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What are some of your favorite small amps for recording?

twoheadedboy

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My favorites:
-70s Fender Vibro Champ
-Early USA Blues Jr.
-50s Gibson GA-5
-Garnet Herzog - 5 watt head based on a modded Champ circuit with a built- in load. You can run it as a regular amp, or you can use the load and run it into another amp, or direct for recording. I like to run it into an amp sim for recording.
 

slayerbear17

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Must have been a fluke, but we had this Joyo Zombie ( modeled after a mesa ) mic'd up in the room to a 4X12 while tracking drums and it sounded huge, even at low volumes we were getting a crunch factor that no other amp could rival.

I got a Joyo VIVO in the pipe line hopefully soon.
 

nsureit

Old Guy...but not too old
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For bass, it’s hard to beat the Phil Jones 100w Briefcase amp. It has both EQ and compression.

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oldhousescott

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A studio owner buddy of mine has this old 60's SS Vox Pacemaker. Turn the bass full off and it's the toughest sounding little son-of-a-gun you'd ever want for rhythm tones for folk/early/classic rock. "Mary Jane's Last Dance" kind of tones.

It's funny because if you turn the bass up where you might normally expect it to be, it's just a bloated mess.
 

marmalade cream

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My favorites:
-70s Fender Vibro Champ
-Early USA Blues Jr.
-50s Gibson GA-5
-Garnet Herzog - 5 watt head based on a modded Champ circuit with a built- in load. You can run it as a regular amp, or you can use the load and run it into another amp, or direct for recording. I like to run it into an amp sim for recording.
How do you like to use the GA-5? There's a late 50's one that popped up locally for a good price. Do they breakup in a cool way?
 

twoheadedboy

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How do you like to use the GA-5? There's a late 50's one that popped up locally for a good price. Do they breakup in a cool way?
I owned one for a while and loved it. It broke up like a tweed Deluxe, but at a very low volume. Great recording amp. However, I can't speak for all GA-5s, because vintage amps can drift a lot over time if not maintained.
 

PAFF64

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I like a wet dry setup, and use a BillM modded Blues Jr (with a Cannibas Rex speaker), and a Goodsell Super 17 mkIV. The Goodsell handles the wet side. Sounds huge both live and in the studio. Both are miked with SM57s and I use a Royer as a room mike. If I was using just one amp, it would be the Goodsell.
 

natebernstein

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I use:

BadCat CubIII 15w head/cab setup. Switchable preamps let you go from Marshall-y to Vox-y; plus an awesome master volume that gives nice crunchy/overdriven tones at lower volumes

Tyler JT-14 - Princeton Reverb clone w 12" speaker and mid switch/pot on the back

Tyler SC6 - 6-watt valco-type circuit, good for raw overdrive sounds at lower volumes

Fender Vibro-Champ EC - also good for OD at low volumes and a sweet built-in trem

Between these and the variety of guitars I have I can get pretty much any tone I need for the stuff I write/record.
 




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