Vince Gill and his Little Walter Amps

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  1. throbert

    throbert Member

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    I saw Vince Gill last night and he really had great sound with his Little Walter Amps. Didn't sound like a Fender, Marshall or Vox and nothing quite like I've heard before. What are these amps based on?
     
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    Aren't they based on clean amps with little break up, used in the past mostly by pedal steel players? I know Paul Franklin uses them too.

    But I'd also like to know. I'm interested in these amps as well as Milkman amps, which a lot of people think are similar in design.
     
  3. SirGilmour

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    They are high headroom Octal Preamp based amps. Octals generally have a bigger, rounder sound than something like an AX7.
     
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    Didn't sound like fender? Man I thought that's exactly what they sounded like haha. Like a really great fender. His tone always kills though. I've never played a real one, but Michael britt from lonestars Kemper profiles of the little Walter 22 are basically my go to tones for just about anything I'm playing, the 22 watt model. So I'm sure I'd absolutely love it, because they sound absolutely spectacular.
     
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    Clean 3d tweed cleanish to my ears..
     
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    Yep. My boss has a 22 watt head. Pretty much a fat round tweed sound.
     
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    I hear that the 22 Watt has more grind than the 50 watt and is actually louder. I'm not sure how that happens, but it seems like the 22 Watt is more tweedy and the 50 Watt is more BF. I could be way off base, but that's what I've read. When I heard Vince Gill on his I did not hear a hint of tweed.
     
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    It is pretty loud but I can't comment on the 50 Watt as I've never played it or heard it live. You may be right.
     
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    I was 6th ROW Center, right in front of amps and they didn't sound BF at all to me. Probably more tweed-like but with more headroom. He sounded different from what I recalled of his sound from years past and it was good.
     
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    Killer player. Looks like Rivera R100s. He used the 50 watt R55 112 as well. Great amps. Love mine.


     
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    Jimmy Capps playa little Walter on the show "Larry's Country Diner" and it sounds great with his Blueridge acoustic guitar. Vince Gill appeared on this show not too long ago and they spoke a bit on both using Little Walter amps. Beautiful sounding amps!
     
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    I believe they are 5b6 tweed circuits with a few tweaks. They sound good but they seem a little pricey for what they are. Vince sounds good as always.

    Josh
     
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    That Tele neck pickup doesn't look normal...not that he's using it.
     
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    VG can make any amp / guitar sound great!
    One of my musical heroes !
     
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    Just saw Vince live. Killer! Met Willie Weeks. Vince is sonic nectar. His rhythm guitarist/high tenor is great too.
     

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