Are there some vintage Solid State amps that have mojo?

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  1. Gridlock

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    I’ve got an ‘80’s Marshall Lead 5010 Combo that’s got some tone mojo.

    Near mint condition, 30 watts, and a stock Celestion G12M-70. Pretty good-almost rube like tones from this SS amp.
     
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    Marshall Lead 12, Vox Pathfinder 15R
     
  3. GrimSlim

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    I've got a SS Sunn Alpha 212 combo amp that sounds great! the OD has a nice breakup to it and its loud as hell. Big fat cleans and takes pedals well, I'm sure you could use it for a variety of genres but usually you'll find them in doom/stoner metal and psyche rock circles.

    I've also got a Vox Pathfinder 10 that gets played as much as my other tube amps...
     
  4. gillman royce

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    Really good amp
     
  5. gillman royce

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    Sunn Beta Lead
    Lab 5 - B.B. King's amp for decades
    Rock Amp Company Petros I
     
  6. Papanate

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    Most Solid State Amps have Mojo - but on the flip side most solid state amps are not owned by true musicians who have the talent to bring out the best in a given amp.
     
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  7. Wyatt Martin

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    I had an early 70s Peavey Musician 400 with a matching 412 that I thought was a pretty good sounding amp.
     
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    I've had both a Randall 4x10 and a Sunn Alpha 1x12. Both amps I wouldn't mind having back
     
  9. ajoep

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    I gig an old MIJ 2x12 Yamaha JX65D.
    Big and bold clean tones. It takes pedals like a champ and sounds massive when both channels are jumpered.
    I upgraded mine with a pair of Jensen Falcon speakers and it's a tone monster since then.
    Oh, did i mention that i'm a kind of tube snob ?
     
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  10. DustyRhodesJr

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    Pignose

    Randall

    Roland
     
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  11. MilwMark

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    Roland JC-77. Way more portable than the 120 and the distortion circuit is different (and great) so it's not just a clean machine.
     
  12. NorthernChris

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    I have a SS Fender Princeton 65 that I bought new around 1995.
    I’ve always liked the sound of it. Especially the clean channel.
    It also has a spring reverb tank, although over the years this has deteriorated and could probably do with replacing. It’s still a great amp for playing at home.
     
  13. mad dog

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    I play almost every day through an 80s Polytone Minibrute II. It impresses me every day. A seriously good sound with my hollowbody jazz types. I've played it less often with a tele, but the same is true there. Beautiful clean tones, works perfectly with my favorite pedals.
     
  14. Moody Tuner

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    My Trace Elliot Super Tramp sounds excellent. I’m never selling it.
     
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    i have a roland gc 405, you guessed it, it has 4 5” speakers, sealed cab. even has an extension 4x5 to make a stack. used it at a practice once with my g&l asat special semihollow, and had no problem sounding like i needed to sound. cool little package! could also work great for wet dry or just stereo.
     
  16. ProToneThinline

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    Yeah, there was a lot of crap produced then, but a few gems as well. And you're really limiting yourself by not giving some classic gear a try. If nothing else, it will give you a more legitimate frame of reference.
     
  17. mbell75

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    Ive owned vintage guitars and amps in the past, 60s stuff. Its a PITA and far more trouble than its worth IMO. I don't do service or repair on guitars or amps and 50 year old gear definitely needs to be well maintained. Maybe if I get rich and famous and can afford to have a guitar tech and amp guy taking care of my vintage gear it wouldn't be a problem, but thats unlikely to happen. I don't go more than 15-20 years at most and tend to stick to new(er) gear.
     
  18. RicardoDiazHimself

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    The peavey XXL is amazing for crunch and metal tones.
     
  19. Stinky Kitty

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    Here's a solid state sleeper that flies under the radar. Circa 1987.

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    4:04 for the dirt.
     
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  20. MilwMark

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    Cool. Heavy? Home amp only or enough for live use?
     

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