Amps Everyone Loves But You Don't

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  1. Felipe Veiga

    Felipe Veiga Member

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    Everyone roars about Marshall, but they are so damn bad or lack tremendous room for improvement. Don't get me wrong, I like mid-range tones like GnR and Black Sabbath - but stock Marshall's have a top-end fizz that reminds me of a bee-hive and I absolutely hate it.

    What about you guys?
     

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  2. Sean French

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    Hmm....
     
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    Silver Faced Fenders. Too scooped and ice picky for me.
     
  5. saltbird

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    I've never found a Marshall amp where I didn't prefer a tweed more.

    It seems like that unmistakable 1970's wall-of-sound rock tone is inescapable whenever using a Marshall, and that's just not my cup of tea.
     
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    That "top-end fizz" is exactly what you need in a live situation to cut through. It can be bothering if you're playing alone, but Marshalls weren't primarily made for home/practice use.
     
  7. DeadLazy

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    Orange.

    I like the Tiny Terror well enough but it could do one thing well.

    Once you get up to the Rockverb 50’s and 100’s I don’t hate them, but I still don’t like them.

    I really want to like them, too.
     
  8. saltbird

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    People say this but that's just not true. Maybe for heavy rock genres.

    I've never had problems cutting through the mix with Fender Tweeds or even mid-scooped Fender blackfaces. It depends entirely on the band and style of music.

    Dialing up treble is nice for clarity and note separation but cutting through the mix has almost everything to do with mids. You can completely roll off the treble and bass knobs on an amp and as long as you have enough mids, you will absolutely cut through a band mix, not that I would recommend doing that in most cases though.
     
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    Blues Juniors, at least in their standard configuration. I tried one out in the store and it turned out to be so much more shrill and ice-picky than I was expecting it to be.
     
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    I think Marshals do sound way better in the mix but are usually still bright to me.

    Most the time, to cut through, I only need to change to the middle pickup on my strat, no matter the amp.

    On an amp with sag, the bridge works well too. I like running my Maz18 into a 16ohm speaker from the 8ohm tap.
     
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    The 80s signature 2204 lead input is not for me. I'm sure I would have loved it 30 years ago though but could buy a whole rig for the price of a marshall head so I mostly had Marshall envy back then.

    Gen Xer, movin' on

    Wanna know what happens when you turn 50?

    You string your semi hollows with flatwound strings and 6 strings with pure nickle and start playing 30s jazz to 50s rock.
     
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    Just don’t dig that tone, at all.
     
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    5e3

    Had gas for a long time, got a handwired chassis, pine cab and wgs speaker


    Hated it.
     
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    Generally, I like most amps, unfortunately, I can't buy them all!!.

    I compromise, with my Fender PA 100 and Pro Jr IV Tweed and 1x12 cab with a Cannabis Rex, and pedals to get other amp tones.

    YMMV
     
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    Anything slathered in diamondplate or carpet is out. I’d rather play acoustic with my feet.
     
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    Ironically, even though my #1 amp is a '66 Pro Reverb, I'm generally not a fan of most Fender amps. The smaller ones like the Princeton and Deluxe Reverb sound too thin to my ear and their breakup isn't pleasant to me. The larger ones like the Twin are too scooped and clean, as I go for a grittier tone. All this only applies to BF amps forward as I've never had the opportunity to play a true vintage tweed.
     
  18. Teleplayer

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    IMHO, most amps are out there because certain players make them sound great. Don't dig the AC30ish tone? I think it's a great sounding amp when used by (or was used by) The Edge, Rory Gallagher, Brian May, Brad Paisley, etc.

    Same way with many many other amps. So there's not much out there I don't like, if it's in the hands of a player that sounds great with that specific amp.
     
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    - Vox (too much midrange)
    - Mesa Mark (to long to dial in)
    - Orange (too wooly sounding)
     
  20. rumbletone

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    Have you played a JTM45? Not all Marshalls sound like a JCM900.

     

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