Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by reade, Apr 10, 2015.
This is my dream amp. Talk me down or push me off the edge.
Move a little closer to the cliff's edge, please.
Do you have one?
No, I don't own any Matchless amps. Always wanted one. Never heard a Matchless that I didn't like. They are very well built amps and well tuned for the tones that I like.
If you have played it person and know it works for you, buy it if it is within your means.
You will lose much more money constantly trading around for a near substitute. If you buy it and then down the road you with to sell it, the only thing you will lose is the smile on your face.
Take a deep breath, pull out your credit card, and make that call.
I can't blame you!
An amp that is built to last 40 years.
What's not to like?
Pick up a Celestion Blue if it isn't Voxy enough for you.
Effects loop or not?
I have one. All tone. Doesn't need a loop or any pedals at all.
The '90s Matchless loops were designed around their outboard reverb/trem units, though I've heard guys running Boss or Line6 stuff through later C30/Clubman loops with good results.
My favorite Lightning was an early '00s non-reverb head run into a pair of Emi Ramrods in a closed back, no looped effects. Everything we tried sounded great through that setup.
No body's going to talk you down. It's a win win
Great amp and I don't think you can go wrong......you have to at least try/own one at some point to really understand how great these amps sound.
Here's a cool thread about the Lightning and Spitfire....
Reverb would add value, an FX loop only if you are heavy into pedals.
I have one on my Bad Cat, have never used it. I do however enjoy the reverb.
Most find they use pedals a whole lot less when they have an amp that sounds
killer all by itself.
So the factory reverb is nice? I do like a "good" reverb.
I think you'd appreciate having the reverb way more than the FX loop.
I think you'd also appreciate adding a Celestion Blue over the FX loop.
If you choose custom color Tolex, think long term.
Light colors on any amp get pretty grungy.
You might also want to get a padded cover from Studio Slips.
Killer amp. If you are on the edge and want to back away, do not watch the Audley Freed YouTube clips from the Gibson clinic.
Great amp. I have not owned a Lightning, but have owned two Spitfires and a Hurricane. oh, and an SC30.
Actually, still have all of them except one of the two Spitfires. They are my go-to amps.
I suggest that the reverb just clutters things up. These amps don't need reverb. If you play single coil guitars and like to ride the volume knob between clean-ish and crunch-ish, there is no better amp in my opinion. Except the 30 watt versions (C30, Chieftain, Clubman), if you can handle the volume.
If you play Gibsons, there are equal amps, but not better amps.
Yeah. . .I'd say go for it. But, if you're really unsure about the purchase, check out the emporium and see if someone is selling one used. That way, you get to see if you like the amp, and if you don't, you won't lose any money.
Here's a gratuitous photo of my Matchless Lightning:
I think that the Matchless Lightning is the best amp for a Tele style guitar. I find it also takes well to P90's, Ric's and Strats. As to Gibson guitars, I think it depends on the tone you're looking for. With a Les Paul with low wound humbuckers, it's very nice. . .you're experience may vary.
I also like some pedals with mine. . .compressor and an OD pedal. . .Timmy/Klon for more grind and Tubescreamer for creamy lead.
Now, you can crank the volume knob and turn the master down low and it won't run you out of a room. . .but opening the amp up is a lot of fun.
I think the just breaking up tone on the Matchless Lightning is it's best sound. At least, for my type of music, which is basic classic rock, it sounds incredible there. . .and you can always step on a pedal for more drive.
Good luck, and let us know your decision!