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Bear Rose
post Feb 13 2011, 06:23 AM
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I've been thinking a lot about amps lately and I was thinking about how far I've come from my first amp to my current amp.

My first amp was a Fender Bullet series.....something along the lines of this:


My current amps are a Fender Blues Jr NOS, and a 1972 Fender Silverface Vibrolux Reverb. Such a long journey from the Bullet to the Vibrolux!

What was your first amp?


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post Feb 13 2011, 08:10 AM
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My first amp was a Crate GFX-15, which I thought was cool because it had distortion. I think it was one of the last budget practice amps to be built in the US. Its got a terrible speaker in it, it farts out after turning it up less then a fifth of the way up. It pails in comparison to my current weapon of mass destruction, the Peavey Ultra Plus matched with a Marshall JCM 800 1960a cab. And when its combined with the Peavey Valveking thats matched with a Peavey 5150 cab, the result is 220W of Earth-splitting tube tone biggrin.gif


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post Feb 13 2011, 09:54 AM
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My first amp was a Marshall Valvestate 30, got it from my Dad for my 18th birthday. Great amp, I also had a footswitch to change between clean and distorted channel. This was the time when I first got serious about the guitar and played along to many of my favourite records...I still remember a little scene: One of my friends came over, I was playing along to Metallica's S&M album, he asked my mom if I was home and she said: Martin, we all can hear he is home... lol

I sold it a couple of years ago and got a Vox AD50VT with integrated effects and amp simulator...never regretted it.

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post Feb 14 2011, 12:06 PM
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My first amp was a 15W USA mad Crate amp. Didn't sound very well toi be honest, plus it was second hand and its dist only worked sometimes laugh.gif


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post Feb 14 2011, 12:20 PM
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My first amp was a HH Studio 50 like the one here.

Bought it used from Hessey´s in Liverpool way back in the mid 1970s. When I bought it they also had a used Vox AC30 for the same price and I still got the HH rolleyes.gif ...


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post Feb 14 2011, 02:53 PM
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Haha, nice topic! smile.gif

I got my first amp with my first guitar for my 14th birthday or so...
I checked the unit but it really didn't have any brand on it.
Owned it for several years, but never really played the amp...I used to play my squier tele unplugged, because of the horrible sound on that thing. tongue.gif
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post Feb 14 2011, 03:15 PM
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My first amp is Stagg Ga-40 DSP and it's still mine, I don't use it alot, because I usually play using my Boss ME-25 and headphones smile.gif


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post Feb 14 2011, 04:11 PM
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First and current is a 75 watt Line 6. It's got lot's of fancy gadgets and effects, more than I need at this point in my career.


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post Feb 14 2011, 05:04 PM
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my first amp was from my mums catalogue, and I paid a couple of quid a week for it til it was paid off, it was an unbranded (or possibly "Kays") 50watt single channel amp, just a gain, bass, treble and master volume pots.

complete garbage lookign back on it, and I blew it up (not with dynamite or anything, although that could have been fun!?) when I ran a whole load of effects through it and had the thing cranked up full laugh.gif smoke pouring out of it the lot.

strangely, the second amp I had I borrowed from a friend, that was a Carlsbro 50 watt amp, it suffered a similar fate as I recall huh.gif


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post Feb 14 2011, 05:22 PM
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Peavey Rage 158:

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post Feb 14 2011, 05:22 PM
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post Feb 14 2011, 05:25 PM
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My first amp was a no-brand-generic amp for mic and keyboards... Really awful! wacko.gif biggrin.gif


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post Feb 14 2011, 06:24 PM
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My First Amp biggrin.gif but was the red version


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post Feb 16 2011, 01:58 AM
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Looks like we all started out with rather small beginnings in the amp department!


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post Mar 31 2011, 08:34 PM
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THIS was the first amp I every played through, and let me tell you something - that distortion sounded sooo great to me back then! biggrin.gif


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post Apr 5 2011, 04:59 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Mar 31 2011, 03:34 PM) *


THIS was the first amp I every played through, and let me tell you something - that distortion sounded sooo great to me back then! biggrin.gif


Hahaha! Thats awesome! Its amazing to me what I thought sounded really great back then and what it would sound like to me now!


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post Apr 11 2011, 02:14 PM
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Haha, my first amplifier was one I made smile.gif

Then I moved on to a Fender Frontman 15R:


and now I'm playing a custom Overdrive 50W all-tube amp.
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post Apr 11 2011, 04:21 PM
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Nice topic! I had something like this...

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post Apr 14 2011, 03:17 AM
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I built one of these from a kit in the early 70's (I was around age 11 to 13). It took a long time but don't be too impressed. It was similar to a "paint-by-numbers" kit. I still have it & it works fine except the actual spring reverb no longer works. I will never get rid of it.

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post Apr 18 2011, 09:35 PM
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QUOTE (Blister @ Apr 13 2011, 10:17 PM) *
I built one of these from a kit in the early 70's (I was around age 11 to 13). It took a long time but don't be too impressed. It was similar to a "paint-by-numbers" kit. I still have it & it works fine except the actual spring reverb no longer works. I will never get rid of it.

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That is too cool!


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