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Nice posts by all you gear officianatos. Some many different amps that makes me want to have a serious case of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome, for those who do not know the acronym). I have two that are my go-to amps, the 2006 THD Bi-Valve, rated at 30 watts, and a 1968 drip edge Fender Bassman head, rated at 50 watts. See pictures below. The Bassman is paired with an old 1960's era 2X12 open-back cabinet loaded with Weber 12F150 ceramic speakers rated at 50 watts. These speakers bring out the best in the amp. I highly recommend them if looking for speakers to pair with your Bassman. I almost always play exclusively through the normal channel. I have installed RCA 12AX7 old stock preamp tubes, which is what Fender put in these amps coming off the production line. Big improvement over most current production preamp tube offerings.I figure there’s a thread for big amps (100 watters), and a thread for small amps (22
Watts and under)...why not one for medium sized amps (30-60 watts?)
Ill go first.
Soldersucker.....Couldn't agree more with your grandfather about speakers. I have found that my tone greatly improves when you have the trifecta of tone covered; a good amp, good speakers and a good guitar with complimentary pickups. Take a look at most pros, or good amatuer players, and they have those three things in common. Quest on!Sonny Junior Bassman 45watts of Fenderosity.
One of Leo's Masterpiece creations 1965 VR
If you ever feel the need to add someone to your will.Oh brother have you opened a can of worms!
My favorite (all mine):
1966 Fender Twin Reverb, my first "bought it new" amp Sr year in High School. Still got it, sounds the same, INSANE!
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1964 Fender Super reverb, bought it used late 65, but it wasn't loud enough for medium venues, so I bought the one above.
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For Jazz/ Fusion/ R&B / Classic "Rock n Roll" this is the killer amp 1961 Tremolux, OMG the sweet tones from only 35 RMS Watts.
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Had a hankering for some classic Brit tones, nothing beats a Vox AC 30. This is my 1965 Vox AC-30 Top Boost. I like some Marshalls, but sorry Marshalltoons, they don't come close to the tones of a vintage Vox AC.
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I also play bass, mostly recording gigs, and I've never found another Bass amp that comes close to the King in mellow and clean tones (though not loud) as the early 60's Fender Bassman amps. And it's a great Guitar amp too! 1962 Blonde Fender Bassman (not a reissue).
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OK there are times you need that Marshall (we copied the Bassman) sound and it needs to be a combo with some modern touches. I've had many Marshalls, combo's and stacks and this is the only one I've kept. 1981 JCM800 50W Lead Series with Effects Loop. Still not a Vox, but it is sweet and harsh to for shredding, and the most reliable Marshall I've ever owned. And that is saying a lot.
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