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Is the Clubman Matchless' signature amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by scottcw, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. scottcw

    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    I always think of the C30 series as the signature Matchless amp.

    The recent thread about Lucinda Williams and then recalling that Pearl Jam use(s/d) the Clubman made me consider that maybe this is their signature amp.

    Discuss.
     
  2. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    For me, the "Matchless sound" is the DC/30. They make a bunch of other great amps, but when I think Matchless, I think DC/30.

    Bryan
     
  3. gregc

    gregc Member

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    DC/30

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  4. dave s

    dave s Member

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    Although a Clubman 35 and matching cab is my #1 live rig, I still believe that the DC30 combo would be the point of reference when speaking of the Matchless 'sound.'

    dave
     
  5. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

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    C30 series is definitely their signature.. .I remember when lots of Lightnings were sold too... I saw Clubman amps sit in stores at 1200.00 for YEARS more than once and remain unsold.. Same with Chieftans... .That said, I used to see Ian Moore in concert every year and he always killed with his Clubman! They changed the design about 3 times too on that one, but the C30's were definitely their signature series

    ERIC
     
  6. Scott Peterson

    Scott Peterson Staff Member

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    DC/30 is the signature Matchless amp, IMHO, hands down.

    That said, and having owned both; the Clubman remains my favorite Matchless amp.
     
  7. davebc

    davebc Member

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    Absolutely the DC -30 is the signiture flagship imho.

    Scott,I've always been really interested in the Clubman,would you say it's more into Marshall turf sonically?
    I love my DC-30,and Lightning15 and so I'm always curious about the rest of the line.
     
  8. Scott Peterson

    Scott Peterson Staff Member

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    Slightly more Marshall, but "small box" Marshall from those who know better than I. Compared to the DC30, it is much ruder and more in your face; less chime and more roar. "Steely" tones is the best word I ever heard that describes it.

    If the DC/HC/SC-30 is Audrey Hepburn, the Clubman is like Mae West. :D
     
  9. davebc

    davebc Member

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    Hmm,,,What was she wearing at the time?
    Thanks Scott.Now I want one of those too!
    I don't know How/why my wife stays with me.
     
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    juneaudio Member

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  11. heybulldog

    heybulldog Member

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    The clubman is my signature amp!

    I have been working on a cd for while and had planned to use my clubman as well as my jcm800 combo and hiwatt bulldog for a varity of tones. the clubman has provided great tone (with an AT 4050 about 1' from the speaker). we are just about done tracking and i have only used the matchless. got all the tones by switching guitars (2 les pauls, a 335 dot, ric 12 string and a strat).

    the cool thing was i got great tone every session instantly- set up and start tracking. i love this amp (and the AT4050)
     
  12. PUCKBOY99

    PUCKBOY99 Silver Supporting Member

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    Just bought a Clubman myself & love it!!!

    2 EL34s & the EF86 probably account for that "growl & bite" Marshall thing.

    I've got it set just so...use an EQ pedal to boost the mids when needed & then soar on in to "Plexi-ville" via a Mesa/Boogie Bottle Rocket O/D.

    Bada$$ small box Marshall with added super cleans, if you want them too!

    BUT...I would also agree that the EL84 based HC/SC/DC-30 series Matchless amps are their "signature".

    I actually wanted an HC-30, but couldn't swing the extra dough....PLUS, my Boogie Blue Angel covers my EL84 thirst (as well as my 6L6/6V6 ones!!:D ).....
     

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