AC-30 Clones

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  1. PUCKBOY99

    PUCKBOY99 Silver Supporting Member

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    WHO MAKES THE BEST SOUNDING AC-30ish AMP ???

    Matchless C-30 ?
    Tophat King Royale?
    Fargen Epic ?

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    Anyone play the Bogner Metropolis? Is it more Marshall than Vox or is it in the same vein???

    :BEER
     
  2. Roe

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    valvetech I guess
     
  3. lookslikemeband

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    I own the TopHat King Royale (older Scripty model), and to my ears, it sounds as good or better than any Vox I've played.

    Absolutely beautiful sounding amp!
     
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    my รท13 rsa31 is amazing at it but i'd say it's beyond "clone"

    perhaps the Hayseed.
     
  6. fender tele

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    Check out Dr Z's new Stang Ray.

    Go here:
    http://drzamplifiers.proboards41.com/index.cgi

    I don't own one, but a good friend of mine did & it sounds fantastic. Brad Paisley uses em & helped in the design after his old AC30 head.

    The run anywhere from $2200-2500 I believe.
     
  7. AshlandBump

    AshlandBump Silver Supporting Member

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    I own a Hayseed and love it. To be fair, check out JMJ amps too.
     
  8. fenderbender4

    fenderbender4 Gold Supporting Member

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    You could check out Snake River amps. Do a google search.
     
  9. lazaruslong

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    I have a Tophat club royale and its all the VOX i need..
     
  10. rickkane32

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    Go with a newer Top Hat King Royale. These amps are amazing. Bulletproof construction and not a bad tone can be coaxed out of this amp.

    Rick
     
  11. TheGuildedAge

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    I have a Fargen Epic 30 head, sounds really nice.
     
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    +1 for the Top Hat KR!
     
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    There are lots of excellent boutique EL-84 amps out there, but none that I've heard sound all that much like a JMI AC-30. I went down that road before (twice actually), and ended up getting a JMI - because that's the sound I wanted.

    I'm not a big fan of the Korg reissues, but they will get you a lot closer to the sound of an old JMI than the boutiques. I've also read on this board recently that there might be someone out there making faithful copies of old JMIs. Good luck.
     
  14. littlejohn

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    Also based on the early ac30/4. Check these out, get em while you can.

    WWW.JMJAMPS.COM


    Johnny
     
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    JMJs look fabulous. I have a Valvetech Hayseed 30, and it's amazingly great. Best bang for the buck, IMHO.

    Then again, the new Korg AC30s sound great, too.
     
  16. ROKY

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    I've been super-satisfied w/ my TopHat King Royale for over 3 years,now ..
     

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