2nd amp or more pedals?

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  1. murraythek

    murraythek Member

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    Currently own a Princeton Reverb and an Excelsior. I rarely use the Excelsior since the novelty wore off and will be selling it tomorrow. Trying to decide if I should replace it with a 2nd amp, an EL34 based amp like a Vox AC15, or add more pedals to my arsenal. I'm having some major gas for a Blue Sky or POG2. Anyone else been in the same boat? Is 2 amps more important than adding more effects? I have my dirt/fuzz/delay bases covered, but no modulation/octave/reverb.
     
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    Blue sky would be much nicer in stereo, just throwing that out there.
     
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    Do you play out? A 2nd amp is good for a backup.
     
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    This.
    Even if you don't play out, it's good to have a backup. Or run in stereo, etc.
     
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    If you play at home, 2 amps is not going to give you the fun of messing with a new time-based foot toy, since you have a great amp now and the saturation pedals to make you happy.
    This being said, getting a second amp is a really good thing to do once you are happy with your complete one amp setup.
    A Vox AC15 with EL84's (not EL-34's) will be a great second amp to go with the Princeton.

    Once you have the time-based effects you are satisfied with, the second amp will really make you smile, as then you will have your effects capable of running in stereo.
     
  7. murraythek

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    I will add that yes I am a home based player.
     
  8. TheoDog

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    More than one amp is a good choice. Let's just say you have a reason to drop you amp off at the tech and then get a call for a gig.
    Let's say you have 2 gigs scheduled on the same day with sound checks spaced out over town.
     
  9. gixxerrock

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    I find amps much more satisfying than pedals, but others like a basic amp platform with interesting pedals. If you exclusively play low volume, pedals may be more useful.

    Nice to have a backup.
     
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    Right now, in the living room ( rectangular shaped room, hardwood floor) I have a Marshall Class 5 head/cab in one end, and a Vox AC4C1-Pl at the other end of the room.

    I set up pedals in the middle of the room, and run things in stereo.
    It is great fun.

    Get a differently voiced second amp, and try it - you will have a good time :)
     
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    I am fine owning more than one amp, but I've struggled to make a two amp setup work. i find myself having to fiddle with my pedalboard a lot, to get the pedals to work with both amps.

    So, for me, I'm going one amp and a handful of "character" pedals, to get the different sounds I want.

    Another bonus is that pedals are easy to sell and ship, when I get tired of them.
     
  12. murraythek

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    Very good points. Amps can be difficult to unload.
     
  13. Steve Hotra

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    add those two pedals to the mix.
    Pog2 is very cool.
     
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    I'd think the excelsior and PR would be a perfect pairing for dual amp goodness. What is it you don't like about excelsior? Maybe $$$ would be better spent on a speaker and preamp tube upgrade for it.
     
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    Second amp. Pedals and **** like that will NEVER sound like a completely different platform (e.g. an EL34 based amp)
    I've been confronted with the same question, and decided if I don't have the cash to buy the amp now, I would wait until I have it. Just my 2ct

    A good amp, possibly a good Tubescreamer and a good guitar is all I normally need. Nothing more.
     
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    I beg to differ. Watch a video with Andy from Pro Guitar Shop demoing a Wampler Tweed 57 through a Fender Deluxe Reverb. I bet you'd say it sounds pretty much like a Tweed amp.
     
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    sure, you can always tweak things.... but I am kind of a purist

    I generally don't like many pedals at all. On a Fender amp I ALWAYS use a tube screamer which can sound nearly clean. Either as a booster or as an overdrive.

    On Marshalls I'd use a delay or hall pedal. Possibly a TS-9 as well, depending on the marshall (if non Mastervolume)

    And if I play clean jazzy stuff I really like a Chorus (possibly a Boss). This is my pedal "arsenal" :)
     
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    I've found that having a couple of great amps is way better than having one great amp and a ton of pedals. That's my $0.02, but I'd get another amp.
     
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    Two amps for sure. Variety is the spice of life!
     
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    You've got the reverb and modulation (the amp's tremolo) covered with the Princeton Reverb. I say another amp - but I'm an amp junkie.
     

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