WORST sounding amp you've played/heard

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  1. trower

    trower Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a friend who use to own a Sunn Beta Lead..Auugghh! I swear I tried for an hour and a day to squeeze a decent tone outta that atrocity. Even the clean tone was hollow and completely un-motivating. Sorry to anyone who may have one but...DAMN!

    I later saw Ronnie Montrose at a festival playing Bogners. He musta been using Iraqi tubes cause they were farting like the campfire cowboys in Blazing Saddles!
     
  2. pbradt

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    Anything that says Mesa Boogie on it. Wretched, just wretched.
     
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    I once heard/saw the late Terry Kath with Chicago use
    a Bogen PA head durring a guitar solo. They sold those at
    Radio Shack I believe...no wonder he blew his brains out.:messedup

    I've never heard a good Boogie other than what Carlos was using
    in Boogie's early days.
     
  4. trower

    trower Silver Supporting Member

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    Terry Kath, wow! He was a great! guitarist!
     
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    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    I can just tell this is going to be a wonderful thread. I have a 6th sense about these kinda things.
     
  6. sosomething

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    I've played too many horrible amps to list them all, but one I expected to be great and was sorely disappointed in was the Rivera Knucklehead 100. The cleans were pretty nice and warm as I had read, but the high gain channel was a flubby, undefined mess! I couldn't dial the crud out at any volume with any amount of tweaking.

    Maybe running some kind of OD in front would have tightened things up, but with an amp of that profile, no pedals should be necessary to make it useable.
     
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    Mid 70's Fender Super Twin. 180 watts, 6x6L6's, 2 12" JBL's. Loud, clean and toneless.
     
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    :jo :jo :jo
     
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    The "Oliver" amps they used to have at Berklee in the ensemble rooms,
    hands down the worst ............
     
  10. GAT

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    I had a Fender Super Six, clean and bright, almost brittle.

    I once had to play through one of those Acoustic amps with the horn and bulit-in fuzz...good gawd it was awfull.
     
  11. trower

    trower Silver Supporting Member

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    Built in Fuzz!?! :eek:
     
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    The first amp I ever had (yeah, my Mom bought it for me....). I think the brand was "Sonic," it was a solid state POS. I think it was supposed to be a jazz amp or something, it wouldn't distort no matter how hard I pushed it. But it did have trem and reverb, and before I learned to play any cowboy chords I figured out that I could get some crazy feedback by laying the guitar on top of the amp and cranking the reverb all the way up, and manipulating it with the trem speed.... :AOK
     
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    I'm assuming we mean worst sounding amp that's not entry level, otherwise we'd all say our first Crate, Peavey, Fender, etc. SS practice amp.

    For me, Mesa MKII or III. YUCK! Sterile, hard, blah...

    One of these days I'm gonna find a Mesa that I like. Right?
     
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    LOL - this one is starting early.

    I'll add to the insanity. I've never much cared for Gibson amps. Apparently if you hunt around you can find good ones but I haven't heard one yet.
     
  16. MCG

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    My old Peavey BackStage Plus! Yuck!

    MCG
     
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    Peavey Mace. Yeah I know Skynyrd supposedly used them, but I don't buy it. What a piece of crap....
     
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    My first amp was a "Kingston." SS piece o' crap. The only thing I liked about it is that it had tremolo- and I enjoyed playing Crimson And Clover on it.
     
  19. johnrea_77

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    Stores had to love to see a teenager walk in with money.

    YEARS ago I had an Ampeg Portaflex. Most of them are bass amps but this one was very different, never seen another like it. This had the signature flip top, plexiglass light up Ampeg logo, and four 12" Jensens. I remember that the tubes were 7027A's and the monster had casters. Oh, yeah, one imput was marked "accordian". From what I remember this amp sounded great, better than my playing ability at the time.

    Searching through the web it was probably this model:
    • B-12XTC Universal Portaflex Amp
      • 2 channels
      • 4 inputs
      • Four heavy-duty 12-inch speakers, ported
      • Reverb, vibrato, and ultra-high control
      • 50 watts RMS, 115 watts peak
      • Accordion, guitar, organ, bass and keyboard instruments
      • 123 lbs., 38 x 29 x 11
      • $695.00
    Then I saw "IT", Bonne Music in Syracuse had a shiny new Ampeg Olympian with the new Ampeg logo and the lettering and borders around the controls lit up in a blue glow. And there were a ton of switches above most of the knobs. Too Cool! I played it and thought it sounded pretty good at the time. Hey, solid state, less maintenance, less weight. I actually used this for two years before finally thinking "What did I do". I sold it and went back to tubes (Marshall at the time).

    I've had some great amps, some good, but I think the worst award goes to the Ampeg Olympian.
     
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    Some 80s Peavey amp with colored knobs I played through at a jam session. When I was finished my fingers/knuckles etc hurt for trying to squeeze everybit of sustain out of that amp I could...

    It sounded plain DEAD! :mad:
     

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