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best '68/'69 plexi clone?

sabbath90

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hey guys. i'm somewhat happy with my extremely modified marshall 1959slp reissue, but i'd like to find out about some other plexi clones. the late 60's ones are the kind i'm looking for. i'd like it to be hand wired, and be as close to 'authentic' as possible. thanks everyone.
 

tmac

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I have a Blockhead BLK45 that I love. I really think Blockhead takes great pains to make a clone that's exact as possible. They have some parts custom made and use expensive components like Allen Bradley carbon comp resistors and sealed Clarostat pots (about $12 per pot). They are beautifully built using the same layout. I got a good deal on mine used.

http://www.blockheadamps.com/

If you're not worried about an exact replica then Germino's are the schizznit with a lot of folks around here.

http://www.germinoamps.com/



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dbeeman

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AIken Invader or Intruder - you get Plexi and Aluminum
panel tone with master vol/or attenuator and Reverb
 

pureoldsound

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Voodoo amps V-plex is a replica of 6 68. They used Mercury magnetics to clone the specs of the old OTs......

www.voodooamps.com

No offense to Germino and Blockhead both great amps for sure...but for a 100W head they ask about $2400, Voodoo's 100w head is $1795....It is all point to point, etc.....and it is not based on a plexi is a faithful copy of a ’68 plexi…Just incase $ is an issue, also I think metroamps makes a good plexi clone….
 

GrisGrisFunk

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Trust us Germino users and you'll never look back. I have a Germino Classic 45 that produces nothing but awesome tone!

Mike
 

908SSP

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The Ganesha sounds as good or better then any 18 watter at 18 watts and still has 100watts if you should need it. With the Maven Peal you get every wattage Marshall from 1 to 100, sounds like a hell of a deal to me. If you only use 50 watts or less you put a pair of KT66 and pair of EL34s in it then with a flick of a switch you change from JTM sound to a JMP sound.
 

Tag

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I had the 50 watter, and it sounds 20-30% richer than my friends all original plexi. It cleans up better, takes pedals better, and just sounds better from top to bottom. It does NOT have the modern features of the Aitken or THD, but if you want the best plexi tone, this is it to my ear. I owned several originals years ago as well.


Bruno Pony 100




The Bruno Pony 100 is British Plexi sound taken to it's finest with gobs of tone. This amp rocks with loud, strong, bright British tones that have superb detail and clarity. It has richly balanced clean and grind tones mixed with dynamic brilliance and great note articulation. The Pony 100 has a refined pristine voice that just gets lusher and more complex as you crank it up.
 

GuitarBrent

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+1 on Germino. I have a Lead 55 that is the perfect Plexi sound for me. It's in the $1900 range. For a cheaper amp that is equally as awesome in it's own way, I'd go with my Rt 66. It has a Plexi vibe mated with a JTM 45, with a touch of Hiwatt thrown in. Very nice and can be found used in the $1000-1200 range. new only $1500. 33 watts too, so not nearly as loud.
 

GuitarBrent

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Well the Rt 66 isn't going to be as close to authentic as you may like. It is the Dr's own design, but it's tone puts you pretty close.
 

Jon Silberman

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If you don't mind only paying $300-$400 for yours off of eBay, a Traynor YBA-1 might do the trick (did for me).

Then again, many folks just aren't happy unless they pay much more than that. ;)

E.g.:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10171&item=7318456877&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10171&item=7319667076&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10171&item=7319696861&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10171&item=7320697412&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

And in case you want some background on the YBA-1 to better grok my suggestion:

http://www.kilback.net/traynortweaks/seans65yba1/seans65yba1.htm

P.S. As always, custom faceplate optional:

 

cocheese

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I have to second Jon's recommendation. I LOVE my new to me/old Traynor YBA-1. I've had two of these now. (The first one I gave to my bro a few Christmases ago. After Alan Durham added a master volume to it, it has become one of his main amps.) The first was a '68 with the SS recitifier. Loud, in your face vintage Marshall/Fender/Hiwatt tones. The second, which I still have is a '65 which has a tube rectifier and 7027 (6L6-type) tubes. It sounds great and gets me closer to the AC/DC tones than I've ever been. I thought something was wrong with it, but it turns out it was one of the tubes.

On top of all of the amazing vintage tube tone, these things sell for $400. It is a real no-brainer to me. Of course, if your amp has to say Marshall on it, you are going to be paying 10 times the price to get into this period amp.

Thanks again Jon for pressuring me into buying this amp! ;) I simply LOVE it! :D
 

cocheese

Silver Supporting Member
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I guess it was just a link to the auction that you posted. I was the one that clicked on it, right? ;)
 

pfrischmann

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Originally posted by gnugear
If you want to try building one, Metroamp.com is about as accurate as they come.
I'm installing a metro board in my '78 super Bass right now. It's a hell of a lot of fun! Not all that hard either..
 




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