First Act Amp - any updates

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  1. BuddyPo'

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    I think an older thread about the First Act V-stack amps mentioned that these amps would possibly be available around this timeframe. Anyone have an update to share?
     
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    i emailed them. the word is that steve did some extra work on the amp. Target date is now sept. I don't think I've wanted a SS amp this bad.
     
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    I'm very interested in this amp also. I like the whole modelling concept of different amp sounds/effects in one light, portable & affordable package, but the L6 stuff ain't really giving up the goods for me.
     
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    Yes, I am liking the concept...minimum controls with multiple tone possibilities...the right effects for me...and supposedly a good footswitch concept...
     
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    I don't think what Steve has done would be called modeling. At least not in the way that other real modelers are put together. His amp will be a 'must-have' for me. I love his pedals. The guy's a genius.

    jon
     
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    Is there anyplace that tells more about this? I didn't see it on the website....
     
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    Well Guys,
    Im working on the project with Steve. We did make a few improvements as we were not 100% ready to release just yet. Let's just say that the 4 channels on this amp make me very very happy and I hope that you will like them as well. The Tremolo is rediculous as is the echo. The verb works great, the line out sounds just like the amp direct, and it has a killer effects loop. I am hoping that by September they will be in stores.
     
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    Hey Wichita!!

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    Sounds cool...


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    Jim, its gonna be great....Channel four is voiced after a "railroad accident" amp and has tons of touch sensitivity..cleans up with the guitar volume and your right hand...its crazy good
     
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    Can you at least give us a preview here?

    Wattage? Speaker Configuration? Channel voicings?
     
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    Why wait? Why not check out Pritchard amps?
     
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    Wow, sounds really intriguing! Will definitely check it out. :dude
     
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    for me:
    1. i like steve's designs
    2. its about 1/3 the price
    3. the guts can be taken out of the combo and rack mounted
    4. it has the effects i'm looking for built in
    5. it has (what sounds like) a nice footpedal design
    6. I think steve's amp is just plain better looking
    Not knocking pritchard amps at all, but those are the reasons why i'm willing to wait. I've also had the ability to "preview" in a sense, what steve's design sounds like with the v-stack pedals. When the amps come out they will be sold in retail stores at a nice price point, where I can really check them out.
     
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    Do the amp models have some nice headroom? I like the fact that I can hit the tweedy with another pedal and it reacts like an amp. I'm hoping that the new amp is as pedal friendly.
     
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    Steve told me that there will be a clean channel (ie, good headroom). Lance??

    jon
     
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    the clean might be from the blackface model

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    Love that sig line, exodus. One of my favorites.

    jon
     
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    So far we have Clean and "railroad accident" (lol) channels, so that leaves 2 more. Any guesses? (or better yet official info)
     
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    Official info is...
    Channel 1. US Clean....very blackface
    Channel 2. UK Chime....think Beatles, Brian May etc.
    Channel 3. UK Lead....60's Plexi
    Channel 4. Boutique Gain....the most touch sensitve boutique amp tones to ever come out of New Jersey...

    Tape echo model...sounds just like my best echoplex
    Tremolo...modeled after the coolest old DeArmond trem
    Verb.
    Master volume, treble, bass, mid, and cut controls..

    The VA881, single twelve, 75 watt amp...plenty of clean headroom. The coolest thing is that on a stage in a band situation that this amp cuts...and with the XLR line out you can run a line direct to board, keep your stage volume under control and just run some of the amp back through the monitors. The other cool thing is that if you are doing a gig with a great PA and dont want to carry the whole combo, the whole chassis pulls out and is a 19" 2 space rack piece. You can get the optional gig bag rack that will hold the amp, and will have a pouch for the foot controller and your cables. No need to run a speaker on the amp, just go direct and use monitors for hearing yourself. I have actually used the prototype this way and it is going to be KILLER for folks on in ears, or people who are doing a lounge gig, or any other gig where stage volume is a big issue.
    I am VERY excited about this thing.
    There is also going to be a 2-12 combo that will be 100 watts as well as a line of even lower priced simple to use amps that begin with 30 watts and a 10" speaker. This is the most fun living room amp on Earth and a heck of a backstage warm up/tuning rig.
    Steve has definately outdone himself here and I can't wait for you guys to hear the amp.
     
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    Thanks for the update, Lance. I'm holding my breath, camped out at the 'mailbox'..... :D

    Will the amp itself accomodate any impedance cab?

    jon
     

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