What is the best amp you have ever played??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by hippieboy, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. wsaraceni

    wsaraceni Supporting Member

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    Probably the komet 80 through the 4x12 with Celestion golds at the NY amp show.
     
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  2. Magnets And Melodies

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    Best all rounder, Carr Mercury V. Still have it, won't be letting it go.

    If anyone can think of a better amp than that, please let me know about it.
     
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  3. Gillespie1983

    Gillespie1983 Member

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    A BF Bassman w/2x12 cab
    no wait,
    a Vox AC30
    no wait,
    a Marshall 2x12 JCM800 combo
    no wait,
    a BF Super Reverb
    I can't decide...:dunno
     
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  4. BSOD

    BSOD Supporting Member

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    1963 Deluxe Reverb. Untouchable
     
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  5. Jimmy Dean

    Jimmy Dean Member

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    Best amp I ever owned/played thru was a Fender 63' Vibroverb RI. I got mine the first year Fender started building reissue amps in the early 90's. Wish I still had that one.
     
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  6. john weires

    john weires Member

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    The next one........Have had many favorites over the years but can never settle on just one. Closest is a Super Reverb.
     
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  7. Jr Deluxe

    Jr Deluxe Member

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    Best for what? For large clubs? Small clubs? Festivals? Blues? Rock? No one amp is best for everything. And what sounded best in one room can barely sound good in the next room. Senseless question.
    Some great ones,
    2203
    1987
    65 bf deluxe
    63 blonde bassman
    and last and not least im getting some great gig tones from my monoprice 15w. Yeah thats right TGP.
     
  8. Ed DeGenaro

    Ed DeGenaro Supporting Member

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    Bob Marley's small box Plexi...now owned by Ziggy.
    Close second 1959 I got from Bernie Torme 40 years ago.
     
  9. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Former Lyricist for Calhoun Tubbs

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    Don’t worry man, at least you acknowledged it. LOL Every time there’s a “name your one favorite...” or “name the single best..” thread, no matter how many ways the OP says “one favorite” or “single” or “just one,” the average poster names at least 3 and 80% of the posters say “I can’t name just one.”

    And that’s why I’m so proud of myself for doing what the OP actually asked, and listing ONLY THE ONE, that rules all others and I’d never part with. I do and will own others, but THE one, “the best” is:

    PRS Archon!
     
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  10. thanemuzika

    thanemuzika Member

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    Mesa TA30 (head - own this one)

    Other that I have tried:

    Rivera Knucklehead 100 half stack
    Fender Princeton Reverb RI
    Mesa Express 5:50 combo
    Roland JC-120 combo
    Orange Thunderverb 200 full stack
    Mesa Subway Rocket combo
    Mesa Triple Recto half stack
    Marshall DSL100 half stack

    Randall KH120R half stack, love this one the power amp section really do wonder to modelers.
    Fender Deluxe and Twin Reverb as backline mostly
     
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  11. guitarbilly74

    guitarbilly74 Supporting Member

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    I don't even have to think about this one... Metropoulos Metroplex hands down.
     
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  12. Jugghaid

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    For an all out metal tone it would be the Engl Inferno I played my ESP M-II through (with BK Aftermath Pickups) when I bought it.

    that is a glorious sounding amp.

    Other tones....other amps, but that one really stuck out to me.
     
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  13. Tune-O-Matic

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    Fender Vibro King

    I wish I had the need for one.
     
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  14. DiPa

    DiPa Constant GAS Silver Supporting Member

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    Man I can’t do it, you know to Name only One, I try and I can’t, kudos to all those that named only one, nailing it, you score 100% on the test. I read through the thread, this is like The Who of Who on amps, all the creme de la creme, really all are great ones, many have been listed. Many on the list here I own and am glad to see they made your list too.
    I am going to approach this problem from a different angle, I have a lot of best amps that I think are best for various and different reasons and so I hang onto them, and so I will try to list a fraction of them:
    Vox AC30 60th anniv
    Bludo HPD
    Bludo SSD
    CA OD2 JB mod
    Sebago ODS Double Trouble 100W
    Fender Dual Professional
    Fender Joe Bonamassa HP Twin
    Fender 57 Twin Amp
    Fender 57 Custom Twin Amp
    Fender Twinolux Eric Clapton
    Fender 57 Bandmaster
    Fender 67 Super Reverb
    Fender HW 64 Deluxe
    Fender 66 Vibrolux
    Fender 66 Twin Reverb
    Fender Bassman
    Marshall 79 JMP MK2 Master Lead
    Marshall JTM45 Offset
    Marshall JTM45/100 Anniv
    Marshall AFD100
    Marshall 2555X
    Marshall 1959 HW SLP
    Marshall JCM800 2203
    Marshall 6100LM
    Marshall Bluesbreaker Combo
    Germino Filmore 100
    Germino HR100
    Germino MGL
    Suhr SL68
    CA 67 50H
    Colby Park 75LTD
    Bogner Ecstasy 101B
    Friedman BE100
    Soldano SLO100
    Rivera Quiana with LoBottom
    Orange CS50
    Orange OR100
    Mesa King Snake
    Mesa 100W Tremoverb head
    Mesa MK1 RI
    Louis Electric Deltone
    Louis ElectricKR12
    Suhr Bella Reverb
    Tone King 20th Anniv Imperisl
    Tone King SkyKing
    Headstrong Verbrovibe
    Two Rock Crystal
    Two Rock BD
    Two Rock CLRS
    Jim Kelley Suhr Reverb
    Hiwatt 1972 DR103
    MGL20
    Marshall 1974X
    Marshall 2061x
    Headstrong Corduroy

    These are all best amps that I play.
     
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  15. michael.e

    michael.e Supporting Member

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    I have had many glorious vintage British heads from all eras. British combos as well..

    If I had ONE amp that topped all of them as perhaps my "Desert Island" amp. It would be my Xits X-50. I was so dumb to sell it.

     
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  16. ozraves

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    I have a current edition Bad Cat Black Cat 30R head that I have paired with a J Design 1x12 pine cab loaded with a Celestion Cream. Everything very balanced in this set up.
     
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  17. DiPa

    DiPa Constant GAS Silver Supporting Member

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    And this is the problem that I have, would miss on the list some that really need to be there, for example Suhr SL68 is my fav plexi and I did not list it, I know a bunch others are missing as well, oh well...
     
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  18. Sean French

    Sean French Supporting Member

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    My current JMP 2204 EL-34 loaded with all vintage Mullard glass.
    I grew up playing and cut my teeth on 70's/80's Marshalls.
    They are home for me. :)
     
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  19. DiPa

    DiPa Constant GAS Silver Supporting Member

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    Another best I left out is the Suhr Bella Reveb,...
     
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  20. Coopster

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    I currently own a Marshall JCM2000 (the original, not the reissue), a Marshall Vintage Modern and Mesa Mark Five:25... Of those the Mesa covers all the ground I need, the Marshall's are just there because I like them.

    That being said, (and I know this isn't the popular answer here on TGP) I miss my Laney IRT30 combo. It was incredibly flexible, the watts knob was amazingly useable and it just sounded great to my ears once I switched the speaker out for an Eminence CV-75. I'm currently debating whether I should pick up one of the heads again and just run it through my Marshall 1960...
     
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