foot switch. Price break if you are within a couple hours of MSP.
$1650 with the original Weber Alnico Classic
$1750 with the Creamback Alnico
Both shipped and PP in CONUS
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I'd go Alex / Scumback. IMO they work very well with 4 hole Marshalls. I have 2. I also have an Aracom and a Powerstation II.
for my 73 1987 I liked the Alex the best and hey it's the cheapest especially used.
I wasn't looking for a Firebird, but came across one of these studios used for $700.00 it's a hellova guitar that punches way above it's weight price wise. I've seen P90s and Humbuckers for between $700-$900.
Grab that local Chieftain. I've had all the Sampson Era models and had trouble bonding with the DC and Lightning over the long haul. The spitfire was an exception.
The big bottle amps Chieftain and Clubman are much more to my taste. Still get the chime, but the Clubman cleans are my all time...
I happened to find 2 matching 90's 1x12 open back Mesa cabs with well worn V30s. Makes a great little stack. I also have an over sized 1x12 Mesa cab with the C90 and it sounds a bit more modern to my ears. I prefer the V30s for the JP-2C. Knowing that I'd go with the vertical 2x12 with V30s.
I believe 93 is the first year for the Clubman. I was looking recently and yeah prices are all over the place. You will pay more for a Sampson era as I did, but I prefer the cosmetics over the newer stuff. This is my 93 fantastic amp.