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Default Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-21-2008, 10:33 PM

OK, we had the worst amp thread, now for the best amp you've ever owned thread. I'd have to say the best amp I ever owned was a Mesa .50 Caliber combo, with the 12" extension cab. I loved that amp. I traded it for a KX250 dirtbike, bad mistake. I broke my collarbone the first day on the bike.


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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-22-2008, 09:58 AM

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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-22-2008, 10:53 AM

I had lots of favorite amps. Seems like I go through phases where I prefer one over the other. Though this might sound odd, I really enjoyed the Peavey XXX after doing a few simple swaps and matching it up with the right cabinet/speakers.

Another amp that I really like was the Mesa Boogie F-50 and F-100 series.

Right now I'm currently playing through a Mesa Boogie Road King. It's a lot of amp. It's loaded with four 6L6 and two EL34s (+ the 5UG4 rectifier tubes). You can run the amp at 50-watt or 100-watts. You can choose your power tube combination. For example, you can run any combination, whether it be two 6L6 and two EL34s, or just two EL34s, or two 6L6, or all of them 6L6 + EL34s. Amp has independent reverb for each channel, it has a triode switch... you can run in stereo or mono. The damn thing is... overwhelming. But nice.

With that said, I really like the dark and grainy.. crunchy Peavey XXX

I never owned a Fender.. I think that's an amp that I'd fall in love with. I played a combo at a music store in Denver Colorado about 8-years ago, I really thought it sounded amazing. I just don't remember what model it was... I'm thinking it was a Hot Rod, but I'm not sure.

I had a 1984 Marshall JCM800 (100-watts), That amp was really neat. I didn't get to play around with it as long as I'd like to have. It needed to be boosted and you had to play it loud to drive the tubes.

Lastly, the Laney GH-50L...ah...now that is a tone machine. I love playing lead guitar on that. It was sooo... fluidy / silky. Some compare it to a JCM800 on steriods. I think this could be true. However, it was switchable to 6L6's which is another feature that I really liked about it. If you get a laney GH-50L (Toni Iommi uses these) be sure to get a noise gate. They're noisy amps.

Long post with a lot of rambling (too much coffee today)- To sum it up, my pick goes to the Peavey XXX.


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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-23-2008, 01:28 AM

best amp i have owned so far is the JCM2000 DSL401.


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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-24-2008, 06:57 PM

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I had lots of favorite amps. Seems like I go through phases where I prefer one over the other.
I'm with you there, I LOVED my 5150 when I first got it but after a few months of playing it got extremely bored with it and now I can't stand their sound.

Same with my Mark IV, loved it at first, still think it's a great amp, but ever since I've played a 5150 III and actually sat down and used it for an hour or so, it's spoiled me and I need a new amp!


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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-24-2008, 07:06 PM

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best amp i have owned so far is the JCM2000 DSL401.
The 2000 is really nice. The other guitarist in Crash Pad, back in the day, had one. Unfortunately he did not know how to get a good tone out of it. Which is crazy; he left it at my house once and I had it dialed in in 20 minutes.

He was a "pedal guy," but with the 2000 you really don't need 'em-- at least not for distortion/OD.
  
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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-24-2008, 07:08 PM

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I had lots of favorite amps. Seems like I go through phases where I prefer one over the other.
I'm with you there, I LOVED my 5150 when I first got it but after a few months of playing it got extremely bored with it and now I can't stand their sound.

Same with my Mark IV, loved it at first, still think it's a great amp, but ever since I've played a 5150 III and actually sat down and used it for an hour or so, it's spoiled me and I need a new amp!
Haha, welcome MatrixClaw!

I've got to the point where I acquire new ones, but I can live with them being equals or almost such. I've got 3 tube amps and all can do me just fine for live shows.
  
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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-25-2008, 12:45 AM

yeah i played the JCM200 DSL 50 in a musiclab store in chicago, i loved that amp, one of the better marshalls i have played, though the DSL401 sound similar they aren't the same, the DSL401s are a bit "thicker" IMO not bassier, just not quite as thin sounding as the DSL 50s and 100s are. most marshalls take to pedals pretty well, but an distortion pedal on a marshall is kind of a waste of a marshall lol, you can get better overdrive tones from the amp itself than any pedal is going to give you on the clean channel, overdriving the dirty channel is a different thing, but sticking a RAT, or DS-1 or what have you on the clean channel is sacrilegious...... some day I'll have me a DSL50 and a 4X12..... I'll also have a JCM800, and JMP lol, might have a 8 foot shlong too........ LMAO


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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-25-2008, 07:59 AM

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...... some day I'll have me a DSL50 and a 4X12..... I'll also have a JCM800, and JMP lol, might have a 8 foot shlong too........ LMAO
Make sure you post pics of the amps... but not the schlong.

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Default Re: Best amp you've ever owned. - 06-26-2008, 11:41 AM









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