Recommend amps with "amp-about-to-explode" sounds at any volume

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  1. deepcove17

    deepcove17 Supporting Member

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    Our weed has been the best thing to come out of Canada for a couple decades now.....:D
     
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    Also love the way Buddy Miles smacks the ride, "making it rain". A lot of my favorite drummers do that. :cool:
     
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    Just dropped in to say that I’ve never heard that term :dunno but I’m lovin’ the comments. :roll

    Making want to go crank my amps!
     
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    Personally I’d put it way closer to. 70/30 or 80/20 split with the speaker being 20-30% of the equation. Sure the speakers are part of the equation, but that sound is definitely there even without the speakers being pushed too hard. So I guess I’d disagree with the importance of the speaker to the equation, but agree (as I mentioned in my previous post) that they are part of the equation.
     
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    The first thing I think of is Can't You Hear Me Knockin'
    The Ampegs have that "about to explode" sound, but loud.
    Attenuate that for useable volume.
     
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    So this is basically Santana tone. That's absolutely his thing. That at the end of the note grit and "plop."
     
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    My Budda Twinmaster doesn't need much volume to get that "on the edge of destruction" tone & feel.
    It's an unassuming mini beast.
     
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    This sound, right?
     
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    I agree with speaker 30% and feel this 30% is needed to complete the sound. A pushed greenback for example is going to greatly enhance to a lot of that bottom end flabbiness coming from pushed power tubes.
     
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    Its a cool term to use -but really when an amp is about to meltdown it gets too compressed in my experience.

    Lloyd
     
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    I owned the Audio Kitchen Little Chopper. Cool amp and I understand the description. I would have kept it if the Power Station existed back then. But if you want something far more versatile, the Morris Perplex’d all the way. Seriously. It sounds and feels so alive and ready to self destruct if you dial it in that way. literally at any volume. Hard to explain. But taking to Glen Morris he talks about how he designed the preamp to truly emulate a cranked power section and I definitely agree. It feels more alive than most any amp I’ve ever used at multiple volumes. Simple NMV amps like a good Divided by 13 at stage volume are always amazing, but the Perplex’d doesn’t have to be at stage volume. Of course due to the physics of sound, speakers, and tubes, it only gets better turned up.
     
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    Well mine does.

     
  13. Bryan T

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    I used to work at a shop that had this Gibson GA20. A humbucker guitar plugged into the microphone input had that about to explode, liquid gain sound. No idea if it was unique to that particular amp or if it is common with those amps. But it was magic.
     
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    Carsten’s Blue Sky
     
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    AC15 and Tweed Deluxe both pop into my mind? Especially the newer Handwired AC15, they seem to have a lower headroom than the C1's and older Handwired AC15.
     
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    It would be helpful if the OP posted a clip of the tone he is referring to.
     
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    Ac15C1.

    Godly tones.....

    Greenback helps alot.
     
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    Running input volume and bass high on the THD Flexi compresses in a way that makes the tone very saggy and fuzz-like. With an LP on the neck pickup it gets extreme and can sound a bit like a ring modulator. This happens independently of the master volume setting, so it’s something that happens in the preamp.
     

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