My moment of clarity.

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Installed a set of Wizz in my RO. And man did they sound good through my Marshall jubilee but, I picked up an original 1965 Fender Tremolux amp and well....there it was, that classic les Paul tone I had always admired. Maybe it’s in part due to the fender amp being a true all tube driven/ tube rectified amp vs the jubilee’s use of diode clipping. Or perhaps I’m a Fender amp guy after all these years of playing Marshall’s. Maybe even this amp is just special, but it sure does have an amazing tone paired with my les Paul. I recommend anyone playing through a tremolux amp if you have not had the chance.
 

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There's definitely something to the tube rectifier. You don't get the sag with solid state diodes.
 

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And there is something about those old amps too. You listen to side-by-sides with modern reissues and there is just no comparison.

I'd love to find a nice old Fender.....but being a 240v country we have more than a few issues with conversions.
 

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Installed a set of Wizz in my RO. And man did they sound good through my Marshall jubilee but, I picked up an original 1965 Fender Tremolux amp and well....there it was, that classic les Paul tone I had always admired. Maybe it’s in part due to the fender amp being a true all tube driven/ tube rectified amp vs the jubilee’s use of diode clipping. Or perhaps I’m a Fender amp guy after all these years of playing Marshall’s. Maybe even this amp is just special, but it sure does have an amazing tone paired with my les Paul. I recommend anyone playing through a tremolux amp if you have not had the chance.
BF Fenders and Les Pauls = "holly shit that sounds good"!
So, that is what is going on! Plus your amp IS special!
 

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I have had the exact same thing happen to me in the past few years. I played Marshalls and the like for 30 years. I have been monogamous with a particular Les Paul for the past five years and now I play Fender type amps. "Holy shit that sounds good" sums it up pretty well.
 

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I have had the exact same thing happen to me in the past few years. I played Marshalls and the like for 30 years. I have been monogamous with a particular Les Paul for the past five years and now I play Fender type amps. "Holy shit that sounds good" sums it up pretty well.
I have had the same journey, sort of.
I had a Bluesbreaker for gigging, love it and still own it, but got a Twin just for home use. The cleans were so astonishing to me that I got a Mesa for gigging with (which I consider to be a tweaked Fender vibe of amp really) and now I am in heaven :)
 

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Les Paul + old fender amp or something in the style is the sound for me! Glad you found it :)
 

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The thing about old Fenders that many people don't think about is that they are warm, I mean wwaaaaarrmm! Especially when cooking. Sure they can chime as well, but a Les Paul just sounds so beautiful and full through them due to all of that low end. It can make things a bit tougher in a bend depending on style of music and things, but damn does my Les Paul sound great through old Fenders.
 

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I played it in a band setting and compared to my 100 watt Marshall the fender cut through the mix like a hot knife through warm butter even turned down low.
 

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I played it in a band setting and compared to my 100 watt Marshall the fender cut through the mix like a hot knife through warm butter even turned down low.
That's awesome! My '66 Pro Reverb also cuts very well, I meant more in the sense that the low end doesn't always take higher gain applications as well. But anything from country to blues to classic rock (up to about AC/DC), they sound fantastic IMO. My favorite rig for classic rock, blues, and Americana is definitely my Les Paul through the Pro Reverb, it's when I want more gain (80s, 90s, and beyond) that I reach for another amp.

What speakers are you using with it? Like any rig, I've found that speakers really impact what an old Fender can handle tremendously. I currently have a pair of Celestion Neo Creambacks in mine, as much for the weight savings as anything else. They sound great, but I could possibly do even better. Before I had Celestion Creamback M65s in there, and I might have preferred them by a hair. My original speakers are not in the best of shape, and I like the extra mids and slightly tamed highs that I get from the Creambacks, though I might try a different speaker soon.
 
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It has never occurred to me to acquire a Marshall amp. I am a Fender/6L6 kind of guy......I like the 6V6 sounding amps too. I did play through an early Germino Hammerhead EL34 amp I borrowed for a gig and it was alive and spongy. That amp was discontinued..That has been my only significant interaction with EL34 amps.
 

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That's awesome! My '66 Pro Reverb also cuts very well, I meant more in the sense that the low end doesn't always take higher gain applications as well. But anything from country to blues to classic rock (up to about AC/DC), they sound fantastic IMO. My favorite rig for classic rock, blues, and Americana is definitely my Les Paul through the Pro Reverb, it's when I want more gain (80s, 90s, and beyond) that I reach for another amp.

What speakers are you using with it? Like any rig, I've found that speakers really impact what an old Fender can handle tremendously. I currently have a pair of Celestion Neo Creambacks in mine, as much for the weight savings as anything else. They sound great, but I could possibly do even better. Before I had Celestion Creamback M65s in there, and I might have preferred them by a hair. My original speakers are not in the best of shape, and I like the extra mids and slightly tamed highs that I get from the Creambacks, though I might try a different speaker soon.
The Bassman has celestion golds. The tremolux has some sort of Weber Alnico that’s supposed to be a repro of the original speakers. I have not checked them personally.
 


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