Loudest Solid State Combo, 1 or 2x12...

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  1. Chrome Dinette

    Chrome Dinette Silver Supporting Member

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    ...not for me, but for a friend, new or used


    I suggested a JC120, he doesn't think they are loud enough.


    I suspect he may have difficulty finding something that fits his criteria.


    He says he wants the solid state equivalent of a fender twin.


    I suggested a bass head with a guitar cab. He insists on a combo.
     
  2. Brutus

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    A used Fender Stage 100. They do loud.
     
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    try talking him down from this quest. 1) you can't play that loud anywhere, at least not more than once because he won't be allowed back and 2) he will kill his ears. Hearing damage is accumulative over the years.
     
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    Those old 1970's Gallien Krueger guitar amps are brutally loud. Still have a head/4x12 but they made combos as well. 200 solid state watts.
    They were the first channel switching amps and has a 'current limiter' for getting that cranked sound at lower volumes.
    The preamp section sounded great but like most solid states it doesn't have that greasy bottom end warmth of a tube amp.
    http://www.gbase.com/gear/gallien-kreuger-200g

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    Krank makes a 300 watt ear bleeding monster.
     
  6. Chrome Dinette

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    Thanks for this tips, I will pass along the advice.

    My friend is in a bit of an odd situation. He has primarily been a drummer most of his life, but has found himself in two regular guitarplgaying gigs right now. For one of them, he travels, backline is provided and he requests a twin.

    He needs his own amp for the other. I don't think he would necessarily run it full out, but I can appreciate the need for headroom, running a 100 watt tube head and 4x12 myself.

    He doesn't want to spend a lot and is afraid of the maintenance issues with tubes.

    I know cheap and reliable do not necessarily go hand in hand with amps, but he is dead set on the cheapest and loudest solid state combo he can find.
     
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    While you are correct on your second point, there are plenty of places where people can, and do, play quite loud and are asked back.
     
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    Early 80s Peavey Special 130 or Stereo Chorus 400...Roland JC120 too
     
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    If he wants cheap watts, a small SS bass rig will sound a lot better.
     
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    I had a Randall RG200 combo that was really, really loud. This is a 200 watt, 2X12 combo. Of course, they also make an RG80, RG100, etc. You can usually pick these up cheap.

    The suggestion for an older Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 or something like the Renown 400 would also be a good fit for this. You can usually find one of these for less than $200 & they are fairly bullet proof.

    I haven't played one, but weren't the old Lab Series L5's really loud?
     
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    Cool. I'm interested in how these sound, can you provide an update if he gets it?

    there's a 100W 1x12 version as well that I considered before deciding on the pair of Roland Cube-80GX.
     
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    The Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 is 260 watts of cheap-loud-clean.
     
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    I looked for these around here, none to be found on the used market...I think Amazon had "2 left" new for sale? Fraction of the cost of a new JC-120!
     
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    Fender Frontman 212 is brutally loud and even louder with some more efficient speakers. Good sounding amp.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend having the Peavey shipped unless it is from a place that regularly ships big amps; it's just too big/heavy to take a chance with amateur sellers/shippers.

    (and the Peavey is a better amp than the JC-120 if you're looking for loud and clean)
     
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    Good suggestions on the Peavey's & Fender red knob. Another with great tones and features, Ampeg VH140C.
    Look for hybrids that have a tube preamp and a solid-state power amp section...
     
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    I still have one of those. They were 100 watts. I had two EVM12Ls in it. They actually recommended two Celestion Greenbacks and changing the impedance switch so the mismatch gave you 50 watts. It was the first commercially available channel switching amp. I bought it in 1977 or 78 and played it for about 10 years. It doesn't work anymore. For SS it was a VERY good sounding amp. One of the last times I used it I took it to a recording studio for a new band's rehearsal. The owner of the studio was the drummer. He asked what I had going on there because I had a new Fender Super Champ on top of it. I a/b'd the two amps for him and we both preferred the GK. He said it had a really "Beefy" distortion. He was right!!
     

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