The amplifer jouney

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by gtrplr71, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. gtrplr71

    gtrplr71 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    it's interesting to hear people 1st amp and where they are at now. my first amp I ever bought was a peavey rage 128 and now I use the 5150III 50 watt with the 212 cab and a 65 Princeton reverb. I also own the blackstar HT40. Where did you guys start and where are you now?
  2. bgh

    bgh Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2012
    NE Tennessee
    My first good amp was a Peavey Musician (1977). I upgraded a few years later to a Marshall Mark II Lead head, and then a Mesa Son of Boogie combo. The Marshall and the Mesa were stolen from me in 1983. Since then it has been combos only for me.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2015
  3. pepedede

    pepedede Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    first amp was a tiny boss practice amp with two 6 inch speakers I think, my first decent amp was a 60's australian built vadis 600r, a kind of fender bassman copy but with two el34's, I still have the vadis and it works but is noisy.

    Now I have a couple of divided by 13's, a savage blitz 50 and a 3 monkeys organ grinder. All of them made in the last 5 years, there really is some fantastic gear being made now.
  4. Bieling3

    Bieling3 Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Heh. I had this all in my head at one point...

    #1: Line 6 Spyder III 150watt 2x12 Combo---->
    Marshall VS265 2x12 Combo
    Peavey Valveking 100
    Peavey 6505+
    Marshall TSL 100
    Fender Bassman '59 LTD Combo
    Marshall Vintage Modern 2266
    Marshall Bluesbreaker RI Combo
    Marshall 6100 LM
    Marshall 2466
    VHT The Standard 36
    Marshall JCM 800 4104 combo
    Marshall 1959 SLP RI
    Orange Dual Terror
    ---->Fender PA 100

    Some of these I had more than once. I went through a metal phase, into blues, then into punk/straight up rock, and onto my current Stoner Rock phase. The Marshall thing will always be my main thing but right now high headroom amps and speakers are what fits the bill.
  5. Eclipse

    Eclipse Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    My first amp was a Peavey Envoy 110

  6. SteveO

    SteveO Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    I started out (mid eighties) with an old Peavey Standard head and a huge ported 2x12 with Black Widows. Not much to get excited about, but it was big and loud. For a teenager, that was good enough. I've got a pile of amps now, but my main 'daily driver' is a Mark V Boogie.
  7. ebenezer

    ebenezer Silver Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2006
    Orange County, Ca
    Started with a 1964 Fender Bassman in 2002.

    And last year bought a Kelley Reverb Reissue. Such an amazing amp. Best amp I've ever owned.
  8. edwarddavis

    edwarddavis Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    Bristol Connecticut
    First fender band master
    Last who knows
  9. hunter_beckgerd

    hunter_beckgerd Member

    May 26, 2012
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Started with a Peavey Delta Blues.
    Matchless Clubman currently.
  10. ChaseTMP

    ChaseTMP Member

    Apr 22, 2009
    S. Bay Los Angeles
    Started with a Peavey Bandit
    Now have a Morgan AC40
  11. zenas

    zenas Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Over thirty years ago my first amp was an old Fender white knob black tolex Princeton. Wish I still had it !
  12. BADHAK

    BADHAK Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    Same as OP....started with a Peavey Special. Within a couple of years i had moved up to JCM800's and should have just stuck with them (and learned to use them properly) as 30 years later my current amps are JMP 2203s and I'm in tone heaven.
  13. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Member

    Nov 14, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Peavey Bandit 65 I bought in '86. Its clean channel is perfect for digital modelers (Line6, DigiTech, etc) and analog amp emulators (Tech21, etc). It's very durable and built like a tank. I still use it today.

    I've got a couple of vintage Fender tube amps and they're temperamental and finicky. I liked the tones I got from them but both need serious repairs, essentially rebuilding, at this point.

    I also have a Behringer GM108 that I can take with me when I don't want or need to lug the Peavey along.
  14. Bluesful

    Bluesful Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2014
    Mate, that's a decent first amp!

  15. fusionbear

    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Deep in the OC
    Started with a Yamaha G30 112

    Now I build my own and built myself a 2204 and JTM45/100.


    But, when I have the money, I have two projects I want to finish for myself. Another Naylor Super Drive and a Octal preamp based Wreck inspired amp.

    Here is all I have for the SD:


    Next week I will start on the other one. I will start a new thread for that one.

    It is interesting to see how my taste has evolved over the years. I have pretty much run the whole gamut of styles, but in the end, I prefer Marshall and Wreck inspired tones...
  16. keithb7

    keithb7 Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    Sadly in 1982 my first amp was an all original 5E3 tweed deluxe. I sold it. Dummy.
    From that I went through:
    Princeton Chorus
    Ultimate Chorus
    Fender M-80
    Carvin MTS 3200
    Traynor YCV20WR
    68 Vibro Champ
    64 Bandmaster and Cab
    5F1 clone I built
    5E3 clone I built
    5F2A clone I built
    Ceriatone 18W TMB
    68 Custom Princeton Reverb
    1971 Super Reverb

    Out of all those I still own 4. My all time favourite and still gigged
    Regularly is my 71 Super Reverb. Damn fine.
  17. Deuterium

    Deuterium Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Well, I guess I had a rather interesting and unusual journey, compared to others.

    I was actually conceived in the back of a VW van, when my father and mother were touring with CCR. I know, it sounds like a total cliche, but it is absolutely true. What makes it even more unusual, is that I have been told that John Fogerty was actually driving, at the time.

