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    So, that tube amp I found for $20 in a record store LIVES! I salvaged a 5U4 out of an old Hammond organ that a friend is going to give me, and I also replaced the power cord and gave it a speaker jack. This thing rips! Sounds more Marshall like than the Fender circuit it's trying to emulate. The tube driven tremolo however doesn't work. :/ It uses 12AX7s for the preamp, 6L6s for power.. dunno what the tremolo tube is.
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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    Man...not to be negative, but I was excited about this amp and hoping for a much better tone. That sounds like generic butt-rock '80s/'90s-solid-state-amp-with-too-much-gain tone. It's so synthetic sounding. What have you got the guitar going through before the amp?
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    Man...not to be negative, but I was excited about this amp and hoping for a much better tone. That sounds like generic butt-rock '80s/'90s-solid-state-amp-with-too-much-gain tone. It's so synthetic sounding. What have you got the guitar going through before the amp?
    I have a tube driven distortion pedal with a boost going in front, as this amp is way too clean at high volumes. I should have used my 57 to mic it up, but I canít find it.


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    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    The amp is sounding better here!
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    Synths: Roland D-20, Kawai K11, Yamaha QS300
    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
    Pedalboard: Home made DJ case thing conversion with a lot of budget pedals on it.
    Amps: Fender Sidekick Reverb 35

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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    It does indeed sound better...but I'm still hearing nothing but your effects, really.
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    It does indeed sound better...but I'm still hearing nothing but your effects, really.
    Well, the amp is a way too clean kind of amp, so I need to push it using pedals Iím afraid.


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    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
    Pedalboard: Home made DJ case thing conversion with a lot of budget pedals on it.
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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    Don't sweat it. Some of us like amps that sound like 80's/90's ss amps with too much gain.

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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    For all the tube guys, here's another clip.
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    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
    Pedalboard: Home made DJ case thing conversion with a lot of budget pedals on it.
    Amps: Fender Sidekick Reverb 35

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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    I actually kinda liked the first clip.


    What does it sound like if you just use a clean boost in front of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
    I actually kinda liked the first clip.


    What does it sound like if you just use a clean boost in front of it?
    Not too gainy, as my clean boost pedal kind of sucks. I wish I had something like a Dallas Rangemaster treble booster or something pushy like the Schaffer Replica.
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    Synths: Roland D-20, Kawai K11, Yamaha QS300
    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
    Pedalboard: Home made DJ case thing conversion with a lot of budget pedals on it.
    Amps: Fender Sidekick Reverb 35

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarFanatic View Post
    Not too gainy, as my clean boost pedal kind of sucks. I wish I had something like a Dallas Rangemaster treble booster or something pushy like the Schaffer Replica.
    You've got the master volume on the amp dimed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
    You've got the master volume on the amp dimed?
    Yep.


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    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
    Pedalboard: Home made DJ case thing conversion with a lot of budget pedals on it.
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    It's all so massaged sounding. Need ta pipe straight into that ****er and just turn it up and hit hard. I'd love to hear that.

    What Fender circuit is it?
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    It's all so massaged sounding. Need ta pipe straight into that ****er and just turn it up and hit hard. I'd love to hear that.

    What Fender circuit is it?
    It sounds like it is a Tweed Deluxe clone. Same control layout, but with tremolo (which doesn't work at all FYI)
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    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
    Pedalboard: Home made DJ case thing conversion with a lot of budget pedals on it.
    Amps: Fender Sidekick Reverb 35

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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    i dont think its a tweed deluxe clone. the tweed deluxe has two channels, each with a volume control, a shared tone control, two 6v6, and one 5y3. older models have two octal preamp tubes, the 5d3/5e3 have two 12ax7. quite different than what you have there. and a tweed deluxe has a good amount of dirt turned up.

    take a good shot of the inside and maybe we can figure out what ya have going on

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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    I thought it looked similar to a tweed Tremolux, but I think that just has a "tone" knob.
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    I thought it looked similar to a tweed Tremolux, but I think that just has a "tone" knob.
    I absolutely have no idea.


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    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
    Pedalboard: Home made DJ case thing conversion with a lot of budget pedals on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    Man...not to be negative, but I was excited about this amp and hoping for a much better tone. That sounds like generic butt-rock '80s/'90s-solid-state-amp-with-too-much-gain tone. It's so synthetic sounding. What have you got the guitar going through before the amp?
    You say that like its a bad thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirion View Post
    You say that like its a bad thing?
    I just sold the amp for 3 times more than I paid for it, $100 + a Roland Street Cube


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    Leslie Cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 and 1974 Leslie 705.
    Guitars: Monterey Stage Series bitsa, 1991 Charvel CX-291 bitsa, 70s Hondo acoustic and a ton of parts.
    Pedalboard: Home made DJ case thing conversion with a lot of budget pedals on it.
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    Default Re: The $20 Sixties Tube Amp Lives! (Clip inside)

    So much winning comments in this thread. You gotta love the forum opinions. At least you're posting and yeah it sounded awesome for $20 lol.

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