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What is the best amp you have ever played??

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

  1. Jugghaid

    Jugghaid Member

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    And I bumped into a great deal on a minty used one today.

    Mine! (In a week when it comes off hold anyway)
     
  2. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    Jim Kelley FACS amp in the mid 80's. Couldn't afford it.
     
  3. Smacky the Frog

    Smacky the Frog Gold Supporting Member

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    Mesa TC-50 and Goodsell Super 17 MkIII are two personal favorites. One because of the ridiculous amount of variety you get in the TC-50 and the Goodsell for it's incredible break-up and smooth tremolo.
     
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    Savage Glas 30
     
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  5. Chuck Snider

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  6. JmpOne

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    My Marshall JMP 50w Master Volume 2x12 combo would have to be a contender. I mostly ran mine clean and, venue permitting, loud enough to just have a little squash on loudest passages. It's not the most practical of amps in today's world of low stage levels, but it is rather glorious if you can get it to its sweet spot. :)

    I used to run a Boss ME-5 for compression EQ and reverb on my cleans, and EQ/level into a Dean Markley Overlord valve overdrive in the ME-5 loop (loop in/out programmed as part of the patch) enabling me to get a variety of drive tones with either delay or verb afterwards. I once did a low budget album down at ICC in Eastbourne over a long weekend with that rig. The engineer kept saying over talkback how good the guitar sounded. When we did the one number with full on rock tones he went the step further of pulling the engineer from the "B" room in to check out the tones we'd got. My happiness increased further when I learned he'd been recording for Paul McCartney's latest album in the same room a few weeks earlier. :)

    I doubt I'll ever part with that amp, the ME-5 went about 25 years ago :))
     
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    Still have my ME-5. What a workhorse, a self contained programmable pedalboard and virtually bulletproof.
     
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    Right?!? If you like those, you should definitely try out a line 6 Spyder when you get the chance. It’s like plugging your pickup directly into the speaker. Nuts!
     
  10. JmpOne

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    Once I'd found my trick of putting the Overlord in the loop it really worked well for me in multiple genres. I must have gigged it hundreds of times over about 5 years.

    I went to a Marshall JMP-1 Preamp I picked up used in about 94-5 as I desperately needed a decent direct solution for sessions, and for it's era the JMP-1 had respectable direct tones. I did once or twice gig with the ME-5 as midi controller, and processor in loop of JMP-1, but that involved a horrible cable mess, three audio, midi and mains out to stage position, and the ME-5 was pretty basic as a midi controller. It's funny looking back to pre internet when you just couldn't find specialist items at a reasonable price if at all, but now I'd buy a sliding rack shelf for £30 and put the ME-5 in my little rack and control it via midi :)
     
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    I got to play one of these at my friends place the other day, as well as several other Fender models and Marshall model amps. My favorite of the bunch was a JTM45/100 on edge of break up, and then the high powered tweed twin I think I liked it’s voicing even more than the JTM. The amp had to be attenuated, but what a voicing on it.
     
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  12. LordByron

    LordByron The Dude abides!

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    Without question:

    The 3rd Power Kitchen Sink!

    Close runners up:
    Tex Bernie
    My 5e5 clone with a 12" Emi Patriot
    Goodsell Champton
    Gibson GA-8T
    Mesa TA-15
    Fender '68 Drip Edge Bassman with Bill Zoom mods

    But as great as all of these are (and they are)...

    The Kitchen Sink kills them all.
     
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  13. Krausewitz

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    How does the Kitchen Sink feel? Does it feel like those old amps or no?
     
  14. LordByron

    LordByron The Dude abides!

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    Pretty damn close. It is a very organic feeling amp, with what, at least for me, is the perfect balance between sag and snap.

    It plays as great as it sounds. :)
     
  15. Kilometers Davis

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    Gonna have to update/eat my own words. Best amp I’ve played through and also currently own is my ‘65 Super ri. Every guitar and pedal through this amp sounds fantastic and the eq is very flexible. Like damn near everyone here, so much gear has floated through my hands over the years from low power, high power, NMV, MV, high gain, British, American, you name it. But I keep coming back to BF/SF clean fenders for a reason and that reason is because they just ****ing deliver and this Super delivers exactly what I want every time I fire it up.

    Sounds great from whispers to screams and everywhere in between.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Either a 1970s 50 watt NMV metal panel, or an early JCM 800, 50 watts also.
     
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    A JTM 50 clone my buddy built, based on a Metro Amp kit.

    He has a few real plexis, and the JTM clone sounds more "real" than the real thing, probably due to the drifting components that he won't change out in the real things.

    My 1976 JMP 2204 doesn't quite have what the JTM clone has (it is a master volume Marshall, after all), but it is pretty damn good and there is good reason I have held onto it all of these years. For what it is worth, while most praised the tone of my 2204, most preferred to play my high gain 2205. Go figure?
     
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    Todd was good friend of mine, only reason I'm posting is the ironic part of this is I have a '71 100w Superlead that Todd modded. He is missed by those who knew him. RIP
     
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    Loaded question:)
    Big iron: Cornford Mk 50, Jcm 800, Super reverb
    20 watters: Deluxe Reverb, Vintage Sounds 22, Bedrock Royale Deluxe (5 stars), Cornford Hurricane, Matchless Lightning, Doug Hoffman (one off). All of which I have kept!
    Bassman 6G6...should have kept that one!
     

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