Good amps to play through without dirt pedals (genres considered)

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  1. Smashies

    Smashies Supporting Member

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    So I've recently become smitten with my amp's tone sans dirt pedals, just riding the volume knob for clean to mean with the amp set well inside breakup territory with the knob wide open. Love it. I tried it years ago and for some reason wasn't all about it. Now I am.

    For you, TGP, what are your favorite amps to play through WITHOUT drive pedals? With the amp(s) you mention, what setting (ie venue) do you usually play in and what genre(s) do you use the amp for?

    GO!
     
  2. cheetah77

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    JMP 1959-Bars-Rock.
     
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    1987x w/"y" cable-Bars-Rock.
     
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    1966 Super Reverb- originals/covers in the Jam Band/Soul/Folk Rock vein. Baffled with Plexiglass in 200-10,000 person venues.

    1968 Deluxe Reverb- same stuff for any smaller venue that's well miked.

    The Super gets the call most often. I run the Super on 10 and Deluxe on 8 with a Celestion. All PAF type pickups into them.
     
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    '76 JMP 1987 w/PPIMV- has the best grind I've ever heard straight in, but it's a murky clean when I roll back the guitar volume.

    '66 Pro Reverb- has a sweet clean when rolled back and gets pretty gnarly with the guitar volume on 10. I leave the amp volume at 7.

    Americana/sound proofed basement studio (I record the initial tracks w/ a LP Special w/ P90s thru the Pro Reverb and then lead tracks w/ a '79 LP Standard thru the JMP.)
     
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    My amps:
    Fender Princeton Reverb on 10 is glorious--especially through a 2x12 cabinet.
    Morgan AC20 at 12 o'clock through an EF86 is good and thick.
    But I've never played live with these amps without dirt pedals
     
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    Redplate Bluesmachine 66. At home and small gigs mainly. Huge tone with amazing control over the amps overdrive tones.
     
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    Fender Prosonic
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    Marshall JCM800
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    65 Amps Lil' Elvis
    Peavey VTM60
    Roccaforte Custom 18

    All playing classic rock (mostly medium to higher gain ala ZZ Top, Zeppelin, etc...) in small bars.
     
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    I've been playing my Fuchs ODS this way for years from go-go, r&b to rock and fusion.
     
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    ^ This.
     
  14. Nelson89

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    Vox AC15HW
    Laney Lionheart L50H
    Marshall JCM2000 DSL100 in crunch mode on the green channel
    Rivera m60 on the plexi channel
    Mesa TA30 on the Tweed Channel or either of the Vox Channels
    Fender Prosonic on the dirt channel (no longer own this one though)

    Basically the Vox and the Fender i used to play this way live. Other than a big muff i never owned any kind of dirt pedal until i was in this other band that required less dynamics between the clean and dirty sounds at which point i moved to a Fender 140 in a twin combo and just used fuzzes and overdrives in front of it.

    Lately i play the Laney this way as well, no dirt pedals, i mainly hang on the gain channel and play softer for clean and dig in for dirt, unless i need a louder clean tone, then i flick to the clean channel.
     
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    Xtc, 2204,slo,5150 any of them I like the xtc best to cover it all jack of all trades amp
     
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    Soldano SLO or HR100+
    Preamp gain with ultimate string definition and a power section with clarity .
    Run those with Greenbacks or EVM12L's and your good for just about anything.
     
  17. Mattbedrock

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    I built myself a 'Wreck clone that needs no pedals to go from clean to killer. It's a fun amp to use for rocking in bars and mid size venues. Too loud for small places.

    [​IMG]

    My handwired JCM800 2204 clone does this well too. More controllable with the pre/master but it's a mor powerful amp overall.
     
  18. halcyon

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    I like all of my amps w/o dirt pedals!

    Matamp GT2
    Verellen Skyhammer
    Orange OR50
    Marshall VM 2466
    Fender PRRI

    Used for small venues and recording, black and post-hardcore metal.
     
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    I used vintage Deluxe Reverbs until they were too loud for the volume standards of every place I could book a gig for decent $$.

    I have also used a tweed deluxe, because it's got a lot of sustain at any volume but now it is getting to be too loud, or way to soft/flappy /squishy at the volumes at which I play.

    I'm a strat player, and I think a key thing for really being able to play straight in on any gig is to not play a strat. I love a strat more than any other guitar, but if you really want to be able to always go straight in, it's better to have a guitar with more attack and sustain.
     
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    Drip edge Princeton Reverb on 3.
     

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