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You want an original sound. Amps that are truly unique. What have you played?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Tag, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. teleman1

    teleman1 Supporting Member

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    Having Tinnitus, I try and find low watt amps that are frightningly good sounding. First to agree with the dude in the above post, a Vibro champ. Sounds great solo, or with pedals and you could vibe around for awhile with its fantastic tremolo. I traded my Princeton Reverb for it. Next a Magnatone 412 Estey;6 inch speaker. Incredible clean tone and a tremolo from a parallel universe. I love *" speakers and i have two designated 8" cabinets with early 60's Jensen special design alnicos;really special tone. I had a head made and took the chassis of a Supro Spectator 1954 and put it in. This thing, with a Swart night light JR just gives killer 6sl7 tone. I also have a 50's Supro Comet 10" speaker, volume and tone. Unique tone and could snack down, eat your Princeton Reverb, and you wouldn't miss it.
     
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  2. homeunit

    homeunit Supporting Member

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    TC100 is pretty unique. A British Boogie.
     
  3. Ipressthebutton

    Ipressthebutton Member

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    +1, I have a Tremo Pup. Blackface front end NMV Marshall power section. Mine has a brownface tremolo and sounds glorious. Awesome clean tone, great pedal platform.
     
  4. gearlovin

    gearlovin Silver Supporting Member

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    Those are unique imo and some of them are my favorite amps and keeper specially because they sound like nothing


    - Gjika 10n
    - Mad Professor CS40 or anything from Bjorn
    - Anacon Tubewonder, Zangray
    - Guytron Gt100 FV
    - Budda Superdrive
    - Maven Peal RG88
    - Quinn Sweet Thunder, Paradox
    - Alessandro
    - Dumble
    - Trainwreck
    - Bruno UG 30 and to a certain level other Bruno.

    Come to mind.. probably a bunch of them has been named already.
     
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  5. sunkidd

    sunkidd Member

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    I’ve used numerous ALAMO amps.
    Also, agree with the ORANGE amp.
     
  6. pirateflynn

    pirateflynn Supporting Member

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    This is what I came to say.

    I first bought a Benson Nathan Junior, as bedroom type amp, but liked it so much I sprung for a Benson Monarch. They sound pretty close with the Monarch having more of everything. I lost my perfect bedroom amp in the swap but the Monarch is a better complement to my Matchless Spitfire.

    Spitfire: mid-focused, chime, assertive, holds together well up to the point of breakup, killer with pedals. Great in the studio.

    Monarch: warm, big sounding, lower headroom in a good way, I much prefer the American mode, deeper lows and rich, also great with pedals.

    These two work very well together and would recommend both.

    I remember your posts from long ago where you didn't really like Matchless. I've owned a lot of them over the years and so far the Spitfire is my fave. It's such an interesting amp. British inspired but not really a Vox. Certainly tighter and more mid-focused than a Lightning.

    I prefer the Benson Monarch to the Fender Brown amps I've had: Concert, Super, and Deluxe. It has similar qualities but is softer, easier on the ears. I'll do my own NAD thread pretty soon.

    My choices:

    Matchless Spitfire

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    Benson Monarch

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  7. nixdad

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    I got a Pearce G2r. Real interesting.
     
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  8. guitarpedaladdict

    guitarpedaladdict Silver Supporting Member

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    Gjika amps... I would love to own one.
     
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  9. LordByron

    LordByron The Dude abides!

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    Gibson GA-8 (and any other Gibsion GA series amps from this era)
    Silvertone 1481 (and other Silvertone 14xx amps)
     
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  10. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

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    I can't really agree with a lot of the "TOTALLY UNIQUE" posts on this thread, but good job anyways.. . I have 25+ amps of a lot of different types and can dial most in very similarly, some of course are better than the others but very few are TOTALLY UNIQUE. . . I guess my only really unique one is a 2x6v6 Trainwreck style that I can't even remember who built it, but damn I'm loving that one these days. . As for the Herzog into the SVT, 1st off , loved that song. .Was that your band?? This made me reminisce. I've experimented and owned amps for fricking long time now, and I remember having a Peavey Audition(I believe that was the model) from the 80's and I had a 70's Fender Super Twin, and then a SF Twin, and I'd run the Peavey into the Fender (the same exact way you were using the Garnet into the Ampeg!) I loved my 1 overdriven sound I got out of it. .Kickass. . It had to be dialed in 'just right' though, and I wasn't experienced enough to really know what I was doing but yea, that was a good one. . . Eric
     
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    :aok
     
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    I wish that was my band. That was Grady, and Gordie Johnson is the guitarist and singer. His main band is called Big Sugar. They were sort of big in Canada in the 90s, and they are still going.

     
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  13. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

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    Well isn't that cool! I've heard of Big Sugar. . I'm a huge Big Wreck fan (another Canadian band) , and of course Gordon Downey was Canadian. . Small world. .Anyway, Big Sugar sort of had the cult following as these other bands do (I'm in Vermont, and Tragically Hip was huge here, but not in other places in the U.S. too much) I wish you were in Big Sugar, but since you're not, thanks for posting that cool song with cool guitar tone :)

    Eric
     
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  14. gitarboy

    gitarboy Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a Snider Chicago that has it's own thing going....
     
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    I can get a lot of tones out of my Carr Mercury V.

    It also has that dynamic touchy feel that is difficult to find in most amps.
     
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  16. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    When I was gigging, out of all the amps I tried over a 50 year period, the one's that made a significant difference to me were:

    Fender 4x10 Bassman
    Fender Vibroking
    Komet 60

    And, in my now non-gigging days, they are the one's I miss most. But I do have a Bassman LTD in the man cave:)!
     
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    For a brief time I had a late 60’s early 70’s Univox solid state dual 10 amp that sounded sorta Eric Johnson violinish all on its own. Louder it sounded sorta like an octave and a fuzz. It wasn’t loud enough to gig with so I moved it along.
     
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  18. candid_x

    candid_x Supporting Member

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    I reckon not too many have actually played through one though.
     
  19. Engine Swap

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    Probably true. Have always been curious about Kelly amps.
     
  20. fitz

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    One of my most unique amps I had was the Legend 50 Rock & Roll amplifier. It was built in the 70-80's in Syracuse NY. The looked like Boogies with the oak finger-jointed cabinet. They had a 12AX7 preamp section with a transistor power section. It also came with Celestion Heritage speakers, I believe. Apparently this model amp was used by Billy Gibbons on ZZ Top's Eliminator album.

    Anyway I got this amp along with 5 other guitars including A 58 Gretsch Ani, Fender Custom Shop Tele, Gold Sparkle Strat (old) with lipstick tubes and a Danelectro U2 all for $500.

    Well, this amp was FREAKIN LOUD. I mean ear busting loud even on lower volumes. It had some pots on the back like "color gain" and another one I can't remember. Its tone was super tight and bright. When you cranked a Les Paul on the neck pickup it was really amazing and a super sustaining harmonic distortion. Really cool sound. This amp is still out there and have a group of fans that seek them.
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