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Good Solid-State Amps
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Nuuj

I use a Gallien Krueger Backline 600 into Ampeg cabinets for both my Bass and my modular. I have a friends who uses it or guitar. Great SS distortion.


Tubeampguy

sduck wrote:
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Kent

My favorite in the "If I could only keep just one" vein is the Crate VTX200S. An outstanding amplifier in many, many ways.


sonicwarrior

I have a PCL Vintage Amp Stagemaster 75 which I'm using with a Tube Town 1x12" box with a Jensen NeoDym. It has been developed by Jürgen Rath who is quite well known for his amp designs in Germany.

Quote:

What I like:
Feedback dunno (never tried)
Early Breakup (depends on the amp) dunno
Sufficient volume check
Spring Reverb check
Reliability check
Portability (I don't really have the means to lug around a quaddie w/ check200w head)

What I dislike:
Lots of knobs check
Built in FX/models/blergh check
Creamy Clapton tones dunno
Approval from Johnny DeMarco check

Some good preamp/pedal recommendations for added dirt would also be greatly appreciated.


I like to use a Digitech BadMonkey before going into it.

The downsides are:
- This model is not produced anymore (the SM60 mini-top is somewhat similar)
- Rarely be found on the second hand market
- I guess they are not that easy to get outside Europe
- Distorts pretty fast in the lead channel when not modified


MrBiggs

Resurrecting a dead thread rather than starting a new one.

I was staying at pulse-divider's studio in Akron last month and played through this amazing crazy solid-state amp he has. I also recently built a Noisy Cricket 1w amp in a pedal enclosure and really really like it. My tube amps (a Rivera Venus 3 and a Vox Night Train) are both terrific, but break up quick and I often just want a nice glassy clean tone and low noise to run with pedals.

I have a 2x10 cabinet wherein I plug the Noisy Cricket and the Vox, and I'm thinking I'd like to find a solid state head with personality. I don't need or want DSP or effects or modeling. I might even end up finding a DIY project and building it, so recommendations to that end are nice as well.

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Just me

As much as I hate to say it publicly (not really, I like this stuff!) Try older Peavey amps. They are dirt cheap, bullet proof and some are REALLY good. The red stripe envoy110 or Bandit 112 are favorites here. The old Artist 40 and Studio Plus were super flexible little amps. Most of the time, a speaker swap to a prefered voicing can make them shine for a lot less than the cost of a tube amp or mess of pedals to get a sound.
And I'll admit to there only being 3 Peavey, 2 Fender and a Blackstar in the studio now. (Not counting 3 Leslies) The Bandit is the one hooked to modular today.


MrBiggs

Thanks. Yeah, Peavey. I had a Peavey keyboard amp in the 80s.
Ideally I find a head to use with my 2x10 cabinet rather than a combo.


colorbars

Any of the Roland JC's nanners


beyourdog

Fender Amps from the 90s are relatively solid and sound OK.

I had a friend who had a Fender Performer and we pushed it to its limits....

I must admit I still had my Fender Bronco bought in 1995 or 1996 (distortions i wild), it works well, I use it with my Moog, I use it with my guitar...not perfect, but I still enjoy it despite having as well a good old Fender tweed...


Gripp

Can't believe nobody mentioned Pearce yet. seriously, i just don't get it
I have a G2r and it really is a happening ss amp. Good feel and tone both clean and dirty I think.
It is very patchable too with a lot of ways to split the two channels and use the stereo power amp.


sduck

Pearce amps never really made it here in the US - they're really rare. And I seem to recall that they had some kind of bad reputation for reliability back in their day, but that may be incorrect. I always wanted to try one though - they had some great ads.

Edit: just did some research, for some reason I was thinking they were British made or something. But they were made in Buffalo New York. There are a few for sale on eBay right now. Maybe not as rare as I was thinking!


sonicwarrior

sduck wrote:
Pearce amps never really made it here in the US - they're really rare.

I guess Rath and PCL Vintage amps are rare in the US, too. The don't have a distributor, so you have to order directly although I bought mine some years ago from Tube Town in Germany. But this also means customizations are very easy to order. Since I wrote my posting in 2012 I got some other loud speakers: WGS Retro 30 and Invader and use them with the Stagemaster 75 when I want more color. They are meant to be used with my Gossmann isolation box which enables quick exchanging of the loud speakers in a very clever way. I hope I'm not becoming a loud speaker collector because of that feature. eek!


MrBiggs

colorbars wrote:
Any of the Roland JC's nanners


There's a mid-90's JC55 for sale near me for $250. I might take a chance on it this weekend.
What I'm hoping is whether it's easy enough to unplug the internal Roland 8" speakers and run cables to my 2x10, which I have wired so that I can use each speaker individually at 8Ω or at once at 16Ω.*
If so, I might be tempted, as a "hey let's make this more hassle than we should!" kind of project, pull the chassis and see if I can make it a head for my cabinet.

*(I found a 2x10 cabinet put to trash on the sidewalk last year loaded with two crummy Peavey drivers, some awful wiring, and a terrible smell. I ordered a couple of Webers and wired it so I could use one at a time at 8Ω (stereo!), or both at 16Ω. It sounds really really good with my little 1w Noisy Cricket, and just amazing with my Rivera Venus 3. I often unplug the Rivera's 12" Celestion and use this 2x10. Smell is gone now too.)


MrBiggs

Question about the Jazz Chorus amps, specifically the JC55, if anyone knows.

How are the speakers connected to the chassis/amp? Are there two cables, one for each speaker? Would it be simple to merely unplug the two speakers and plug in my 2x10 (wired where I can use each speaker individually...)?

My current combo allows me to just unplug the 12" speaker -- it's got a TS jack connecting the speaker, which I can just unplug from the chassis. I haven't found any photos online that allow me to see if the JC55 is similar.

thanks


moremagic

Just me wrote:
As much as I hate to say it publicly (not really, I like this stuff!) Try older Peavey amps. They are dirt cheap, bullet proof and some are REALLY good. The red stripe envoy110 or Bandit 112 are favorites here. The old Artist 40 and Studio Plus were super flexible little amps. Most of the time, a speaker swap to a prefered voicing can make them shine for a lot less than the cost of a tube amp or mess of pedals to get a sound.
And I'll admit to there only being 3 Peavey, 2 Fender and a Blackstar in the studio now. (Not counting 3 Leslies) The Bandit is the one hooked to modular today.
seconding this
i have an ancient rage 158 which is a fine little practice amp, and with the preamp out, its my main distortion unit!


MitchXI

I recently pulled my old ibanez sound wave 65 out of the closet, it's a bass amp I found myself with in high school. Not expensive.

Together with my 40$ undesirable rackmount multi-effect processor I'm getting luxurious, squashy stuff out of it that I had previously thought was not allowed in the solid state game.

The conclusion I'm drawing is this: any solid state amp will sound great with a bit of no-name compression and reverse reverb.


Liquidcolor

Just repaired a bandmates Richenbacker TR25. Luscious tremolo and 'verb and "interesting" distortion.


Crowyote

I really want to get a Rivera Sedona 55 or Lite Split Grill. Supposedly the solid-state channel of the amp is really clean and noiseless as is the tube side of the amp.

I used Fishman Performers/SA220/Loudboxes for years . .. eventually I grew to hate the hiss they put out. Really nasty to listen to for hours on end.

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