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On 2/7/2022 at 10:30 PM, hinesarchtop said:

A friend loaned me his 1964 super reverb. It sounds and feels so friggin good. I can't get enough of it.

I'd love to play one of those!

This kid just kills it on Fender amps.... But he can play them at the right volume to find their sweet spots for tone.  Amazing player, he can emulate SRV better than just about anyone.  

 

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On 2/27/2022 at 4:37 PM, Jaguarguy said:

My divided by 13 FTR19/37 is my favorite amp

My best sounding amp is a Dr. Z Prescription followed closely by my Dr. Z Stingray (#001) previously owned by Brad Paisley

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I just noticed the nice pic of Buddy Whittington.  I love his playing.   It's a shame most of his touring is either in UK or Texas.  It would be really cool to see him live.

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I've met Buddy a number of times.  He played at a Windsor International Blues Festival and I loaned him my Maz 38 (silver head behind him in picture).  He is a fantastic human being as well as a great guitar player!  John Mayall once called him "the greatest Bluesbreaker" which would put him a rarified group of guitarists (Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Clapton, Coco Montoya, Peter Green)

 

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The more I play with the amps I have, the more I love my Supro Black Magick Reverb. So many great tones in one amp. It just sounds right.

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It depends on the instrument and style of music I'm playing.   For Hollowbody guitars, fiddle and jazz  I love my Mesa Rosette (300w  2x8 w horn) . For Electric my trusty Mesa/Boogie Studio .22+ I've had for 30+ years , for bass my Mesa Subway WD800 with it's 2x15 and horn. 

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On 6/4/2022 at 5:29 AM, greywolf66 said:

 "For electric, my trusty Mesa/Boogie Studio .22+ I've had for 30+ years"Studio 22.jpg

I've been a fan of the Studio 22+ since they came out, other than the hissy preamp which bothered me in the studio. I had one, the 5 band EQ version, but it was stolen from me, and I miss it to this day. As a live amp it killed, I toured for 5 years with it, and it never failed to give up the goods. It also sounded great as a head through a Marshall 4x10 bottom. I went through a bunch of smaller Mesa amps to try and replace it, but everything came up short, until I found a magic DC-2 that did the trick, especially when I replaced the stock speaker with a Weber 125A.

But a little more than a month ago, I bought a Mesa Fillmore 50, and it surpasses every Mesa amp that I've owned. It is a phenomenal amp with two identical channels. And for me, not being able to dial in a good lead tone that worked with my slightly crunchy rhythm tone, had always been the achilles heel with every Mesa that I'd owned. The lead tones were always too mid-focused for what I wanted. 

But on the Fillmore, the lead channel distortion tone is very tweed like, open and balanced across the frequency spectrum, which is what I love, and I can dial either a slightly pushed tweed-like tone or a clean blackface-like tone on the rhythm channel. The reverb is out of this world, it is so deep that I hardly bring it past two on the dial! And any guitar that I plug into it sounds great. It also has the best tone stack I've ever used on a Mesa, making it very easy to dial in the tones, unlike most every other Mesa amp. And it's a reasonable weight for a Mesa (under 50 pounds).

For "my kind of tone" it's the best single amp Mesa has ever made, and yes, I've tried them all. I have a bunch of great amps (Vintage Fender, Marshall, Victoria, Clark, Tophat, etc), and the Mesa is my favorite. It's so good, it's the only amp that I keep in my house now, and that's where I write most of my songs and do most of my demos for those songs! The only thing I wished it had was a tremolo circuit. 

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4 hours ago, greywolf66 said:

Nice Zemaitis~

Thanks, I love Zemaitis guitars, and I love modding them to make them sound the way I want.. The disc-top was custom wired by pickup guru Tom Short, the two in the next picture have Tyson Precious and Grace Humbuckers, and Gabojo Mr2000 DeArmonds, the last one has custom Zemaitis/DiMarzio pickups and a rangemaster circuit built into it.

 

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I am quite partial to my Supro Black Magick Reverb with matching 2x12 cabinet. It's just a great all-around amp and is super touch responsive. I have yet to plug a guitar into it that doesn't sound good. I feel bad that my Orange pretty much collects dust now. 

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