100W Superlead or Superbass?? Discuss....

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  1. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    Which do you favor and why? What circuit shines with Les Pauls? Strats?

    And yes I am running pedals in front if I ever play anywhere...
     
  2. Mcclassic

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    I love my superbass (1970).
     
  3. sickboy79

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    Both are outstanding - but do things a little different. SLs are a little more aggressive, and in general overdrive a little quicker. SBs have a bit more headroom, and to my ears a little thicker tone. Not quite as aggressive as a SL. YMMV of course. It just depends on the tone you want. I like em both equally.
     
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    The Ganesha can take you from Superbass to Superlead with the flick of a switch. Best of both worlds. I'm not sure why this isn't more common in the boutique world, because my understanding is that the circuits are not too different ...
     
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    Super Bass, because they're actually affordable and need zero modding (unlike Ali SLs). Bias up some decent tubes, jump the channels, wind her up into a good cab, and you've got instant classic Marshall Rock God tone. Even if you prefer the SL tone, any competent tech can tweak a few caps and resistors to get you there. A Super Bass from 1970-73 (until the HW-> PC switch) gets my vote as the best value going in vintage gear.

    - DB
     
  6. GCDEF

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    I had a Superlead for many years. Sounded best with humbuckers. Wouldn't want to to it again though. Way too loud and way too inflexible compare to what's out there now.
     
  7. ROKY

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    I had a '78 Super Lead that I really enjoyed for a couple of years, and had
    to reluctantly sell, 3 years ago.

    I'd like to try a Super Bass, sometime.. BUT .. I could get a nice darker
    kind of vibe from the SL by plugging into the normal input and blending
    a little of the bright channel in and then keeping the mid control at
    a more moderate setting.

    I imagined it was more like a Super Bass, set up that way .. mebbe not ?
     
  8. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    some theories, tell me if I am crazy:
    Les Paul for Superlead but not a great match for strats w/o additional OD/boost pedals??

    Strats go great with superbasses?? if so how are Les Pauls with the Superbass??
     
  9. jokerjkny

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    love the thickness the superbasses give my strats. and FYI, i'm pretty sure doyle bramhall ii used a superbass w/ his strats on most of "welcome". but i like my fuzzes w/ superleads. they just seem to go together and cut better.

    course, in my mind, a superlead on the right, and a raving SVT on the left of a drummer is *the* quintessential sound of the power trio to me.
     
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    There's about a dollar's worth of parts differences between the two so I'd take either happily. :)

    JIm
     
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    the early superbass and superlead amps are identical except a 100uf on the bright channels volume control
     
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    a superbass will sound killer with a good HB guitar. I recommend the 1967 circuit with low filtering unless you are going to play metal and need a stiffer and tighter amp
     
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    My '67 Super Bass sounds killer with both my Les Paul and Strat. I like the fact that I can turn up the Treble and Presence controls on that amp and it doesn't get all that top end nastiness that you can sometimes get with the Lead amps.

    It's a beast though. Very loud, thick and powerful amp. Sounds great with pedals - but even with a pedal into the front end I still have to run the volume up enough so that the amp is breathing a bit (ie. 4-5 on the Volume) and that's still pretty loud through my Greenback loaded 4x12 cab.
     
  16. ROKY

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    Paul Kossoff !
     

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