High end "bootiq" Marshall's: Which one is the best for a pedal setup?

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  1. Myron Stratis

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    I am thinking Mike Landau - Hendrix. A clean, uncompressed tone on the amp and some nice pedals on the floor. Aiken - Germino -Mojave -Roccaforte??? What are your experiences?
     
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    My TopHat Emplexador is a great pedal platform if you want to use it that way, it's got a lot of various tonal options (Fat/Bright, Normal/Boost, Vintage/Modern) and a loop, great sounding amp
     
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    I can't speak for the others, but I have a Germino Lead 55 that is great with pedals for the sounds you are looking for.
     
  4. carlygtr56

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    Myron, IMO, a NMV Marshall type. You want to be able to run od's, distortions and fuzzes, you want a 4-input like any Germino.
    That will clearly translate the pedal's tone and IMO pedals never sound better than thru a 4-input Marshall or Marshall-type.

    All the other amps are cool but the Germinos take to pedals better than anything else I ever used.
     
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    Perhaps a Blockhead? Supposed to be just like a 60'' Marshall.
     
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    Thanks Carl! Aren't Aikens build the way a NMV Marshall was built too? 4 inputs and all?
     
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    FWIW, my fave Landau is the Super/Deluxe set-up with pedals.
     
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    Thanks all for the replies!:)
     
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    Go for a JTM45-style amp - I have one here built by the TotalTone folks in Toronto: http://total-tone.com/
    Amazing, shimmering to dark clean tones, smooth grind when cranked, takes pedals well.
    Hiwatts are also killer, but less a fan of pedals...
     
  10. carlygtr56

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    Aiken I played had a master and preamp volumes.

    I'm sure it sounds great with pedals, but a JTM-45 style 4-input would be my choice.
     
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    The Germino club 40 takes pedals amazingly well, you should really give it a test drive before you purchase something else!
     
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    In my tests, for my needs...I preferred the Aiken Invader 30watt over the Germino Masonette, by a large margin.
     
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    They sound great, unfortunately Coyote is too small for me and Peacemaker is too big!!!:D I am interested in the Scorpion, I would like to know which one would someone prefer between the Germino L55 and the Scorpion as a pedal platform! :)
     
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    I would love too but I live in Greece, Europe, I have to buy without hear...:( What I am thinking is that Club 40 may not have such a big headroom as Lead 55, what i primarily want is a loud (not TOO loud though!!!) clean tone for the use of pedals. What do you believe, when the club 40 starts giving crunch on the volume pot?
     
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    I second the Club 40. I absolutely love mine.

    For me, it is plenty loud before it starts overdriving and takes pedals VERY well, as good if not better than any amp I've tried.

    I think that the C40 takes pedals better than the Lead 55. You might even try getting Greg to roll you a JTM45 style front end with a full 50 watt output section. That would probably be just what the doctor ordered. You'd have the nice even-tempered, pedal-friendly front end of the Club 40 with the full brunt and headroom of the Lead 55. I'm not sure that this is even possible, but it's worth a shot. Give Greg a shout; he's great about helping his customers pick the right amp for their needs. :)
     
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    :D You know that this is always in the mix!!!! :D

    Here is the whole story: I got a Carr Rambler this month: I absolutely LOVE it's clean tones but, pushed by pedals, it doesn't have the british flavor that I finally understood that I want. It is very fat but not tight in the bass and without high-mids, typical american school. I am just looking for a dead-on plexi thing. Flexi is in a different league for me, I will buy one sooner or later. What do you believe Ed? (confused Myron...:()
     
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    Same as a I always said...want an old Marshall get an old Marshall.
    And for a similar flaour with better cleans I've always used my THD Plexi, and the last year or so Flexi.
     
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    ...in order of preference (I don't use a lot of pedals usually, mostly SIB Varidrive, sometimes fuzzface clone, Teese wah, something swirly off a looper box):

    #1 Germino Lead55 (standard, ss rect) needs some attenuation (using Weber load dump) for rehearsal & small clubs, but this one just loves the pedals, going from modest volume up to mighty roar.

    #2 Germino Masonette. Actually, tied for #1, this one eats 'em up also. The two Germinos are the keepers on this list, for me.

    #3 Aiken 30W Intruder: excellent amp, drives beautifully, but I dig the cleans more on the nmv Germinos.

    #4 Roccaforte Custom 30: great for heavier stuff, surprisingly pristine cleans, but harder edge and more in-your-face than the ones above, the Germinos are more my taste.

    #5,6: Fargen MightyPlex and Fargen Hi-Gain Classic: nice amps, well built, I just didn't bond with them as much as the top 3.

    fwiw, -Guy
     

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