Most obscure killer sounding amps

Mark Kane

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Here's six "killer sounding amps", all little talked about or "obscure" on this forum and almost all cost less than $500. Another unique feature is all these tiny amps except for one weigh less than 10 lbs., have 8" speakers, and only three tubes total (1 preamp ,1 power, 1 rectifier).



sound clip:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=589296&content=songinfo&songID=5100928

Amps as heard (and seen):

0:00-0:54 1961 Gibson GA-5
0:55-1:22 1962 Supro Super
1:23-1:49 1956 Gibson BR-9
1:49-2:16 1958 Alamo Model 3
2:16-2:43 1964 Univox U45B
2:43-end 1959 Supro

Keep in mind this is the same guitar on each amp, I find it amazing how much the guitar's voice changes from amp to amp. I played drums, bass, and all guitar tracks recorded through two Coles 4038 mics set 8' apart in the center of the room. No close mics, no EQ, straight to inexpensive project-grade digital recorder. The rhythm guitar track is on the Gibson GA-5 amp.

Most excellent Kerry. Brilliant!!:bow
 
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They're not too obscure but Tube Works Rt-902 or Rt-922 along with the Hafler T3 or T2 are both great sounding preamps that usually sell for pretty low.
 

TheHeavy

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This quite possibly is the last amp Gar ever built before he passed, right now its getting a "once over" by Gars old right hand man. I was lucky enough to trade it straight up for an old MusicMan RD112 that I payed 50 bucks for and never used!!

Talk about rare, you cannot buy this no matter how hard you look or how much cash you got. I feel very fortunate and its in perfect/showroom condition.

although for the right price.....pm me ;)

sorry the picture sucks

 
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jay42

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There's the Earth amp used on Eliminator. I don't know the model name. Also, the Yamaha line Paul Rivera designed...G100?
 

gstan

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This quite possibly is the last amp Gar ever built before he passed, right now its getting a "once over" by Gars old right hand man. I was lucky enough to trade it straight up for an old MusicMan RD112 that I payed 50 bucks for and never used!!

Talk about rare, you cannot buy this no matter how hard you look or how much cash you got. I feel very fortunate and its in perfect/showroom condition. Even that Kustom cab isnt close to being rare sitting next to that Garnet

although for the right price.....pm me ;)

sorry the picture sucks

:bongDuuuude, I think you just provided probable cause.
 

TheHeavy

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:bongDuuuude, I think you just provided probable cause.
For what, rolling tobacco?? Thats how it comes when you got the hook-up at a cigarette factory, although free tobacco in bulk is more like a death sentence then a hook-up.:rotflmao
 

Rob Gee

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Ampeg B25 and B25b are highly regarded by Ampeg enthusiasts, myself included. Paired with my (quite bastardized) PRS Santana SE, Zvex Box-Of-Rock, 60's Basketweave Marshall 412 and its unoriginal Vintage 30's, the ones I own turn heads at nearly every show my band plays. Though, I do play in a sort of progressive hardcore/punk band, and run the amp on 4 or 5 with a tasteful amount of boost and gain from my BOR.

I can't not mention my other guitarists Bedrock Lead 50 is an incredible representation of a modernized JTM/JMP. The power section is, from what I understand, quite similar to the old Marshalls from the classic era, and shows what an intelligent designer can STILL do to personalize, yet still obviously maintain, the sound you know and love as a Marshall.

If you care to hear them paired together, http://matahari.bandcamp.com. These amps don't **** around. :)
 

wrxplayer

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The Working Dog line from Alessandro isn't really obscure but do their thing quite well. Other "small brands" that make great stuff that I've owned: Sommatone, Quidley, Snider, and Wallace.
 

Analog Assassin

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I'll second the Selmer pre-1970. Supposedly the amp that Free guitarist Paul Kossoff used, at least to record with. Plus, they look freakin' killer with the fake alligator-skin tolex.
 

62deluxe

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I have two, a VAC45 (two preamps - Amer. and Brit, w/6L6s and a 12" Jensen Neo) and a VAC 23 (just the Amer. preamp w/6V6s and a 15" Jensen alnico). Both are increadibly toneful. Basically a tweed Fender sound breaking out into an early Marshall sound. The VAC circuit is a very useful power limiting circuit, lets you sound like you're running flat out at several different power/volume settings. Have a bunch of other great amps (Zinky, Marshall, Fender, Mesa), but these guys get most of the play.
 

cugel

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Here's six "killer sounding amps", all little talked about or "obscure" on this forum and almost all cost less than $500. Another unique feature is all these tiny amps except for one weigh less than 10 lbs., have 8" speakers, and only three tubes total (1 preamp ,1 power, 1 rectifier).



sound clip:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=589296&content=songinfo&songID=5100928

Amps as heard (and seen):

0:00-0:54 1961 Gibson GA-5
0:55-1:22 1962 Supro Super
1:23-1:49 1956 Gibson BR-9
1:49-2:16 1958 Alamo Model 3
2:16-2:43 1964 Univox U45B
2:43-end 1959 Supro

Keep in mind this is the same guitar on each amp, I find it amazing how much the guitar's voice changes from amp to amp. I played drums, bass, and all guitar tracks recorded through two Coles 4038 mics set 8' apart in the center of the room. No close mics, no EQ, straight to inexpensive project-grade digital recorder. The rhythm guitar track is on the Gibson GA-5 amp.
i loved this
 

wrathfuldeity

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Bogen VP12, record player circa 1950's, pre amp 6av6 pre (1/2 of a 12ax7), 5y3gt rectifier, and se 6L6, 12" alnico jensen stored...using a big weber alnico. Cap, filter and slight tweed voicing by Skip Simmons who said he'd never seen one before and was quite impressed by its ability and tone...and that it could run any of the big bottles brethren without any problem. Tweed Monster gets played every day :D.


 

Brian Wallace

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The Working Dog line from Alessandro isn't really obscure but do their thing quite well. Other "small brands" that make great stuff that I've owned: Sommatone, Quidley, Snider, and Wallace.

The Wallace is fine sounding indeed but not so obscure.

I do have a couple of Alamo's one of which looks just like the one in this thread.
 

58gasman

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Dan Torres Bakersfield amp. Based on an old Standel circuit.
Plain Jane package- but one of the richest cleans I have heard.

Only one built as far as I know. Truly one of the best amps I have played.
 

ScienceFriction

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I'll second the Selmer pre-1970. Supposedly the amp that Free guitarist Paul Kossoff used, at least to record with. Plus, they look freakin' killer with the fake alligator-skin tolex.
+1 Any Selmer is going be a good amp, but there is no denying the pre-70s ones are something very special and under appreciated. It's hard to beat a mid 60s Zodiac, Thunderbird, or T'n'B 50. I love my Selmer Zodiac Twin 30 and it's not even finished being rehoused/furbished.

Second on the Sovtek as well. Sovtek amps are great, but they're becoming a bit more well known lately I think. I love my Mig 30.
 




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