    Anyways, I was raised by parents who were both very musically oriented, and also knew their way around mind-altering substances. They were heavily involved in the west coast "scene" in the late 70s and early 80s, and made a lot of friends in the music business, as well as the supporting recreational pharmaceutical industry.

    In fact, my Dad bought me my first guitar amp after he finished his 7-year sentence in San Quentin. Turns out he knew another inmate who was friends with some local amp builder...Alex Dumble I believe the name was. In any case, my Dad brought home a spankin' knew jet black beauty that, if memory serves, was called an Overdrive Special. Long story short, it was not my cup of tea. It was too smooth and bluesy, and I just couldn't dial in the sound I had in my head, which leaned more towards an angry, fuzzy, and altogether pissed-off tone.

    This "holy grail" tone I was searching for, probably stemmed from my near-death childhood experience which involved a hornet's nest. It was probably not the most sensible thing to poke it with a sharp stick, but my hospital stay was thankfully limited to only a few weeks. While lying in the hospital, swollen to twice my normal size...I had a lot of time to think. I couldn't get the unique, sonorous sound of a swarm of very upset, pissed-off hornets, who were in absolutely no mood to listen to reason, out of my head.

    So, long story short, I traded the Overdrive Special for a rather interesting amp from a builder my Mother happened to know. I believe it was called a Trainwreck. Well, BAD DECISION. For me, it truly was a train wreck. The tones were far too warm, clean, bell-like and altogether too pleasant. I just couldn't dial in an angry, fizzy cacophony of noise, if my life depended on it. And that was the case even when I tried using two BOSS Metal Zone pedals, in series, in front of the amp.

    Well, I ended up trading the Trainwreck to some LA musician for a bag of weed, some blow, and a night with two very attentive female escorts. Totally worth it...even if we only ended up playing ColecoVision all night long. Those bitches completely destroyed me at Zaxxon.

    In my quest for that illusive tone I so much wanted, I ended up going through a number of amps. Below is a list, which is by no means exhaustive:

    Original '59 Bassman
    Original '64 Marshall JTM 45
    Original '69 Marshall SuperLead
    Soldano SLO-100
    Various Two Rock's
    Bruno Cow Tipper Pro II 45
    Matchless DC-30

    Well, needless to say, they all fell flat on their face. I ended up trading all of them for some bubble gum and large balls of twine.

    But then one fateful day, I FOUND MY holy grail amp.
    I believe it is rather exclusive, so don't anyone get their hopes up in finding one, even if you had the money. It is the Gorilla GG-20, which I named Eric. Actually all my amps have been named Eric. I also have a pet fish named Eric.

    Here is a pic of the amp:


    I have finally found an amp that gives me that tone I have heard in my head, for years. It is a joy to play. However, the frantic barking of my neighbors' dogs gets to be a bit tiring. In any event, with a little tweaking, this baby rocks. In fact, I have found that some of the best tones are had when the amp isn't even plugged in, and I am in an entirely different zip code.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2015
  18. Abandoned

    Abandoned Member

    Nov 2, 2010
    I actually don't feel like I started off that bad. My first amp was a Fender Pro Jr. and I stil like that amp. Went from that to a Mesa Lonestar Classic 1x12 combo, to an Vox AC30 Custom Classic, then to a Mesa Roadster combo, then to a THD Bivalve30, then to a Dr. Z Maz 38 Sr. 1x12 combo with a Celestion Gold. And since then I've had a Dr. Z M12 with a Z-Best cab, and this is the longest I've ever owned an amp.
  19. btjguitarman

    btjguitarman Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Seattle WA
    I started out on bass using a gorilla amp, but once I decided I wanted to play in bands, I used a big old crown power amp and a small mixer through a humongous Sunn 215 bass cabinet that was like as tall as I was.
    THEN once I learned what I was doing, I got a 72 Bassman 100 that killed, which I eventually migrated over to guitar (which I'll get to),
    and got an Ampeg SVT200T through an SWR 115 cab. That's where my bass journey ended and I switched to primarily guitar WHICH started with

    A Gibson GA20 Minuteman that was way older than I was and probably more valuable than I realized.
    So I traded it for a Hot Rod Deville, which wasn't really what I wanted despite seeing one of my favorite bands at the time playing one,
    So I sold it, dug out my Bassman 100, and bought a 68 Bandmaster 212 cab.
    Then once I blew the speakers out of the Bandmaster, I sold it and bought a Fender RocPro 412 to use with the Bassman, which ruled for what I was doing, which didn't involve a ton of nuance or like.... tone. It was loud and mean and that rig did it pretty well when I had an H&K Tube Factor in front of it.

    THEN after the band I was in broke up, I sold the Bassman, the RocPro cab, the Ampeg, and the SWR cab, and bought an AC30CC2, which I had for a few years until I encountered Dr Z.

    NOW I have a Maz Jr.

  20. slybird

    slybird Member

    Feb 8, 2014
    I started with a Marshall Artist 3202. Great sounding amp, but it took out two transformers. The second time it caught on fire.

    My second amp I am still using. A Mesa Triaxis with a 2:Fifty. Way more reliable than the Marshall. Never have I had a single problem with operation or managing to get great usable sound.

    If my Mesa ever gives out I am done with tubes. I'll probably purchase a JC-120.

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