What do you do when you find that tone in your head...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by The Last Rebel, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. The Last Rebel

    The Last Rebel Member

    Aug 3, 2007
    And you can't afford it?

    I've been listening to some clips of the Two-Rock Custom Reverb Sig, it's the exact sound I've been searching for. Bluesy, with an edge, yet still soft and jazzy. And so expressive! But there's no way in hell I can afford, 1,000 is about tops for how much I can spend. What do I do???!!!

    Does anyone make an amp like this? Fender, anyone?
  2. re-animator

    re-animator Senior Member

    Aug 3, 2007
    New York/San Diego
    you can be pretty surprised how close a keeley bd-2 + super reverb will get you.
  3. Serious Poo

    Serious Poo Powered by Coffee Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Finding beauty in the dissonance
    Or a Zendrive and a Pro Reverb...
  4. Zero Point

    Zero Point Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    youtell me the closest cheaper way to get a Pete Cornish G-2, P-1. P-2, or SS-3; and a non vintage priced MIJ Boss CE-2...

    I'd be happy :)

  5. fr8_trane

    fr8_trane Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Until recently I owned a Fuchs Modded Bassman which is definitely in the same ballpark as the Two-rock amps although some may argue its not in the same league. The bottom line is that both amps hail from the Dumble side of town.

    Anyway, I could very closely approximate the lead tone of the dirty channel with a Bad Monkey and a Timmy stacked. The amp drive definitely sounded better but the difference was not as stark as you might think. The amp was more responsive and had more bite but I was really pretty impressed with the pedal combo.

    I would think that a fender style amp + these pedal would get you most of the way there.

    Other pedals to consider:
    Jetter Gain stage Red

    I owned a Zendrive and in my opinion its too smooth to do the tone you want. Its NOT a treble thing, its a texture thing. The Zen's texture is smooth and adding treble doesn't make it less smooth. That's where the timmy comes in. It adds grit/edge to smooth pedals and I have yet to find a pedal that doesn't benefit from stacking with the timmy.
  6. Plague Dog

    Plague Dog Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    San Pedro, CA.
    If I start finding bluesy jazzy tones stuck in my head I will go up to the biggest, toughest dood in the room and punch him out. After he pulverizes me I smoke a big fatty and drink something rotgut, then I listen to some rage or killswitch.. that usually kills it.
  7. jspax7

    jspax7 Member

    Dec 16, 2005
    Find a way to afford it. If you haven't already spent that kind of money on gear, by the time you're done, you will. Might as well have what you really want... Try before you buy though, because feel (for me) is a big part of the tone equation.

    Then look for a used one. People buy and sell all the time. If it's a good amp, you won't lose on resale.

    Sorry to be an enabler... :drool
  8. SvenHock

    SvenHock Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2003
    True.............I have never figured out why someone would buy an amp based on some other players clips?
  9. Woodyworld

    Woodyworld Member

    May 16, 2005

    Crikey what a question and what a dilema.

    You're searching at a time where there has never been so much choice for these style amps. Do a search on *mble style amps you'll get a whole list back - Dlite, Bludotone, Glaswerks, Ceritone and so on. Many of these guys have long wating lists, but the prices are favourable and by the time you get it you would have probably saved another bucket load - months or even years is a common waiting time on these.

    However, There's something to be said for saving and getting what you really want as in my experience, until such times you do, youre always wondering if you missed out on something.

    Jspax7 makes a good point. This is something a lot of guys sometimes underestimate - How it feels or responds under the fingers. I played some wonderful sounding amps that were bloody hard work to play. Last thing I want to be doing is fighting an amp. Call me lazy but I want an immediate connection between my concious and fingers without the 'Damn this is hard work' feelings in the way.

    I'm one of the lucky ones where my cash flow and miss's allows me to indulge in these amps, but there was a time when I only dreamed of owning this gear. I bought a lot of stuff cheaply trying to nail that sound and in hind sight If I had saved my cash I would have been able to afford one in the end anyway. You lose a lot of money selling gear, and it can be false economy. A twin and Zen Drive 'may' be one answer but having played a zen against my amps, I'm not convinced it will give you all you desire.........

    Good luck with your quest.
  10. gkoelling

    gkoelling Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    In The Basement

    I use a Keeley BD-2 with a Gries 35 and love the tone. However, I don't know how it compares to a Two-Rock. I don't care, either.

    I'm not bashing Two-Rock, I don't know anything about them so I really can't. I do know I'm happier today creating my own tone than I ever was chasing someone else's.

    The Last Rebel,

    If the amp is out of your league dollar-wise, forget it, for now anyway.

    There are so many great amps available today it's amazing. Surely there's something out there that will do it for you.

    Good luck in your search.
  11. clothwiring

    clothwiring Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    Central NY
    After I found my tone, I added velcro.
  12. mitch236

    mitch236 Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    Tone is fleeting in my experience. But if you really think you found it, save every penny until you can afford it. That means no more buying gear. Probably not a good idea to hang around here either as this site has cost me thousands, and I've only been a member a short time.

    Personally, I've never found a bond with TR amps but they sure do sound good.....and I haven't tried them all........yet!
  13. Sean French

    Sean French Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2007

    Have you played a TR?
    The Custom Reverb(non Sig) is basically the same amp.They can be had used for around 2-2.3K.
    The Sig has some changes to the loop and reverb though.

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