What's the TGP word on Headstrong amps?

Barnzy

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Just wondering what other's experience is on these amps. I played a Santa Cruz 5 today and was really impressed, but need to know how it compares to Allen, Gries and Vintage Sound...all of which I have read about but not been able to play. Any experienced opinions on this?
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Barnzy
 

phusana

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Headstrong is a top tier builder of classic Fender style clones and variants. Excellent quality, tone and customer service. Lifetime transferrable warranty. I've played the others and would put Headstrong in first place.
 

Unadan

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Headstrong is a top tier builder of classic Fender style clones and variants. Excellent quality, tone and customer service. Lifetime transferrable warranty. I've played the others and would put Headstrong in first place.

Would you put Headstrong above Vintage Sound?
 

empty71

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Hi Barnzy,

What're your thoughts on the Santa Cruz 5? The amp's been on my radar since they were first announced. Would you say the tone's more Blackface than Tweed?
 

markjsmith

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I've played through a couple Headstrong amps and if my bf deluxe ever dies it would likely be my first consideration as a replacement.
 

Barnzy

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Hi Barnzy,

What're your thoughts on the Santa Cruz 5? The amp's been on my radar since they were first announced. Would you say the tone's more Blackface than Tweed?

I thought it was a "big sounding" little amp. I played it in a bright and lively room...and the sound coming out of that amp was very rich. It definitly sits in the blackface camp. I was surprised at how nice the cleans were. It was a pleasant surprise to hear how clean the amp can be from a single 6V6. Not like a tweed champ at all. The reverb was nice too. The SC5 is a real winner.
 

empty71

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I thought it was a "big sounding" little amp. I played it in a bright and lively room...and the sound coming out of that amp was very rich. It definitly sits in the blackface camp. I was surprised at how nice the cleans were. It was a pleasant surprise to hear how clean the amp can be from a single 6V6. Not like a tweed champ at all. The reverb was nice too. The SC5 is a real winner.

Thank you. Your comment might just push me over the edge :D
 

donfrantz

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Which Headstrong model would you replace it with?

I've got a Headstrong Royal Reverb. Beautiful Black Face Clean. My favorite amp.

"The Royal Reverb is a hand wired replica of the AB763 1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb. The Royal Reverb is true to its lineage in many ways, most notably in its tone. One of the best recording/small to medium sized gig amps of all time. Used by countless session and touring acts for years as well as classic recordings spanning many genres, the Fender Deluxe Reverb will always be a classic. Until now you were forced to buy a 40 year old amp to get the true tone. Players are now turning to Headstrong. When you hear the Royal Reverb, you will know why."
 

teleking36

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Curious about this too. What's the consensus on the Lil King S? Looking for a jacked up Princeton Reverb with more volume/headroom...

sorry for the hijack!
 

windjamma

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own a lil king-s and a vebrovibe, and they are both outstanding in the tone department and the build department.

never played a princeton before so i could not comment on the differences of the lil king-s to a lil king but the lil king-s is loud little sucker.
 




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