Which Germino

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  1. iggs

    iggs Member

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    Hi all,

    sent the same questions to Germino Amps about a week ago but got no response yet, so I figured I'll ask here as well.

    Which one out of their models would fit my needs the best?

    Here’s what I’m looking for:

    - tight bottom end
    - fast pick attack
    - piano-like clean with that “swirly” almost chorusy sound to it
    - loud 50 watts (or 30/40/45W)
    - still pretty clean / hint of a breakup with bridged channels and both volumes around 10-12 o’clock.
    - takes high-gain pedals well, I play heavy rock and use od/dist pedals for all my high gain sounds (Diamond Fireburst, Cusack Screamer Fuzz, Subdecay Blackstar, Xotic BB Preamp, Fulltone OCD ...)
    - all my delay and modulation pedals go to the front of the amp, no need for fx loop but that’s why I still need the amp to be pretty clean at higher volumes
    - I realize 100 watter would be the logical choice for increased headroom but I do like the earlier power amp 50w breakup, it just sounds “fatter” to my ears, 100 watters sound a bit too clean, almost like running pedals into a PA.


    THANKS ALL!!!
     
  2. Guy from Idaho

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    standard Lead 55 (you just described my amp)
     
  3. tcrash

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    Yes, the lead 55 is the one you need. That is exactly what I look for in an amp, I have played every model that Greg makes and the lead 55 is the one I own.
     
  4. iggs

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    Thanks guys,

    that's what I figured, good to have it confirmed!
     
  5. joek86

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    Have you tried the LV version of the Lead 55? How does it compare?


    Joe
     
  6. tcrash

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    The LV 55 is basically the same amp, but it has a tube rectifier. the pick attack (speed) is slightly reduced, has that tube rectifier sag at higher volumes. I really like the LV 55, I like what the tube rectifier does to it. I went back and forth between these 2, trying to decide on which I wanted. Greg convinced me the standard would "fit " my playing style better, and be closer to what I'm used to.
     
  7. GuitarBrent

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    I own a Lead 55 and it is the bomb. Lead 55 is what you describe.
     
  8. Scott Peterson

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    Lead 55 or possibly a Club 40.... but you really can't go wrong with any of Greg's amps.
     
  9. Gordon

    Gordon Silver Supporting Member

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    Hey iggs, your description is dead on for the Lead 55 as all the other guys have said. If you want to save a few bucks, I have one in mint condition that I might need to be selling. Feel free to email or PM me.

    Thanks,

    Gordon
     
  10. fjs1962

    fjs1962 Silver Supporting Member

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    Same here. My Lead 55 is just like you described.
     
  11. ROKY

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    I'd get the Club 40 with the High voltage PT and SS Rect. options.
    The 40 has the flatter frequency response(JTM45)preamp.

    Or,, I'd get a Hiwatt Custom 50 head and save about a grand.

    That's what I use for pedals; a Biacrown-era Hiwatt 50.
    Has all the qualities you mentioned, looking for.

    Hiwatts were good enough for David Gilmour . ;)
     
  12. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    I have the Club 40 and have played the other Germinos- Lead 55, Lead 55 LV , Classic 45 and Masonette (except the Monterey and Headroom 100) and it sounds like what you need for the attack and tightness is the Lead 55....

    The nice thing is that you can push these amps with pedals ever so slightly and you are in the zone...or you can just crank them up and get them to give up the goods that way...really wonderful tone and all have very nice bass response, no flabbiness to be found..the workmanship is off scale, as is the service...and more importantly the tone is outstanding...a used one is a deal...
     
  13. bjm007

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    I own the Lead 55, LV55 and the Headroom 100.

    I'd say for what you want, you go for the 100 watter. Even that amp will start to break up by 11 o'clock (4 on the dial). You can always attenuate, and if you want the headroom it's the best choice... IMO

    The Lead 55 would be my 2nd choice. Also a GREAT amp :D

    Oddly enough, the LV55 has the most "complex" cleans, and the headroom is very similar to the regular Lead 55. It's also got some great sag when you overdrive it...

    They're all great. Germino's rock!
     
  14. Berre

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    Hi Guys,

    well i've got the Club 40, and I would like a little bit more midrange crunch .... I've listened to the soundclips on the Germino website that were made by Emerson Swinford and they have a lot more midrange crunch then my amp has got..... !?
    could it be because i'm using the amp in Europe (240 Volts current) ??
    'cause when Greg made and fine tuned the amp he would have done it
    at 110 Volts right !?
    So could that make the difference ?
    Or did I buy the wrong model ?
    would a Lead 55 give me more midrange balls ?

    Greetz,
    Bert
     
  15. nolenuttt

    nolenuttt Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 for the Lead 55-Amazing amp-:RoCkIn
     
  16. Mr.Hanky

    Mr.Hanky Supporting Member

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    What speakers are you using?
     
  17. Berre

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    well i tried the amp with G12M, Vintage 30's, and G12H......


    Bert
     
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    Anyone have a Monterey?
     
  19. Third Stone

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    You could ask Greg about any slight differences between my C40 and yours, I think there are a couple small cap changes he made to later models. The only other thing is throw some Mullard 12ax7's in that baby, sure won't hurt!!
     
  20. Red Planet

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    Which one is the Lowest Powered Amp?

    What about with 6V6's in em?

    :drool :drool :drool :drool
     

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