How many amps do you have? How many have you had?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Cali Dude, Dec 21, 2020.

  1. GlockandRoll

    GlockandRoll Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Austin, TX
    Currently own 5. 2 fenders, one modified, marshal, modified jet-city, and a vox.
    I've had too many to name.
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  2. Vermoulian

    Vermoulian Strat-Talker Platinum Supporting Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    Over the past 15 years or so I’ve done a lot of experimenting. I’ve had 52 amps, of which I now have 19 if you don’t count non-functional broken ones:

    5E3 Deluxe (Mojotone kit)
    5F6-A Bassman (Mojotone kit)
    Acoustic 150
    Acoustic 230
    Ampeg Gemini I
    Crate Power Block
    Fender Bassman 50
    Fender Concert (brownface 6G12-A)
    Fender Deluxe Reverb (silverface)
    Fender Dual Showman Reverb
    Fishman Loudbox Mini (acoustic amp)
    Marshall 4210 (50 watt JCM 800 combo)
    Rickenbacker TR25
    Rickenbacker TR7
    Roland JC-77 Jazz Chorus
    Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
    THD Univalve
    Top Hat Club Royale
    Vox Night Train

    I could stand to part with some of those, but just haven't gotten around to selling them. But of those, the Mojo kit tweeds, the Gemini, the Bassman 50, the Concert, the Univalve, a Night Train, and one of the Rolands are keepers. Probably the other Fenders, too, and the Acoustic 150, which is a nice blue-front and I have a matching 104 6x10 cab with it.
  3. Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 3, 2007
    I have accumulated a collection, but lately I've been especially enjoying these:

    Seymour Duncan Convertible
    Orange Tremlord
    Fender ML Hot Rod
    AC 15 handwired head (50th anniversary)

    And here's a surprise (to me) -- my Elite Strat with noiseless pickups sounds INCREDIBLE through one of those newer 40 watt Roland Jazz Chorus amps. Like they were designed for each other.

    The ML (Landau) Hot Rod, by the way, sounds like it was custom tweaked for Strats. Very sexy.
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  4. batchld75

    batchld75 Strat-Talk Member

    May 18, 2012
    Santa Maria CA
    I have two gig amps:
    "92" fifty watt Peavey classic tube amp with a 4X10" cab, and a single 15" cab
    Lainey 60 watt tube amp with a 2x12 cab.

    3 different 10 to 15 watt practice amps
    An orange 9volt battery amp
    3 or 4 old amps of little value, piled up in the garage that have not been used in years.

    I had an old EVH peavey 100 watt amp that I did not like, that was my most disappointing musical purchase ever. That amp probably would have been great for a different musician, for me it had too much hum, and I could not use it at lower volumes.
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  5. Hoodster

    Hoodster Strat-Talk Member

    May 10, 2020
    Pacific NW
    Over the past ~20 years I have owned the following amps:

    Vox Pathfinder 15

    Fender Champ 12

    Gibson Skylark (vintage 1966)

    Fender Super Champ (original, not SCXD)

    Fender Silverface Champ

    Peavey Classic 20

    Carvin Vintage 16

    L’il Dawg Champster Special

    Fender Champ 25

    Rivera Clubster 25

    Winfield Cyclone (AC-15 clone)

    Fender GDEC 30

    Roland MicroCube

    Vox AC4 head

    Fender Pro Junior

    Fender PRRI

    Vox Lil Night Train

    Yamaha THR5

    Allen Classic 10

    Quilter Mini 101 Head

    Yamaha THR10C

    Fender Champion 20

    Traynor DarkHorse 15

    (The last two are keepers.....for now. C20 great for a quick plug and play; Traynor for sweet tube tones at any volume)
  6. Glyderslead

    Glyderslead Strat-Talker

    Jul 19, 2017
    Outside to the left
    Amps now gone:-
    Little Giant
    Cinema PA amp and home made cabs 2, 2x12’s
    Seller Selectortone
    Marshall acoustic 50
    Fender twin reverb - couldn’t lift it into car boot
    Musician 2x12 150 HD couldn’t lift it into car boot......but, best amp ever.
    Peavey encore
    2 small bass amps.

    Amps still got and used:-
    Boss L1
    Vox AC15C1. Installed blue speaker and kept green back in case of future sale
    Vox AC15CC1 Installed blue speaker and kept original in case of future sale
    Boss Katana 100
    Lowdown 10 line 6 bass amp

    Amps still got - but should really go, as not used:-
    Orange Tiny Terror 15watt
    Peavey Studio 15watt
    HH VS Musician Valve Sound reverb 100watt plus HH speaker in cab 100 watt.

    I play mainly clean stuff so prefer clean amps and use a moded boss tube screamer for overdriven sounds.
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  7. MoHump

    MoHump Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 12, 2019
    New England
    First amp was an old tube radio that just happened to have a 1/4" jack in the back; maybe 3-5 watts. That disappeared along with my first electric guitar about the time I got out of the Navy. About 1970 I bought a '65 Vibrolux at a garage sale which I had for many years until I sold it to a collector out in CA. 1972 bought a Bassman "10". Those are both gone now. Needed an acoustic amp and went through four Peavey ones before buying a Fender Acoustasonic Jr, and the smaller 30. The 30 didn't work out and I needed a backup so I bought another Jr. Since then, a HRD, Supersonic 22 combo, Super Champ X2 (practice amp), and lastly, a DRRI (main amp). Somewhere along there, I had a microcube, but it didn't live up to expectations either. Still have the HRD, the two Jr's, Super Champ, and the Deluxe.
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  8. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Strat-O-Master

    Sep 18, 2020
    I need more amps, apparently. Currently I have one: a Vox AC-10. It's the best sounding to my ears of all the small amps GC had in 2018.

    Previously, I had a Marshall DSL40 combo and a Jet City 20 combo.

    For 20 years before that I played a Peavey Bandit 65. I remember having at least one other, but I don't remember what it was, only that it was big.

    So five, maybe six lifetime. Maybe I need 10 more just to catch up.
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  9. Gas4Strats

    Gas4Strats Strat-Talker

    Jul 26, 2014
    Haarlem, The Netherlands
    80's: Fender Twin Reverb (after that not sure)
    90's, and beyond: Mesa Boogie Maverick 1x12, Fender 25R Frontman 25W 1x10, Orange Micro Terror 20W, Allen Chihauhua
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  10. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2016
    Philly, PA
    4. Probably too many.
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  11. Stevn

    Stevn Senior Stratmaster

    May 31, 2017
    Oxnard, CA
    I have four. Marshall 100watt is number one!
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  12. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 26, 2018
    Had? To many to count.
    Currently have? 8
    3 bass amps and 5 guitar amps.
    Hartke HD25 bass
    TC Electronic BG250 bass
    AMPEG BA450
    Fender Frontman 15R
    Fender Superchamp X2
    Fender Deluxe Reverb 65’ reissue
    Peavey 6505+ 112
    Marshall Origin 20w
  13. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Strat-O-Master

    Oct 25, 2012
    Southern California
    1. 1969 Fender Bandmaster Reverb head
    2. 1968 Fender Vibro Champ modded
    3. Fender Studio Bass
    4. Fender Super Champ X2 head
    5. Trace Elliott Bonneville 4X10
    6. Mojotone Studio One head
    7. Vox MV50 Clean
    8. Stromberg-Carlson guitar amp conversion
    9. Peavey KB-100
    10. Blackstar Fly 3 modded
    11. Mesa Boogie M190 (monoblock for rack system)
    12. Vox Amplug

    I used to own Fender blackface Princeton and a blonde Fender Super Reverb.
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  14. Doc538

    Doc538 Strat-Talker

    Dec 10, 2017
    At the moment I have 2. A modified Fender PA 100 watt tube head sitting on a 4x12 Marshall cab. It's out in the garage for those summer nights of aggravating the neighbors :) . Inside I have a Fender Mustang I piece of crap that does allow me to integrate into my pc easily.
    Over the Years:

    Sears Silvertone case with built in Amp. Gift from Granny (Love Her so much) gifted to favorite nephew.

    10 watt, no name with 1 8" speaker gift from Mom.

    Traded 10 watt in for a nice 30 watt twin 12's on layaway, looked like a fender but it wasn't and had only one speaker when I picked it up, they said my memory fault Probably true. Lasted 2 yrs then died . All were electronic.

    Traded my 8' surfboard for a Bogan MX30 tube Pa. Quickly modified 2 of the 4 channels for guitar. Build a 2x 12 Cabinet with good speakers. Sounded GREAT. Had for many years till a fire took her away gigged weekly.

