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Essential Amps?
Old 16th December 2002
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🎧 15 years
Essential Amps?

What do you consider to be essential amps for guitar or for bass in order to get the "TONE"?

Marshall, which one?




What do you guys rely on for studio stock? Sure there are different genres but most of you have stock amps of some kind, so whacha got?
Old 16th December 2002
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plexi's Avatar
🎧 15 years
I have:

Fender Deluxe Reverb for all those lush clean sounds.

Bruno Underground 30 for AC30/Matchless crunch

100 watt Marshall for AC/DC crunch

50w 68` Plexi for the smooth fat distortion.

Apollo 1 for "Dumble" sounds

Apollo 2 for hifi crunch(whatever that is...)

72` Marshall 4x12" with Celestion Classic Lead 80`s

74` Marshall 4x12" with Celestion g12H`s

Mesa Rectifier cab with two Greenbacks and two Vintage 30`s

These amps cover a lot of styles, and is a major reason why bands want to record here.....

What I need is a Mesa Rectifier for those Nu-Metal sounds, and possibly a Hiwatt for those BIG clean sounds....

Old 16th December 2002
Gear Addict
🎧 15 years
A post tweed Fender amp with reverb and vibrato (generally a Twin, but any that can get the big clean sound - sometimes the right Deluxe is better for this on tape). Reissue Jensens of VST speakers prefered.

A Marshall amp, generally 100 watt, with EL-34's. Not later than JCM-800 series, with the possible exception of the 30th Anniversary models. 4-12 cab w/ Greenbacks or Vintage 30's (or two cabs loaded with older alnicos - yummy), the older the cab, the better.

Ampeg B-12 or B-15. Or SVT, but I find the first two easier to work with.

Those are your basics. Added points for a EL-84 Vox or derivative (Matchless, Bruno, legions of others), and a Hiwatt Custom amp, preferably with a Fane loaded 412. Small amps are good, too, like Champs and all the offbrand vintage things that resemble them (Supro, Rickenbacker, Silvertone, Gibson, etc.) - pawn shop scores, basically.

If we're really in high end here, I'm assuming access to gear hire that'll have more specialty models, like rare vintage amps and high gain high end models like Bogner, VHT, Dumble, and so forth. If you can't hire it, you better have the bucks to keep enough variety around to keep the clients happy. The cheaper alternative is to supplement a basic amp collection with a variety of higher end distortion pedals. But that's another thread.

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