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'65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue....Clean headroom?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by jimmyohio75, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. jimmyohio75

    jimmyohio75 Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    akron, ohio
    Does the '65 Dlx Reverb RI have decent headroom? I know it's only 22 watts, does it break up real early?
    Can you get clean sounds in a small club unmic'd without large amounts of breakup?
  2. m@2

    m@2 Member

    Sep 9, 2007
    San Francisco CA
    yes, absolutely. although i did trade mine for a twin (rediculous amounts of clean headroom) the DRRI definitely has good small club headroom. I used mine unmic'd many times in clubs.

    if you want infinite headroom, then do TRRI (but, over double the weight of the DRRI)
  3. DaveG

    DaveG Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    High Desert, SoCal
    My DRRI starts getting a little hair on the notes with the volume at 4-5; it's a great gigging amp. As a lot of threads here have said in the past, good speakers help. I run either a CRex or RWB in mine, both sound fantastic. Lately, though, I've been running the CRex in the DRRI & the RWB in a 1x12 ext cab, and it sounds like heaven.
  4. Deacon

    Deacon Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Toledo, OH USA
    The DRRI seems to have pretty good headroom if you're running a Strat or Tele through it.

    For Les Paul, 335, or other bucker guitar ... not so much.
  5. nb_fan

    nb_fan Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Perceived headroom also depends on your speaker choice. A well broken in stock speaker with an HB guitar starts to have significant breakup around 4 or 5 and was of decent volume in a studio/practice room. I swapped the speaker out for a much more efficient Eminence Red Ryder, and it gets reaaally loud and doesn't start to break up for me until about 6 or 7 at least. For a full on crunch, it needs to get up to 8. Also, the tube brands have a lot to do with it too. It seemed to have more breakup with EHx 12ax7s and Mesa 6v6s, v. JJ 12ax7s and JJ 6v6s which gave me more headroom... it's a very tweakable amp with simple changes!
  6. shane88

    shane88 Member

    Oct 10, 2008
    it would depend on how loud you play - if you use a strat or turn the vol on a hb guitar down you may get away with it
    but i'd say it's marginal
  7. SamsDaddy

    SamsDaddy Member

    Oct 19, 2008
    Denver, CO
    I think my DRRI has plenty of clean headroom. Actually, it has almost too much! I get too loud playing with my band if I try to crank it to the point of overdrive. I usually run the volume around 4 with humbuckers and then dirty it up with pedals.

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