Reeves Custom 30 I vs II

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  1. lgehrig4

    lgehrig4 Silver Supporting Member

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    How much of a difference between the two versions in regards to tone & feel?

    I read on the site what was changed but I was wondering how much affect the changes had over the sound.
     
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    I own the prototype for this model. Bot it directly from Bill.

    I believe the newer model has a little more clean headroom, a variable boost, and a boost switch.

    It was never intended to be a "high" gain amp anyway so I'm not sure how much more clean headroom one would want; it does, however, have that classis British "bark", especially with the KT66's.

    BTW, the Powerscaling helps extend tube life: I've changed tubes twice in 9 years.


    If interested, mine is for sale in the Amp Emporium.
     
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    lgehrig4 Silver Supporting Member

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    How much volume and thump do these amps have have? Would they be considered loud or average 30 watters?
     
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    They tend, IMHO, to have a thicker sound as opposed to a brighter, cutting sound. There is plenty of low end and it has a very clear, almost "hi-fi" sound... but with that classic British style bark... probably due to the mil-spec wiring and the Hiwatt heritage in general. It's one of those amps that doesn't "hide" your mistakes; it does give you that classic "Who" sound.

    I would not recommend this amp for nu-metal but it would work for just about anything else. It takes pedals very well. I gain it up with an old tube pedal; the BK Butler Real Tube pedal. You can get into some serious gain territory with that pedal. It also sound fine with a standard tube screamer type product.

    The most I've ever opened it was about 3/4 on the Powerscaling knob and I've played it with a 4 or 5 piece band since the day I bot it.

    I normally use it with a Weber Silver Bell and it sounds fantastic. I have used it with Greenbacks and they sound great also. The Silver Bell is slightly brighter and would be my first recommendation.

    I also have a cab with Weber Jensen reissues; not as impressed (with this amp).

    It has a "Cut" control to reduce highs that I have never used with Humbuckers; I do, however, use it with brighter pups like Lollar Firebirds and it's very effective.
     
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    Love the various clips that Lance has on YouTube of the Custom 30- fantastic barky, grinding, saturated tone!
     
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    Standard Power Scaling and on board Reverb make the Custom 30 uniquely versatile.
     

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