It seems most of my blues heroes play "bad" amps

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  1. tch

    tch Member

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    As a Fan of Fat Possum-type Mississippi blues guys such as Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside, I recently gave in and bought a Peavey Bandit...

    The reason is that every time I see a video of these guys-it's generally what they're playing: an old Peavey--and never the same one.

    It helps matters that I can't really afford a boutique at the moment--but fully appreciate their merits, but the point here is this:

    I've got hundreds of dollars of pedals (keeley java, u.s. big muff, holy Grail and an OD) running into a rattling pro junior and am still looking at gear, nos tubes, etc...

    Is it best to just take a cue for these bad men and just go to the pawn shop and grab what sounds best and get after it?--Imagine the scene in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly when Tuco goes straight from the desert to the nearest shop and picks out a gun...
     
  2. Baloney

    Baloney Senior Member

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    Get the best sounding amp you can afford. You have to play thru the amp that you get the best response from. Those old blues guys from mississippi were broke so they couldnt afford spendy amps. Most just bought a decent amp they could afford and spent their time actually playing the blues rather than tweaking and shopping for expensive tubes or speakers *wink* ....
     
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  3. birv2

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    Also, they're from Mississippi and so is Peavey. And the Peavey Bandit and its brethren are actually pretty good SS amps with some nice tube emulation.

    But as a fellow blues wannabe with a Pro Jr and a revolving cast of pedals... I would second what Baloney said above. Those guys played through the best they could afford and then spent their energy actually playing the blues. Know what I mean? :)
     
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  4. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    play what works for you.
    not what works for them, not what works for your "friends":
    what works for you.

    it's your ear, your sound, your gigs, your functional needs, your economics.
    so simple!
    no-one else is even remotely responsible for the music that you're making:
    no-one.
    your heroes aren't onstage with you --- neither is the herd.
    they're not playing your parts; no-one expects them to do so.
    they don't make your music,
    & their own unique, complex lives & life-experiences are not paramount within you:
    they are not accountable for your music --- neither is the herd.
    it's up to you.
    so, you decide.

    forget your perception of the herd's opinion..... especially the internet herd, even.
    forget what i say, too.
    focus on:
    the sound, the function, the reliability, the aesthetic:
    that's all. really. no sh••.
    i swear on it.
    enjoy yourself, & play as well as you can,
    as if your life depended upon it.
    but, you already know all that, i guess: so, it's all a bit of a moot point.

    dt / spltrcl
     
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  5. birv2

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    I'm going to print this out and display it in a prominent place. Amazing reminders! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    WOW!!! That really made me think...
    Awesome advice:bow:bow:bow
    Splatt for President:D
     
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  7. Purplexi

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    My advice; cruise eBay, Craigslist for any Fender amp made between 82-86 that has the designate II affixed to the title. Fender Princeton Reverb II, Deluxe Reverb II, Twin Reverb II. These are Fender's "Rivera" design era, as in Paul Rivera, now of Rivera Amps. These are affordable for now and sound fantastic for blues, blues-rock.
     
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  8. rhinocaster

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    Guitar - Casio or low end Peavey

    Amp - Any solid state Peavey

    Speakers - Radio Shack


    You probably have enough in your pocket right now for the entire rig! :D

    Man, I LOVE those ultra lo-fi tones.
     
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    Alister Supporting Member

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    Or to put it far more succinctly:

    If you see The Buddha on the road, kill him.
     
  10. AJ Love

    AJ Love Senior Member

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    Those old Peavey Bandits really are pretty cool amps
     
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    Loved reading that. :)
     
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  12. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    They usually played bad guitars, too.

    The moral of the story: It's the Music that's important.
     
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    Talent can make up for lackluster gear. But, don't worry about it, the Pro Junior sounds better than a TON of expensive boutique amps.
     
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  14. AJ Love

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    Billy Flynn plays a Peavey Bandit live, John Primer has a Silverface Fender Twin, Linsey Alexander uses a Peavey something that sounds amazing, Rockin Johnny Burgin uses a DRRI, Michael Coleman uses a Peavey Classic 50 (or something similar), Lurrie Bell uses a vintage Deluxe Reverb, Tom Holland uses a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

    those are some of the best Blues guitarists on the Chicago scene
     
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    The other thing I noticed this summer while visiting the clubs in Chicago was that almost every club/act had either DRRI's or TRRI's there. And many of the guitarists played Epiphones. In my mind, these are the greatest contemporary blues players. What does that say?
     
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    That says that the Blues (and live music in general) doesn't pay squat. :(

    It also says that average gear won't keep you from making great music. :)
     
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    If they are great players, and getting great TONES out of those re-issues and the Epi's - that's saying plenty.
     
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    What you were probably noticing were the backline amps from the club. This is common in blues clubs just to have a couple of Fender amps for everyone to use. It speeds up changing of bands and allows traveling bands to just bring their guitars. (Many clubs also have a basic drum set.) So if you are going to play these clubs, you better get good at using the new DRRI and the TRRI. I have pedals I can use that sound good with either of those two amps.

    It is likely that they Peavey's the original poster posted about were probably back line amps as well.
     
  19. Jef Bardsley

    Jef Bardsley Member

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    When Little Walter was asked what amp he used, his response was, "Whatever one I ain't pawned yet!"
     
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    tones in the fingers. spend more time practicing rather than looking for the "PERFECT TONE"
     

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