SDG Vintage AMPS!!!!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Mike M, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M Supporting Member

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    Well, the 18 WATT amp finally made it here and it is fantastic!! I cannot say enough about the quality of the contruction and attention to detail inside of the chassis. The amp I have resembles the Matchless Lightning controls and is supposed to be a cross between that amp and the 1974X. Dropped some new tubes in there as the JJ's were a little worn out. I am the second owner of this amp. I used the EI EL84's and a GT Mullard 12ax7 for V1 and the amp smokes. It has a Alnico Weber Blue Dog inside which sounds very good. This amp is the real deal!

    www.sdgvintage.com
     
  2. rastaman

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    SDG owner here. Awesome amps by a great guy!
     
  3. Red Planet

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    Plus One Thousand for Steve.
     
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    I'm really thinking about buying one of his bassmans. He should get some good sound clips up on his site. Although clips don't tell the whole story they might help represent his amps a little better.
     
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    All I can say is you'll flip out when you crack open and crank one of Steve's amps. Build quality for the money........... you'll feel like you owe him more money. Sound clips are OK but you need to feel one!
     
  6. fast ricky love

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    I'm curious about his 18w clone too... some pics would be nice...
     
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    BTW, that's my daughters hand...

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    Steve sent me this one while he was building it.

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  8. Red Planet

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    Steve builds some cool stuff. He's currently building me a JTM45 in a 1x12 Combo with a few twists. I also have a SDG Vintage Proluxe.
     
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    I've had an interest in a 5E3 style for a while.

    Do you guys think a 18 watt Deluxe is strong enough to jam with, or would a 25 watt version be a better choice?

    Thanks
     
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    I've got an SDG 5e3. It will hang with a drummer in a smaller room with no problems. It sounds great.
     
  11. Red Planet

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    I have the SDG Vintage Proluxe which is a 5E3 Deluxe with bigger Trannies and a Bias Pot Installed. I run mine with an Eminence Wizard and it puts out about 30 - 35 watts. I highly recomend it to anyone. Mine will run 6V6's or 6L6's but I prefer it with a set of JJ 6V6's Biased Smokin Hot. Its a cool little amp that is great for extreme dirty sounds and has a warm clean sound as well.

    I've been running mine with a Weber 5U4 Copper Cap rectifier. Normally you cant use a 5U4 but the Webber Copper Cap dosnt draw any heater current.

    It does make a cool little Grab and go Rockin Amp.
     
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    Sweet! Thanks for the pics rasta! That amp is officially on my radar... :)

    Anyone ever compare it to a Reinhardt? They seem VERY similar.
     
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    Thanks for the input, guys.
     
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    Your welcome!
     
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    Steve (SDG) told me about a Matchless Lightning clone that sounded like a Marshall 18w with way more balls and no flub. You should ask him about it.
     
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    Hi Mike,
    I've emailed Steve about the 1974x clone and received some good info. I'm definately interested in the amp, sounds like top quality components. Have you tryed the Marshall 74x and if so how does compare tonally to the SDG? I would like it to be as close as possible to the Marshall. Also how does the Alnico Weber Blue Dog sound? Steve quoted me a price with this speaker. I did like the Celestion the Marshalls come with but I've heard the Weber is also awesome.
     
  17. Red Planet

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    I've played several of the 1874X's and Rastamans SDG Vintage and I can tell you they are way different.

    Rastamans amp has the Celestion Heritage G12H TMB with a Master. It has an openess and a clarity that I've not heard in many amps.

    The 1974X was a good amp but wasnt as loud and just didnt have the clarity of the SDG. I played 3 of em.
     

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