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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2013-12-19T02:00:26+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=3&t=10324 2013-12-19T02:00:26+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=123012#p123012 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]>
gatorblue wrote:
90% of the gigs you'll play, you don't need more than 20 watts. Buy a low watt amp, turn it up to 8, turn your guitar volume knob down and play like that. When you play a solo turn up the guitar volume and it will scream for you.
Trust me on this--you can always mic your amp in a big venue but you can't turn down a 60-100 watt amp enough for most venues and still have a good sound.

I trust you. :wink:

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2013-12-15T23:35:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=123004#p123004 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]> Statistics: Posted by Jakeblues — Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:35 pm


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2013-12-14T05:31:31+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=123001#p123001 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]>
90% of the gigs you'll play, you don't need more than 20 watts. Buy a low watt amp, turn it up to 8, turn your guitar volume knob down and play like that. When you play a solo turn up the guitar volume and it will scream for you. Trust me on this--you can always mic your amp in a big venue but you can't turn down a 60-100 watt amp enough for most venues and still have a good sound.

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2013-06-17T23:32:03+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=122713#p122713 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]>
If your playing out, then you need to look for the amp that will give you the basic tone and stage volume you're looking for. I played with a silver faced bassman then later with a 75, both of which worked well for medium to large clubs that we were playing. For a dirty sound, I had to drive the heck out of the bassman, the 75 had cascading pre-amp stages and could go from clean to scream with the touch of a foot switch. These days, all I do is record, so I use a modeling direct box, and my amps collect dust.

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2013-06-11T18:01:16+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=122698#p122698 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]>
And even worse...

As time goes by, and your sense of tone gets more sophisticated what used to sound good won't sound good anymore.

I've had many, many amps over my 40 years of playing. Some of them I'm embarrassed to say I've even owned (Fender Prosonic). And many I wish I never got rid of (Ampeg Gemini 1).

But the point is you'll always be searching for tone and looking for something else.

My favorite amp right now is a Super Champ XD. Talk about versitile... I can get so many sounds out of that thing. It's a great amp for learning what sounds move you. You can get everything from Fender clean to Marshall shred, as well as everything in between.

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2009-12-08T15:11:12+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=100617#p100617 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]> http://www.jetcityamplification.com/ Their first product on the market is called the JCA20H (JCA = company; 20 = wattage; H = head). This is an all tube head with no frills (NO DSP, No reverb, No FX loop, etc.) just simple plug n' play. It does have a master volume and a presence control along with the typical TMB controls.

I checked out 3 you tube videos on this unit and it kind of piqued my interest. The other day on the way home from I decided to stop into the local banjo shack (Guitar Center) because they were supposed to have already received a shipment of these new amps. They had one in stock and I had the sales guy hook it up to a 2x12 speaker cabinet. the speaker cab was an Egnater 2x12. To test it out I figured I'd used a cheap guitar and they had an Epi "faded" SG handy. I set all the dials at 12:00 except for the master volume which I put up at about 7 and the preamp gain I set at about 1. Great tone! Nice and clean with a little break up starting to happen when I turned the guitar all the way up. I fiddled with the tone knobs a bit and the amp responded well with quite a palette of usable tones. I then turned the master volume down to around 2 and took the preamp up to around 8. Great rock distortion! This might sound funny but the distortion was almost too smooth.

After noodling around on the guitar long enough to start to annoy the sales folks I figured it was time to get a brief blast of volume. Yeah! This will do gig volumes with room to spare.

The bottom line is that this Chinese made/designed by Mike Soldano (Yes. THAT Soldano - He's a partner in the company) amp comes in at $299.00 here in the states. I looked around the net for pricing and it was the same at all the usual stores. Sam Ash offers the combo (1x12) at $449.00 (might have been $499). I just really dig a 2x12 and I figure using a separate head and speaker cab will make the load seem a little lighter. Any way, I was impressed enough that I think I might find one under the tree come Christmas day...I'll just have to convince the wife that Santa really does exist and that he dropped by.

