Anyone else finally find the sound in their head?

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  1. sting7777

    sting7777 slinger of notes Silver Supporting Member

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    I've come close over the years. Two Rock, Louis Electric, Carr, Swart. Etc

    But I finally got past my bias towards Fender style amps with 6v6s and 6l6s and bought a Dr Z Carmen Ghia head.

    I am running all new prod tubes too (I've recovered from NOS). 5751 in v1 and v2.

    Avatar signature 1x12 loaded with a broken in creamback 65.

    So happy right now. :aok
     
  2. Polvo

    Polvo Supporting Member

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    Yes, it took forever, 1971 superlead, 71 Marshall 4x12 with g12-80s, the Schaffer replica and a partscaster with bardens. Actually all my guitars have sonic qualities that I love. I've finally arrived.
     
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  3. amstrtatnut

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    Close. But the sound in my head changes all the frikkin time.
     
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    ^ha ha, yes!

    I've found it for about 60% of the time... the other 37% my ears and brain are playing tricks.
     
  5. trailrun100s

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    Yep. The sound in my head is easy. 50 watt plexi or my PWE..either of those at real gig volume delivers what I want to hear. Now, if I could record all the original music that is in my head all the time, then we'd be on to something.
     
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  6. tomc3084

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    Yes. After going from an Axe FX II to a DC 5, to a Mini Rectifer, to a Mark IV to a Mark V. Then sold the Mark V to get an Axe FX II again. Then sold the Axe FX II to get a Mark IV and a JVM 410 Satriani Head with a Torpedo. Then an Axe FX II again, to find myself twiddling knobs to much and not enjoying myself. Then selling it to realize I am a Fender guy. Got a 68 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, got rid of that. Then I finally found what I have been looking for.....An Allen Accomplice and an Allen Encore. Those 2 amps with Bogner Blue and Red, with a tubescreamer and a Zendrive, and there's not a tone I can't get. I find myself playing clean for the most part, that's how great Allen's cleans are.
     
  7. porterburst

    porterburst Supporting Member

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    Yes, my Les Pauls through my Swart AST MKII Master with nos glass and EJ 1250 alnico 50 watt speaker.
     
  8. Loudguitar

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    I have to have a Fender clean as I grew up on a '67 Super Reverb. I have been chasing the elusive crunch/lead sound for years. Finally found it all a couple of years go in a Mesa Electra Dyne. Great Fender clean, Plexi and hot rodded Marshall sounds, excellent reverb...just everything I want. If only I could have had this 20 years ago.
     
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    divided by 13 rsa23 for me into a marshall 2x12 w/ celestion greenbacks, it gives me the crunch of a marshall and the cleanish of a fender, love it
     
  10. Leonc

    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    I've got a slew of sounds in my head and I've found gear to reproduce most of my favorites. I'm definitely happier than ever gear-wise. My favorite amps are my old Valco-made models and my home-built "takes" of some of them. I'm also crazy about my Fender Harvard clone, my old Vibrolux Reverb and my old brown Deluxe. Those are my faves.
     
  11. NorCal_Val

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    Close enough.
    Rivera M100 and Boogie Tri-Rec.
     
  12. ledger

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    LOL! Sorry to laugh but what a crazy amp journey!
    I'm glad you finally found what you were looking for.
     
  13. jonsongz

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    Yes. And did it cheaply. A Fender Superchamp XD matched with a Squier VM Jazzmaster, a CV telecaster or a CV 50's Strat. Sounds like 1965 to me, and believe me I was there. Oh forgot to mention my Chinese Epi Dot into a Vox AC15C1...another tone I thought was lost forever but wasn't. Did I mention cheap?
     
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  14. tele_jas

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    Yeah.... Wish my hearing was a little worse, so I'd be happy with cheaper amps!

    Z-Wreck is THE sound in my head for about 75% of the stuff I play.

    Unfortunately, the exact opposite amp is the other $25% I hear, so I had to get it too... Que the Mesa Mark V.

    Why can't I like used Classic 30's for everything?
     
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    Grosh Retro Classic through a Redplate Bluesmachine 66. I've owned enough high end amps to know this as close as I'm going to get.
     
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    I love my Diezel Einstein, Vox tones and Marshall JCM 800 tones. The sound in my head has changed, evolved, and shifted as I have grown in my playing.

    The truth is, as much as I have loved the sounds I have gotten over the last 60 years and continue to get with my tube amps, the variations afforded by the flavours of say, a Vox and the Vox off-shoots, Marshall and it's off-shoots, etc., are now all gotten in my KPA.

    I found specific Marshall tones on the KPA rig exchange that are glorious: Marshall Golub Crunch, to name one, as well as tones by many other amps types, which are really wonderful.

    I am not limited any longer by only one tone I have been chasing. Great tone is like speed in a car...it has cost money to get the right gear to achieve it. But, not as much now as it used to be way back when.
     
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  17. Faded

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    MESA Electra Dyne. Picked up a used 1x12 combo and was blown away. I searched for another and found a NOS 2x12 combo from MESA directly and quickly snapped it up.

    So now the tone in my head is two Electra Dynes in Stereo
     
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  18. sugarlou

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    No!!
    F#$K you Van Halen 1
     
  19. Vibrolux

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    I tried Brit style amps for quite a while thinking that was it but when I picked up a 62' Vibrolux I realized that is was a Fender tone I liked most.
     
  20. MKB

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    Yes, a good LP into a Marshall 100w Vintage Modern (set to HDR, with NOS preamp tubes) into a 4X12, played loud. It's just too bad that after 30 some odd years of searching, I now have THE tone but no appropriate gig for it. :(

    Latest tone search is some of Robben Ford's most recent humbucker/Dumble tones. I just finished building a ODS and Dumbleator clone, still buffing them out but we're getting close. :)
     

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