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 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.
[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.
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