Amps and interior design. Winners and losers

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by LolainNB, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. LolainNB

    LolainNB Member

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    I know amps are meant to be played but I can’t deny the appeal of their aesthetics too. Are there amps you enjoy looking at?

    At the top I put
    the Vox AC model
    Fender Vibrolux type model
    Marshall
    Tweed amps

    At the bottom
    Bogner (ridiculously ugly typeface)
    Mesa tread plates
     
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    rollyfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    Louis Electric
    Carr
    Swart

    Maybe it’s the mid century influence but they look like furniture, especially in the use of tweed and tolex options that aren’t black.

    Serious eye candy IMO
     
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    Eye Candy:
    Tone King
    Nolatone
    65 Amps
    Carr

    Anti-Eye Candy:
    Mesa
    Hughes & Kettner
    Bogner
     
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  4. Bluesful

    Bluesful Supporting Member

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    Bluesbreaker - best looking amp of all time.
     
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    Anything that isn’t the generic black tolex you find in nearly every amp just looks better. I wish more companies adopted color schemes that would make them stand out. For example a lot of custom Mesas look great but their standard amps are almost industrial visually.

    ENGL’s shiny metal panel look is one of my least favorites.

    I’m surprised at the Bogner hate. I like the texture on my Goldfinger 45 SL tolex even if otherwise it is in the standard Marshall style aesthetic.
     
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    teofilrocks Supporting Member

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    If you’re going Mid Century Modern: Swart, Carr, Magnatone.

    More elder rocker statesman jam space:
    Anything in vintage Marshall dress aesthetics. Some Friedman’s and Bogners qualify.

    I have a modern bedroom studio with colored LEDs:
    Helix rack, Axe-FX

    ...wait how did I turn this into a list of stereotypes.
     
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    om42 Silver Supporting Member

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    Gotta love old Peavey Chrome Vertical Stripes for the ugliest aesthetics ever in any venue.

    Some of the JCM era Marshalls arent so pretty either. Very industrial.. but they did a nice job on their logo.


    Nicest looking.. hmm ... the wicker / bubinga Mesas were very pretty. The old hybrid Legend amps were wicker and oak - so they really fit nice into an oak trimmed room. I think Silverface amp grille cloth looks nice in my house.
     
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    The Tone Kings look like early 1960s living room furniture. :D
     
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    Bad looking: every single Diezel with very few exceptions.

    Same with some Engl amps, too much "hey look guys, I'm a meanie metalhead, fear me!" to them.

    Nice looking:

    3monkeys
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    Reinhardt
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    Frog
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    Astoria
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    My wife loves the look of my ta-15 with matching cab. Thinks it’s “cute”.
     
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    I had a white Marshall 1987 half stack that was great to look at.

    Currently I enjoy the looks of my Morgan AC20 Deluxe with matching cab:

    [​IMG]
     
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    judd44 Gold Supporting Member

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    I really like my Mesa TC-50 head:
    [​IMG]

    Just everything about it is great to me. The most simple Mesa amp I've owned and it sounds great. I also like that its not as small as a lunchbox head but not as big as an old 50W or 100W Marshall head.
     
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    My main concern has always been the sound of the amp. If I get what I want from it, I am not as concerned about aesthetics, unless the amp is just abhorrent looking, but that, as with anything, is strictly personal choice.

    As for interior wiring, et. al., since I am not capable of doing it, I try to buy from companies where I trust their abilities.

    While I have my preferences, if offered such, when buying an amp, I have lately come to try colors, which earlier in my time, I would not have considered.

    However, my favorite look on an amp is the Marshall Plexi, and some Vox amps, some later Marshall models such as the 2204-3's, et.al. in various colors, such as purple, white, Marshall black, and dark green.

    My Marshall 30th Anny amps were all the blue models, including the limited edition brass chassis models.

    I am now just getting into bi-colored amps, with a Pleximan, in an involuntary way, since I think I like the way it sounds, and have no control over how it was aesthetically designed. I'm having a cab built to try to match it's aesthetics. Still, without my preferred sound, no amp, regardless of how pretty it may be, will interest me.
     
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  16. Mark.B

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    It looks good in the tool room though.
     
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    Never seen some of these. I have to say the old Marshalls are quite the lookers
     
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    I may just have a new favorite looking amp

     
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    That is so sharp I had to go to the site to see how they build those. They are laminated...the fancy woods are overlaid on pine wood.
     
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