Out of all the amps you've owned and played though, what was the BEST overall amp

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  1. andy474x

    andy474x Member

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    Mine is a PRS Custom 50 head and open back 2x12 cab - in that matching paisley getup, no less - great amp. I modded a few things in the amp to really make it my own, and put Celestion Cream and Ruby alnico speakers in the cab, and it’s one of those things I just always love to play. The whole rig is just so matched up so well, and any tweak I need can be had with the EQ controls, especially for mid-rich singing rock tones. The combination of the Ruby and Cream makes for a very balanced tone with the grind of alnico but no blaring frequency spikes sticking out.
     
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    That's how I feel about my Two Rock (or at least, I did...) because it's not everyday you can hand down a $2700 handmade, small, America tube amp combo!!!

    Of course in 30-50 years, people will be dying to grab up the fabled HotRod Deluxe III!!!!!! LOL
     
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    I've gone through a lot. Hard to pin down the BEST, but 90's Mesa 2 Channel Dual Rec, and Mesa Royal Atlantic are at the top of the list of keepers
     
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    I’ve owned a number of amps and have only held on to the keepers.

    - 79 SFPR (blackfaced)
    - 79 SFDR
    - Granger SuperPlexi (some factory mods)
    - Mesa Mark III Blue Stripe

    Each amp does its own thing with minimal overlap. I’ve considered selling the SFDR since I use the SFPR more, but it’s handy to have when I need more push than the PR can provide.

    I’d like to add a 5E3 and an AC15 to the collection eventually, but I’m content where I am now.
     
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    I had a fantastic 1965 fender deluxe reverb. It was fantastic for country, rock, blues. It was such a complete combo amp. I still miss it.
     
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    I really had to think about this one. I had a Bassman and a Princeton Reverb I loved, but if I have to pick
    one it's going to be my Twin Reverb. It may weigh as much as me and be too damn loud, but oh those tones!
     
  7. hotei

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    My choice is my 90’s Matchless Clubman 35 that was tweeked by Nashville Amplifier Service through a Mesa Lonestar 1x12 cabinet.
     
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    My Mesa Tremoverb has been my cure for amp GAS 24 yrs running. There was a while where I really wanted a NMV amp, either a V4 or DR103. Once I started running the TVerb like a NMV amp with the loop master and channel masters cranked, and using the gain knob for my volume control that gas disappeared too.
     
  10. HoboMan

    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    I've owned A LOT of amps.
    During the 90s I flipped Marshalls to help pay the rent. I would buy them for $200 and sell them the next week for $350 - $400.

    One that really stood out was a 1974 JMP 50 watt head. Wanted to keep it so badly but the lack of MV made it unuseable at gigs.

    Another was a JCM800 4210 1x12 combo. That particular one had something magical. Everyone who tried it immediately fell in love with it. Did a lot of gigs with it but eventually sold it due to it being unreliable.

    Another was a Budda SD18. Gigged the hell out of that amp for a few years. Eventually sold it but still have an SD30.
     

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