Any solid state amp users?

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  1. Tony M

    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    Before we get into any of this stuff we have
    to decide on the size of our conference table.
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  2. dbb

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    Yes, but they are certainly SS, if only as solid as the host computer.

    Say, now, you've admitted to using both tube and SS amps.:naughty:
     
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    Then a solid state amp user I am then. :)
     
  4. dbb

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    Hey, I use amp sims when I'm recording all the time. I have various free and basic pay versions of Eleven, Amplitude, Amp Lion, Sansamp, Pod Farm/Line 6, and Studio Devil, so we both use sims.

    Do you have a favorite?
     
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    I would put modeling amps in their own category, as they model both tube amps and ss amps. They do have more in common with software sims than regular amps..

    In the end there is only two sorts of amps: Good and Bad..

    Eden.
     
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    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    Wade,

    Very impressive usage of Elizabethan English (often called "King James" English)! Many people don't realize that there is a specific grammatical structure for Elizabethan English, similar to the grammatical structure of Romance languages, like French, Spanish, and Italian.

    Not a bad job.

    I feel sorta...well...convicted!

    So, I take it that the amp version of "giving up the bottle" means not playing tube amps, anymore?!
     
  7. Gemini75

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    I started using the Line 6 stuff back in 2007, but couldn't really get the tone I was after. Six years later and I'm back using POD Farm, now that I have a slightly better idea of how to get a serviceable sounding tone.

    I'm using POD just for effects and the amp sims, as I really don't have much use for the POD cab sims. My fav though is the JCM800 sim, which I really think is the THE POD sim for heavy rhythm tones. I use that along with a Boss SD-1 and some custom v30 IRs and an Ownhammer 421 IR for a solid 80s metal tone.
     
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  9. milesdeem

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    I use an '80's era Randall RG-80 head quite a bit.....I'd really like to find a used Yamaha combo or head as well.
     
  10. lunchbox

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    Almost a SS owner of one of these the other day:

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    The demos I've heard sounded amazing. I decided on the OR15H though because I wasn't able to try the CR120.

    My first 'real' amp (back in like '86) was a Sunn Beta Lead. I wish I still had it. It was teh br00tals.

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  11. Krosis

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    I'm gonna pass on the Orange SS. Finances don't allow for it and I realized if anything, I need a quieter amp than even my MT for late night practice.

    I would love to come across a Sunn Beta Lead though. I've heard good things.
     
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    If you need a quieter amp, the SUNN aint gonna do it. It can get extremely loud, like the CR120.

    You can always turn down. And SS doesn't have a tube breakup threshold, so even at lower volumes you'll still get full distrotion (except for speaker breakup of course).

    I've seen them used on Ebay for well under $500. That's pretty dang affordable, IMO.
     
  13. dbb

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    They were an oddly decent amp. One of my friends used one for bass as did the artist below.

    And you've heard good things from them:

    Chris Squire used one in the glory days of Yes:

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  14. Krosis

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    Yeah, I would stash the Beta Lead if I came across a bargain until a day I needed it.

    I'm thinking of getting a small 1x8 or 1x10 SS combo for late night practice and I probably won't have to spend a lot of $.
     
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    SS related, I've found that using a fuzz pedal with an SS amp/amp sim can take some of that "fake" sound away.
     
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    Peavey Bandit, Red stripe. Have had it for not so long and normally I use it with my strat and consider the OD channel "profiled for other tastes than mine". I recently tried it with my SG and found that the OD channel actually sounds very good with an SG for some reason. Not just OK but really good.
     
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    I've been using my Vox AmPlug Metal again lately and it's crazy how much I like the tone on that thing. I don't know whether it's the little amplet or my headphones or a combination of both that tickles my fancy, but I wish I could find any full-sized amp that sounds similar. The closest is probably, unsurprisingly, my Vox Valvetronix, but that has its own flaws. I tell ya, if I ever need to buy a big amp I'm going to test out the AC15VR (hybrid).
     
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    Note the speaker in this little Peavey...
    It has turned this already embarrassingly good amp into a very classy and versatile amp. It can jangle, honk, bark, shimmer and sing.
    Forget about valves and transistors and all of that, it's just a great amp..
    So there...

    Eden.
     

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    SS/Tube

    ANYTHING sounds good if it has an SG plugged into it. (almost, LOL). I use tube amps and love them. BUT, all the folks that are holier than thou about SS amps don't know what they are missing. I have a little Crate GTD65 that has some KILLER tone in in. Add a tube screamer pedal, and SS can kick tail just like a Tube.
     
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    Lately I've been doing all my gigs on 2 amps - a Fender SCXD, which is a digital tube hybrid, and a Peavey Vypyr VIP-2, totally digital modeling amp.

    Who needs all-tube amps? Not me!
     

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