AMT Electronics SS-20/Tube Platinum

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  1. retrokid

    retrokid Member

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    Hi:

    It seems that there are not a lot of reviews concerning AMT Electronics pedals.

    What do you guys think about the SS-20 and the Tube Platinum?

    AMT SS-20:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ9YPcgWjaY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pcc1Ilo4Yg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULF2uPhO4rA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e26LZnAfZkE

    This is about the best "non-official" demos I can find, but they're all by the same person.

    Please chime in if you have experience regarding either pedal.
    I'm looking for a modern distortion that does modern rock, without going into the metal territory.
    From the clips, the SS-20 seems to have a good tweakability.

    However, the SS-20 is very very costly, and I don't want to buy a pedal without playing it first, thus I made this post.

    Do you guys also think that the Tube Platinum to be a good contender?

    Thank you guys in advance! :AOK
     
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  2. retrokid

    retrokid Member

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    I guess AMT Electronics pedals are really not that popular in North America?
     
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    I've got the California Sound. It does a rectified tone very well. It does what they claim. I am trying to bond with it using single coils. It is noisy as can be expected.
     
  4. rockford

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    does the california sound fat ? I think I tried one of the metal ones, would have liked the california or british, I think better.
     
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    I heard it with a set of buckers and it was way fat compared to my strat.

    pm sent
     
  6. TAVD

    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a tube platinum and it sounds great for high gain stuff. I think it's more metal than modern rock but I haven't spent a lot of time with it.
     
  7. Rick1114

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    I have an AMT Tube Platinum. I would say this pedals excel at practice and recording because you can get a very hot saturated sound at low volumes. I don't know how they do it but It has great string to string definition and nice crunchy sound with so much gain going on - not too many pedals can pull that off. The tube adds a bit of realism to the sound and it's not harsh at all. I would say it's great if you want a Satriani, Vai, Van Halen sound. Great for drop D tuning as well!

    Stay away if you are looking for a "looser" high gain sound (this pedal stay tight and crunchy), and it also doesn't get "thick" sounding when soloing. It really could have used a mid knob for that. But if you want to sound like the people I listed above, that is not their sound, but I would have liked that personally. All in all the best pedal I've heard at practice volumes for that sound.
     
  8. retrokid

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    That is a very detailed review! Thank you for sharing this wealth of information!

    Big thanks to everyone else as well!

    However, I guess not a lot of people have AMT SS-20 here, which makes me think twice before dropping $400-$500 on something that I haven't heard at all...

    What do you guys think of the clips I posted?
     
  9. retrokid

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    One last bump before I let this thread sink...

    A search on "tube platinum" only yielded one relevant result.

    I guess people can reference to this thread in the future...thanks!
     
  10. FLYING V 83

    FLYING V 83 Pedal Trading Guru Silver Supporting Member

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    I've had 3 AMT pedals over the last 5 years.

    First was the Fatal Tube.
    It was Sabbath-in-a-box, but could be made to do Priest,Maiden,GnR,etc.
    The gain had a nice fat crunch, but it seemed to be eq'd towards that Sabbath sound.

    Then I had a Du Hast (formerly Rammstein).
    If you want a chest-thumping super heavy gain pedal this will do it in spades. Thick, heavy, chugga chugga modern whump a-plenty!

    Now I'm running the California, and it's honestly better & quieter than many "Mesa" pedals I've tried, including both Tube Zone versions, G2D Morpheus, Rocktron Zombie, H&K Warp Factor, etc.

    I play Gibsons through a Peavey Heritage VTX 2x12 set to slight crunch.
    The AMT pedals are a good bang-for-buck step above GC brands. I Like the small square 3" (approx) footprints, the tight control pots, the soft-click footswitch. The California gets a smooth heavy Rectifier sound, and plays good with my other drives. Doesn't clean up well at the guitar, but that's not why it's on my board.
     
  11. retrokid

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    Thank you for your valuable advice! I guess it's probably not worth it to spend $400-$500 on SS-20, which I'll never be able to demo...(If I have to spend that much, I'd rather spend it on Honeybee...)
     
  12. joekz

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    i got amt ss20 ,,n its a cool pedal,basicly its a preamp in a little box,the tone is so damn cool,but i don't like it when it goes to return of my jcm 900 head,,so much treble n harshness,,but if the output of the cab sim goes to return sound much better,like combo amp tone,,,its a great preamp pedal anyway,,for direct recording its sound ssosoooooo good!!
     

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