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Re: Guitar amp with presets?

Post by funsongs » Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:49 pm

Interesting thread and choice.
I'm not an electric guitar guy, and the first amp that came to mind at the beginning of your post was the Blackstar... due to bang-for-the-buck;
cause I've been lusting for a small amp to complement my Classic Vibe Tele (which has rarely been out of its case since I bought it years ago!)... I know "shame on me." :shock:

I'd sorta settled in mind on one of the Fender Blues Jr models - but the ones mentioned in this thread (small & light-weight, with modeling) were making me re-think my choices.
Now I'm anxious - like the others - to hear YOUR review of the one you decided on. Even those little 5-watt Fenders are popular - but not cheap.
I'm holding out for small & cheap. LOL
Your Mileage May Vary. :? 8-)
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Re: Guitar amp with presets?

Post by lesmac » Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:49 am

Now I'm anxious - like the others - to hear YOUR review of the one you decided on. Even those little 5-watt Fenders are popular - but not cheap.
No worries Peter! I'm looking forward to receiving it. ;)

I'll be interested to see how the clean and breakup sounds compare to my Deluxe Reverb clone.

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Re: Guitar amp with presets?

Post by funsongs » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:43 am

lesmac wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:49 am
Now I'm anxious - like the others - to hear YOUR review of the one you decided on. Even those little 5-watt Fenders are popular - but not cheap.
No worries Peter! I'm looking forward to receiving it. ;)

I'll be interested to see how the clean and breakup sounds compare to my Deluxe Reverb clone.
FYI: Here's what my Tele looks like - and that 5-Watt Fender Champ. "Delicious" - but not cheap.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMAmwOrbtMo
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Re: Guitar amp with presets?

Post by Telefunkin » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:37 am

Hi Lester,
I'd got it in my mind that you were still getting a Yamaha THR, and I had some interest in that amp, so I was going to ask how you were getting on with it (and actually typed in some questions here). Then I looked back through the post and realised you'd changed your mind and were going for the Blackstar instead :oops:. I'm still interested how you're getting on with that one though. Are you finding that it does what you wanted? Is it good for traditional cleaner sounds, not just rocky stuff? It'd be great if you'd be willing to share any thoughts you have on it.
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Re: Guitar amp with presets?

Post by lesmac » Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:15 pm

by Telefunkin » Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:37 am
Hi Lester,
I'd got it in my mind that you were still getting a Yamaha THR, and I had some interest in that amp, so I was going to ask how you were getting on with it (and actually typed in some questions here). Then I looked back through the post and realised you'd changed your mind and were going for the Blackstar instead :oops:. I'm still interested how you're getting on with that one though. Are you finding that it does what you wanted? Is it good for traditional cleaner sounds, not just rocky stuff? It'd be great if you'd be willing to share any thoughts you have on it.
Hey Graham,

It's OK but I haven't used it a lot since I got it. It is a small cab and you can't get the thump of a 12". You can get some clean sounds.

I would advise to put your money towards a Kemper. [note to self :| ]

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Re: Guitar amp with presets?

Post by Telefunkin » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:02 am

Thanks Lester,
I guess Scotty on Star Trek was right after all ....'You cannae change the laws of physics!' :)

I don't think I'll ever be brave enough (or wealthy enough) to splash out on a Kemper, so I keep my eyes open for cheaper solutions. There seems to be a rash of options nowadays and although that's better than no options its really confusing which way to go. I really can't record loud amps, and although I fancied building an isolation cab and stuffing it in my garage, that has its own practical issues. I'd love to run one 'jet engine loud' like Time Pierce does, but that's not going to happen :). See 38s onwards here....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rijqBhMrCGk

Back to earth, plain guitar or through most pedals sounds and feels anaemic, so I don't do it. I get some mileage from a Boss Katana that I can mic or take a DI from, but it doesn't put a big smile on my face. I can get heavy rocky sounds from a Moor Live pedal which is good because its reasonably quiet but I'm not so keen on the clean/edgy sounds. I've tried an external cab sim pedal (Nux Solid Studio) but it tends to sound boxy to me. I've also tried the free Two Notes Wall Of Sound software, but that also sounds boxy to me. I've got amp sims in Cubase and also Guitar Rig 5, and I can get some really good results from them too. However, there's something far less immediate about playing through any software though, and although the flexibility of being able to change the sounds after recording is fantastic, the DAW latency can be awkward. Its still not like playing through an amp. I've got an old Marshall JMP1 rack preamp, and its not bad, but not wonderful either (and the built-in cab sim isn't good), but at least its immediate.

Recently, I've been wondering whether to buy a Two Notes Torpedo Cab M+, which claims to be the perfect pedal platform (and I have tons of pedals). Oh, and don't forget the Humboldt Simplifier, and the Atomic Ampli-Firebox. Both impressive!

Then again, the Two Notes Captor X would allow me to run a proper amp (and I have several) into it and get the immediacy plus silent recording. I'm not so keen on anything with phone app control (I'm a Luddite) but at the moment, that would be my favoured option. Sadly, they're not cheap, so I'd better save up!

Of course, there's always the other end of the market, the Joyo Preamp House, and its hard to pick too many holes in what this offers for the price.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t26WNX_C_yE

Maybe there are too many options, and Scotty would probably laugh at all of this debate! :)

Anyway, I hope your quest for tone satisfaction eventually leads you to something great. Let us know. Good luck!
Graham (UK).

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