What was your worst amp decision?

aynirar27

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"Buy this Rivera. Its got fender cleans AND marshall dirt!"
 

axpro

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Worst Purchase? A peavey stereo chorus 2x12 from a buddy when i was in College... traded it for a classic 30.

Worst Butcher Job? Teaching myself about amp modding by reading Steve Ahola's website and butchering said classic 30 trying to make it sound like a marshall stack... I didn't realize that you couldn't mod a Gremlin to be a Corvette....

Worst Selloff? Getting rid of my Badcat Hotcat 30R... I sold it and got my money back out of it, but for me it was the holy grail amp... it sounded the BEST for my playing style... But i needed the cash and it was gathering dust in my apartment.... sadly a month later i started jamming at a friends and ended up buying a Crate BV60 head out of necessity.... THAT hurt....
 
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buying a jcm 900 hi gain dual reverb head new...Was early 90's and I was in my late teens...Thought the old boogie 1x12 I had wasn't RAWK enough...stupid kid...
 

Melj

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I disliked my Swart AST Pro immensely. I don't think I've ever been as disappointed with an amp...

Bogner Goldfinger, which was a great amp in a dodgy cabinet.

VHT super 30, was either spiky harsh or woofy and wooly...and too loud or too quiet.

Oh, and the Mesa Dc 5. Found it a bit stiff.

Hmm, also the Pinnacle Twin 30, allegedly a straight clone of anac30.... In reality a bland and pale imitation.

I can't say I regret selling any of the amps I used to own.
 

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Oh.. i just remember one.

Back when i didn't know much about gear, in the early 90's, i decided to finance my first big gear purchase. I went for a 100 watt solid state Beckemer amp (2x12 combo), mind you not THAT bad of an amp. Plus a Digitech multi-effect (RP-6 if i remember) plus a Guitar/Syth pedal, a Roland GR-30 with a midi pickup installed on my Les Paul. I had a shitload of different sounds availbable but none that sounded nice or real....

I could have bought a really nice tube amp for the same $$

We call it learning!
 

Gearopenia

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First amp when I started playing: Fender Ultimate Chorus. The store manager (TR-100 here.... hi Tommy!) tried to steer me to something with tubes plus a pedal, but nooooo, I had to get solid-state with built-in chorus.

Was back a few months later looking to trade it in. My first step on the gear journey.

=K

did the same thing. man that amp sucked. I was a tone deaf 15 year old kid and I couldnt get it returned fast enough. they almost didnt take it back. guess it sucked that bad.
since I got my dads money back it wasnt that big of a deal.

believe it or not the bigest regret in the last 5 amps( 10 years) was a divided by 13 EDT 13/29.
sounded good but for the $$ theres better. so I traded it for Matchless.

Biggest selling regret was selling my SC30 10 years ago.
biggest not buying mistake was when Matchless went out of business and a local music store was blowing out their inventory. they had a clubman, chieftain and the SC30 I bought. I could have probably gotten a good deal had I offered to buy them all!!!
 

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the worst was a Fender Silverface Bassman 100 4X12 stack for a Fender Roc Pro 1000 combo, trading that in for a Vox Valvetronix AD15VT, trading that in for an Ibanez TS9DX. So yeah, basically when the dust settled, a monster silverface power stack for a tube screamer. oh well.
Reading this hurt ME! Now that says something :roll
 

Hairpin Turns

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A Roland Jazz Chorus I owned briefly in the late 80's. Not a bad amp by any means, in fact it sounded gorgeous, but the wrong decision for me as it was too limiting.
 

Lespaulsignature 74

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Trading my 71 Marshall Super Tremolo away, I did get a very good amp in return (Komet 60) but that Super Trem had that special magic....it was one of the great ones!
 

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I actually got my name on the list for an Express and a Liverpool, but I still was too late to the party. Sigh.

Mistakes...we've all made a few. Mine is as clear as yesterday and every once in a while I get a horrific feeling as I recall that fateful amp decision of 1987.

Friend: "Hey Steve, you should put in an order for one of these Trainwreck Express heads. I played one not too long ago and you'd love it. Like a Marshall but its got its own thing happening. It feels like it's gonna explode!".

Me: "How much is it?"

Friend: "$1200. I know, I know, it's a lot of money and there's a 6-9 month wait, but TRUST ME, it's worth it!"

Me: "Are you kidding? Thing looks like a freaking vintage radio...and what's with the girly naming?"

Friend: "You need to listen to this thing"

Me: "Yeah right. I can get a Randall RG-80 and a Digitech DSP-128 with tons of money to spare. RIGHT NOW. What a bunch of crap. 6-9 month wait. How's gonna pay that kind of cash for that?"

Friend: "You'll be sorry"

Yep.:bonk

What was your worst amp decision?
 

saltydogg

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Trading my 71 Marshall Super Tremolo away, I did get a very good amp in return (Komet 60) but that Super Trem had that special magic....it was one of the great ones!
I traded a smokin' Komet K60 for a killer '71 Marshall Super Tremolo.

Then, I sold the killer '71 Marshall Super Tremolo.

Look who's cryin' now!!!! Lol.

I wield a paddle on the Ship of Fools...
 

cratz2

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I honestly don't think I've ever made a truly bad amp decision.

Probably the worst purchase I made was for a DSL401. Got a great deal on it and slightly profited from it and it wasn't horrible but to be honest, it kind of made me shy away from Marshalls in general. I'd had a couple others before but now, I'd strongly be tempted to go boutique over a real Marshall.
 

Marc Roy

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Buying a Boogie Triaxis/VHT power amp rig instead of a Bogner Ecstacy head that I really wanted at the time. I was playing in a cover band and needed to cop a lot of tones so of course I figured a programmable preamp and effects gear was the way to go. I spent more time trying to dial it in than actually playing! I finally got rid of it for way less than I had paid and swore off rack gear for good.
 

IM4Tone

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the worst was a Fender Silverface Bassman 100 4X12 stack for a Fender Roc Pro 1000 combo, trading that in for a Vox Valvetronix AD15VT, trading that in for an Ibanez TS9DX. So yeah, basically when the dust settled, a monster silverface power stack for a tube screamer. oh well.
OUCH :bonk:Spank
You win! Nobody will top that!
 




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