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2009-11-29T07:54:19+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=100491#p100491 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]>
Bournio wrote:
Tube amps aren't always the best option... If you're after a really clean tone with little distortion then solid-state amps are the way to go... tube amps (even ones with a gain control seperate to the volume) do distort more than solid state amps at a given volume, even if the pre-amp tubes aren't overdriven themselves

This is true, but typical blues tone is at least "some" breakup. I haven't heard many solid state amps that have the warmth needed for the blues tone most players want. You can play blues on pretty much any amp if you have educated fingers and good phrasing, but the "too clean" (almost sterile) tone of most solid state amps leaves a lot to be desired by most blues players. I think he would hit his blues tone more easily with a good tube amp and just a couple of pedals for a little spice.

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2009-11-29T07:36:06+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=100490#p100490 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]>
bluescentric wrote:
So I've just got a little Behringer amp that I bought when I first started playing guitar. It's only redeeming quality is that it's got some switches I can play with to get distortion or keep it clean if I want (and I don't have any effects pedals, so it works out nicely for now.) Other than that it's an annoyance to me. I'm planning on shopping around for an amp, but once I made the decision... it dawned on me that, while I've been gung ho on the guitar, pickups, sounds, etc, etc.... I don't know jack crap about Amps lol.

So where should I even start?


First, try to sell or trade off the current amp for a tubed driven amp. You'll get that bluesy sound much more easily. It's true the player makes the difference, but if you're asking this question seriously, then you're most likely not an experienced enough blues player to get the sound you want on a solid state amp. On second thought, there is a solid state amp I know of that has a pretty damn good sound for blues. It's the fender M-80. I've got tube amps (Marshall JCM 800 (2203), Mesa Mark III, 1966 Vibro Champ, 1950 Gibson BR6F, and others, but the M-80 does a damn good job. I have the 1x12 version and this lil sucker has plenty of warm power plus a very good drive channel. I also have a Behringer 212 and it's loud as hell (120 watts) but not a bluesy amp. THe M-80 has a way better sound. You can get tube amps on eBay for between $100 and $300 that would do the trick. For bedroom practice, go for the low watt amps, under 18 watts. The ones around 10 or less break up earlier and you can get some great blues vibe going without needing pedals. A 60's to 70's Fender Champ will do a great job and they still have a reasonable price. Other brands like silvertone will cost less, not exactly the same sound, but not bad. Do an eBay search for "Vintage Tube". Craigslist is good to use too, since you can try before you buy. If you have the bucks, there are plenty of good (expensive) boutique amps out there as well as vintage amps that are always moving up in price. I have a 1993 Fender Blues Deluxe (40 watts) that I picked up for $300. Great sounding amp (if you use the right tubes) and has a very good resale value. I just recently ordered a Egnater Rebel 20 head. It has pentode/Triode switching, variable power from 1 - 20 watts as well as tube switching so you can switch on and off different sets of tubes. Picked it up on eBay for $340 (good deal). If you use this amp with a 1x12 or 2x12 cab using Celestion or Eminence speakers you can get some great blues vibe.

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2009-10-16T13:22:06+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=99675#p99675 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]> Statistics: Posted by texas blues — Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:22 pm


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2009-10-16T13:19:47+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10324&p=99674#p99674 <![CDATA[Re: New Blues amp... where to start?]]>
All are light weight (except the Hartke, and it's modular, so easy to move around) and sound really good for the guitars I plug into them ('70 Les Paul Deluxe, '00 335 Dot, '08 SG Special Faded). The BM/Weber is destined for the 335 -- I've been using it with the Hartke 1-15 but it needs a proper guitar cab to breathe.

I was told, back in about 1979, that the way to go is a Gibson electric through a Fender amp. After messing with many other brands, I have come around to believe that is the straight truth.

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