Preferred amp for EJ Thinline

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  1. Sushi313

    Sushi313 Strat-Talk Member

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    I am interested in getting an EJ Thinline. What kind of amp would be best paired with this type of guitar? I currently have a Mustang gtx 50. I just play at home and with friends no gigs. Thank you!
     
  2. Antstrat

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    There is no best paired amp. There’s only the amp that your ears like.

    It’s simply a matter of what you like to play and what kind of tones are you looking for.

    Prepare for at least 75 different recommendations which will all be a good fit :)
     
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    same as before
    ^ ahem, i think Ant meant to say: Tweed Deluxe (a 5e3)
     
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    This particular amp.
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    Not a look alike...this exact amp. Yours for $1.00. (+$2,999 shipping and handling)
     
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    Winner winner.
     
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    Of course I did, dunno what’s wrong with me.
     
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    I am ready for those recommendations! :thumb:
     
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    :D
     
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    In order of affordability:

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    Fender twin

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  10. Antstrat

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    ok, what do you like to play and what is your budget.
     
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    I do enjoy learning EJ tunes. Budget around $500.:)
     
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    Marshall JCM 800 and a good 2X12 cab maybe with vintage 30's
    Works at low and high volume
     
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    The best paired amp is the one you have. Play it and quit worrying about stuff no one ever considered.

    When they madr that guitar, they didn't build it with a specific amp in mind. And there's been no amps built specifically for that guitar.

    Play what you have and enjoy it.
     
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    All true.

    But the guy's worked up a perfectly good excuse to buy a new amp . . . for a new guitar that he's thinking about getting . . . and he's here getting his card validated.

    For a $500 budget, I would be scouring for deals on the best tube amp (my own bias) that matches your ideal for specs and headroom, probably nothing bigger than 20-30w depending on the brand and condition. Sometimes you can get a good deal from Sweetwater on their demo amps (if you're ok relying on online demos for sound checks), or just go with good old GC, CL and FB marketplace.
     
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    A tube amp. If you want playing drive effekt pedal. A tube with FX loop and external speaker output. I have a Pavey Invective MH 20 head. I think the 40 ib and 12" speaker make better sound for drive pedals. Therefore speakeroutput.
    Your Mustang have many modulation. Some tube amp have a system you can connect effekt direct to input. If not pedalboard can be a nightmare without FX loop.

    I would not recommend a specific brand or amp. It's up to you.
     
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    I think the GTX 50 is a fine little amp. Great if you primarily play at home. I wouldn't think you would need to rush to buy another amp, you have a dozen amps or so in the amp you have.
     
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    Honestly, for home use etc - what you have can be pretty effective, especially if you get in and use the proprietary software to fine-tune your own presets.
    My home rig is a pair of old Mustang I's run in stereo.

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    If you are chasing EJ's tone, the most cost-effective way is to start with a Fender BF type of sound - preferably a Twin - and then pair a flexible "Marshall-in-a-box" type of OD pedal along with a booster that has control over treble and bass. Set the OD for a solid, distorted yet still clear sound, then position the booster after, set with the treble rolled off to kick in for leads.
    As seen above for my home rig, I use a Sparkle Drive Mod as my OD and the Giggity after as the booster/darkener, and it sounds like this:

     
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    Thank you so much for sharing! Just want to know what's out there, knowing that a semi hollow has an "airy" sound compared to a solid body;)
     
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    The tonal differences aren't really enough to warrant an amp change per se - the only differences I've had with semi-hollows is just the feedback factor and how the sound bounces off the inside of the F holes.
     
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