Who has played a real Trainwreck?

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Who has played a real Trainwreck?

  1. Yes, I have.

  2. No, I have not.

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  1. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

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    Who has played a real Trainwreck? What did you think?
     
  2. procos

    procos Supporting Member

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    I have not played a real wreck but I played an Express clone and a Rocket clone. A local forum member has had both. I loved the Rocket clone and thought it sounded awesome. I however did not care for the Express much at all. The Rocket clone cleaned up better than just about any amp I have ever heard. The Express was way to out of control for my liking and loud as hell. I am not a fan of attenuators either.

    Chuck
     
  3. matte

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    owned 4. still have 1.
     
  4. spikeRI

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    love to play one, hope I'm never in one......
     
  5. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    Ginger...! :dude :dude :dude

    Great-sounding amp, REALLY touch-sensitive...!
     
  6. matte

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    the blackbox.
     
  7. Caretaker

    Caretaker Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    I`ve played 2 or 3 and IMO, nothing special at all. Good amps but I don`t get it.
     
  8. michaelg

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    I've played a liverpool and an express. both smoked.
    MG
     
  9. wichita

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    I have played several. Not my bag but very nice
     
  10. donbarzini

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    It would be really interesting to get a real one next to a clone, then hear how close they sound. I have not heard a clip from a clone/replica that would make me ever want one.
     
  11. trisonic

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    Yes, I played a Rocket that someone owned down in Greensboro and have heard several Expresses (at the last NYCTF I had a Dumble under one arm and a Trainwreck Express under the other both real).

    I prefer the Rocket which to me had less gain but tone to the max - it just suited me mo' better.

    I would never buy a 'wreck clone unless Ken was getting something from it, that's just me...

    Best, Pete.
     
  12. 57special

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    I played a Rocket, a Liverpool, an Express, and a special one off with reverb and tremelo. It was Ken's own amp. I thought it sounded the best, though the Rocket (a real 54 ALDER strat) and the Express ( 58 burst) both sounded sublime with certain guitars. The Liverpool was great , too, but not as nuanced or chimey as the Rocket, and i don't need all that gain.
    Ken offered me his own amp at a reasonable price (5G's), and i might've taken it....















    but i woke up with my 2 year old screaming in my face.
     
  13. Tom Gross

    Tom Gross Supporting Member

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    I've played three, several times, and dug them all.
    Babji's Rocket is incredible.

    I find the feel & responsiveness is very special.
     
  14. RichSZ

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    That has been done with Francesca & a few clones. You guys will probably not like to hear this but the clones had the same "magic" or "mojo" or whatever it is you call it these days.

    -Rich
     
  15. matte

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    based on which specific fixed qualities? every wreck i've played/owned has been different,even within the confines of a particular model, so codification/reductionism of wreck "magic" and or "mojo" is a fool's errand.
     
  16. Robal

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    Was that the amp that the infamous Kendrick Climax was supposed to be based on? A hot-rodded Deluxe Reverb that ran on EL34s.
     
  17. matte

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    or 6vs. that was the one.
     
  18. datguytim

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    About 10 or so years ago I played an Express and a Liverpool in New York. Very cool amps - I really dug the Express. As for clones - don't believe the hype. The Kendrick Climax sounded NOTHING like the real 'Wrecks I remember. I wonder how many clone-sters have ever even heard a real 'wreck (in person - not crappy website clips).
     
  19. VaughnC

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    I never quite understood this type of statement. Yeah, it's an expensive amp....but if owned a Wreck, and it was my favorite amp, you can bet I'd be playin' it everywhere. You only live once....and life is too short for a "B rig" ;).
     
  20. petemin

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    i owned the first trem-rocket ken made. i had some conversations with matte before i bought the amp. beautiful sounding amp, but i liked my ac30 better and someone made an offer i couldn't refuse, so..........
     

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