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Do's and Don't for tweed amps?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by SeekTone, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Dunzie

    Dunzie Strat-O-Master

    Aug 31, 2013
    SW Ontario, CAN
    Tweeds you say???


    I love tweeds so much that today it's pretty much all I have. And contrary to popular opinion they generally take pedals very well. But maybe the NEED for running lots of pedals isn't quite as big because of that tweedy goodness when they're in their sweet spot. But a good delay is awesome, pedals for crunch or leads are great, and I run a reverb full time too (Big Sky or Immerse). Low gain drives like the Blue Note or Morning Glory or similar are fantastic IMHO. A good TS pedal makes for a nice lead boost. A compressor can be the only pedal you might need.

    But yeah, as others have mentioned, there's a wide variety of tweeds, and I don't even have the kind that many people rave most about (the Champ type spec). Mine run 23 to 45w, which is maybe why I love pedals with them so much.

  2. pughwilliam

    pughwilliam Strat-Talk Member

    Wow. That's beautiful.

    I'm feeling woozy. I think I'll go lie down...
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  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011

    Play them with vigor!


    Don't mistake covering for the circuit.

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  4. gibsonsmu

    gibsonsmu Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2015
    They are great amps

    Pedals: not absolute, I put my old bluesbreaker pedal into my 5e3 and it sounded awesome.

    A champ is a tolerable volume even cranked

    My 61 reverb unit through my bassman sounds fantastic

  5. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 15, 2014

    Is the best setting in EQ for tweed amps....

    Start there and work it....

    Push the mid knob for best results....all the way to 10 even....cut the mids all the way for that 60s tone.....

    Use pedals...

    Get a Fuzz and an Overdrive if you dont already have one but a Fuzz and Tweed amp is total sex...they practically turn into Plexi Beast....goose it with a Tubescreamer or a Fulltone OCD....and your set....

    Best advice I can offer.
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  6. Henfield Strat

    Henfield Strat Strat-Talker

    Mar 27, 2013
    West Sussex UK
    No pedals required with the occasional exception of a delay. No drive pedal I have sounds as good as my cranked Clapton Tremolux.
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  7. crashbelt

    crashbelt Strat-Talker

    Feb 27, 2012
    The only pedal I use with my old Gibson tweeds is the J Rockett Archer clean boost.

  8. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    If there was ever one post to end a thread. here it is.

    lots of folks think the covering means its a tweed. thats the same as thinking your black hyundai accent is the same as the black BMW 350I.
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  9. LarryBirdsFace

    LarryBirdsFace Strat-Talker

    Jan 17, 2017
    Do: Play the heck out of it.
    Don't: Turn it down.
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  10. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    If you just look at the covering, there are chances that you'll get a sheep in wolf's clothing. :)