Solid State Amp ordered. Anyone else?

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  1. rsm

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    I've been using modelers direct to FRFR, but I also have MFX, pedals and tube amps. My main gear is a TC Helicon VoiceLive 3 direct to FRFR / FOH, the guitar "models" direct are ok, not great, I ran this into a Fender tube amp (Deco Tone) and it was an improvement. The VL3 has vocal processing, guitar processing and very good looper in a small package. For what I need / do, it is perfect but the guitar effects need some tweaking (I hope).

    I considered building a new pedal board, but gave my TC Electronic Nova System a go and it sounds great (into the Deco Tone) and much better than the guitar effects in the VL3. Now I will try to duplicate the NS effects in VL3 but I wanted a clean amp for an effect platform since I will be using effects quite heavily.

    I just ordered two Roland Cube-80GX amps, which I will run in stereo. I have amp stands for both, and there is a direct out of the 80GX to run to FOH (via DI). I considered a JC120 but the thought of hauling that around is not very interesting. For smaller gigs, I could get by on one 80GX.

    Who else is using solid state amps to create a clean platform for effects? What are you using?
     
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    What made you choose the two Cubes instead of two small FRFRs?
     
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    I was not happy with the amp models in the VL3 direct, perhaps with more tweaking I'd get "happier", but it sounded better into a Fender amp. For a clean pedal platform and a basic/core clean sound I dig the JC120 sound, which the Cube has.

    Getting the VoiceLive3 working for me is the goal; failing that, I may still build a new pedal board or wait on the Fractal FX8. The Line6 Firehawk is also another direct option, waiting on the manual.
     
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    ive never been able to look at an amp as a pedal vehicle anymore than i look at a guitar as a vehicle for strings.

    whatever amp ive used through the years was always a huge part of the sound, honestly id say moreso than the guitar.
     
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    I did say I dig the JC120 channel of the Roland Cube as my core sound. ;) The amp is important to the sound. I tweaked the amp "models" in my VL3, and while I got acceptable tones, it was not quite where I wanted it. The Cube provides that JC120 clean I wanted; 2 Cubes are more flexible and convenient than one JC120.

    I suppose it depends on the type of music you are playing. For what I'm doing, a large aspect is the use of and layering of effects. The JC120 channel also provides a great platform for these effects as well core clean tone that I can use as-is (i.e., without effects). YMMV That said, I can get a decent JC120 sound from my Line6 AMPLIFi, but the Nova System has spillover which is hard to lose; the Firehawk and FX8 are also future options I'm considering, as is a pedal board.

    Edit: I may try to run the guitar out of the VL3 into the Drive or Line input of the Nova System, and be able to stack effects from both.
     
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    who is using solid state amps? what are you using?
     
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    My guitar tube amps are in the basement, whereas my solid state bass amp (2010 Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin) is in my bedroom. When I get lazy I sometimes play my guitars through this amp and it sounds friggin' amazing.

    This weekend, I just bought the Zvex Box of Metal pedal. Played through the Markbass, it sounds exactly like a tube amp. The 15" speaker helps!
     
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    I love my Quilter MicroPro.
     
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    Any good quality, good sounding, SS amp is as good sounding as a good quality tube amp, to me. My pedals will perform into any amp that has a good base clean sound as I primarily use the base tone, too.

    Freedom from amp tyranny and fear of backline letdown.
     
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    Peavey Studio Pro 112 for $99 from GC
    Delay and reverb from Digitech RP in the loop
    No other pedals.
    Cleans are weak but the hard rock sound rips.
    Can do a decent bluesy sound too.
    I have a couple of tube amps but they get temperamental when you move them around a lot.
     
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    Also using a MicroPro with good results.
     
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    My go to 24 lb. small SS amp rig is an Ethos TLE pedal into a Muza FD-900, to the ZT Club 12. It'll get pretty darn loud if need be. You can do small gigs, or bigger gigs, and get great tone! The Ethos is just awesome. If I don't have to haul an amp, I can go direct. It's also my backup rig if I blow a tube in the Two Rock, Fender or Mesa, or any of them just stop working.
     
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    I sent the Cube 80 GX back...not loud enough to gig with and the Roland JC model is lower in total output than the lead models...and I was using the Fender Deluxe model...you'd be better off with a light weight, 1 or 2 space digital power amp into two single 1x12 cabs.

    The Cube will sound loud as hell at home and not push enough air on a gig...the cab is too shallow and their proprietary spkr isn't good enough
     
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    I recently got a new Rumble 200 combo for bass and it sounds great with guitar and as a pedal platform. Very tweakable, which helps.
     
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    Been using paired Tech 21 Trademark 60s for years and years.
    Both the clean and the dirt channels are superb (to me).

    Just played a Quilter for the first time today.
    Unbelievable!
    Must have one pronto.
     
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    I use a Peavey Bandit as a slave amp with my smaller tube combos so I get the tube tones at Bandit power amp output levels. Also means that if one combo dies, I have the Bandit as a backup.

    I've also used it with my Zoom G3X, bypassing the preamp and going into the FX return.
     
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    Ive got a bunch of tube heads but at the jam space i run an Accoustic 134 4x10 with a second detuned 4x10 extension cab. Paired with a JC 120 head thru a 4x12

    Currently settup as a wet / dry rig
     
  19. 59Bassman

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    I actually traded a Marshall Jubilee 2X12 50-watter (that I'd pulled out of the shipping box myself) for an Ampeg SS-140C (solid state) in 1989. IMHO, the Ampeg was a far better amplifier than the Jub.

    I've spent a lot of time playing through JC-120's in the past but have been all-tube for my own amps since I sold the Ampeg in 1996. I did recently try out a Quilter and was hoping I'd fall for it. Unfortunately, the Quilter's tone didn't work for me - at least for the price they go for. It's certainly a flexible amp, and the clean tones were pretty good. I had a very difficult time dialing in an overdriven tone I could live with, however.
     
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    I decided to get new Roland Blues Cube Artist, it's great.
    Here it is
     

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