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Fender Showman Rules

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by jzilla, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. jzilla

    jzilla Member

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    i picked up a blackface showman recently. good price, pretty funky, had been in a fire and needed a little bit of work. got it back from amp guru blackie pagano and i am so insanely satisfied. imo it is the perfect amp for funk. headroom for days but still has awesome color/attitude/warmth/chime, takes pedals beautifully, extremely dynamic and responsive... the amp just disappears and let's the music through without a fight. that's the best i can explain it right now. i've never had an amp with endless headroom like this. it is such a joy to play. these amps are unsung heros. a reverbless vintage twin in a head! and for MUCH less than a boutique (and many non-boutique) amps.

    just had to share my excitement with people who might care.

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  2. Plague Dog

    Plague Dog Member

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    I used to have a twin someone had mounted in a head box that looked exactly like that, it had been modded severely, I had it put back to original before I gave it to a friend who subsequently died.
     
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    I'm thinking of picking up a Dual Showman. I believe Dual Showmans are only available in SF, is that correct? How do they compare to Bandmasters -- anyone play both?
     
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    Dual Showmans were made during the Blackface era as well.
     
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    Squigglefunk Senior Member

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    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    Better off with a bassman or a bandmaster IMO! Less wattage better breakup. Unless of course you are playing 3000+ seating venues.
     
  7. Squigglefunk

    Squigglefunk Senior Member

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    Unless you don't want breakup. :hide
     
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    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    True!!
     
  9. jzilla

    jzilla Member

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    yeah, i'm all about the clean headroom. this thing cuts without any harshness...
     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    My buddy has a Showman head that he had put into a cab with 2 offset 12's.

    Basically a Twin without 'verb. It is heavenly--after two trips to the amp Doctor.

    Nice to know you have the horsepower if you need it and it doesn't sound anemic at 4 or 5 on the volume like some Twins can.
     
  11. jzilla

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    good point. i stay around 3 at practice and it's full bodied and PLENTY loud! for solos i use a boost and have more than enough volume on tap. the sound doesn't get mushy, just louder... i'm loving this setup!
     
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    EC on the Dominoes live album is a good example of a Showman cranked. Great amp.
    Enjoy.
     
  13. bosstone

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    A Twin sounding Anemic?, neither of my two black face twins ever sounded anything approaching anemic. There wasn't much point in going much beyond 3 or so though the way their pots were tapered. Not to take anything away from Showman amps though, I just loved the reverb or the Twins.
     

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