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post Jan 1 2008, 05:41 AM
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So I finally got to see the Eric Clapton Crossroads DVD's which I received for Christmas. If you love guitar you gotta see the festival, it is awesome. But I was paying particular attention to the gear the guitarists were using. Yeah there was the occasional MATCHLESS, MARSHALL, MESA BOOGIE, or other boutique amps but by and far I would say that over 80% of the amps used were Fender combo amps.

I think as a fender fan I was happy but I was more intrigued at what kind of Fender amps were used. I saw everything from brand new Hot Rod Deluxes, to vintage 70's Twin Reverbs. Gear that is easily affordable for many of us was being used as the amp of choice for several prominent guitarists.

Also, something all you fledgling performers should note. This festival filled an entire stadium and MANY of the guitarists were playing through their favorite 40 or 60 watt combo. So the next time you ask what size amp you need ... just remember it REALLY doesn't matter as long as it's miked and running through the PA system. Oh yeah! and one guy even used a little vintage 5 watt Fender combo laugh.gif sweet...

Anyway, just thought I'd share my observations!

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post Jan 1 2008, 09:34 AM
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But outisde of the Eric Clapton sound the life of a dual rectifier becomes esential, of course,unless of course you're only playing Cream. Look at the old AC/DC set up, not much more, but every bit as recognizable.


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post Jan 1 2008, 02:52 PM
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QUOTE (Hardtail @ Jan 1 2008, 05:41 AM) *
So I finally got to see the Eric Clapton Crossroads DVD's which I received for Christmas. If you love guitar you gotta see the festival, it is awesome. But I was paying particular attention to the gear the guitarists were using. Yeah there was the occasional MATCHLESS, MARSHALL, MESA BOOGIE, or other boutique amps but by and far I would say that over 80% of the amps used were Fender combo amps.

I think as a fender fan I was happy but I was more intrigued at what kind of Fender amps were used. I saw everything from brand new Hot Rod Deluxes, to vintage 70's Twin Reverbs. Gear that is easily affordable for many of us was being used as the amp of choice for several prominent guitarists.

Also, something all you fledgling performers should note. This festival filled an entire stadium and MANY of the guitarists were playing through their favorite 40 or 60 watt combo. So the next time you ask what size amp you need ... just remember it REALLY doesn't matter as long as it's miked and running through the PA system. Oh yeah! and one guy even used a little vintage 5 watt Fender combo laugh.gif sweet...

Anyway, just thought I'd share my observations!

Hardtail


My point exactly. wink.gif

But Goliath has a point there too. If someone wants to play metal it really needs some heavy sounding gear, not little fender combos.
But I'm with you that a good sound on those scales with a help of a good PA system CAN be accomplished from little tube combos, especially if you play the blues or similar. smile.gif In fact that is the only way - you can't really play blues on biffed up metal amps, you need something more gentle.

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