Your favourite Amps and Why?

Discussion in 'The Squawk Box' started by noobyXD, Mar 8, 2018.

What Amp company guy/girl are you?

  1. Hughes & Kettner

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  2. Marshall

    41 vote(s)
    42.3%
  3. Fender

    37 vote(s)
    38.1%
  4. Orange

    13 vote(s)
    13.4%
  5. Freidman

    7 vote(s)
    7.2%
  6. Blackstar

    3 vote(s)
    3.1%
  7. Peavy

    6 vote(s)
    6.2%
  8. Laney

    4 vote(s)
    4.1%
  9. Others

    29 vote(s)
    29.9%
  10. Mesa

    18 vote(s)
    18.6%
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  1. noobyXD

    noobyXD Member

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    So basically question is in the title.

    I'm just curious on what are your favourite amp choices, company or specific models and why?

    I've always been a fan of Orange Amps.... always seems to me they have been doing their own things, not trying to compete directly with the other companies, and they have been doing extremely well on their own.

    Thus far my favourite amp that I ever tried and played has to be the OR15. Price to performance wise I feel that it's probably one of the best valued gear out there. Proper all valve, full of the classic British and Orange tone in one amp!

    Other amps that I like are the Micro Terror, Marshall Plexi (super expensive) and the Fender Bassbreaker 15. H&K tubemiester 18 is good as well... cannot forget about that.

    What about you guys?
     
  2. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    Amp-by-amp basis, not really a brand thing. Love my Champ, have had other Fenders I didn't like at all. Marshalls, even more so.
     
  3. Lungo

    Lungo Silver Supporter

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    I'm a little surprised that Mesa Boogie isn't on your list. I like the tones produced by other amps but if I had to pick just one and say that I'm a "company guy" it would be Mesa.
     
  4. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Same here. I used to prefer Fenders because of their cleans, and get my distortion from a dirtbox, but over the last ten years or so I'd rather have an amp with both those basics in it. So rather than this or that brand, I go with this or that amp.

    My favorites of the ones I've owned have been an 83 Super Champ, and the Tweaker 15 I'm currently using.
     
  5. noobyXD

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    Oh yea... well, the music I listen to don't think any of the guitarist uses mesa.... shall add it in haha
     
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  6. chupe442

    chupe442 Confused as ever..... Premium Member

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    I love all my amps..
     
  7. noobyXD

    noobyXD Member

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    I know some people are really attached to certain branding/ brand amps while others are just using whatever that's good

    But to everyone here, what's the 1 special amp that you'll always gravitate towards to?
     
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    mmd Senior Member

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    Life started with me and Fender amps. They are the benchmark of tone - especially cleans - for me. I can always get it done with a Fender - especially a Blackface.

    However, I only need ONE amp to bring a smile to my face. Once I found it, it became - not only MY tone - the only amp that really ever satisfied me.

    The Rivera M100 (part of the M/S series)

    These days I still keep an S120 head and 2x10 cab around. The Rivera gives me my "Fender" cleans (and much more) plus a variety of killer drive sounds. There aren't many styles I can't cover with the amp. I do think it's ugly, but it sounds AMAZING!!!!
     
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    Stinky Kitty Senior Member

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    I think I love my 68 Bandmaster drip edge the most. Just acquired an AC15C1, and it's moved into a very, very close second (vying with the Marshall, which has my fave singing lead tones with just a touch of reverb.) My grab and go for tasks like leaving at my gal's place is an Epi Valve Jr - surprisingly warm, and versatile, simple little amp that takes pedals really well.

    The Phazes rock tits, and I do love them, but they are lower wattage, albeit Randy watts, but lack the headroom of the Bandmaster and Vox. They really do have super sweet tones. The Corona channel of the duo sound is amazing, and the SIBLY side is a capable contender, as is the 5 watt JTM. Something about a smaller amp screaming its guts out..

    There are a few others, so long story short, they each have a voice and play a role in the overall.

    If I had to pick two for the desert island, it would be the Bandmaster and the AC15. Forced to pick just one, it would be the Bandmaster.

    P.S. Why isn't Vox on your list?
     
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  10. chupe442

    chupe442 Confused as ever..... Premium Member

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    My peavey Classic 30. Somewhere between Fender clean and Marshal drive for me.
     
  11. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Aye! I am completely biased.


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  12. cherrysunburst00

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    What a GREAT thread idea; I love these kind of threads. Heck yeah on that OR15. Fantastic amp, amd at low volumes too.

    As a brand, I guess I would say Marshall would be my fave because so very much of what I like was recorded through them (except for Sabbath :naughty:). And I finally found THE Marshall I always wanted since the mid 90s (SL5).

    But in terms of quality, meeting MY needs, sound, etc. I have to list 2 "never gettin' rid of" amps: Friedman PT-20 and Carr Mercury (original, though I'd really like a Mercury V as well)
     
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  13. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    I have two Fender's that have been with me for quite a while.
    Almost bought a Marshall once, a hybrid combo.
    Most Marshall's I have tried were way too loud and the 30-40 watts didn't speak to me.

    So, I guess I'm a Fender type!
     
  14. Pappy58

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    I can't really answer the question as presented. I like many vintage amps, (Pre-CBS, JTM, 60's Ampegs etc)...but very few "Modern Amps"..... (Mesa has had some good runs, and the p2p Fender and Marshall re-issues), but the pricing is not digestible. I do Like the Dr Z stuff, but it's way more Vintage than Modern.
     
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    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    This is, and will always be, my favorite amp.

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    Mesa Boogie. Seriously tight cleans, dirties up nicely, reverbs are OUTSTANDING, and a model to fit just about everyone. My favorite is the Mark IV.
     
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    I started out with a Sears Silvertone tube amp with 15" speaker back in '59. It got nice big round tones, BUT the speaker cone would blow at gig volumes. Been looking for that tone since then through Fender, Carvin, and Mesa, Genz-Benz, and Bugera but no dice. Then I ordered a Soul Tramp Wraith head and hooked it up to two 1X12 cabs, and bingo! Got that big, round tone in an amp that WILL withstand gig volumes and more. They are custom built amps that the builder (Don Hills from this forum) can voice the way you want. It is my last amp.
     
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    Marshall Model 1987 JMP. Articulate and responsive and can get as nasty as you want.
     
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    My Marshall Astoria Custom is currently number one.

    Love my Fender amps (and Fender guitars), but with a band, it has always been a Marshall and a Les Paul.

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  20. Leña_Costoso

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    Some really good Fender amps I own (owned... long story).

    The brown Princeton, with original C10Q was pretty special
    Oddly, a first run Blues Jr was too. In fact the two of those played in parallel was even better then either alone.

    Ended up selling or trading the BJ, cant remember.

    The Blackface Super Reverb, with Celestion Vintage 10's really does wonders

    The little 5F1 Champs, with Eminence 12ALK's or Legend 10 Alnico are special in their own right.

    And the sleeper of the bunch, was the Sovtek Mig 60. That amp just nailed "plexi". Should have never gotten rid of it. Inside it was ok built too. Not great, but decent and serviceable.

    Right now, just for me, a 5F4 with Celestion G10Vintage (that are finally smoothing out a bit). It gets the job done, is more versatile than folks let on, as the bass and treble controls are really wide ranged. Great for single coils - aka - P90's, or scooped HB's (Seth Lovers, 57 Classic, Antiquities, etc)
     
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