Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by pozydhar, Jan 27, 2012.
So I picked one of these up for outta town gigs, here's a short video I made!
Sounds great! Rock on!
I agree - this sounds really great! Nice playing too BTW.
Your quick demo covers a lot of ground within a single static voicing from the amp. From a sweet clean with a light touch to a growl when you dig in, all with the guitars volume backed off. Expressive and warm. It appears as though your simply bringing the guitar volume up when the gain picks up in the video (my Tweaker responds just like this). As the gain increases your right hand dynamics provide for a broader palette of expressive possibilities (demonstrated well in on bend preceded by a quick sweep over muted strings before striking the note. Also the gain character remains warm all the way through the demonstrated range not unlike some vintage amps I owned once upon a time. Folks are buying up boutique amps north of $1,500 looking for this king of performance and tone and yet here is an amp readily available at most any branch of the largest national music store chain that provides just this sort of performance right out of the box at $300 for the head / $550 for the combo (15 watter).
The Tweaker 15 combo is now the only tube amp I own. When I purchased the Tweaker I owned just two amps: a hand-tuned Fuchs ODS-50 combo I'd owned for 5+ years and a Mesa MkV combo that I'd purchase just two years before. These two amps were sold within 6 months of bringing the Tweaker home. They just weren't going to get played any longer, not here. I also purchased an AxeFX around this time and that too was a factor though for different reasons.
The Tweaker is for me the ideal tube amp: loud enough for most any jam or gig (sound reinforcement can cover needs beyond the amps output), manageable enough for recording, extraordinarily versatile, sounds great at any volume, great effects loop (for line level effects - all I use in the loop) fairly light for a 1x12 tube combo, absolutely no mechanichal noise or buzzing (not often the case in tube combos, especially inexpensive ones), difficult to find a bad sound in the amp, and it is easily replaced should it be stolen or destroyed. The Tweaker is the only amp about which I can say all (or even most) of these things.
You quick demo illustrates why I dig this amp so much: great tone, great dynamic response, very expressive. I spent some time playing through my Tweaker this evening after watching your demo. Doing so reminded me once again that it really is that great of an amp!
The AxeFX sees most of my playing time but it's always a treat to plug into the Tweaker! Modeling has my future as a guitar player but my Tweaker is coming along for the ride.
Once again - thanks for posting this quick, and excellent, Tweaker demo!
Yeah, sounds great man! All I use nowadays with my band and otherwise is my Tweaker 15 head through a big 1x12 cab, and I've never been happier with my tone.
Which big 1x12 are you using?
Mather open (oval) - back, pine 1x12. It's proportioned like a mini 4x12. It looks that way at least; I haven't done the math. Speaker is a WGS Reaper 55hz, 30 watt.
I'm using a Suhr 1x12 cabinet, it sounds a bit dark with the Tweaker, but that never bothered me
Hey pozydhar, nice playing and great sound. Can you let us know what your approximate settings are/were on the Tweaker when you recorded this clip?
Here ya go
Nice... not a tone I would go for (my Tweakers are set very differently from that), but sounds great with the combination of that guitar and your hands. Thanks for posting!
Thanks man, your tweaker videos were a big reason why I got me one