Any players use Riveras here?

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  1. hecticone

    hecticone Member

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    Purchased a knucklehead tre a few months ago. After playing twins my entire life all I can say is wow. The cleans smoke the twin with a lot of head room. The hot side is really a smoking distortion. I only run the gain at 2.5 and that is a great sound for the blues. Equing very responsive wish I would have found this one a few years ago.:D
     
  2. gkoelling

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    I had a Chubster years ago. I don't know why but I grew tired of it after about 6 months. They're nice amps, they just aren't for me, I guess.


    Enjoy.
     
  3. aleclee

    aleclee TGP Tech Wrangler Staff Member

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    Been playing Rakes for about five years now. Rivera good.
     
  4. hecticone

    hecticone Member

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    Yeah the honeymoon period is over and still darn impressed.
     
  5. eyeball987

    eyeball987 Member

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    I have owned and gigged Riveras for years. Knucklehead, R30, and a M60. Best cleans of any amp that I have ever heard. The gain channel can take a little tweaking but once you get it, it's all there.
     
  6. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    People rave about the Rake and Jake.

    I have a Knucklehead Reverb and with the right tubes and speakers it came alive. Built like a tank and incredible switching capability. Ch.1 is one of the baddest Blackface channels I've heard.

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  7. KeithC

    KeithC Silver Supporting Member

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    My first "boutique" amp was a brand new Fandango 212. Great amp. This was about 6 years ago I guess. It was just too heavy and I sold it and thus started the revolving door of amps.

    Everything from Victoria, Dr. Z, Holland, Fuchs, Koch, a few vintage Fenders, Fargan, Bruno, a couple Allens, a few Chandlers, Rockytop and Sommatone. There are others but I can't remember!



    The Rivera and the Sommatone are the ones that were the best in my mind.
    In fact now I have a Chubster 40/112 that I pair up with a 112 cab sometimes.

    To me it has every bit as good cleans as any of the amps I mention above with a lot more tweakability than most.

    The Sommatone while a different beast is sorely missed too!

    YMMV
     
  8. justonwo

    justonwo Member

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    My Quiana is my oldest amp (8 years or so). I will never get rid of it.
     
  9. hecticone

    hecticone Member

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    How long has Rivera been in business.
     
  10. KeithC

    KeithC Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't know for sure but it has been quite a few years. I guess after he left Fender he started up.
    Someone here will know!
     
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    Being playing a Quinna for about 7 years and love it.
     
  12. dspblues

    dspblues Silver Supporting Member

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    I have one of their powered subs. Sounds great.
     
  13. nrvana8775

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    I have a knucklehead 100 head, and I like it alright. I had to buy a Barber LTD to get some of the mid/dynamics that I thought were missing. I use the LTD and a Maxon compressor to get the amp where I want it to be tonally.

    I only paid $600 for it about 5 years ago, and it's been my main amp since. With the new pedals, this thing reallllly rocks. The EQ knobs are very sensitive though, and I have found myself moving away from a lot of the settings that I started with. The great thing about their stuff is that as you evolve as a player and become a little more discerning with your ears, the tone is there with some knob adjustments.
     
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    Trotter Supporting Member

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    Try patching the effects loop with a short patch cable... turn the loop volume controls down and the front panel volume up... almost like an attenuator, it sounds very cool on my Knucklehead II.
     
  15. hecticone

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    Yeah theres two pedals that work really nice. One is the barber burn unit and the other is an ocean efx texas deuce. Those two really shine with the tre.
     
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    I have an R100 that I bought new in '95. It's a really good, solid, versatile amp. It was my only amp for a long time. I have it for sale now locally but I'm thinking about taking it off the market and selling my Rectoverb head instead. For some reason, I can never seem to get rid of the thing (I meant that in a good way).
     
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    pula58 Silver Supporting Member

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    I had a Chubster 40W for a few months. It just didn't have the sound I could get out of my vibrolux reverb. I tried to love the rivera, it was incredibly well built and all, but, try as I did I could never really bond with it. So, I continue to use my Vibrolux reverb...and I am loving it!

    P.
     
  18. nrvana8775

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    For a great clean sound, I always use the boost, turn the master to around 7.5 and change the gain as needed. The distortion is a bit hard to dial in, I never get the master above 2.5 or the gain past 5. There are some mods that you can do to change the boost levels on the riveras.

    Edit: They are heeaaaavy on the bass. I never turn my above 3.5 on the clean, and 5 on the distortion. Set the focus and presence low as well.

    Speakers are very important for those amps.
     
  19. jhumber

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    2006 was their 30th anniversary, so 32 years.

    I've had my R55 for 2 years, done 150+ gigs on it, and it's never failed me once. Sounds great, records great, small, tough, awesome. I hope I never sell it.

    A friend of mine bought the K-Tre 1x12 recently, and its truly devasting. The gain on that amp is like nothing else I've ever heard. If I had the spare cash, I'd have one already. Amazing amp.....
     
  20. KeithC

    KeithC Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I always pull the boost on the clean channel. I don't really use the dirty channel much.
     

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