Who here brings 2 amps to gigs?

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  1. JubileeMan 2555

    JubileeMan 2555 Member

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    Just curious. I realized after reading tones of threads about "this amp is too heavy...or that amp is too heavy...etc" that the majority of TGP readers must be bringing smaller amps to gigs.

    I bring a budda head and bogner 4x12 along with my EVM 12L loaded Twin with me to EVERY GIG. Thats a lot of gear and weight to lug around, but I don't mind the second I plug in:)

    So who out there does it like me and brings major horsepower to every gig?
     
  2. BIGGERSTAFF

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    I used to bring out a multi amp set up, but realized that I appreciated the tones more than Joe Schmo guzzling their PBR. It does sound awesome if you have the right amps together though.
     
  3. drjojo42

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    every gig i load in a dr maz .sr and 2x12 cab,and leave a blues jr in the car,you never know when a tube will take a dump on you,is a blues jr major horse power?
     
  4. JubileeMan 2555

    JubileeMan 2555 Member

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    lol...not exactly;)

    um, why don't you just bring an extra set of tubes and put them in your bag? would be easier than lugging a little 1x12 amp everywhere.
     
  5. BadAssBill

    BadAssBill southofnash.com Silver Supporting Member

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    More can go wrong with an amp than tubes...I bring a Jr too. My gig bag with cables and such weighs about the same...no trouble for my piece of mind.
    I'd lug my Marshall anywhere If I could use all it's power.
     
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    I brought 2 amps for a lot of years. They'd tend to be 2 50 watt or 100 watt combos. I love doing that .. I'd play thru them simultaneously ; i.e. not a/bing them... The sound is so much more interesting that way . Over the years as I got older, I still have 95% of the PA duty and it's just too much for me. I barely get any time to concentrate on setting up my guitar stuff, as the other guys I play with typically are pretty much PA-intelligenceless. They're intelligent at other things, just not PA gear!! Occasionally I'll still bring a Stereo Engl amp I have and use a wet/dry setup with that (a rack and 2 cabs) but other than that , it's mostly 1 amp plus pedalboard plus wireless for me.

    ERIC
     
  7. Scott Peterson

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    I use the Crate Powerblock thingie as a backup; before that, always at least an extra tube head besides my main one.
     
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    i use a Princeton and a reworked Blues Jr (mods by www.s2amps.com), the Bjr sits on a stand on my right at hip level within arm's reach (i keep my E-Bow and glass slide on it) facing across the stage, The Prince sits just on the floor on the opposite side of the bass drum facing up & out.
     
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    i have an extra amp in the car for all gigs. sometimes i'm running 'dual mono' anyway for headroom, or mixing different amp characteristics.
     
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    I'll bring my Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R head and 2x12 cab, and also my Vox AC30CC. I use a Morley A/B/Y live to switch between them.
     
  11. Ricker

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    I've got a tonebone headbone and a Lehle dual............so I can take two amps if I want.
    I did a few times but it became a bit of a hassle when we played festivals etc and only had 15mins to set up and sound check.
    At the end of the day a good channel switcher should get you 90% to 95% there....so it's alot more effort for that extra 5 to 10%....
    Sometimes and in my case it's not worth it.

    Cheers
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    I've had my 69' Vibrolux go down 2 times in the last 5 months. So now I take my new Modded 70' Princeton Reverb 1x12 as my main amp, and take along my 69' Bassman (Allen modded head) as a back up. The head has an Ohm switch for 4 or 8 ohms. If my PR goes down at a gig, I have the head setting right behind it on a stand ready to be hooked up. Since I have an 12" Eminence Governor in the PR, it would have no problem handling the bassman head. I haven't had to use it yet,but I sure do feel secure at the gigs now.
     
  13. Craig Walker

    Craig Walker WHO DAT!! Gold Supporting Member

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    Anyone do the Eric Johnson thing with one amp for your cleans, one for the high gain? I'm thinking of doing this, as my 'gig' is stationary: church. :)
     
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    I've played out with two, not often. Not just gigs. At one point I was dragging two BF fenders (SR and DR) to a studio for rehearsals, which struck the staff as lunacy. I'll bring two to an outdoor gig next week. No major horsepower. Probably a 35 watt Clark Tyger and 16 watt Gibson GA40. Or if I'm really adventurous, two magnatones. Never A or B. Always together. Some very cool sounds in dual amp setups, if you can stand lugging all that stuff around.
     
  15. JubileeMan 2555

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    yup, thats how I run my rig. My budda is the dirty, and my '68 twin is the clean... I just can't have only one amp that does both:)
     
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    I bring two amps, both on. One is really for backup, but since it's there I use it as a side fill for the drummer and bassist. I use a homebrew JTM45 through a 1x12 cab (sounds like God) and a 57 vibrolux or 65 deluxe reverb for side fill...
     
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    Ditto, that way I can still make guitar sounds if my tube amp fails.

    I did a multiple amp set up for a while but got too old/lazy for that business. The other guitar player in my current band always brings multiple amps. His set up is BF Vibrolux and the bottom 1/2 of a Leslie cab, usually powered by a 50W Marshall. Makes me want to start lugging a few amps to the gig again. :AOK
     
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    I just started running a Boogie MkIII/Orange Rocker 30 setup (both 1x12 combos).

    Typically, I run both together for cleans, MkIII Clean/Or OD for crunchy dirt, and MkIII lead/Or OD for heavy chugga chugga type rhythm. For leads I either ride my volume knob upto 10 (fat/mean), or punch the Orange with an OD for more dirt/volume (scream).

    I used to run a stereo rack setup, but this is tonally more flexible, and the two amps compliment each other extremely well.
     
  19. big mike

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    i always bring two, but I don't run a multi amp rig. It's either Z or Greer and it was the other for backup, but I picked up a powerblock for backup instead.
     
  20. Crunchyriff

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    One of the last gigs I had, I was taking two Marshall 1/2 stacks & a Traynor 4x10 combo for cleans. These three were my active backline.

    One clean amp (Traynor), crunch ( '83 JCM800 2204), and solo ('75 JMP 50watt).
     

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