Just wanted to share this with you guys. I recently bought a brand new Gibson ES-335 standard (with burst buckers). Such a sweet guitar. I've struggled to try to make it work with my old Vox AC30 6/TB, and even though that amp really sings with a Telecaster, it wasn't really a marriage made in heaven with the ES-335.
So, enter the old '77 Silverface Deluxe Reverb. A week ago or so, I got a tech to repair it, it's been laying around the house in unplayable condition for a couple of years. And MAN, this combo is simply flat out amazing to my ears. The Deluxe Reverb really brings out the best of the 335, and vice versa.
I've got a pedaltrain junior board with a a couple of drive pedals, but they have become kind of redundant now. I don't use any pedals at all for my core sound now. Just the guitar and the amp, with a touch of spring reverb. I played a gig a couple of nights ago, and I just used to TC Electronics Spark booster for solos (amazing pedal BTW), and that was it. Amazing tones to my ears.
I've played the guitar since 1993, and I've tried a lot of guitars and amps, but all kidding aside, I've never been happier with my tone. And the irony is that it's all in the guitar and the amp, and a good booster pedal. Considering all the $$$ I've spent on gear during the last decades, it's quite ironic, to tell you the truth.
By the way, I play rock, blues and country. Just wanted to share a happy moment here. Thanks guys.