Single-ended tube heads with smooth overdrive?

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  1. Stephen Landry

    Stephen Landry Member

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    Theoretically, if I was looking for a fairly inexpensive single-ended head that had a nice smooth overdrive (something like a cranked Fender or Plexi type drive), what would it be? I'm looking for something simple just for when I want lower volume overdrive (I'm not big on pedals).

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. tonefreak

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    Dr. Z Route 66... you could get one on ebaY for around $1000
     
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    The Gjika mini amp and the Stephenson stage hog are single ended amps that can be used as overdrive pedals into other amps,so you can also use them for normal playing as well as practicing.
     
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    When you say "single ended", are you referring to amp designs that contain just one output tube? If so, the Rt.66 has 2 X KT66 tubes.

    You may want to check into the Fargen Mini-Plex...it's become a big seller for Ben, and the decade switch is supposed to provide some different shades of Marshall-esque crunch.

    Doesn't KJL make a single ended tube amp? Dirty 30 or something?
     
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    THD Univalve, check out Ed DiGenaro's clips in the soundclip forum.
     
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    Definition of single-ended here:
    http://www.aikenamps.com/SingleEnded.htm

    Single-ended amps are typically found with one output tube, but as Randall Aiken details in the link:
    "Tubes can also be paralleled for more power as in a push-pull stage, resulting in what is called 'parallel single-ended'."

    The KJL Dirty 30 and Fargen Mini-Plex are both parallel single-ended, as are the THD Bivalve, Gibson GA-8 Gibsonette and GA-9, and Electrosonic Neptune.

    Note: KJL appears to be out of business:
    http://thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?s=&threadid=63339&highlight=kjl
    I'm not sure what your budget is, but here's a list of some single-ended amps you may want to consider:

    blackface/silverface Champs
    tweed Princeton
    Siegmund Midnight Special
    Emerysound Microbaby and Superbaby
    Clark Lil' Bit
    Groove Tubes Soul-o Single
    Kingsley Deluxe 1
    Gibson GA-5 Skylark and Les Paul Junior (vintage and new)
    Carr Mercury
    Savage Macht 6
    Allen Class Act (not sure if he's still making these, don't see it on his website)
    Bad Cat Mini Cat
    Dr Z Mini Z
    Top Hat Portly Cadet
     
  7. Scumback Speakers

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    like this one...dual 6V6 in parallel, single ended Class A, puts out about 20 watts at full clip. Heads come out later this year. [​IMG]
     
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    THD Uni and BiValve
    Carr Mercury
    Allen Class Act
    Siegmund Midnight Special
    TopHat Portly Cadet and Prince Royale
    Victoria & Clark tweed Champ clones
    Fargen Bastage

    are a few single-ended amps that come to mind....
     
  9. wichita

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    Bob Gjika built an 8 tube stereo single ended amp that I played through. IT was the biggest sounding guitar amp ever heard.
    Gary probably owns it. He could add more about that.
    Great sounding amp.
     
  10. Benny

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    A healthy BF champ might be what you're looking for, especially with a healthy speaker.
     
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    Right you are Lance! Awesome amp. The same model used by Shawn Lane on his "Powers Of Ten" CD. Totally unique sound! [​IMG]

    Garbud
     
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    that's frickin' ridiculous... more of a bass amp?
     
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    Bass Amp? Not at all!!! 4XEL34's a side running single-ended in true Class A using a stereo preamp. :dude
    You could also run 6550's KT88's KT90's or KT77's. 6550's on one side and EL34's on the other is an interesting combination.

    Garbud
     
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    I had a TopHat Emplexador for a little while. Sold it because I wanted more gain than what it would do, but I don't think I've ever played an amp that had a more musical and refined sounding plexi-style overdrive.
     
  15. lotus

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    I have two Electrosonic Solaris heads on order. One with an EL84, one with a 6V6. Working with Josh has been cool, but I can't honestly assess the results just yet. I obviously am anticipating good things, or else I wouldn't have made the order.
     
  16. wichita

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    Nothing I ever played beat that single ended Gjika for just pure tonal bliss and chaos
     

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