Are there some vintage Solid State amps that have mojo?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by axdxm, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. axdxm

    axdxm Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,739
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2013
    Location:
    Lou Easy Anna
    Up front (and to prevent umpteen Katana and Mustang shout outs) I am not as interested in hearing about modern digital rigs...mainly older solid state.

    I knew this guy who ran a music store that had awesome gear in and out on a regular basis. Awesome tube amps and guitars. Out of curiosity, I asked him what amp he played with his band. He laughed and said "funny enough, a solid state vintage Ampeg amp". He said it came into the shop on a trade in or something and he ended up loving it even more than his tube amps.

    Just curious if anyone has experience with some Solid State stuff that actually kills.

    Edit: In your recommendations, please indicate what kind of tone they are good at. Just good for cleans? Great for classic rock?
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2019
    Corvid likes this.
  2. jlectka

    jlectka Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,949
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2016
    I played through an old and ugly Kustom Tuck and Roll and it sounded pretty good and very loud. Dont know much about them.
    Polytone amp a friend owns has one of the nicest pure clean sounds I've heard. Also an old amp.
     
    CloneTone, rickt and Figaro like this.
  3. mbell75

    mbell75 Member

    Messages:
    2,466
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2017
    Most older SS amps are garbage. Only ones that are really worth anything are some of the 80s Peavey amps and of course the Roland JC. Newer SS amps like the Orange Crush Pro amps and Marshall MG series are much better than most any of the older SS amps.
     
    ChorusCrackpot and Vaibhav Joshi like this.
  4. ><-->

    ><--> Member

    Messages:
    63
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2009
    Peavey Bandit? I don't play mine as much since I got my Boss Mojotana.
     
  5. guitarbilly74

    guitarbilly74 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,655
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    Location:
    Simpson, PA
    definitely...
    Roland JC120
    Randall RG100ES
    Gallien Kruger 250ML
    Kustom Tuck and Roll
    Lab Series L5
    Vox Super Beatle
    Pearce G series
    Polytone Brute
    Tube Works Mosvalve power amp
    Valvestate 8100 (this one is a hybrid but a 90's metal classic)

    All the amps above were part of some really iconic records/concerts.
     
    ripple, RGB, ChorusCrackpot and 14 others like this.
  6. dedezelic

    dedezelic Member

    Messages:
    460
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Marshall Lead 12
     
    55 Jr, pine, jdel77 and 17 others like this.
  7. T Dizz

    T Dizz Member

    Messages:
    20,445
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2015
    Location:
    Erotic City MN
    I gig with my 1984 Marshall 5210 ( SS JCM800) I get lots of compliments.
    [​IMG]
     
    55 Jr, jdel77, C-4 and 6 others like this.
  8. rwijaya

    rwijaya Member

    Messages:
    2,561
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    SoCal
  9. Rusty Cadillac

    Rusty Cadillac Supporting Member

    Messages:
    34
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2019
    Location:
    USA
    Early 80's Yamaha G50-112, silver knob series. Killer amp. So good and portable, I still have two. Was shocked when I moved from NYC to Nashville in the late 80's and no one was using them. Except Jack Pearson.
     
    mikebu, JK1965, Gig Young and 10 others like this.
  10. T Dizz

    T Dizz Member

    Messages:
    20,445
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2015
    Location:
    Erotic City MN
    Forgot about my old old Tuck n Roll 250. Use that for bass.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Badtone

    Badtone Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    917
    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2011
    Location:
    Kerrville, Texas
    The Lab Series amps have a following, and Ty Tabor sounded pretty good through one...
     
  12. Steviecaster

    Steviecaster Member

    Messages:
    272
    Joined:
    May 21, 2019
    Marshall Lead 12

    Marshall made a MOSFET amp that sounded great.

    Peavey Bandit is great- especially if you replace the speaker.

    The Randall RG series are the best SS amps out there, IMO. They are still made, but have been around forever.

    Ampeg VH140C
    Crate Excalibur
     
    pine, JosephZdyrski, Juanchi and 8 others like this.
  13. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Member

    Messages:
    9,012
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2011
    Location:
    Texas
    I used to have a Fender London Reverb 100w SS head that was pretty cool. Good cleans, usable if fizzy distortion, but the onboard 5-band EQ meant you could dial the fizz back. It bridged my amp-owning between a Peavey Backstage+ and my first tube amp.

    Not my old amp, but just like it:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. fyler

    fyler Member

    Messages:
    1,409
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Pearce

    Waller
     
    Teleman, Toowoombaus and Badtone like this.
  15. Steviecaster

    Steviecaster Member

    Messages:
    272
    Joined:
    May 21, 2019
    Oh, the Ibanez TBX 150h, too.
     
  16. Steviecaster

    Steviecaster Member

    Messages:
    272
    Joined:
    May 21, 2019
    Marshall MG?
    Ewwww.
     
  17. mAx___

    mAx___ Member

    Messages:
    886
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2011
    I used to own a Lab Series L5 back in the '90s. It was great.
     
    ripple, Wyzard, JPH118 and 2 others like this.
  18. Jugghaid

    Jugghaid Member

    Messages:
    831
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2016
    Location:
    Denver Colorado
    There are plenty of good older SS amps

    I'v had a few with the Randall RG100ES, Ampeg VH-140C, and an older Rickenbacker one that I sold to my guitar player. Had some great tone. Found it at a goodwill.
     
    burner, Steviecaster and SAVEStheDAY like this.
  19. Simon

    Simon Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,662
    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Location:
    SW Michigan
    These, and the smaller ones.
     
    cratz2 likes this.
  20. harvey j

    harvey j Member

    Messages:
    1,193
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Location:
    panhandle florida
    Voc Cambridge reverb from thomas organ, I have a Fender Montreux 1983 Rivera design, that is killer, also Fender sidekick switcher amp another great sounding amp that does not sound like a tin can.
     
    tymish likes this.

Share This Page