Amp that everyone likes!

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  1. mude

    mude Supporting Member

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    OK....perhaps that is extreme, but is there an amp that everyone likes and does not have big-time detractors? Seems like the "best" amps still have plenty of people that complain about them. Some love Dumble (or Dumble style)....some hate them, etc.

    How about Kelley amps as a possible nomination?

    I have not seen negative posts on Jim Kelley (and the Suhr Kelley) amps. Seems like everyone that has one says they are awesome .....those that sold them wish they had them back. And yes, they are pretty sweet! Someone will pop in perhaps and say they are loud or the combo is heavy for the size....but attenuate (or enjoy the girth cleans and grind without) or get the small head. Ask Mark K. or Joe B. Those guys did well with a Kelley.

    So, nominate something "everyone" likes....you know....so it can be picked apart! Lol

    Evan.
     
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  2. jpage

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  4. mude

    mude Supporting Member

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    And of course I get that no amp is for everyone....just do not here people whining about the Kelley (rare amp of course).

    I can hear people already saying the Vintage Fender stuff mentioned above has a flubby bottom end, etc. :) The "problems" are part of what led to the boutique world!

    Evan.
     
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    You beat me to it.
     
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    I don't think you could get everyone on this to agree on anything. Hell, if you could get everyone to just state their opinions as opinions and not as if they were irrefutable facts then I'd think you'd deserve a medal and a ticker tape parade! Or a least a federal holiday named after you!
     
  8. Bob T.

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    I bet my suggestion keeps getting on people's nerves, especially considering the sheer number of times I have mentioned this amp...

    ... but, I have yet to hear bad things from anyone about the vintage Traynor YBA-1 amps. Nice cleans, great crunch, can be modded to pretty much anything, not over the top expensive, and handwired which makes servicing the amp a breeze.

    I love my 1970 YBA-1, and I continue to discover new tones that simply sound great. Tweed bassman clean/grit? Sure! Marshall growl? You bet! Hiwatt power and punch? It's there!
     
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    I've never heard anyone say a bad word about BF Bassman's.
     
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    Pretty solid pedal platforms as well....have not played one in years, but had one a long time ago and it was a cool amp...likely still bargains I suspect.

    Evan.
     
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    If we all liked the same amp, guitar, etc., that would make for a very boring TGP. As long as my tone is better that yours, that's all that matters ;).
     
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    Early 60's Ampeg REverberocket!

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    Would you happen to have a '64 Vibrolux Reverb with AlNiCos & 2 guitars?
     
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    The only complaint that I every hear about the Hiwatt is that it is ear bleeding loud.
     
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    Trainwreck Express seems to get lots of love.
     
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    if a rock guy, a JCM 800 2203/4 comes to mind. It's a basic sound that we all have heard a zillion times and have an affection towards, which makes it good but a little generic, and so it's a double edged sword. Versatile amp used in all kinds of rock genres tho'

    For clean, chimey stuff or blues, you can't go wrong with a clean, tube Fender, like a DRRI. Pick your wattage depending on how much you want to drive it.
     
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    I sold my YBA-1 to get a BF Bassman, no regrets. I found the YBA-1 only OK, wasn't quite satisfied, even after a few of the usual mods. I had the 1972 model with the pop-top, man that thing was easy and fun to service.

    jpage nailed it pretty much with the 2203 and the pre-silverface fenders.
     

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