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Title: amps
Post by: Randy_R on September 02, 2011, 06:21:28 PM
not a tube amp, but what do you think of this Fender on sale at GC now.

I'm thinking (again) of didling with an electric.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Frontman-212R-FSR-Limited-Edition-Red-100W-2x12-Guitar-Combo-Amp-106728397-i1947990.gc

(http://images.guitarcenter.com/products/optionRegular/Fender/DV016_Jpg_Large_H74997.001_red_V.jpg)


Title: Re: amps
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 02, 2011, 06:57:26 PM
not a tube amp, but what do you think of this Fender on sale at GC now.

I'm thinking (again) of didling with an electric.



Pretty BUT sold out  :?


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Randy_R on September 02, 2011, 06:58:58 PM
Pretty BUT sold out  :?

It said in-stock at 2 of the Atlanta stores 30 minutes ago. (also available in black which I would probably prefer)

Black factory-refurb with 5 year warranty is $249


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Barefoot Rob on September 02, 2011, 07:04:58 PM
Nice enough amps BUT its has 75-80 watts more power then most would use.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 02, 2011, 07:14:54 PM
Nice enough amps BUT its has 75-80 watts more power then most would use.

Very True Here is what I am GASING for right now



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Title: Re: amps
Post by: Randy_R on September 02, 2011, 08:30:24 PM
Nice enough amps BUT its has 75-80 watts more power then most would use.

I sold a 200 watt Kustom head with two Fender  2x12 big jensen cabs when I moved out of Austin.  :crying:


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Randy_R on September 02, 2011, 08:34:04 PM
Very True Here is what I am GASING for right now



what is it. I've been away from amps for a long time...


Title: Re: amps
Post by: tulk1 on September 03, 2011, 03:19:14 AM
Never was a fan of the Fender Frontman amps. Never heard a good one. But that CARR looks kinda interesting.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: abalone at last on September 03, 2011, 09:03:06 AM
great clean sound and good reverb and tremelo but not the best overdrive sound....nice colour !!!


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Mikeymac on September 03, 2011, 04:49:00 PM
what is it. I've been away from amps for a long time...

That amp posted by JOYCEfromNS is a Carr Mercury, I believe. It's a small tube amp, but with a 12" (or smaller version with 10") speaker, 8w switchable down to 1/2 watt.

I have it's big brother, a Carr Rambler 2x10. It's based on a Fender Deluxe Reverb, but has 28w switchable down to 14w, reverb, tremolo, and, unlike the DR, it has a middle tone control, making it a very versatile amp.

Steve Carr and his crew build these by hand in North Carolina. More info at their website: http://www.carramps.com/

Here's some shots of mine:


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Title: Re: amps
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 04, 2011, 07:23:33 PM
That amp posted by JOYCEfromNS is a Carr Mercury, I believe. It's a small tube amp, but with a 12" (or smaller version with 10") speaker, 8w switchable down to 1/2 watt.


It is indeed. Don't let the size fool you, it's small but very, very mighty and versatile for a very small setting or practicing at home. Just as important as a guitar purchase one MUST consider an Amps intended uses. Most large amps are not that good in a small setting as you really must up the volume to get the tone you are chasing and then end up splitting most everyone's eardrums by doing so.  If you are looking to play a venue larger than medium size you might want to go bigger than my suggestion BUT anything smaller this little bomb will do very nicely without giving you a hernia lugging it to and from.

Sorry for the delayed response as have been away from the Internet a couple of days.

The other con to my suggestion is they are not cheap for an Amp. Keep us posted on what you intend to use it for and ultimately what you decide.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Randy_R on September 04, 2011, 09:54:13 PM
ouch. they are pricey.

Main use is probably just practicing in my basement. Although having one large enough to use in an outdoor venue or  as a PA has come to mind.

I'll downsize my expectations. Maybe a small used Marshall until I get a better feel for what I really need.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Mikeymac on September 04, 2011, 11:27:36 PM
ouch. they are pricey.

