3rd Power Dream 40 American

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  1. Seegs

    Seegs Member

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    Anyone have one and can shed some light on it??

    What speakers does it like?

    Build quality or guts shots?

    How about the power scaling features...do they really work?

    Thinking about grabbing one to go with my 64 Bassman.
     
  2. Veritas

    Veritas Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a 3rd Power Dream Weaver MKII and the master on these amps is as good as anything you'll find.

    The build quality is also off the charts.
     
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    James Lugo had an American Dream in his studio for testing, might e-mail or PM him.

    So far not a discouraging word though the company is relatively new.
     
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    jguitarslim Silver Supporting Member

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    I owned MK1 American Dream. Master is as good as it gets. Build quality top notch.
    Think I ran mine thru ASW KTS70, but would probably play along nicely with your favorite speaker for BF or Tweed tones.
    IIRC...James Lugo was blown away by that amp.
     
  5. Seegs

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    @jgs...why did you sell yours?

    I saw James Lugo unbox it and plug it in and he was indeed blown away by it...his amp is of the same ilk but slightly different than the one I am looking at which is a one channel amp that only has the 63 BF and 59 tweed preamps...

    I'm really only interested in this particular model because of my budget...I found a Dream 40 floor demo near me for a good price and it piqued my interest...

    This is the only clip I found and the beginning BF sounds with a strat is as good of a clean sound as I've heard and with the level of control over volume this could be a low volume solution for me which my 64 Bassman is unable to do...incidently this clip is with a 12" gold and the cleans are glorious...

    I have two cabs with 10" golds as well as a 2X 12" cab with M65 Creambacks as well as a 12" H75 Creamback...

    What I am not crazy about is the 59 tweed setting with the 335 and especially that tubescreamer tone...it ratty and too sizzly which almost borders on fizz for me...


     
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    A few comps would be the Allen Amps Encore and Old Flame
    Gries 35 Reverb
    Divided By 13 FTR 37
    I'd look at Lewis Electric too.
     
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    I have the same amp... and the same experiences with it!
     
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    :) Wow a product demo with Big Wreck's "That Song".

    I agree, this video sounds great with the Strat, but the ES335/Tweed/TS is not my thing
     
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    jguitarslim Silver Supporting Member

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    IMO…tube screamers into Tweed amps suck!
     
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    jguitarslim Silver Supporting Member

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    I've had AD MK1 & DW MK2 as far as BF/Tweed 3rd Power offerings. I really liked both amps.
    Remember a/b'ing Dr.Z Therapy I bought with tweed setting on DW & preferring the 3P.
    Just sounded more "alive". Im doing more Marshall thing these days is all.
    I do miss my DW from time to time.
     
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    Just to be clear, I have a '71 Bassman, and the Dream Weaver MKII can do that tone very well. The fact that it can get into tweed territory as well is so great. I'm also not a fan of TS pedals with that tweed tone. A Timmy works great.

    The master allows you to get that Bassman tone at any volume. On top of that, you can dial in great dirt with it as well.

    I can imagine the Dream 40 would do what you want. It's not exactly the same tone as a Bassman, but it is very close and sounds killer. It doesn't sound any bit worse than an old Bassman, just a bit different. And it takes pedals great.
     
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    I've got a Dual Citizen and I couldn't be happier with the American side into a 1x12 dream cab and a celestion gold.
     
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    Well on paper all those changes look good but in taking a closer look...

    I don't need an fx loop and in the clip above with the strat on the BF setting I heard enough clean headroom to satisfy my needs...I'll have to try the BF setting with hums though...

    I also remember back to a time when Fender...then owned by CBS redesigned their BF amps to have more clean headroom :D
     
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    On my DC, the American side has a veeerry healthy helping of clean headroom, especially compared to the AC side. True to a pre-CBS blackface Bassman, IMO. If you want a slightly earlier breakup and a bit more midrange grunt, flip to the Tweed mode. It makes for an outstanding pedal platform.

    Also, if you have any effect that conventionally goes into an FX loop (i.e. delay, reverb, and modulation), the Citizen Loop may very well change your mind about FX loops.
     
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    Also, @Seegs, this is a picture of the gut shots of a partially-complete Citizen Gain amp, to give you an idea of the build quality. I nicked this from @SceroGuitars

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thx Smashies! That looks nice and clean and compares favourably to the best of the best...

    I work on my amps and have serviced my Matchless...Fargen...Fender etc. and the all time best workmanship I have ever seen is a Made in Germany Realtone amp that I used to own which had unparalleled lead dressing and workmanship...it was so clean that it was unbelievable!!!
     
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    Smashies Silver Supporting Member

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    Pics or it didn't happen. ;)
     
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    Anybody else got one/tried one of these?
     
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