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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by doc, Mar 12, 2009.
We're all fooking looney!
Its a fine line....I don't think its nuts because the more you like your tone the more you will play out and practice at home which IMO is the biggest tone improver of all. I do think its nuts if you find a setup and tone you really like and STILL have to swap and buy amps and guitars like changing underwear.
Yep...and listening to a few of the clips that were posted here, I realized there are some serious guitar players that post on this board that I can learn a thing or two from.
I wish some of this was available 35 years ago when I started playing. :BEER
Pardon my ignorance, but what is a Powerblock?
"cheap" $200 SS amp head thats the size of a big stompbox that lots of players have found to be ridiculously good sounding for the price. Crate discontinued the unit. I think its because it cost more then they were selling for and they were loosing money.
Yep...when MF cleared stock they were selling them for $99. I actually picked mine up from CL for $50.
Tone is in the ear of the beholder ;-)
That was my first thought as well, the novelty effect.
i have gigged this PB rig (w/ 70w emenience copperhead), both mic'd & unmic'd.
one gig we did, a guitarist came up after and demanded to know
"where the REAL guitar amp was hid", ha. he couldn't believe how good it sounded.
i just got an axe-fx this week.
i'm in the process of tweaking presets & building a new rig around it
(cab w/ weber michigan, SS amp, padded rack bag, footswitch).
in the midst of all this, my tech finished modding a maxon OD.
i brought it home and plugged it into the PB rig, hit a chord,
and thought "damn, that sounds good right there!"...
my other fave cheap amp is a super champ xd.
If you were embezzling money, the hunt for the right amp would be much simpler.
It was the strat.
I used a rig just like the one above (but with a straight front Marshall cab and a Eminence Delta Pro) for a couple of rehearsals and no one commented on the tone, good bad or indifferent.
A couple of weeks later I brought a Cube 60 and everybody was commenting on the tone and a few came over to check it out.
When I got the VHT Sig:X they were head over heels in love with it and absolutely gushed about the cleans.
So I guess my experience was the opposite.
I wouldn't consider gigging with a Powerblock, but always bring one for backup. Still, it's nice that we repeatedly hear stories of how it suprised everyone sounding better than folks expected.
All things consdiered it was a steal at the $69 I paid for mine new.