I have a Line 6 Spider, I think it's 200 Watts, bought off a friend. I've not seen it in a while. It's either in my friend's garage where my band used to practice or it's in the back room of a pub where another band borrowed it for a gig, I dunno if they left it back or not. I really should find out about that.
I've got a 1970 OA80 Orange combo, friggin massive it is. Pure Jim Page number. A mate of mine found it in a skip when I lived in Dublin about 10 years ago, he sold it to me for £400 cos he was a bass player. Couldn't believe me luck!
I was thinking of putting it in the studio at Rinky Dink, but I'd be worried about it taking a constant barrage of abuse. If anyone specifically asks for it though I'll have a think about it!
I think if I was ever to go back to actual guitar amps I would have to go the whole hog and get a big valve head and cab combo, probably a JCM or something. But then again, I doubt I ever will. My GNX is fantastic and i expect that things will simply get better in the modelling dept.
I also love the Line 6 amps but in my view they are modelling amps (as was the AVT275 for that matter....) - so I may as well stick to my GNX4 and if I do go back to guitar amps I'll do it the "pure" way.
Just traded my Fender FM210R for a Trace Elliot TA50R
Having a lovely Fender Japan 62 Re-issue that never gets played and a few acoustics that I now never set down meant that something had to give. Have to say I'm well impressed with the Trace ...sound is awesome!
My main amp is a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier. Its one of the three Channel versions from around 2007. It really does everything from warm cleans to full blown high gain and everything inbetween, Mind blowing sound and incredible volume, it really is a beast of an amp. It also has a inbuilt solo function that allows you to boost the volume seperate from the main volume, perfect for solos etc. I use it with either a 4x12 or 2x12.
In the studio I also use an original Roland JC-120. Its built like a tank and still has all the original parts, not bad for a amp thats over 20 years old. Great for that chorused clean sound made famous by The Police.
I have also played through some amazing amps by Solando and BadCat while doing session work. I would love to get a one of the BadCat "Black Cat" amps to put alongside the Mesa Boogie in my rig.
Hi Guys! I've got two Burmans - a Pro501, I've had from 1980, and a Pro502 that I bought broken for £50 about five years ago.Hee, Hee! (I know you've never heard of them, but have a look at the Burman tribute sight for a flavour... http://www.burmanamps.fsnet.co.uk/) Both all valve, top quality, cascaded gain sections, VERY LOUD, VERY HEAVY 70 watters. a mid '70s Marshall 100 watt 1992 Superbass, A fender Deluxe 65, A self built 5 watt Tweed Fender Champ clone, two mid '70s 100 watt Marshalls - a 1959, and a 2003 - both in need of a rebuild. a Trace Elliot 150 watt bass combo, and a Marshall VS15. And before you ask, no, none are for sale.
[quote:1233f5614c]1970s sound city 50 plus...[/quote:1233f5614c]
I would have loved one of these, but none available when I was buying so went for the Sound City 50w head from the new range. I don't know how it compares to the originals (having never played through one) but I love it. Easy to dial in a nice smooth overdrive and I get my fuzz from a bass heavy Metal Zone-2. Also have an AVT 50h which is surprisingly ok for a half and half.
Marshall Jubilee series 2553 25/50W head with 2x12 angle cab. I've owned it from new in 1987. I use it with a tc electronic G-Major through the fx loop and a Dunlop Wylde Wah up front. This is my rig for classic rock with Thunderchild.
My other amp is a Marshall AVT150 with a Vox Tonelab LE straight into the fx return. I use this rig with my other band The Deisel Drinkers.
[quote:28aa63baa3="remedy malahide"][quote:28aa63baa3]1970s sound city 50 plus...[/quote:28aa63baa3]
I would have loved one of these, but none available when I was buying so went for the Sound City 50w head from the new range. [/quote:28aa63baa3]
the cork-sniffers will tell you that the new stuff is just chinese-made crap that's been badged with a reputable name from years-gone-by, but i haven't tried anything from the new range, so i can't honestly say how they compare. i remember reading that somebody siad that despite the use of output tubes normally used in fender and fender-style amps, the new sound citys still sound "british".
what i like about old amps is that the ones with no pcb circuitry are easier to repair and service. i had a valvestate flake out on me that needed the pcb replaced - as the pcb had all the components attached and would have cost a small furtune (provided thay were still available at the time, as the valvestate mkii may have been released around that time), i basically eneded up with a marshall 1x12.
kudos on the metal zone by the way. that thing goes from overdrive to distortion to fuzz and everything in between if you know how to dial the sounds in.
the cork-sniffers will tell you that the new stuff is just chinese-made crap that's been badged with a reputable name from years-gone-by...[/quote:998ab54628]
Yeah I read a lot of reviews where people were saying this but I guess it suited my budget at the time, and for the £ paid it is a pretty decent amp. I was looking for an original for ages before that but there was nothing coming up, and anything that was was either in really really bad nick or delivery would cost a fortune. :(
[quote:998ab54628]kudos on the metal zone by the way.[/quote:998ab54628]
When I first got it many moons ago it was mid scooped all the way...what a waste! It must have sounded horrible at gigs. I resurrected it recently based on a recommendation on this site, and its the greatest thing I've done. I keep the SC on overdrive channel and when I kick this on I can get fuzzy thickness. With the SC amp on clean its a totally different sound when I kick the pedal on, less fuzz more grit. I've even run this with my MXR blue box to add sustain to the blue box...really good fun!
that's the thing about valve amps. and the way the heat of the signal going into the amp reacts with the pre-amp stage. although you can only push it so far - if the pre-amp is driven to the max (ie the channel volume up full and an overdrive/distortion pedal on) you may not get any extra "volume" for a slo by kicking on another pedal.
1979 Carlbro 100 Watt Bass Amp Head with 2 1000 Watt High End PA Speakers ... damn thing sounds like alien bomb going off ... think Star Wars when Obi is chasing Jango Fet thru asteroid belt and he lets off nast mines hehe