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Offline j.hall

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desert island guitar amp
« on: August 10, 2011, 01:25:19 pm »
i keep toying with the idea of buying one of these "one size fits all" guitar amps.  like a bogner ecstasy or a diezel vh4.  you know, the ones that are essentially 3 to 6 different amps, in one case.  i like the idea of a single amp being able to deliver tons of tones in the studio.  of course, i'm not looking at it to solve all my amp tone needs.  really to just keep the stack of amps a bit smaller.

so, with that in mind.  what do you guys think?  what are your desert island guitar amps?  are any of these "multi-amp" boxes worth it?

Offline Podgorny

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Re: desert island guitar amp
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2011, 02:01:05 pm »
I have only used the übërschäll and the shïvä, so I can't speak for the ecstasy.  But I think I'd be forever happy with a Hiwatt DR-103 a VH4 and an AC15. That pretty much covers it for me.

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Re: desert island guitar amp
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2015, 04:20:09 am »
The text is very useful.

Offline Jim Williams

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Re: desert island guitar amp
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 11:40:04 am »
My 1966 Fender Deluxe Reverb has done it all since 1979.

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Re: desert island guitar amp
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2015, 07:01:15 am »
I'm a fan of classic tube amps. Little ones, for the studio :)

I just got a Harmony H303A from 1960.... tiny Jensen 6" speaker. Wow! What a sound. I'd be happy playing that on a desert island!!


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Offline Jesse Allain

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Re: desert island guitar amp
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2015, 03:52:32 pm »
I agree on the Fender blackface amps. The blackface tone is what I always envision when I think of an ideal guitar tone. The Princeton Reverb 65' blackface reissue is my personal favorite due to its small size and smaller speaker size. I like the fact that it does not overemphasize the low frequencies (80-250Hz). When the amp is turned loud and begins to break up, it begins to become its own "instrument" as the dynamics of the guitar become a great factor in the amp's distortion of the signal.

This dynamic playing of the amp can be seen in this video of Jim Campilongo.