Finally got a Clubman!!

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  1. guitonit

    guitonit Member

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    Hey All,

    Just had to share, been wanting one for a long time, and finally pulled the trigger on a '94 Clubman today!

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    Scott A.
     
  2. Boogie92801

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    I have been seriously looking at clubmans for the past few weeks. I love my Matchless Lightning and want somthing for out door gigs and louder needs.

    Tell me about it. How much did you pay? How loud is it? DOes it have that steely matchless crunch and killer thick highs?

    Come on make me want one even more!
     
  3. iainmc

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    ooohhh shower curtain. thats cool.

    a clubman is a big clean amp - the chieftain is the more crunchy one.

    /i
     
  4. J Purcell

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    Is your Clubman missing the back panel and light fixture? That looks like my old Clubman that I sold a couple of years ago.
    Great sounding amp.:dude
     
  5. Boogie92801

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    The cheiftan is crunchyer than a clubman?
     
  6. guitarded_1

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    You sure you don't have that backwards? The Clubman is probably the more Marshall-like of the Matchless line.
     
  7. guitonit

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    As a matter of fact, it is missing both!!! Did you sell it to a guy named Brad Duncan?

    Scott A
     
  8. guitonit

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    Boogie,

    Got the amp at a very good price, and it has TONE FOR DAYS!! I worked for a Matchless dealer for a while in the late 90's and borrowed a Clubman for a few gigs. Never had the money for one back then, but finally found one that I like for the right $$. It has that wonderful "chime" that I have never found in another amp. Put a TS808 in front of it and forget about it, guitar woodman!!! It is not the loudest amp I own, but for the kind of gigs I do, it is more than enough volume.

    Do yourself a favor, GET ONE!!!

    Scott A.
     
  9. ToneKing

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    + 1, I love my clubman. :RoCkIn
     
  10. guitarded_1

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    I LOVE the Clubman. For an EL34, it has amazing chime and sparkle...and it can rock really hard. It's so complex and rich sounding. I will own one some day. Enjoy!
     
  11. Boogie92801

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    As far as volume is concerned, is it comparable to say a bandmaster? Or a vibrolux?
     
  12. guitonit

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    Boy, been a while since I have had my hands on either one of those amps, I really can't recall if they are comperable. As far as 30-35 watt amps go, it's pretty loud.

    Scott
     
  13. Mayflower

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    Sellers remorse on my 93 Club.
    Definately louder than my 65 Vibrolux and leaning towards Marshall crunch when pushed hard yet more dimensional.
    Sold it to pay for another purchase.:(
     
  14. EL34

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    I like the Clubman as much as the C30's. I'm surprised by the "Chieftan is more crunchy than the Clubman" statement. The clubman is crunch-city, so much that I plug into the second input if I want clean tone. I found the Chieftan the be much more clean sounding.
     
  15. Boogie92801

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    I am on the fence. I need somthing loud enough for outdoor gigs. I have retired my bandmaster and I use a lightning for indoor gigs.

    Dr. Z Rt 66 is significantly cheaper.

    What about the reverb model? Any opinions on it?
     
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    Boogie92801 -

    The Clubman is very, very much louder, cleaner and stiffer (with the master wide open) than a Bandmaster or a Rt 66. I own all three.

    One thing I've noticed with these amps "head to head" is that the Clubman (thru a Matchless 2x12) has a scoop in the mids, given its stiff bottom end and that trademark chime up top.

    The Bandmaster and the Rt 66 have more midrange, but won't get as loud, and as stiff, and still stay clean. They'll start breaking up on the bottom sooner than the Clubman.

    Depends on what you want. If you like to play in the crunchy stuff, you'll be using the Clubman's master. If you need clean headroom for outdoor gigs, go Clubman. My Clubman is the reverb model, and I like its verbtone - a lot.

    Kiwi
     
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    Can't remember who I sold it to. I know I regreted selling it.:Spank
    Definitely louder than a blackface Bandmaster or Vibrolux. I have both. The Clubman is louder and crunchier.
     
  18. hawaii5_o

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    You could just get a Marshall Mode 4 and crank 300 solid state watts to the metal masses! Just kidding :dude

    I do like those Dr. Z's. Seems like I always forget how good they sound then I go play one and am always blown away.
     
  19. Boogie92801

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    You guys are great. I have come very close to pulling the trigger on a clubman. Then I listen (read) to somthing here or try somthing else out and I get all messed up. My problem is that I can't seem to find a clubman to try out.

    I have played a Rt 66 a few times and liked it. I also know exactly what you mean about the bottom going soft on the Bandmaster and the Rt 66 (more so on my BM).

    So, you think the reverb is ok on the Clubman? I know on the Z's I prefer the non-reverb models. I have never missed the reverb in my Lightning either.

    I guess you guys are going to make me take the plung on a clubman.
     
  20. Laroosco!

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    The Clubman and Route 66 arre the best 2 amps I've ever owned. Too bad I don't have either one right now :(
    That would be a great 2 amp setup IMO
     

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