Lead 55 vs. Club 40 Which do you prefer??

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  1. gsozz

    gsozz Member

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    Which do you prefer of these Germino amps and why??:AOK
     
  2. Mr.Hanky

    Mr.Hanky Supporting Member

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    Ask Scott Peterson, he had both but I believe he kept the Club 40.

    I have a club 40 and love it, and a Masonette.
     
  3. MemphisCR

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    Mr Hanky,
    How does your 40 compare to your Masonette,

    Volume wise?
    Tone Wise?

    I have a Masonette head and 2/12 closed back cab and it's a great sounding little rig but I'm really curious as to a 40/Masonette comparison.
     
  4. Fifthstone

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    I can't make comparisons, but I CAN say that I love my Classic 45. I believe it's a lower gain amp than either the Club 40 or the Lead 55. Very versatile, takes pedals well, and playing this on 8 or so yields some amazingly sweet overdrive. Very touch responsive.
     
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    How is the Monterey amp? Is it similar to the Super Lead that Hendrix played in the late 60's.
     
  6. Mr.Hanky

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    Very different, although I did the bright cap mod in my C40, there was just way too much bass for me, part of that is my fault too with LP's strung with 11's tuned down a whole step.

    I use both with a Jenkins 2X12 loaded with Heritage G12M's, I like the cab semi-open for the most.

    The C40 is just bigger, it has a lot more headroom and gorgeous cleans and sparkle, very surprising. It also has less gain, which is not a bad thing.
    The best thing about the C40 to my ears is the way it can sound clean and dirty at the same time, very bizzare but it does this so well.
    It has a different attitude to it too, hard to explain. It does clean crunch really well and I find that I don't miss the extra gain of the masonette since the C40 cuts through in it's own unique RAW way.
    Raw is a good adjective for that amp, almost in the Hiwatt zone.
    The kool thing about the C40 is that while it borrows from a JTM 50, it really is it's own thing, and I dig that about it.

    FWIW I did NOS both amps, the Siemens in the C40 are worth the $60.
     
  7. Scott Peterson

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    I had both and did indeed keep the Club 40 and sold the Lead 55.

    The reasons I sold the L55 were purely financial.

    The L55 is a more muscular and aggressive rock machine of an amp.

    The Club 40 is sweeter, more balanced and smoother sounding. It is my all-time favorite amp to date. It's amazingly musical.

    I run NOS in all my amps; the L55 did use Svetlana (first gen).

    Just my opinion.
     
  8. pirateflynn

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    Are there similarities between the Germino C40 and the Matchless Clubman?
     
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    no, not a super lead, but a 1966 super amp
     
  10. Scott Peterson

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    Yes.... and mostly no.

    The Clubman is another of my alltime favorite amps and it might on the surface seem to share some things with the Club 40; but tonally it is nothing at all like the Club 40. The Club 40 has a lot more clean headroom and Plexi grind when pushed; the Clubman gets grindy a lot sooner and with a completely different OD character. They are apples/oranges IMHO.
     
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    Thanks to all for the replies!
    I just got my lead 55 via UPS and it sounds great as expected....only one problem.......now I am gasing for a jtm45:crazy

    greg
     
  13. dewman

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    Club 40 for the flexibility- sounds great with strats and humbucker guitars, built like a tank, able to take alternate tube types with an easy rebias, can go to lower wattage and sound great with 6V6s, takes pedals well, volume more under control - both are fine fine amps, I just found the Club 40 to have that Hendrixy quality and also have the flexibility to alter the sound with tube swaps.
     
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    I'm very interested in the Club40.
    Do you guys reckon it would fit the bills for my needs - I've just joigned an AC/DC tribute band, and Malcolm I am! :rolleyes:
    I already own a '70 Superlead ,half stack, but wouldn't go to gigs without (at least) a backup amp or (better) with a 2 amp setup!

    I believe Malcolm Young uses various Marshalls, esp. a JTM45-100 and an early 70s Superbass.
    Thing is, 100W are sometimes too much for my needs, as I won't often be able to crank the Superlead up enough to get that "clean grind" Malcolm has.
    so I was thinking maybe a Club40 would be just the ticket to mimick a JTM45-100 but with more manageable power!

    any idea?
     
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    Clean grind is what I love about the Club 40, put the volume at 12 o'clock and you are in business.
     
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    +1 for that...getcha a Gretsch too and some 12s on it...
     

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