Blood on the Bludo: New Amp Day

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  1. decay-o-caster

    decay-o-caster Member

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    So after missing the delivery yesterday because the truck came while I was at the dentist, today the little white truck (Brandon uses USPS) dropped off my Bludotone. It's an OD Supreme clone - based on a 1975 model, not the more modern 90s/00s Carlton/Ford OD Special style. I want something that would let me run on empty while waiting for Columbus, and I ain't planning on talking to anyone's daughters along the way, you know what I'm sayin' heah?

    So, um, YAY!!! :p

    By which I mean, wow, what an incredible sounding amp, and that's based on still trying to guess what half the switches do. The first thing that knocked me out was how sweet the cleans are in this amp - really stunning. The second thing that knocked me out was how raunchy and nasty the dirties are!

    From angelic Strat neck to flute-y woman-y Les Paul-ish-ness to the snarling mean-ness of the evil slide beast, there's a sound in there for everyone and every guitar.

    I think it's going to take a while to get to where I really know what's going to come out next, but in the first couple of hours of playing through a 1-12 with an Altec and a 1-15 with a Jensen ceramic, this amp is really knocking my socks off.

    It's set up as a 50-watter, 4 6V6s, though there are choices to be made along that path. Brandon sez it'll take 2 or even 4 6L6s as well. But right now, I'm not inclined to mess with it.

    Incidentally, the title of this thread has to do with running back and forth grabbing guitar after guitar to plug into it, accidentally tearing my picking nail while testing, and still grabbing more guitars and playing with a torn nail because I wanted to hear them all with it. I've suffered for Brandon's art! ;)

    Tomorrow I hope to be able to really crank it, but with the volume up to about 2:00, it sounds killer.

    So by proclamation, let the bananas dance! :banana
     
  2. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    Pics? Clips?

    Congrats man! I am envious indeed.

    GAD
     
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    Kind of pitbull-ish, not polite, not elegant. It's still got big fatness, big sustain, but without the refinement of the RF / LC tone. David Lindley used one on Running on Empty and Lowell used one on Waiting for Columbus, if those point you in a good direction.

    I might try to whip up a clip this evening just to see what I can get out of the amp. As for pics, it looks exactly like Brandon's ODS - he used his regular chassis and box for it since this isn't his usual thing. So one or two mis-labeled switches, but not very confusing all-in-all.
     
  4. trisonic

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    David,
    Great! Would love to hear it with the Chapin Lowell Strat.......
    I may make "BIG" music but you have the "BIG" collection!

    Do I have some catching up to do on the listening front? Been popping in and out, as they say in porno soundtracks...

    Best, Pete.
     
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    decay-o-caster Member

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    Hey Pete! Yeah, the collection is getting out of hand. I ordered the Bludo before I left my last job (so it almost made sense), but got it now that I'm scrounging. No regrets though!

    Funny you should ask about the Lowell with the Bludo - I just got done butchering a clip of the Lowell and the Bludo before logging in here. Since I still have a shred of self-respect (though god knows why I should), I will probably try to do a better one before posting it. But they sound great together when someone who knows how to play is behind the wheel!

    Some new stuff up there that I don't know if you've heard - since late August I've added Bartender Blues, Cold Cold World, and Possum Stagger. Two silly, one serious. Enjoy (or at least, try to)!

    Porno sountracks... Seems like a growth industry! :p
     
  6. Sean French

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    Congrats on your new Bludo.:AOK:BEER
    Looking forward to hearing it.
    I'll be gettin' my Bludo the week after the 13th if all goes as expected.
     
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    I nominate Decay O Caster Mister Gear Slut 2008

    can I see a show of hands !

    No? well alright then forget it.
    It was a stupid Idea anyway

    change your sig and get back to work on the big Idea

    Congrats
     
  8. decay-o-caster

    decay-o-caster Member

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    Oops! And yeah... I feel so used, so dirty... ;)
     
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    David,

    That is one amp I would love to hear, I need to get over to California!!!
     
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    hawkeyeinexile Silver Supporting Member

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    we'll see if we can't nudge it up a little past 2:00. say about 3:00-4:00? we've saved a spot for it in the Fortress of Sillitude :D

    :cool:
     
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    Your best bet is to email Brandon - his email's on the website. Considering that he told me October for mine, and knowing the boutique world I figured I wouldn't see it til Thanksgiving or Xmas at the earliest, I'm somewhat pleasantly shocked by how quickly it came! :)
     
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    Otay, so here's a clip that I wish were better. All Chapin Lola-houla neck pickup throughout.

    The rhythm track - full left panned - is the Bludo clean channel, gain about 1:00, jazz mode. Master around noon, as I recall.

    Solo1 (full right) is as above, but with the gain maxed. Master at around 10:00.
    Solo2 is Solo1 but in rock mode, not jazz mode. Master at around 9:00.
    Solo3 is Solo2 but OD channel, gain about 10:00. Master at around 10:00.
    Solo4 is Solo3 but OD gain at about 3:00. Master at around 9:00.

    I've messed with the master and the recording pre-amp gain to keep levels in line. Axetrak, not a "real" speaker. It sounds much better through my 1-15". And it likes having the master a bit higher than you're hearing here.

    Basically, just showing the range of the amp, not really showing it to its best advantage. Apologies to Brandon for not doing better on this. Clams and bad recording techniques are my own.
     
  13. Mark Kane

    Mark Kane Silver Supporting Member

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    I generally can't stand 6V6's but I thought that sounded great!! The tone has a little gravel in it which is what's missing for me in a lot of these amps. Congrats on a great amp.
     
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    Apologies weren't necessary at all.. Not everyone plays 'perfectly' like Scott Lerner or Ed Degenero , and you play just fine, and your tones were awesome and the recording was excellent.. .I'm sure this amp totally kicks ass!!!

    ERIC
     
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    As much as I dig the fusiony RF tones that guys like Scottl get, the thing that continues to impress me is the versatility that these amps offer.

    That's one hell of a Blues machine you got yourself there.

    Sounds like Brandon can do pretty much anything with these circuits.

    Congrats!
     
  16. dspblues

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    Any pics of the new amp? :D
     
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    Thanks y'all, for your kindness and tolerance! :eek:

    I can snap a snapshot, but it looks exactly like the ODS - same chassis, same box, same everything. I'll try to get one later for you.
     
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    i got a chance to bang on this at volume yesterday afternoon and was indeed impressed. DK had the keef-o-caster (tele bridge), so i used the Chapin Devil Dog and an LP black beauty. most excellent :bow...yet another sterling acquisition. not sure which of D's harem i'd abduct, if i could :dunno. used his Val King 1x15" w/Jensen

    :cool:
     
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    Congrats!!!!!!

    Still trying to decide what circuit for my second Bludo. I am leaning towards either an RF style Blues Master or just a plain old 80's non-HRM Dumble.

    I still have some time decide.
     
  20. TopDog

    TopDog "jumping the valence" Silver Supporting Member

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    Decay----

    sounds great! congrats....

    Brandon makes a great amp!!

    Rod -

    (Bludodrive Bluesmaster # 2 owner)
     

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