- Jul 19, 2012
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I'd love to have a SS amp, but I have no real use for one. Coolest looing amp ever made, but they sound like crap.
Agreed. SS and modelers have their own category and that includes the hybrids.Not all SS amps are modelers. All modelers are at least partially solid state, some are all SS.. Could you imagine the size, weight and cost of an all tube modeler, with enough tubes to model the necessary circuits?
SS means transistors, that's all. Fender sells tube amps with emulators, which would be DSPs under the hood.
There was a handful of good ss amps prior to modeling. Fender, Roland, Marshall, Yamaha just to name a few. Good hands make the most difference. I do still prefer the feel of a good tube amp but I have gotten the job done numerous times with SS
The JC 120 used to be a cool amp, with headroom to spare (and weight too).I recently purchased a Roland JC-40
However, I could not get along with the loud hiss and returned it
Always read how the Roland JC's were the gold standard for a clean sound but never knew about this hiss until I got it
Note: I find the discussion interesting as the lines between a lot of stuff has blurred over the years... Feel free to ignore my blathering and scroll past...)This is probably an appropriate thread for HAD's "crystal lattice" quote.
The only SS amp I had that sounded ok was a Lab Series. But then, I didn’t really have many. I loved the JC120 for the clean chorus sound.
This Twin Reverb is the same physical size as the classic Twin Reverb, but it has the sonic virtures I described above including adjusting the power output.^ That twin is perhaps the only version that I would go for. The regular twin is just too big, too loud and too costly. However I could see myself getting that as I've always had a curiosity about the model......and I have tube versions of smaller Fenders which scratch those itches already.