It's Fargen excellent!

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  1. michael patrick

    michael patrick Supporting Member

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    I just picked up a Fargen Mini-Plex combo. It's a Class A single-ended cathode biased 1x12 combo that puts out around 12 watts from 2 EL34s (or 6L6s, or KT66s, or 6V6s, all without the need to rebias!).

    I got it for when my band plays smaller places and a Marshall half-stack would be overkill. On those gigs, the other gutar player uses an AC15, so the Mini-Plex will match up well.

    Clippage...

    I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Fargen Thing

    It's just my LP Special straight into the amp on both tracks. Do you think it sounds Marshally enough? :D

    Cheers,

    MP
     
  2. adlibmusic

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    Hey Michael, that's crunchy!!!!! Is that with EL34's? Also, what speaker?

    Thanks,
    Loren
     
  3. michael patrick

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    Yep, it's some old Electro Harmonix EL34s that I had sitting around. I also threw a Celestion G12H30 in there right before I did the clip.

    I'm still going to monkey with the tubes some, see if I can get it to sound even closer to my 100-watt Marshall (albeit quieter).
     
  4. rick66

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    sounds excellent. what were the volume settings at?
     
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    11? :D

    Jeez, I love Spinal Tap...heh
     
  6. michael patrick

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    The master was maxed. The volume was around 3/4 for the rhythm and almost maxed for the lead.

    I'm not entirely happy with the lead sound. A little fizzy for my taste. I've still got some tinkering to do with pre tubes, maybe try some 6V6s in the power section. Oh, the possibilities...:D
     
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    Yummy sounds!

    -- EDIT --
    Grrrr... I totally forgot to spew nonsense. Soooo, here goes. The only Fargen I have ever had a chance to play through is the Blackbird (which I loved)... didn't know he did a Marshall type thingie! Very cool.
     
  8. michael patrick

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    I'm a Marshall-type guy, so I was looking for a Marshall-type thing. I'm giving the Fargen a test run at band practice tomorrow, we'll see if it can take some real punishment....
     
  9. rick66

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    so, how did it perform at band practice?
     
  10. michael patrick

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    We're actually in the middle of recording our next disc, rather than rehearsing. It's out of habit that I referred to it as band practice.... I tracked some rhythm stuff, and it sounded great. Next Wednesday I plan to track some lead stuff, so we'll see...

    I did get a chance to monkey with it for a few minutes with my pedalboard (which is living at the studio these days...) and it sounded better on solo-type stuff than it did down in my basement at home. I did the sound clip I posted above at home using a little Boss BR-532... and no pedals.

    As far as volume, I don't think I'll have a problem matching the volume of the other guitar player's AC15. The Fargen is loud enough to get my ears ringing...:dude
     
  11. michael patrick

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    And one more thing...

    Now that I've had a bit longer to get to know the amp, it looks like the key to losing the fizziness on lead stuff is to back off the master just a bit. I had it maxed when I recorded that clip (what can I say, it's only 12 watts, I thought you were supposed to do that). But it has sounded better the last few days when I've backed it off a bit.
     
  12. filmosound

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    did you use the built-in mic on the BR-532? if not, what kinda mic did you use?

    (I just noticed this thread was from 5 months ago..... so I'll PM you)
     

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