Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Figaro, Feb 24, 2015.
Who uses guitar + amp only, NO pedals. What amp?
Sometimes... There are a couple that I like straight up: blonde/brown Fenders with that amazing tremolo, tweed Deluxes with their touch sensitive overdrive, the same with Trainwreck style amps, Dumble like amps with reverb, old NMV Brit amps like Laney, Marshall and Orange, tweed Princeton...
Tweed Deluxe, Tweed Bassman, or JTM45.
Swart AST as long as a tuner pedal doesn't count
Trainwreck Express. The best amp there is for this IMHO, if you want a very wide range of clean to dirty right at the guitar knobs. That said plenty of amps clean up from the guitar, but hardly any amps do this well that even approach high gain like the Express does.
On a medium gain side 4 input Marshalls (60s JTM45s, later JMP50s on up to 70s Superlead 100s) are nice. Tweed, Brown, and Blonde Fenders, and AC30s come to mind. Not to hard to find plenty of candidates if you can work with the lower gain these amps have.
The nicest vintage amps I've played that almost approach the clean to dirty of a Trainwreck but with obviously less gain (maybe comparable to a Trainwreck set on half) are original 60s JTM45s.
Ever since I switched from a strat to p90's pedals have been fading fast. The solid mahogany with good p90's sounds so good, having pedals seems like it takes away not adds. I think the trick to it is setting your amp right at the verge of break up. When you play light its clean but then digging into the strings you get a little overdrive. it changes the way I play a bit though.I used to do melodic lines with my big muff when it came time for a solo. But now that I don't have such a volume boost with the big muff I play more chordal stuff and dig into it heavy to stand out for my solos. Kinda cool, keeps me on my toes and makes me have to be imaginative rather than relying on a big muff or a wah everytime.
Never use a pedal with my '76 JMP 1987. But it does have a PPIMV on the back so I can get just about any amount of breakup at reasonable volumes.
I'm trying to get there with my '66 Pro Reverb, which does not have a MV. I swapped rectifier tubes to bring the wattage down to about 35 watts and lower the headroom. I'm putting less efficient speakers in it (96db Webers), and I may pull the V1 tube. If that doesn't do it I may put a PPIMV on it, though I'd prefer not to go that route with the Fender because I'm not sure the results will be as good as with the Marshall. But I went to jam last weekend and had to use a pedal board because the Pro was too loud straight in in comparison to the Deluxe Reverb and 2x12 Randall amp the other guys were using.
I play guitars with P-90s and humbuckers to help push the amps where I want them to be.
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Been doing that for years. I have to admit I use a verb pedal sometimes though. Otherwise it's a cord into a nonmaster volume amp.
A Tele, a cord and BFTR with JBLs is a good way to find out if you suck.
Swart AST MKII Master with an EJ1250 50 watt alnico speaker, Murphy aged Duane Allman 59 LP, Murphy aged Dickey Betts 57 Gold Top, Strats, etc.
I play straight into a 5F1 tweed Champ or a clone the majority of the time. Crunchy breakup at low volume, super responsive to your playing technique, great tone, and they're fun.
I practice a lot with a blackstar ht5 into a 1960a, nothing else. It's just so convenient and they accent each other quite well (super dark amp, super bright cab).
As far as recording big amps I almost always use some sort of effect.
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I have a Timmy and use it about once a month - sounds great also - then I go back to straight into the amp.
78 marshall jmp 2203, can make that sucker sing and thump
Audio kitchen big chopper. Trainwreck-style gain/cleanup, but can also stay clean and give matchless a really hard time.
I use it with a h.s. Anderson vintage reissue mad cat. Sometimes a volume pedal from shin's music bin between, cleans up a bit better than my guitar's pot.
When I want to go raw, yes. Straight into the PT100.
My son plugs his Ibanez mikro into a Peavey Backstage.