Are there some vintage Solid State amps that have mojo?

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  1. axdxm

    axdxm Supporting Member

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    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?
     
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  2. jlectka

    jlectka Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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  3. mbell75

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    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.
     
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    Peavey Bandit? I don't play mine as much since I got my Boss Mojotana.
     
  5. guitarbilly74

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    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.
     
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    Marshall Lead 12
     
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  7. T Dizz

    T Dizz Member

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    I gig with my 1984 Marshall 5210 ( SS JCM800) I get lots of compliments.
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    Peavey bandit
     
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    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.
     
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    Forgot about my old old Tuck n Roll 250. Use that for bass.
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    The Lab Series amps have a following, and Ty Tabor sounded pretty good through one...
     
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    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
     
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    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:

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    Pearce

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    Oh, the Ibanez TBX 150h, too.
     
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    BS. Have you ever played an old Yamaha G-100? They sound awesome. The Lab Series amps, also really nice. There are plenty. Kustom Tuck n Roll. Ampeg. etc.

    Another good one is the old Princeton Chorus? I think? Fender had some nice SS amps over the years that are well over 20 years old now. I'd much rather have any of these than a Marshall MG.
     
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    Marshall MG?
    Ewwww.
     
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    I used to own a Lab Series L5 back in the '90s. It was great.
     
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    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.
     
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    These, and the smaller ones.
     
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