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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:44 PM

Carlsbro stingray!
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Posted 16 October 2016 - 02:51 PM

View PostBeer of the Bass, on 15 October 2016 - 07:38 PM, said:

I've heard a few people sound good with them, though I must say that John Scofield sounds so much better since he switched from Mesa to Vox and moderated his chorus pedal usage. I feel like their repuation as a "Swiss Army" amp is well deserved. With a Swiss Army knife I could open a bottle of wine, cut up food and trim my toenails, but I'd much rather have a proper corkscrew, kitchen knife or scissors to suit the task at hand.

I don't much like Boogies mainly because there's a sort of overpowering blarty muddiness which sundry guitards with whom I've worked don't seem to notice.

OTOH, I once had a bash on a Mesa Royal Atlantic and it was quite nice.

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Posted 16 October 2016 - 02:57 PM

View PostWoodinblack, on 15 October 2016 - 08:44 PM, said:

Carlsbro stingray!

I'll see your Carlsbro Stingray and raise you a Carlsbro Hornet 45!

I played mine in a church music group and it seemed OK because I knew no better. It only took one actual gig for me to realise how totally inadequate it was in every way. I replaced it with a Sessionette combo which did me fine until I did a gig with a horn section. The world of valve amps was beckoning...
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Posted 16 October 2016 - 06:37 PM

Peavey Bandit 112 (scorpion USA version, with the blue piping). They were ubiquitous in Colleges and rehearsal room once upon a time, glad to say that I haven't seen one for years.

The Classic 30, on the other hand, is magical!
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Posted 16 October 2016 - 08:06 PM

View PostJapanAxe, on 16 October 2016 - 02:57 PM, said:

I'll see your Carlsbro Stingray and raise you a Carlsbro Hornet 45!

Did the Carlsbro hornet have the Suzz control of the stingray?
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Posted 17 October 2016 - 06:28 PM

View PostWoodinblack, on 15 October 2016 - 08:44 PM, said:

Carlsbro stingray!

My first guitar amp was a Carlsbro Wasp. 10W of transistor power into a 10" speaker, all for £20 second hand in 1975. Two inputs marked bright and normal, Volume, Tone and Tremolo speed and depth. With a home-made fuzz pedal and the tremolo depth set to maximum I got some fantastic synth-like sounds out of it. I even used to amplify my bass on the recordings that nearly got my second band signed to a major record label. Can't really fault it at all.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 08:24 PM

My best distortion pedal was a valve reel to reel tape recorder - it did distortion and echo!
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 01:48 PM

View PostWoodinblack, on 17 October 2016 - 08:24 PM, said:

My best distortion pedal was a valve reel to reel tape recorder - it did distortion and echo!

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 12:09 AM

View PostWoodinblack, on 15 October 2016 - 08:44 PM, said:

Carlsbro stingray!

A couple of guitarist mates of mine still use Stingrays and they do get a great sound. Stingray bass gear is appalling though. Worst ever guitar combo was a Yamaha something I heard in the early 80's. Not sure what it was but it was dreadful and still haunts me... :unsure:
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Posted 24 October 2016 - 08:57 AM

I think the worst was my old Saisho (Dixons own brand) hifi that I played my first bass through, the speakers never sounded the same again.
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Posted 25 October 2016 - 09:10 PM

In terms of what it was used for, a Fender Twin that had no gain or drive, when it was a provided amp for my old punk covers band. The Sex Pistols, Clash, Anti Nowhere League etc don`t sound great on a clean guitar.
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Posted 25 October 2016 - 09:18 PM

View PostLozz196, on 25 October 2016 - 09:10 PM, said:

In terms of what it was used for, a Fender Twin that had no gain or drive, when it was a provided amp for my old punk covers band. The Sex Pistols, Clash, Anti Nowhere League etc don`t sound great on a clean guitar.

Didn't Steve Jones use a Twin live?

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 09:25 PM

Fender twin would be a great punk amp, as long as you have a distortion pedal.
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Posted 27 October 2016 - 02:20 PM

Yeah Jonesy used a Fender Twin in The Sex Pistols, but his must have had some kind of gain/drive on it. The one we had was clinically clean, couldn`t be pushed into breakup at all, no gain or drive on it. Sounded rotten on our version of Ace of Spades.
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Posted 27 October 2016 - 03:30 PM

The Fender Twin is an incredibly LOUD amp. It is made for Fender cleans and will only break up when ABSOLUTELY pushed.

Most use the 'classic' Fender amp tone for the stunning cleans (which are then much more pristine with single coils) then use a great pedal board for the effects. Any tubescreamer type drive pedal and you have brilliant tone.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 11:58 AM


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 11:30 AM

My mate had a silverface Fender Twin and used it in exactly the way mentioned by Mm20 above -- standalone for lovely crystal clean tones, or with a TS9 for those dirty moments. It was the perfect rig, apart from the fact that the Twin weighed as much as a truck and only had one poxy handle.

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 12:10 PM

After last night I have a new number one. The Blackstar ID260VTP. Fizzy mush.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 05:51 PM

I think the main problem with guitar amp sounds is that too many folks apply far too much gain to their sound which takes all the dynamics out of the playing and sounds to the audience like a fizzy mess.
User error, for the most part, imho.
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Posted 16 February 2017 - 02:34 AM

I used to play drums in a (for want of a better term) punk band where one of the guitarists had an SG into a silverface twin running through a 4x12 loaded with two greenbacks and two golds, with a pharaoh fuzz in front. To this day it is the most meaty earth-shattering tone I've ever heard. People used to ask him "what tuning are you in, drop D, drop A?" nope, just standard. Mindblowing stuff.

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 12:52 PM

Pretty much any modelling amp I've come across would win out here. I think the Blackstar ID range are perhaps the worst I have heard in recent times. Tried a few of them the other month and they sound dark and muddy with fizzy gain. Horrible sound that would be useless for pretty much any application.

And Line-6 stuff - the Spider I've had a few unfortunate encounters with and it is an utter horror show. I cannot imagine how anyone could love that thing. Saying that I feel pretty much the same about the POD-HD too. Expensive rubbish that sounds nothing like the supposed amps it's moddeling, lacks almost all of the dynamic reponse you get via a real amp, and sounds fizzy and brittle once you get it louder than bedroom levels.
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Posted 25 March 2017 - 12:57 PM

We have an ashdown at work of indeterminate model (1x12 combo of some sort), it is unreliable, heavy and sounds poor at best and terrible when really pushed. I see people on here with Ashdown rigs who are happy with them so presumably some of their stuff is good.

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 03:30 PM

Another fan of the Mustang 3! I find it a very enjoyable and responsive little amp.

Worst was a Vox Cambridge 15.

I had owned and stupidly sold a Cambridge 30, which I loved. Saw a 15 for sale a few months later and hated it. Tinny, brittle, fragile, and unresponsive. Yuck.

I did wonder if the 30 I had had had a new speaker put in? Never bothered to find out to my eternal shame.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 10:13 AM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 08 January 2017 - 05:51 PM, said:

I think the main problem with guitar amp sounds is that too many folks apply far too much gain to their sound which takes all the dynamics out of the playing and sounds to the audience like a fizzy mess.
User error, for the most part, imho.

This.

I learned a long time ago that what sounds good in your bedroom generally doesn't sound good onstage trying to cut through a live band.

Too much distortion, scooped mids, too much low end - all end up swamping the sound live.

Better off concentrating on midrange/top, and using a cleaner sound, to get a bit of clarity.

All said tho, some of the amps mentioned here are actually pretty bad!

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