Famous Solid State Amp Users

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Will Chen, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Will Chen

    Will Chen Member

    Messages:
    5,696
    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Location:
    Allen, TX
    I know most of you here use tube amps and this thread isn't intended to be a solid state versus tube fight. I am not a tube hater and very much appreciate the plethora of classic tube amp designs created over the years.

    That being said, I'm doing a little reaserch on the history of solid state amps and was surprised at some of the users. Notably Albert King's usage of the Acoustic 260, the famous Santana (Woodstock) GMT 226A, of course Ty Tabor's work on the first four King's X album using a Lab Series L5, BB King's Lab Series touring amps, and Les Paul's current stage amp (over the past 10 years) is a Tech 21 Trademark 60.

    Any famous live/studio setups you were surprised to discover were based on a solid state amp?
     
  2. ?&!

    ?&! Member

    Messages:
    1,713
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Dimebag comes to mind immediately.
     
  3. swimrunner

    swimrunner Member

    Messages:
    576
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Dimebag's playing is great, but that tone... ugh.

    Metallica's studio clean sounds are Roland JC-120's and I'm sure many other guys have used those before.
     
  4. anoobis

    anoobis Member

    Messages:
    1,645
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2008
    Allan Holdsworth used a Pearce SS amp in the early '90s and he has used Yamaha DG80 112 digital modeling amps as well in the past.
     
  5. Will Chen

    Will Chen Member

    Messages:
    5,696
    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Location:
    Allen, TX
    Yes, Dimebag's Randall RG100ES/Century 200/Warhead usage are on my list (I actually love his tone) as is Metallica's usage of the JC120 for cleans since ...And Justice For All.

    Keep them coming!
     
  6. Will Chen

    Will Chen Member

    Messages:
    5,696
    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Location:
    Allen, TX
    Didn't know he used a Pearce! I remember his endorsed usage of the DG series (Ty Tabor and Doyle Bramall II briefly did as well).
     
  7. MetalHeadd

    MetalHeadd Member

    Messages:
    166
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2004
    Location:
    Greater Philadelphia Area
    I believe Vernon Reid has mostly used solid state Crate amps.
     
  8. MrBoZiffer

    MrBoZiffer Senior Member

    Messages:
    457
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    I'm surprised none of the Radiohead devotees have jumped on this one yet.
     
  9. Kingbeegtrs

    Kingbeegtrs Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,926
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Location:
    Lufkin, Texas
    John Fogerty & Tom Scholz

    Fogerty used them on live tours, Scholz used them all the time

    If you count a musicman as a solid state you can say Eric Clapton.
     
  10. Will Chen

    Will Chen Member

    Messages:
    5,696
    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Location:
    Allen, TX
    He endorsed Crate tube amps for a short period, any source for a model colid state amp he used?
     
  11. wec

    wec Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    266
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Location:
    Georgia
    I believe B.B. King used a Lab series SS amp (Lab 5) at some point in his career. I also believe Jack Pearson uses/has used Yamaha SS amps. The Roland JC-120 was used by so many people it would be a long list to name them all.
     
  12. voodoosound

    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,773
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2004
    Location:
    between here and there
    George Benson
    Tony MacAlpine
     
  13. jazzguitar14

    jazzguitar14 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,778
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2007
    mike stern, jimi bruno, ... bunch of jazz guys to many to list
     
  14. rwe333

    rwe333 Member

    Messages:
    16,212
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2002
    Location:
    Canada's Capital
    ...as well as Hartley-Thompson in the IOU days, Lab Series L5s for cleans on many occasions...

    Jack Pearson uses an original Yamaha G-series amp...

    Robben Ford used the Yamaha series II amps (the one w/ the parametric eq) in his pre-Dumble days...

    Mike Stern uses Pearce and Yamaha...

    Mick Goodrick, Ronnie Montrose, and David Torn also used Pearce for a while...

    Ty Tabor used Lab Series in the Gretchen days...

    Alex Lifeson has used Rolland JC120s for chorus clean, as does Zakk Wylde (studio)...

    Lotsa jazz guys use the likes of Polytone, etc.

    etc. etc. etc.
     
  15. kimock

    kimock Member

    Messages:
    12,532
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2005
    Location:
    Where the Palm Tree meets the Pine
    Lindley
    Albert King
    Pat Metheny
     
  16. Phil Divine

    Phil Divine Member

    Messages:
    452
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2008
  17. fazendeiro

    fazendeiro Member

    Messages:
    1,103
    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Location:
    Ga.
  18. clothwiring

    clothwiring Member

    Messages:
    6,785
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Location:
    Central NY
    Frank Gambale
    Sean Kelly - The Samples
     
  19. wec

    wec Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    266
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Location:
    Georgia
    Jerry Garcia played a Fender twin preamp through a McIntosh MC2300 (solid state) power amp.
     
  20. jerrydyer

    jerrydyer Member

    Messages:
    712
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2008
    Neal Schon used to use that LAB Series thing.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice