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Dumbest amp you ever purchased

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by stratocarlster, May 7, 2016.

  1. stratocarlster

    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 6, 2012
    Telephone Road
    As a companion to the current 'dumbest guitar purchase' thread, let's talk stupid amp purchases.

    OK it was the mid-'80s, I had just rolled into Sydney with guitar in hand and needed an amp in a hurry. Saw one that was reasonably priced, and it had a Fender logo on it, so without much further thought I became the proud owner of a Fender Super Twin.


    It wasn't long before the reality hit home -- it was ridiculously heavy, stupidly loud and totally incapable of achieving the crunchy tone I was after. Needless to say I didn't own it for very long.
  2. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 4, 2013
    Every amp I ever purchased from the mid 80's until 2005 was the worst amp I ever bought.

    A Gorilla, used Peavy SS amps, Line 6 early stuff, a Crate that did not even make a good crate when gutted of the electronics and turned into a crate.

    Oh man did I tried to make chicken salad out of chicken poop for a long time.
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  3. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 30, 2013
    SE England
    I bought a Little H|H combo I didn't really need, which was just as well. I can't remember the model, but with a 10-inch speaker and a wooden casing, it looked a bit like a miniature Mesa Boogie. The only way it sounded any good was with an overdrive on the front end, which blew a component inside the amp every couple of weeks. Fortunately, the store manager was me, so I didn't have to hassle too hard for a refund. :sneaky:
  4. newplayeroldguy

    newplayeroldguy in the wind

    May 12, 2015
    north and east
    a modeling amp which shall remain nameless

    I spent hours tweaking it trying to get the sound I was looking for when I should have been practicing, finally woke up and bought an amp that had that sound naturally-now the only amp controls I use are on/off and standby and I spend my time with the guitar
  5. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    it was about 2008 or so....bought a ss line 6 combo amp. i was glad to give it away.
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  6. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house
    Smallest SS line 6 was not pleased with at all..
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  7. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 30, 2016
    Fulton MO
    Peavey Revolution 1x12 in about year 2000-1
  8. Reverb

    Reverb Strat-Talker

    Oct 18, 2008
    The OP has it right, except that it was probably relatively cheap.

    I'm surprised to see so much regret over small amps.

    The truth is that the dumbest purchase is a $1k-$2k amp that lives in the corner of the bedroom, weighs 40lbs and never gets cranked passed 3.
    Last edited: May 7, 2016
  9. fezz parka

    fezz parka Do you Reach? Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    Going to Eden...Hey Brother...
    All of my amps are kind of dumb. They just passively sit there, waiting for me to turn them on. And, turn the knobs. :cool:

    Worst amp I've ever bought though was probably a Peavey Pacer back in '77.

  10. lammie200

    lammie200 Strat-O-Master

    Apr 25, 2016
    San Francisco
    Pignose 40 watt tube amp. Real pigs would have been less noisy.
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  11. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    I'm not sure if this qualifies as I picked it up partly for the project aspect of it also, but the Lafayette I restored sounds like it has blanket over it. I love the bias-wiggle tremolo, but aside from that it just sounds dull compared to my Two-Tone and HRD.
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  12. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    A Redmere Soloist! Not heard of it? There's a reason. Probably the first ever modelling amp. It even came in it's own flightcase
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    Me and a certain Mr D. Gilmour bought one at the same time. He's probably still got his!

    It's rumoured they sold less than 10...
  13. Reverb

    Reverb Strat-Talker

    Oct 18, 2008
    It looks like you may need the pilot's license as well as the flightcase to operate it.

    There has to be a museum somewhere that really wants one of these. Not sure if it is the dumbest or the best amp purchase.
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  14. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musical Hermit Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    I have no idea why I bought one too at the same time. It really was bland and had missed the mark on tone.
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  15. drewflax

    drewflax Strat-O-Master

    Sep 14, 2013
    Not surprised to see all the Peavey amps. I'll add another one to the thread. Like the naive kid that I was I traded in my Rivera era Super Champ that I got new for a damn Peavey Renown because a friend got one and it was bigger and louder. Fuuuuu.

    I do really like the Peavey Delta Blues that have now, though.
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  16. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musical Hermit Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    I liked other Peavey amps - just not that Pacer.
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  17. wildhawk

    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 12, 2014

    Yeppers. It was ugly for my first 20 years.

    Those pastel colored knobs like 80's Peavey's Auditions were a warning sign. I had one.

    My 90's Crate 60 was bullet proof and loud... but the drive channel was a noise channel.

    90's MIN Fender Frontman 25R had a decent clean and was loud but shared the Crate issue.

    Muiscman tube amp. HD something I think. People swore by them. I swore at it.

    Many others.

    I do think Line6 can be credited with giving a wakeup call to the amp community. The new century and new technology has vastly improved in both tube and solidstate offerings.
  18. FormerTeleGuy

    FormerTeleGuy Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 17, 2013
    Oak Lawn, IL
    Blues Jr. Most overrated amp to my ears. Spent so many hours modding it, swapping speakers, that was just as stupid as buying it in the first place!

    The kicker is I initially saw a mint used peavey classic 30 combo for $350. My buddy told me to buy it, you don't see them for that price and that condition. All he used was Peavey for gigging. Should have listened to him!
  19. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 31, 2014
    I also bought that "Nameless Modeling Amp" - I never could figure out how to work it . The instruction book was an inch thick and written by a physics professor . Every time I changed something all the lights started blinking ? ? ? I was thankful for GC's return policy .
  20. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mine was a Randall ss state 100 watt head in the 80s. I don't remember the model, but I basicly gave away a silverface twin right before I bought it. I don't even remember what happened to the Randall.