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New Matchless Avalon

dangeroso

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I received my new Matchless Avalon 30 (head w/ reverb) 2 days ago, and so far, I’m pretty impressed. I expected a little tonal drop off from the higher priced Matchless offerings, but I’m not hearing that at all.

The cleans sounds are typical Matchless sparkle and chime. Very full and deep cleans without sacrifice of clarity. The defeatable master volume generates the gains at lesser volumes. The gain tones are throaty and midrangy, but again with lots of individual note clarity, and there’s a suprising amount of gain available. I’ve yet to play in a band setting with this amp, but I can tell that these tones will cut through very well.

In most clips, I’ve seen people playing this amp with a Les Paul (and my Les Paul sounds good though it as well), but for my money this amp absolutely sings with a single coil guitar. The Strat and Tele tones in this amp are absolutely phenomenal with or without gain. It’s like I rewired, replaced the electronics, and changed the pickups in my 12 year old Strat, the way this amp breathed new life into it. Really unbelievable.

Cons: There aren’t many at all, but 2 things stand out. First, this amp is damn loud at 30/15 watts. Even in the 15 watt setting, I feel like I’m too loud when I’m playing at home. Obviously this is good news for gigability. Second, I wish there was a separate midrange control. The midrange is controlled in some fashion by the position of the bass and treble controls, but I would like a little extra tone shaping for my tastes. Neither gripe is a deal breaker by any means, but I want to paint the complete picture.



 

Toto

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Contrats with new amp, I'm really looking forward to buy this amp. Can you please post some video or audio clips? I'm also amazed but it's clarity and "saturation" with stratocaster pluged-in but I can't figure out from youtube videos does it sound too bright with Les Pauls (or humbackers) too?

Anyways, it's the best amp I've found so far for my future purchase. And congrats again ;)
 

dangeroso

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Thanks. I am planning on putting some video clips up when I have some time this weekend. I’ll post the links.
 

warplanegrey

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Have you tried running an ABY switch into the High/Low inputs? I'm curious if you can mimic a 2nd channel with this method...
 

rmconner80

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If you want mids... turn the treb and bass controls down to about 9 o'clock. I've used the top boost / matchless tone stack for many years, and it is extremely interactive and though it takes a bit to get used to... it's very very flexible.
 

Toto

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Have you tried running an ABY switch into the High/Low inputs? I'm curious if you can mimic a 2nd channel with this method...
...or maybe plugging guitar into HI and then rolling volume (on guitar itself) a bit will make same sound as just plugging it into LOW?
 

landru64

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likewise, i heard no compromise compared to any matchless i have played before.

matchlesses are just not meant to be played at home. sorry :)
 

dangeroso

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If you want mids... turn the treb and bass controls down to about 9 o'clock. I've used the top boost / matchless tone stack for many years, and it is extremely interactive and though it takes a bit to get used to... it's very very flexible.
Actually, I’d like a little less mids. At least a little less than the treble and bass at 2 O’Clock, but a little more than diming the bass and treble.

It’s really not a big deal, as I can fine tune with my MXR EQ pedal.
 






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