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  1. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    There was this amp for sale locally. I scouted all demos I could find and figured, why not ? It was a doctor's and the guy never found time to use it, so it remained unplayed for all these years ! Six year old and still has all tags on it.

    First thing ... this combo is HEAVY, must be made of concrete slabs or something (probably MDF). It's around 50 pounds if not more. All the ones I've seen either came with a single 12" or 3X10" (?). This 2X10" version talked to me, I like 2X10".

    It is a VERY LOUD amp but still perform well enough on volumes that won't shatter glass.
    2 channels.

    The clean side has a 3 position crunch knob (normal, 1 & 2). Crystal clear tones out of this channel. Crunch #1 position is nice and rich, though treble has to be set low (to my taste).

    Lead side of the amp though is unusable by itself, or maybe my ear is just not accustomed to a very very bright gain. It has pre volume and post volume. Pre volume past 2½ gets fizzy, under that it's fine. Gain tuned with post volume is very usable.

    For the first hour playing it, I was a little disapointed in the "native tone" of that amp. A bit too clean, even if it demonstrate the compression of tubes. Only when I put an OD pedal in front of it did it really revieled itself. That thing is a beast of nice rich tones. I haven't gone through the FX loop yet.

    One car porn pic.

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    One controls pic.

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    Nice! I have never met a Fender amp with a clean channel that wasn't "to die for". I know what you mean about the gain channel though. Fender just seems to have different ideas than I do about what a lead channel should sound like. I can usually make it work, but have yet to play one I really felt didn't need at least a little help from a good pedal.

    I have a solid state Fender Power Chorus, which is a 130 watt beast (dual 65 watt stereo power amp stage Twin), and the lead channel is especially bad on that one. The clean channel is pretty good though, and the true stereo chorus is a thing of beauty. I usually set it up so that the lead channel is just a slightly louder semi-clean channel (before the objectionable buzzy distortion sets in) and throw a good distortion pedal or two in front of it. That usually gives me some choices that I don't dislike from that channel.

    I mostly keep it around because for what I could sell it for I could maybe buy a sweet boutique stereo chorus pedal, but then I would still have to get two matching guitar amps to run it through. It is basically just my "go to" chorus pedal at this point. :D

    I would love to get a nice fender tube amp someday, I'm sure you will get a lot of good out of that one.
     
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    I have the original run of the Roland Blues Cube. The clean channel, with it's 3 way of crunch, is one of the most perfect things around. A few tweaks and any guitar can sound great. And while I agree that on most Roland amps, the gain channel is useless, I actually use mine. I like the tone of it, and can always be used as a boost. And it LOVES pedals!!
    My only bitch is the plastic 1/4" jacks. They break. EASILY break. But eventually I will get around tearing the amp apart and replacing them.
     
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    If I keep it, I might build a new cab for it. Pine, smaller, with controls up front instead of on top, like the Katana Artist.
     
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    Wow, I was confused... Couldn't read the name on the front, but it kind of looked like a modern fender badge. Guess I should have looked at the model number on the control plate. Ah well, my bad there.
     
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    I laughed at myself last night ... As I looked at the back of the amp from across the room, I wondered why they put both 10" speakers so low in the cabinet. Why such a big cab for two 10". It's then that it hit me ... there is a third 10 incher above those two. So it is a 310 finally ...

    That is a LOUD amp and yes, cleans are very Fender like rich. Took me a few hours to find some usable gain. Master control almost dimed and loudness adjusted with preamp. I am slowly finding its sweet spot but it is in the louder side of that amp.

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    Can you elaborate on your settings ?
     
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    Well, that was that. I just sold it with a little mo'money in my pocket. Couldn't find my tone in that big box.

    Put it on the market early AM. By noon I had a dozen inquiries. I guess I could have asked more $.
     

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