New Ecstasy Classic...!

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  1. TNJ

    TNJ Gold Supporting Member

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    Got home from Makenmusic in Chicago a little while ago...with this beauty in tow. It had been almost a year and a half since I walked through Teddy's/Shane's door on Hubbard Ave. I took a friend with me who is a really good keyboardist and good guitarist. He had never been to Maken before...and his reaction :eek: was priceless! :D
    Needless to say, good time had by all. TGP's own Brent S., local Chicago shredmeister, met us there shortly after we arrived.
    I have been GAS'ing for an Ecstasy for a good long while...ever since a local pal let me play his at a studio gig a few years back. The blue channel lead tones with my humbucker guitar at the time were flooring me. I hadnt been much enamored of the cleans of this amp, until recently. I picked up a tip from a few TGP'ers (and a few Bogner Forumites) that there were some settings in the green channel of the Ecstasy that would bring out alot of Fender BF goodness. That was all it took.
    I took my '04 R7 Goldie with Wolfetone Marshallheads, and plugged into the Classic head that Shane already had set up. The head ran into a closed back, oversized, Bogner 212 with V30's.
    I have an open back 212 Bogner cab at home, and thought this would be the closest I would get to my home/gig setup.
    Well...I plugged in, set the cleans where I wanted them...and low and behold...Fender beauty in gobs. !!11!!
    Really nice shimmer and warmth when playing on the neck pickup alone.
    Both pups on gave me some powerful cleans with punch and detail.
    No effects were used, and the amp sounded PHAT. I consider that a very good sign.
    Next up the blue channel...liquidy goodness on the bridge of the Lester, just like I remembered. But I knew that was a no brainer. The other big surprise for me was how nicely voiced the red channel was! I actually liked that channel as well as the famed blue channel...! My pal Brent also brought along a couple of his Tylers...namely his black and blue schmear Mongoose...that guitar sounded so good through this rig (and in his capable hands) it was totally ridiculous!
    That was it, I'd heard enough...I walked out to the main room, talked with Teddy about a trade/$$ deal...signed the papers (old man!) and out the door we went.
    Lunch followed at the Twisted Spoke (thank for the rec, Brent), and home at last.

    Whew!
    What a saturday it's been...tomorrow is rehearsal and next week the gig.

    More to follow,

    S.
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  2. Scott Peterson

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    Man, I loved my Ecstasy Classic. You go man!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Plan9FOS

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    Congratulations!

    Yeah,the red channel on the Classic is much more toneful and less compressed than on the 101B ... I use it as much as the blue channel, but on my old 101Bs I would almost exclusively live on the blue channel. Great cleans too ... I dig these amps ....


    :bow Bogner
     
  4. jcj

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    Congrat's! I picked up a 101b about two months ago, and I'm regularly amazed by how great that blue channel sounds!

    Great purchase, enjoy!
     
  5. BrentSP

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    Congrats, I used to own a Classic but I went back to a 101B......they are different enough that I'd love to get a classic too :NUTS

    Both are superior amps.
     
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    Congrats and welcome to the club I've been enjoying my Classic for years now.
     
  7. cg

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    One of my favorite all-time amps. The best channel switcher made, IMHO. I wish I still had mine.
     
  8. Hipster Dofus

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    Steve

    Cool. I have to say, I've been thinking of moving to this same amp. I love my low watt stuff, esp the London 65, but I get to play fairly loud most shows, and miss the big cleans.

    Lets hear how it sounds at stage volume. Do you get to open it up some?

    Luke
     
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    So when is it coming to the hangar??
     
  11. TNJ

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    Thanks for the comments, everyone.
    I took this beauty to rehearsal today...and it sounded HUGE! And the TC NOVA System sounded so good with this rig too!
    It's gonna take a bit of time to get it tweaked for my Lester and my PRS Cu22...this amp has so much horsepower it's unreal.
    I'm gonna be spending alot of time dialling it all in. This amp is here to stay...I really love every channel for what it does. And single coil or humbucker, it just doesnt matter. Bogner goodness in every tone!

    Luke, I have opened it up, and will continue to do so at home, and on the gig. I have a small sheet of plexiglas that fits in front of the cab, and with the mic into the P.A., hitting the sweet spot at a louder volume wont be a problem. I tried half power tonite...and also got the NOVA System into the loop. After a little tweakage, I have the PRS sounding so good clean, I cant believe it! The cleans on this Classic are so chimey and crystalline! This rig is ready to gig.

    Brian...it comes to the hangar whenever we can order a pizza and do a lunch jam! Let me know your schedule!

    S.
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  12. Ed Reed

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    I've always wanted to try one of those.
     
  13. brent

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    I can attest to the fact that it did indeed sound awesome

    and that goldtop is one of the best LP's I've played

    Glad the 'straunt worked

    Hopefully we can do some jamming over the summer with a full band
     
  14. TNJ

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    Anytime, Brent...

    Just bring that 'goose!

    :cool:

    S.
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  15. Scott Peterson

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    Cool stuff Jato. Keep kickin' the assess and takin' the names. :D
     
  16. TNJ

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    Well,
    A little update on the Classic.
    It's official, I'm still in the honeymoon phase with the Ecstasy. I gigged out this past weekend (fri/sat) at a small club north of town. The stage was large enough to accomodate the 212 cab, so I took the Ecstasy out.
    The soundman had a mic on the cab, and I had the power down on the amp to keep from blowing the room up. :)
    I mostly used my trusty 'Purple Beast' PRS Custom 22, with the '04 R7 as backup. NOVA system into the loop, and a Rocktron Banshee into the front (note NO OD/DIST pedals used...believe me, none needed). We do classic rock stuff (Aerosmith/Journey/Boston/George Thorogood/ZZ Top/etc.), and this amp MORE than delivered! I was in love with my tones all night long. The soundman came up halfway through the 1st night and said: "Man...where in the sam hill did you get THAT amp???".
    Even our finicky bass player, who was only a fan of my Shiva before, said: "Good Gawd, that amp sounds so sweet! I NEVER thought you'd ever top that Shiva for this gig...but you did.". I have to agree. Not that I'm losing the Shiva...for smaller clubs/rehearsal, it's perfect as well. But the Ecstasy is just SO much more to my taste, and the cleans are right on par with the Shiva. We have a couple of Festivals coming up, as well as a larger club gig in 2 weeks in St.Joe Michigan.
    Guess which amp is on deck? ;)

    LOVE the Ecstasy!!!!
    S.
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  17. JoeB63

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    I love the cleans on the Shiva, but I hate the (IMO) congested, fizzy tone of the Shiva's drive channel. Is there any chance I would like an Ecstasy?
     
  18. Lution

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    A BIG YES!

    I owned a 6L6 Shiva before I bought my Ecstasy 101B. Got a chance to A/B them together. The Clean channel of the XTC was not far behind the Shiva. The Blue and Red channels just knocked the doors off the Shiva's OD channel. Much more smooth!
     
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