Having played a few 100 watters from around the 72-73 era, why doesnt my 50w re-issue sound the same? sure it uses modern day components but does anyone have a more specific theory?
is it because its a 50?
Greg Germino built a Lead 55 for me about a year ago and I had him set it up like a early 70's metal panel instead of the way the Lead 55 usually comes. It sounds great, aggresive and gainy with a tight, punchy low end. It's not much on cleans, but then clean wasn't what I wanted it for
Thats how my 72 was. It was a 50 watter, and started breaking up at just over talking levels. By 12 on the volume knob it was TOTALLY gained out, and turning up the volume from there just added mush.
The 72s had FAR more gain than the plexis. The RIs are plexi clones right? I owned almost every marshall you can think of, and the 72 was the best if you want to rock. VERY different sounding than a plexi hwever. No cleans at all though. Soooo...a RI will never sound like an early 70s, because thats not what they are!
Do '71's have the same characteristics as the '72? I have a line on one that's all original, and it's my birth year...so there's an excuse for the wife.