Main use is probably just practicing in my basement. Although having one large enough to use in an outdoor venue or  as a PA has come to mind.

I'll downsize my expectations. Maybe a small used Marshall until I get a better feel for what I really need.

For what you just mentioned, I'd suggest looking for a used Peavey Classic 30 or a used Fender Blues Jr. - both can be found used for around $300-350, and both sound great stock, but can also be upgraded (over time, as you decide what kinds of tones you're chasing).

Fender also makes the two small models - 15 watt and 5 watt - that have the old Vibro Champ (and "Super Champ") name in them - these are very versatile and easy to move around. Both can be had new for under $300, I think. Lots of folks also like the new Fender Mustang amps, which have some effects built in, and also under $300 for the size you need.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Barefoot Rob on September 05, 2011, 02:43:44 AM
BIG  :+1: Mikey


Title: Re: amps
Post by: SMan on September 05, 2011, 03:44:05 AM
It said in-stock at 2 of the Atlanta stores 30 minutes ago. (also available in black which I would probably prefer)

Black factory-refurb with 5 year warranty is $249

I was going to say nice except the color.   :bgrin:


Title: Re: amps
Post by: wilblee on September 07, 2011, 11:00:00 AM
Actually I dig the Tolex.  It just has the wrong grill cloth  :whistling:.

This is my Blues Jr. III, which is what I would recommend for your situation.  You can get a wide range of tones from the thing.  I also put a CMATMODS Brownie pedal in front of it to get some nice Marshall-y OD tones.  Buy used and not a lot of bread will get you some seriously fine tone at basement levels.

(http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz262/Omanarama/My%20Gear/BluesJr.jpg)


Title: Re: amps
Post by: SouthpawGuy on September 07, 2011, 11:24:00 AM
Another vote for the Blues Junior, great tone at low volume levels. Mine is the tweed version. I use a variety of pedals for od / dirt tones and it likes them all.

Gratuitous photo

(http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/SouthpawGuy/Heritage%20535%20SSB/DSCF0715.jpg)

The guitar is a Heritage 535 modded with Duncan P-Rails btw.



Title: Re: amps
Post by: Mikeymac on September 07, 2011, 09:27:45 PM
That's a pretty cool idea: P-Rails in a 535...  :nice guitar:


Title: Re: amps
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 07, 2011, 09:41:12 PM
Gratuitous photo

(http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/SouthpawGuy/Heritage%20535%20SSB/DSCF0715.jpg)

The guitar is a Heritage 535 modded with Duncan P-Rails btw.



Luv the 535 Friend  :bowdown:


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Randy_R on September 07, 2011, 10:57:39 PM
I'll admit to having wanted a 535 once upon a time.

So, will a hollow body be the next Larrivee project now that they have a T-bone?



Title: Re: amps
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 07, 2011, 11:06:14 PM

So, will a hollow body be the next Larrivee project now that they have a T-bone?



Been doin a Hollow body Dance for a few years now soo I am hopin as it only makes sense  :beer


Title: Re: amps
Post by: SouthpawGuy on September 08, 2011, 09:38:51 AM
Been doin a Hollow body Dance for a few years now soo I am hopin as it only makes sense  :beer

A semi hollow Bakersfield would be a good starting point.  :cop:


Title: Re: amps
Post by: SouthpawGuy on September 08, 2011, 09:42:57 AM
That's a pretty cool idea: P-Rails in a 535...  :nice guitar:

Great pickups, I have them in the 535 and also in a Heritage 170 and a Carvin CT6. Series and parallel humbucker, single coil and P90 tones from each pickup and they can be freely combined. Neck P90 with parallel bridge humbucker or neck series with bridge P90 is not a problem. The switching is done using the triple shot mounting rings so no extra drilling or mini switches were required to do the job.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: SouthpawGuy on September 08, 2011, 09:44:31 AM
That amp posted by JOYCEfromNS is a Carr Mercury, I believe. It's a small tube amp, but with a 12" (or smaller version with 10") speaker, 8w switchable down to 1/2 watt.

