Rockabilly amps?

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  1. Tommy_G

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    Played a 1956 replica Fender Tweed Super (... 5F4???) type circuit today with 2x10 Jensen P10Rs

    Surprisingly addictive. Am I correct that I felt like I was playing a "real" rockabilly amp?

    I could see myself having one around.

    What amp builders have perfected this concept? (Eg. Top Hat has a model they call a Super also.. with a few extra controls..)

    Any other amp models I should be thinking of?
     
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  2. Tootone

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    No expert.... but I always saw Bassmans as THE Rockabilly amp.
     
  3. Tommy_G

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    What I like about the super compared to a bassman was it was lighter / smaller combo.. moderated volume... spunded so open and dynamic at a decent volume.
     
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    In my 20 years of gigging with Rockabilly bands, the guy with the best tone was Luis from Hellbound Hayride, playing a Duo Jet thru a 4x10 Fender Deville.
     
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    For Rock-a-Billy, for me anyway, it is more important to have the slap back echo set up correctly, then anything else.

    I don't use distortion playing Rock-a-Billy, but I do like a bit of boost from a compressor and additionally have the ratio set no higher then 2.5 to 1.
     
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    I think almost all the old school guys played Standels. cliff gallup and scotty moore I think.
     
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    just about any good clean amp with some slap.

    the rest is all fingers and brain.
     
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    Headstrong has a BL210. I a/b’d one with my brothers straight up 57 Super neither of us could hear a difference worth mentioning.
     
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  10. Tommy_G

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    Jensen P10rs strike again! (Gretsch is nearly a given :)
     
  11. captwillard

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    Meh, just about any guitar is a rockabilly guitar. The greats played them all.
     
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    You might look at a tweed pro type amp as well. I have played a lot in that style and love what 15’s do with dynasonics. Guitar into slap into reverb tank into tweed into a JBL D-130 is just about perfect. The tweed super is excellent as well but won’t hold together on the low lows like the 15 in the pro.
     
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    Fender or Gretsch would be my guess.
     
  14. Tony-Cliffton

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    What ever the Blasters did.
     
  15. Muttlyboy

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    I think the 6G6 Bassman is a Brian Setzer thing (and the modern Rockabilly Guys taking their lead from Mr Setzer)

    Back in the 50's I'm thinking a lot of Original Rockabilly Guys were playing Fender Tweed amps and some Gibson and Valco amps.
     
  16. Muttlyboy

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    I don't know if many Rockabilly Guys played Strats.

    Wait, is Buddy Holly considered Rockabilly?
     

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