    15 watt Fender Squire. not much to say Sold

    30 Watt Marshall Nice but pots were always noisy. Sold to buy

    Fender Mustang I, crappy amp

    Fender PA 100 that I re Capped complete with new orange drops, modded chans 1-2 for guitar, moded chan 1 plexi, built in 50/100 switch, rewired power cable. Damn Loud at 50 deafening at 100.
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  15. chas3rd

    chas3rd Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

    Oct 16, 2015
    Topeka, Kansas
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  16. GeejeeZ

    GeejeeZ Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 10, 2018
    Started of with an Ibanez 20w in 1980 that I blew up on a regular basis because our then drummer and bassplayer played so freaking loud. Then a 50w Washburn or something. And in 1993 I bought a 1973 Fender Twin Reverb that I still have. I don't gig anymore and the Twin is way too loud for home playing. My wife and daughter think it looks nice in our living room though, so I count my blessings and I keep it. I only use its speakers now for my Marshall DSR1 and Vox LilNighttrain.
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  17. Peter_Polfeldt

    Peter_Polfeldt Strat-Talk Member

    May 16, 2016
    Current setup:
    - Kustom Defender head(el84s) - rebuilt w better components, + choke (ca20w); with speaker cabinet 1x12 Tayden smooth speaker or 2x10 fender speakers or all three speakers.
    - Blackstar Fly - around the house.

    History of amps:

    1 - FBT 10w transistor amp 1979
    Yamaha 50w transistor amp 1980-1982
    Fender super twin 180w 1984-1987
    Roland cube20 1987
    5 - Fender concert 60w 1987-1990
    Roland Jazz chorus 160 w 4x10 1990
    Fender vibrolux 1966 blackface 1990
    MusicMan 210 65 head ca2002
    Huges and Kettner 10w tube amp
    10 - Vox ac15 cc1 2007?
    Marshall small 15w transistor amp w reverb 2006-2010 - favoured around the house for a long time..
    Roland minicube
    Roland JC60
    Roland Jazz chorus 77 2x10 2008
    15 - Roland JC 120 2010
    Blackstar Artisan 10Ae 2018-2019
    Blackstar Artist30 2020
    Kustom defender 2016 - current
    MusicMan HD130 2020 - for sale
    20 - Marshall mini stack - never use it
    Marlboro 70s transistor amp w three inputs - bass, keyboard, guitar - never use it
    Blackstar Fly - use it all the time, living room+repairshop amp
    23 - AmpliTube for i-phone/iRig - Fender;Bassman, Deluxe reverb, Twinreverb, and the two free Metal/lead amps - hardly ever use 'em...

    + speaker cabinets
    Marshal 4x12 cabinet greenbacks 1987-1990 used w fender concert amp.
    several 1x12 cabinets, different makes; eminence cannabis rex, Jensen p12, Tayden smooth alnico12" + something I forgot what ..
    2x10" fender 80s speakers cabinet

    The right amp for the gig/band is the crux of the biscuit.
    Drummer determines powerlevel; loud drummer = big amp/speaker for headroom.
    Find the sweet spot(s) of the amp! Match amp + guitar(crucial); vox ac15 sounded great w a LP, but not so good w telecaster ..
    Weight and construction becomes important when gigging more than twice a year.
    Fender deluxe/princetons are the ultimate "bring along" amps. Sound good, easy to carry and don´t break. Roland jc60 is nice too.
    The Kustom I currently use is for a small gig w a not too loud "jazzy-sounding" drummer.
    A VERY "quiet" - (no noise) - amp with a gibson 1 styled circutry.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2020
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  18. ChrisD

    ChrisD Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    I'm down to 3 although I've owned 3 times that this past year. On a whole I've had too many to even start listing.

    These are the 3 I have now. All EL84 and all 3 have alnico speakers so I guess there is a theme!
  19. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Silver Member

    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
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    If you count the Orange Micro Crush (technically it's my son's but I have used it more), then I have 5:
    • Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Reissue
    • Laney VC-15 110 tube amp
    • Yamaha THR-10 amp
    • Laney RB-3 Richter Bass amp
    • Orange Micro Crush
    I had a Fender Mustang I v2 that I sold, and before that a really nasty no-name 5w that I gave away. So I guess I've had 7, all told.
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  20. surfnturf

    surfnturf Strat-Talker

    Nov 28, 2018
    Surf City, NY
    Sweet! Three of my favorite small amps. Is that BB the 18/30 or the 15? Hard to tell from the pic
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