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SCXD LOVE?

amstrtatnut

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I keep finding new ways to use this amp. Most recently Ive discovered how to eq the Vox model so it sounds reasonably close to the way it sounds in my head. I dont have a vox so it may not be perfect but it sounds good to me.

Im afraid that the digital portion of the amp will give out some day but for now Im really loving this amp and what it can do.

I use it for gigs. I dont tour, just the local bar gigs miced into the pa.

Just sayin.
 

ksandvik

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I don't know if the digital section is a weak spot, most likely you need to replace pre-amp tubes and power section tubes first. As well as fix pots and bad connections. Digital sections should work as long as you don't totally fry the electronics.

Me thinks SCXD is a sleeper amp, perfect for gigs where the singer complains the amp is too loud and you still want to crank up a tube amp close to 10 to play the warm tubes. Only weaknesses I've found so far is the shipping speaker (replace that with a Ragin Cajun or something similar) and lack of an effect send/return chain.
 

Chicago Slim

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I've got two of them, that I think of as my workhorse amps. I run good tubes and a more efficient speaker. This has doubled the volume and clean headroom. I use mine for indoor shows up to 200 people. I play out about twice a week, and I have owned one of the SCXD's over three years. I've never had a problem. I normally use it as a clean pedal platform, and only use the effects, as a backup. I do however often use the amp models. They may not be my best amps, but they make it pretty hard to justify spending more for another amps.
 

doublescale1

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What Chicago Slim said. In a live band mix, the SCXD will hold it's own, especially mic'd, or with a bigger ext cab @ 8ohms. In the room, everyone listening will get what your trying to get across as you play, as far as amp voicing is concerned. If you are in blackface mode, everyone will hear that, and so on for the other voice modes. They are good little tone machines that don't cost much. Think of them as the "Bic Lighter of amps" - they really do what they are designed to do well, and if they crap out, they don't cost much to replace. It's a good time to be alive when it comes to real good sounding inexpensive amps (and well built, good playing import guitars for that matter) you can gig with.
 
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Flyin' Brian

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I have mine wired with a line in, put in a large cabinet with a 12" speaker and use it as a power amp with a GR-55 synth/modeller.

Occasionally I add an extension speaker to it, but for the most part it gets the job done very well all by itself.
 

mscotts

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Yep, I love those amps. I have a Suhr 1x12 isolated and mic'd up at my studio for recording and I run several amps into it. Was recording and had just finished a rhythm
track with a super nice vintage head. We went to double the part, and for laughs I plugged the XD in to the cab. We were amazed at the tones we got, and ended up using it more than I care to admit.....
 

amstrtatnut

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I did put Jj power tubes in and a ragin cajun.

Lately Ive been running it through a cannabis rex 112 ext cab for shows and rehearsals.

I have a "better" alltube amp that I thought would become my main amp. So far its used less. Its a great amp in its own right but with only one channel Im still sorting out the best pedals for it. I run it through the same cannabis rex. Its aVHT 12/20.
 

Neopolitian

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The thing I like most about the SCXD is how easy it is to get tones out of it. Personally, I don't NEED a better amp.

I use ~6 voices without ever touching the other knobs. Same eq, gain, and reverb+delay.

I guess it would be nice if it was a 12" for the bigger sound and speaker options but the 10" box is such a nice compact package.

Oh yeah, the Vox channel with a Celestion Blue in an extension cab sounds a whole lotta like Vox.
 

Shiro

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I've had mine for 7 years now. Longest I've ever owned a piece of music gear. It's my grab and go, band practice (if I'm feeling too lazy to grab my main), in a hurry to plink and plunk something in my head, etc. etc. I would recomend it to anybody. Great value.
 






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