Gds 18w S/c

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  1. rh

    rh Robo Sapien Noise Maker Gold Supporting Member

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    I played one of these briefly the other night, and was really impressed with how it handled single note stuff. Great complexity, bloom, texture, etc.

    Not what I expect from a Marshall type amp at all.

    I dropped Graydon a line, and he described his 18W as a very accurate copy of the Marshall 18W (with some changes, such as supporting 120VAC). He describes his 18W S/C as the normal channel of his bigger 18W.

    This blows me away. I've never liked any Marshall at all I've played through (other people sound awesome through them), but I would have never thought what I was getting out of that 18W S/C was Marshall.
     
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    Must have been the company:D
     
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    rh Robo Sapien Noise Maker Gold Supporting Member

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    That's entirely possible. :) Very musical family you've got there.
     
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    Welcome to the club.....you've been warned, the 18 watt Marshall sound is addicting and Graydon sure builds some nice stuff!
     
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    The GDS single channel head is one of my favorites on the tone fest dvd. I was under the impression that the normal channel in the 18 watt amps was dark and kind of bla.

    Not this amp though. Does anybody know what speaker the GDS SC was played through on the dvd?
     
  6. jokerjkny

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    love my 18 watter...

    dunno if my review is still in the product review lounge, tho...
     
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    I just got mine and boy, does it sound SWEET!! My new speakers are on their way--a Red Fang and a G12H30. It's gonna be great!
     
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    Hi Richard!

    Maybe you just have an inner affinity for zebrawood and walnut? I sure do!

    All you other guys, thank you for the kind words.

    Personally, I like the S/C the best unless I need the tremolo or the tonestack found in the full size 18W for something in particular. It just seems that the reduced load on the PT (because it only has to power up 5 tubes vs the 6 of the full size 18W) is enough of a difference that it changes the attack and response just a little and that makes it a really cool amp to play.

    The normal channel typically is just a touch darker than the trem channel of the 18W but neither channel is dull or lifeless by any stretch of the imagination. I prefer that normal channel because it is raw and aggressive. With a really good speaker though the upper end chime and harmonics come out really nicely and it sounds great for just about anything.

    It responds to pedals raelly well too.

    Well, OK, enough spam from me. :D
     
  9. Frankenstrat2

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    A living room ToneFest at Alans house and I wasn't invited?
    :(
    Alan scooped that beauty at my urging and hasn't let me near it since.
    ;)
     
  10. rh

    rh Robo Sapien Noise Maker Gold Supporting Member

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    It was supposed to be a 60-second visit to drop off an amp that Alan had let me borrow. Then a quick 'come in and meet the family'. Then a 'come take a look downstairs'. Then a 'here, try this for a second'.

    I show up at home an hour later to find a son screaming under a fallen bookcase and my wife checking him for a broken leg. :( Fortunately, no broken bones.
     
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    Alan's collection is very seductive. Don't you want to visit my Harem? Look- here's another beauty! ...
    Glad there was no lasting damage at home. When our son was that age, I had to bolt the bookcases to the wall.
    You have a climber AND a rugrat, so its a daily adventure.

    Isn't that GDS zebrawood sweet? If I hadn't had the Aiken at the time, I would have snapped it up myself. VERY cool little amp-I think- IIRC....Alan keeps it away from me....;)
     
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    Barry,

    You are always welcome any Fri-Sun,

    I still owe you a BBQ and a swim!

    BTW, just got the TF DVD, outstanding job!!!
    Thanks.
    The GDS is a great amp and is not typical of the 18 watt clones out there.
    Its got some majik dust sprinkled i n there somewhere

    Richard, did you like the 1x12 Fane/Burt cab or the 2x12 THD with blues?
     
  13. rh

    rh Robo Sapien Noise Maker Gold Supporting Member

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    The amp first hit me when it was plugged into the Blues. When you plugged it into the Fane, it also sounded great but I wasn't tired of the Blues yet so I was still hungry for more of that sound.
     
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    Hi Graydon.

    Personally, I like the trem channel more than the normal channel. I have a TMB tone stack in the trem channel - I don't know if it's wired differently or presents a different load on the tubes than the trem version. However, I like the extra brightness in this channel.

    It's a great amp.

    Rich
     

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