+1Originally posted by drbob1
The two channels are basically both non-master volume, one with EQ and one without. It can do crunch but it's UNGODLY loud at that point so plan on an attenuator, ear plugs or getting your crunch from pedals. As an comparison, both the Matchless DC30 and the Vox AC30 get crunch at lower volumes.
I have a Hotcake Soft clip, and while it is pretty cool, I think the MudHoney is WAY better. Less fuzzy\buzzy, and just as much or more gain available.Originally posted by adelphi710
so i'm guessing with all of that headroom and power it takes pedals really well? esp overdrive? how would a hotcake do with one?
I had an early UG30 (3x10 combo) that I got right after it (and the Diaz CD30) had received accolades in one of the glossy guitar mags -- probably mid-to-late 90s...Originally posted by adelphi710
any reason why don't anymore (or why you sold it if you did)?
Good comment about the bass... I had the same problem...Originally posted by drbob1
I'm going to have to comment on the crunch thing with the UG30. I have two early Matchless DC30s, and with the 1/2 power switch they can crunch at levels that don't cause all the walls in the music room to rattle and don't cause the cabinet of the amp to rattle. With the UG30, by the time I had it crunching, everything was rattling (and that was thru a 112, it was louder with a 212). It also had a problem with overpowering bass-I essentially couldn't crank it with the first (nonEQ channel) and humbuckers-it wasn't flubby just unpleasantly unbalanced. I tried it with a number of different speakers (original Naylor, V30s, Blues, greenbacks) in open and closed back cabs with Tele, Mullard and RFT preamp and RFT and Mullard power tubes and the only way I could play my burst thru it was on the EQ channel with the bass turned off or with an Ayans Smooth and Slim. Clean, of course, there was no problem, and the reverb is the best I've ever heard, but I just couldn't justify having $2500 tied up in an amp I only used rarely. And yes, it does take pedals very well. Perhaps there's differences in preamp gain between some of these amps, mine really didn't sound like what I expected from the GP review-just too clean and bassy. I've been told that they basically marry a fender Pro preamp with a EL84 power amp, and that's exactly what mine sounded like. Of course, YMMV!!!!
The tight bottom is one of my favorite things about the UG 30. My DC 30 would fart out all over the place if I tried to add some bass. On my clips, everything is around 12 which I find perfectly balanced with a Strat or LP. I sometimes bump the treble up to 1-2 Oclock with Buckers if I want tons of chime, and turn the presence up for more gain.Originally posted by GAT
Mine has a lot of bass, I usually run it just slightly open on the bass knob, but live, especially outdoors, that makes for a nice full sound. For my style it's not an issue.
Best of what lot? what other amps were in that article? and where do they proclaim it a "winner" or "best?" Here are exact quotes from the article as posted on Bruno's website:Originally posted by Tag
IMO, many builders do not like the fact that GP magazine chose the UG 30 to be the best amp of the lot. Its tough being #1.