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Old October 10th, 2014, 10:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any love for SS amps?

Personally I prefer the feel of a tube amp. Especially a cranked one, I have the feeling that the amp reacts to my play. For home use however, I've got a 20W Roland Cube in the living room. It's closed, no exposed high voltage tubes (so harmless for the kids)indestructable (also for the kids), it sounds acceptable when I play my Guitar on the couch when the boys are sleeping upstairs. Anyone?

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Old October 10th, 2014, 02:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I did some trading a few years back and got a Roland Cube30, I planned to use it around the house for practice-but I've used it often for small gigs.

It has some nice amp sims and the size and weight is ideal-so I can save the wear and tear on my tubes.

I can't say its indestructable though-its weak part is the plastic input jack, it will easily break off if the amp gets bumped accidentally in loading/unloading-thats how mine was damaged.

The good part is that the jack can be repaired with a part from antique electronics supply-for $1.95 plus shipping. Roland will charge you for the entire circuit board-about $200 or more!!!

The part is S-H533-A at antique electronics supply.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 04:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, my Fender Acoustasonic amp is ss, and killer!

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Old October 10th, 2014, 09:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a Crate G60 that is Solid State. however, I have one Gretsch guitar with DynaSonic pickups that it can not handle very well without "breaking up". so, I've gone back to using my tube amps.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 10:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use to like SS for consistency of tone but that was a long time ago. Now i prefer the dynamics of tubes or a very good tube/hybrid modeling amp such as what I own with the Fender Super Champ X2.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 01:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a Peavey Transtube Studio Pro where we rehearse and I'm really impressed with it....very clean and quiet. Great for recording too.

However, although the Transtube does a pretty good tube imitation, it can't beat my Champ, SFDR or Blues Deluxe for dynamics
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Old October 11th, 2014, 06:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Rob, I remember well the days when Transtube was being introduced via all the guitar magazine ads. I remember playing one for the first time. I wasn't overly impressed but could definitely tell it was different than a SS in terms of feel when playing thru it. Peavey is one of those companies I have a fondness for because my first real amp was a Peavey and my beginnings on guitar were on a Classic Chorus SS.
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Yeah, my first real amp was one of those hybrid Peavey Classics from the 70s. I gigged with that amp almost every weekend for nearly 20 years ...never a problem. Nowadays, I believe used Peaveys are the best bang for the buck as they sell for peanuts while being decent and very reliable.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 09:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hello,
I have modified two SS amps with amazing results. One was an off brand RMS 20 and the other was a Fender Squier 15. I cut the bottom off and added 2" of wood to each side. I put a 12" speaker in the cabinet.
Next I obtained the schematic and offset the clipping diodes. Left the back off, both now sound huge. With the unique controls of the Fender, as it has treble, mid range, and bass, it is capable of dialing in a much wider range of sounds than any Fender amp with only treble and bass.
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Old October 12th, 2014, 02:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've got a couple tube amps that I really like -
a 1993 Fender Hot Rod DeVille 4x10:

and a 2012 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue:

However, as much as I like them, I have a few SS amps that I use far more often.
First is the 2013 Fender Champion 40:
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