What is the best amp you have ever played??

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

  1. Kevy_Metal

    Kevy_Metal Member

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    At a jam last year, I got to play through this purple Marshall half stack... can't remember what it was, maybe an MG100HDFX... but wow, that highly impressed me. The recordings sound massive.

    On the smaller end of things, there's been this cool old Peavey Bandit my singer has been letting me use during practice that has consistently turned my head.
     
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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)
     
  3. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    Jim Kelley FACS amp in the mid 80's. Couldn't afford it.
     
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    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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    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!
     
  11. 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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