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Germino Club 40 vs Tophat Emplexador

Creighton

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For those who have had the chance to play and/or own both, which do you like better and why?
 

mixn4him

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Haven't played both BUT have played the Emplexador and it is much more versatile of an amp and has a good Master volume....
 

riffmeister

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I've owned and gigged with them both. Club 40 is better for the "purist". Emplexador has more variety of sounds (all of which are excellent!) and a master volume.
 

Sirloin

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FYI...read in another thread Greg will offer master volume on his amps in 2014. They are very different amps though.
 

riffmeister

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FYI...read in another thread Greg will offer master volume on his amps in 2014.
I like what Greg writes as the opening line for his home page:

"I am here to provide everyone with that dose of non master volume tone that so many seem to come back to after an exhausting search. It’s the end of the line for those who want the classic rock sounds that proliferated the air waves and turntables in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Look no further and don’t be afraid to turn up the volume!"

So a MV Germino will be a big addition to his line of amps!
 

saltydogg

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In addition to the MV, I'd love to see Greg drop an FX Loop into the equation...(cue; tar and feathers).....

I do love Germino's as they are, though. I'm just sayin..
 

Creighton

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Can the emplexador approximate the sounds of the bass spec plexi's like the club 40? As long as it's still organic sounding and not scooped tonewise or high gain I think the emplexador is the ticket due to the MV.
 

Sirloin

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Club 40 just sounds so great on it's own, then if you need more of that lead spec sound, hit it with a good pedal and you are set.
 

LPMojoGL

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I've owned both and much preferred the Club 40.
It felt and sounded much better, imo.
The master volume on the Emplexador killed the vibe for me. It didn't capture the feel of a straight up plexi like the Germino, and the gainy tones weren't great for me. I felt the same way about the Splawn Street Rod.
The Fargen Olde 800 mkII did what I wanted the Emplexador to do.
No worries about volume? The Club 40 is one of the best amps, period.
 

Zuper

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I owned both amps at the same time. The Emplex is a great amp; extremely well built, and a very wide range of Marshall-y tones to be had. I was really just looking for classic, reliable, old-school NMV tones, and the Club 40 provides that better. The Club 40 gives it up for me just like the best vintage Marshalls I have had the pleasure of owning and playing, but without having to deal with a vintage amp.

I kept the Club 40 and sold the Emplexador.
 

wedewer

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I currently own both. My emplexador is a 100watter. To say that one is better than the other is sort of silly because they are completely different animals. Club 40 is a bass circuit, Emplex is based on the 68 lead spec. If you want pure old marshall, roll down the volume and clean up nice, the club 40 is the way to go. But its loud, so you better bring an attenuator to gigs. I think the emplex is best when I set it to sound like a 70's JMP master volume type amp. A little more gain for rock or harder rock. Its not for the plexi purists, but its a versatile marshall machine.

FWIW, when my last band went into the studio to record, I brought the Emplex, my club 40 and my Masonette. Both engineers consistantly thought the Emplex was the right choice and its the amp on most of the record.
 

wedewer

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I would like to hear that record

Funny thing is, right now, the Masonette is what usual end up bringing to gig.

Here is song off the new CD with the Emplexador. There is a second guitar on this. The other guy is playing through a 65' AC30. The lead is the Emplexador through my two notes torpedo live, using a weber legacy IR I downloaded from the two notes exchange. Song is called "genuine imitation"

http://troutrock.bandcamp.com
 

LPMojoGL

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Funny thing is, right now, the Masonette is what usual end up bringing to gig.

Here is song off the new CD with the Emplexador. There is a second guitar on this. The other guy is playing through a 65' AC30. The lead is the Emplexador through my two notes torpedo live, using a weber legacy IR I downloaded from the two notes exchange. Song is called "genuine imitation"

http://troutrock.bandcamp.com

Your Masonette is a killer amp.

I listened to your tune through my Yamaha hs80ms.
The bass line reminds me of Trujillo with Infectious Grooves.

I can see where the Emplex, or a gainier Marshall in general, would work better for that song compared to the C40. Your rocking tunes seem to have a heavier vibe that a gainier Marshall would work better on, imo. Not to say that a cooking C40 hit with a pedal couldn't fit right in. But it would be loud!
 

Sirloin

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Funny thing is, right now, the Masonette is what usual end up bringing to gig.

Here is song off the new CD with the Emplexador. There is a second guitar on this. The other guy is playing through a 65' AC30. The lead is the Emplexador through my two notes torpedo live, using a weber legacy IR I downloaded from the two notes exchange. Song is called "genuine imitation"

http://troutrock.bandcamp.com
Nice work man! I dig it. Not getting a big "Marshall" vibe from that tone but I like it. Right tool for the job.
 






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