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Guitar Amp Questions
    #1268893 - 02/01/03 05:53 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

I am looking to get a guitar amp. I have really been looking closely at the
Fender Cyber Twin. It has the ability to very accurately emulate a ton of
classic amps, plus you can create your own amp sound with it. It is like
having 100 amps in one. Plus it kicks out 130 watts, which is pretty kickass.

The only thing I was kind of disappointed in was that it was a tube amp(I think
tube amps are antiquated because with solid state electronics nowadays, you
can have ANY sound, including a "tubish" sound). I don't want to have to replace
tubes(that is annoying and expensive). Also I am worried that it won't have
kickass distortion. Fenders are notorious for wimpy distortion, but an amazing
clean sound. I want an amp that has a good clean sound, but that can kick ass
distortion-wise. Actually, I could always just get a distortion pedal. You can
cover up bad distortion on an amp by using a pedal. You cannot cover up a
bad clean sound on an amp.

I am really into tight, crunchy, clean distortion. But, I want to have access to
other types of distortion as well(muddy, sludgy distortion, etc..). I
desperately want an amazing clean sound though. I want a vibrant, warm,
full clean sound on my amp, and Fenders are renowned for offering that.

So, I want an amp that will function well as a jamming amp when I am alone, but
that is powerful enough to be used in a band situation. I want access to an
amazing clean sound, and extensive distortions of high quality. Of course, I
am going to have to spend over $1000 dollars for this. Anybody have any

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Re: Guitar Amp Questions [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #1269905 - 02/02/03 03:23 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Well, I have to say I think you're wrong about tube amps.
The distortion is much thicker and warmer on them, and there's thousands of different brands of tubes out there each of which will give you a unique/different sound.

Anyway, if you wanna go solid state I'd recommend trying to get an old Peavy Bandit 112, one from before about 1998, they have "solo(tm) series" written above where it says bandit on the control panel. I have one of these and it's pretty good, sounds go from punchy clean to rediculously distorted though to get all these different sounds you have to manually turn the knobs (imagine that).
It puts out 80watts as a basic combo, or 100watts if you plug in an extension cab.
It also has a good speaker (Sheffield made in the UK), and spring reverb.

The newer Peavy's are pretty much the same, but they've changed the tube overdrive circuits, and IMHO they sound crapper.
Also it'll be cheaper to get one 2nd hand!

If you have money to burn a Vox Valvetronix could be good. I dunno, don't have one.

If you could be swayed to buy a tube amp (come back from the dark side!), I'd have to recommend my other amp, a Laney TT50.
3 channels, 50watts (which is way more than anyone really needs) loads of buttons, and a free footswitch to switch your channels, your reverb on/off, and between two different volumes (it'll make sense if you go play one in a shop)!
Sounds again range from country clean to drunken metalica distorted.
And it's pretty cheap for what you get (about ?800...dunno what that is in $'s) .

ummmmm... that's it.

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Re: Guitar Amp Questions [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #1270690 - 02/02/03 10:45 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

As I pounded into your post in OTD... Line 6.

I don't think I need to go into detail here.

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Re: Guitar Amp Questions [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #1274674 - 02/03/03 03:32 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Man, there is nothing better than a good, warm tube amp. I have a Peavey Delta Blues 210 powering a Marshall 4x12 Cab. I use a line 6 POD with a Behringer FCB1010 floorboard, and I can get any sound I want, and STILL get a fuckin hardcore sound straight outta my Peavey if I want. I use this setup to record and play live with, it's worked out well so far, I love it. Plus, you could get all that equipment for well under 2g's. Which for guitar equipment is relativley cheap.

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