Worst tube amp you ever played?

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  1. BetterMeThanYou

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    I had a terrible tube amp once. It was a Peavey Ultra head of some sort, from the '80s with a blue stripe.

    Anyone had a worse tube amp?
     
  2. The Whiz

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    Ah great! Another thread of negativity. Keep up the good work!
     
  3. AD1982

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    I've played thru an Ultra of that era, I don't remember disliking it.

    Traynor YCS 50, I couldn't find a usable tone out of it. Great design wise, good build, terrible circuit. Reviews said it was a Van Halen-in-the-box amp, but they must forgot the bits of VH or maybe I got tongue cancer era bits. Flat, sterile garbage. Even after a retube and service. Yikes.
     
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    From the mid/late 1960's.

    Hands down the absolute worst in my experience.
     
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    Yours.
     
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    I'm sure this will not be a popular choice here, but I hate the Fender HRD and Blues Jr...which are part of backlines everywhere.
     
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  8. mark norwine

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    To be fair, these were hybrid....not "all tube".

    Still: Are any of you old enough to remember these?

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    These things spent the '70s beckoning musicians like a puppy in a petstore window....you just HAD to take it home!

    And once you did, you wondered how something could suck so hard.
     
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    Hey,, those were awesome as door stops!

    I actually know of an new original head & cab at a shop that has been sitting there forever. Nice looking blonde finish on oak.
     
  10. drbob1

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    It's gotta be said "didn't Billy Gibbons record with a Legend amp at one point"? Since he tells tall tails ALL THE TIME it's probably apocalyptic...

    The worst I owned was a Cruise Audio MQ4-4 channels, reverb, piezo input, 6 output levels-all of them noisy except the 100w and 50w ones. I'm aware of 3 in Wisconsin of which 2 broke, one was completely unfixable, the other they could get working but not in a completely usable manner. And the company went out of business in less than 2 years so there was no warrantee support...
     
  11. Silent Sound

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    The worst tube amp of all time is the one I can't afford. The best tube amp of all time is the one I own. Or is it the other way around? I don't know. This is TGP. Someone tell me what my opinion is so I don't have to do any thinking on my own.
     
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  12. 80sboy

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    Just about every "ultra modern high gain" amp I've ever played. And I play hard rock.

    They just generally don't sound very good compared to a "medium gain" amp with some hard playing or a boost.

    They have to make them so sterile sounding to handle all that gain that at crunch levels they usually sound like something is broken.

    I suppose it's also a pet peeve as a listener. To my ears at least, when a classic band finally "upgrades" their plexi to a 6505 the result is not very good.
     
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    Every Mesa amp I have ever played through and or owned. Beamy/ overly thick/ silly over complicated eq/ biased ice cold/ Randall Smiths ridiculous white paper on why guitar players are too stupid to bias their own amps... etc....etc....lol! I know one player in a very busy band who has to use a plexi shield in front of his so he doesn't kill his bandmates and audience!Ice picky clacky transients. And it is always shorting tubes and having problems.They are not the bulletproof amps they are though to be. That is a myth.
     
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    Ok. I can play this game...Fender.
     
  15. Charlie Dango

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    Absolutely!
     
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    Sorry for trolling a troll thread but many would beg to differ. Mesa are one of the biggest amp brands on the planet. It's true about the cold bias on the 6L6 models but their EL84 amps are baised on the hotter side. They are harder to dial in than a Marshall or Fender for sure and have their own sound(s). I've owned a couple and they have been uber-reliable and I just get tubes off reputable sellers who select in the Mesa bias range -- no big deal. In the end you use what you like and what you're happy with I guess. Rocket 44 below -- note the number of knobs:
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  17. Heinz57Pep

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    Came in to post this. Never owned one, thankfully, but worked at GC when they came out. Terrible.
     
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  19. dconeill

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    You meant apocryphal.
     
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    My guitar teacher had one of those back about 1981 or 82. It got stolen, along with his cherry ES-355 Stereo. He replaced the amp with a Spectra 120-T. I couldn't take it (the bad amp tone) anymore and switched instructors.
     

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