I have it's big brother, a Carr Rambler 2x10. It's based on a Fender Deluxe Reverb, but has 28w switchable down to 14w, reverb, tremolo, and, unlike the DR, it has a middle tone control, making it a very versatile amp.

Steve Carr and his crew build these by hand in North Carolina. More info at their website: http://www.carramps.com/

Here's some shots of mine:


I'd really like to try a Carr amp some day, they have a very good reputation.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Mikeymac on September 08, 2011, 09:32:33 PM
Great pickups, I have them in the 535 and also in a Heritage 170 and a Carvin CT6. Series and parallel humbucker, single coil and P90 tones from each pickup and they can be freely combined. Neck P90 with parallel bridge humbucker or neck series with bridge P90 is not a problem. The switching is done using the triple shot mounting rings so no extra drilling or mini switches were required to do the job.

Yeah, those triple shot mounting rings look like a great idea for expanding the pickup tones...


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Randy_R on September 09, 2011, 01:18:57 AM
I bought a Fender G-Dec3-Thirty today. The number of features it had surpassed any other amp that I looked at in the under $500 price range. Not a tube amp, but had good tone. It appears I may need to take a college level class on programming it...   :ohmy:


Title: Re: amps
Post by: PM33AUD on September 25, 2011, 12:31:36 AM
I heard the egnater stuff is pretty sweet. i myself play a mod50 which is outta this world!


Title: Re: amps
Post by: WPete on October 06, 2011, 05:14:39 PM
Been playing with my used, but new to me via ebay - Goodsell 5/17 watt LE combo amp - still learning the tone/gain/volume settings and interaction, lots of choices it seems like. This is an early 2008 predecessor of his current Super 17 Mk lll model and still has the steel chassis and old Hammond organ transformers. His website is superseventeen.com  check out the "sounds and reviews"  videos on his site.
Seems a good partner to the RS-4.    :cheers

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Title: Re: amps
Post by: StephenM on October 06, 2011, 09:02:52 PM
 :donut2 :donut2

Randy_R, How are you liking the G-dec?  I got a Mustang III a while ago and I've really been enjoying it.  I think its very similar to the G-decs. I found I was pretty overwhelmed by all the features initially, especially after plugging it into the computer.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Randy_R on October 06, 2011, 11:49:52 PM
:donut2 :donut2

Randy_R, How are you liking the G-dec?  I got a Mustang III a while ago and I've really been enjoying it.  I think its very similar to the G-decs. I found I was pretty overwhelmed by all the features initially, especially after plugging it into the computer.

I'll admit to not playing with the options very much yet. I just set it to 'British 60s Rock' and leave it there.


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Favata5 on October 07, 2011, 12:43:15 AM
If you want a damn nice sounding solid state Fender.. go check out the Mustang 2 or 3 series, lotta tone in these!


Title: Re: amps
Post by: Mikeymac on October 07, 2011, 05:27:12 AM
Been playing with my used, but new to me via ebay - Goodsell 5/17 watt LE combo amp - still learning the tone/gain/volume settings and interaction, lots of choices it seems like. This is an early 2008 predecessor of his current Super 17 Mk lll model and still has the steel chassis and old Hammond organ transformers. His website is superseventeen.com  check out the "sounds and reviews"  videos on his site.
Seems a good partner to the RS-4.    :cheers

I've "heard" lots of good things about those Goodsell amps...you're right, it's an amp that's worthy of plugging in with your fine Larrivee guitar!



Title: Re: amps
Post by: robwms on October 08, 2011, 02:42:09 AM
My amp search is officially over.

I'm now a member of the Goodsell amp club. Just bought the last non-black Super 17 MK III made. From now on they'll all be black unless custom made.

Sorta looks like an old suitcase, but then I'm a vintage sorta guy!

Can't wait to plug it in....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l636/robwllms/GoodsellSuper17.jpg)


Title: Re: amps
Post by: wilblee on October 08, 2011, 07:56:09 AM
Very nice.  I like the look.