Best frugal rigs. Can it happen here?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by socalscott, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. socalscott

    socalscott Member

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    After all, times are hard and quality is good at the low end compared to back in the day.
    So yeah, from the pedals to amp and speaker.
    I don't go out to watch or play, so what have you all experienced that made you scratch yer head as far as how does that sound that good?
     
  2. mesa/boogieman

    mesa/boogieman Senior Member

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    Well...I use an Ibanez AF75 and a Bugera V22. Sounds fantastic.
     
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    My Craigslist budget rig- Marshall Artist 3203 cost $300. Found open back cab in garbage at old studio bldg. Old Jensen Alnico speaker cost $15

    Insanely good low volume clean and crunch tone for $315
     
  5. Dale

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    My Hamer P-90 Korean Sunburst (299USA) and AC15C1 (459USA).
     
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    Got a board that I use for church loaded with a ZOOM G2, a couple of Behringers (Echo Machine and Reverb Machine) a Boss BC2 and a Blackstar HT-Dual into a Vox Pathfinder. No complaints here.
     
  7. Leonc

    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    As for inexpensive gear that sounds good goes, I picked up a mid-late 50s Silvertone 1433 for 185 bucks. Came loaded with a crappy Utah 15 but some fantastic glass (powered by cathode-biased 5881s with a 5Y3 rectifier). I replaced the Utah with a reconned JBL D130 and it's s real contender now. My Kapa Continental was dirt cheap too but needed a fair amount of work (e.g., new tuners and frets), but the neck is really fast and the old Hoffner pickups are ridiculous!
     
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    The Fender Mustang III sounds incredibly good (depends on preset) and will get LOUD.
     
  9. mesa/boogieman

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    That's awesome bro. I really love the 3203 amps and wish I never sold the one I had :puh
     
  10. jayn

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    I could be pretty happy with a Korean Gretsch or Epiphone Casino into some Dano pedals into a PCB AC15...or, used G&L ASAT Classics or MIM Teles are pretty reasonable. A few tweaks, upgrades on the parts and Bob's yer uncle. My current rig is an upgraded version of this that's more cork-sniffy...but, it gets gigged regularly.
     
  11. Britishampfan

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    I look for them on craigslist they seem to be fairly rare and I don`t think they should be?, I don`t know how many were made.

    I will buy every artist head I come across. Mini jcm 800 with a great clean channel and reverb.

    Crap this is the internet, naw just ignore me, they are not that good.
     
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    Was the Artist 3203 a small 30 watt marshall that had tubes but was actually solid state. I had one years ago and was a killer amp.I was stunned just a few months ago whaen I checked it out and found out it was actually SS because it sounded great.
     
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    Wish I still had mine. Traded it away for some POS back in the late 90s. :facepalm
     
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    Yes ignore the amp it`s solid state. the EL34 `s and the Phase inverter tube is for looks only. ha ha

    It`s a solid state preamp tube output.
     
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    Of course it can, from what I gather here what many people are looking for is true 'vintage' tone, the ironies are obvious....
     
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    Wait a minute...it was ALL solid state? The tubes were not used in the power section???

    It did sound killer.
     
  17. Britishampfan

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    No, it is tube output. shhhhhhh
     
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    Watch Craigslist for an agile les paul, put descent pickups in and find a pro junior. The big amp would be a sf bassman and a 1x12 cab.
     
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    Old Boogies are a giant bargain.
    My DC5 was 700 bucks or so. Mark III's can be had for under $1000.
     
  20. mesa/boogieman

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    The old DC 3's sound killer!
     

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