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    How many Splawn owners do we have here? I think I want one. Last night I laid down my tracks for our demo and I used the studio engineer / owner's Quick Rod through a Vintage 30 loaded 4x12. The experience was amazing. The tone was perfect. I played my new Frankenstrat with the Purpetual Burn pickup for all of it. It was set to the Plexi setting. Killer crunch with amazing sustain. He had it set up in one of the isolation rooms and dual mic'd. Sounded killer not only in the big room with the door to the ISO room open but even in the control room through the monitors, which is where I played thanks to his killer wireless. I was there for 2 hours but I could've played through the thing for hours. So yeah, killer sounding amp. I played through one several years back but I didn't like it as much. It was too tight, maybe from the cabinet? IDK. This one though, wow. The only thing stopping me is the weight and the cost. They seem totally worth it though.

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    Some things really are worth it.

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    Iíve got one...

    Anything you need to know about them?

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    I see you mentioned that the previous one was too tight...
    One of the options on the current models is a Drop B+ switch which lowers plate current/voltage and gives the amp a ton of sag.
    I would NOT order one without that feature. And also, there is a new/old option which changes the voicing from his older style to the newer style. Both sound good but the old setting is just mean as f*ck sounding...again, thatís a must have option as well, IMO.
    The other option is a mid cut switch, I personally never use it. It sounds too muffled to me. But the idea was to give the amp a voicing closer to the Nitro model Scott also offers.

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    There wasn't a ton of sag on this one, but it definitely was not Boogie tight. It still had some looseness to it that made it much more pleasing to me. Think Wicked Sensation or Tooth and Nail. It's tight but not so tight that it sounds sterile. I hadn't looked at the control panel on what he had set because the back was facing the door of the ISO room but he sure has it dialed in great. Like I mentioned, it might've been the cabinet that the other one was running through.

    Now, something confuses me a little is the different modes and gears. I know there's Plexi, 800 and Hot-Rodded 800. Are those the 3 gears or are there 3 gears within each of those modes?

    What's the difference between the old and new voicing?

    I won't be getting one any time soon and if I was in the hunt, I'd be looking at used. The tone I had on this one immediately floored me so much that I just had to ask about them to learn more about them.

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    Each mode is a gear. Plexi is gear 1, 800 is gear 2 and super 800 is gear 3.
    Gear 1 is very harmonically rich with a strong midrange. Obviously modeled after the plexi.
    Gear 2/3 add more low end thump and gain staging. I seldom use gear 3...it just has more gain than I could ever need.
    However, the clarity in the amp is ridiculously good at all gain/gear settings. Itís truly amazing how Scott can get so much saturation and not have the amp turn to mud. Hats off to that feat of engineering.

    The older amps donít have the loop volume built in. So if you decide to go used you want to make sure you get one with that feature. Without it the amp is just too loud for just about any application.
    You could use an attenuators as well I suppose.

    The old/ new is just a small variation in the voicing of the circuit.
    Iirc, the old is the voicing used in 2006 and earlier models. For some reason Scott decided to change it post 2006 and people began asking him to make the amp like the older models, hence the switchable option. I feel the old setting has a meaner growl to it. It is subtle but I can definitely hear the difference. I keep it on the old setting
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    Thanks for the info.

    Is the Loop Volume a PPIMV or is it like putting a volume box in the effects loop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    Is the Loop Volume a PPIMV or is it like putting a volume box in the effects loop?
    Like a volume box. Except to my ears I donít hear any tone loss.
    Itís a standard feature on the more recent builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    Like a volume box. Except to my ears I don’t hear any tone loss.
    It’s a standard feature on the more recent builds.
    I figured it was the same by the wording but had to be sure. I have a volume box that I used with my Marshall when I had it. It sure made it easier to get the master volume past that sensitive spot. I would set the master at 5 and choke it back with the volume box. That's cool that he made it a standard feature.

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    I'm an accidental Splawn nut... I ended up with a Streetrod as part of a trade and I thought it was a metal amp so I thought I would sell it.

    But the first time I plugged in I immediately had 2 awesome sounds...

    A tight clean tone that I've never been able to get with a tube amp and a heavily saturated, singing lead tone.

    It only took me a couple of days to figure out how to use the gears to get good classic crunch for chords and this turned into my number one amp.

    And I don't play metal ever!)

    Only one minor gripe... 3 of the foot switches are illuminated as I up the gain - gear switch, vol boost, and one more who's name I can't remember.

    However, the channel selection switch is illuminated when clean and not illuminated for crunch...

    Fine for the studio, but I gaurantee that I will get the channels mixed up when performing.

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    https://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/...ghlight=Splawn

    Unfortunately it seems to be fewer than before. JammerMatt, RedLabel, Gone Shootin, BloodRose, lpmarshall, I know I’m missing a few.
    Oh no.....


    Oh Yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    https://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/...ghlight=Splawn

    Unfortunately it seems to be fewer than before. JammerMatt, RedLabel, Gone Shootin, BloodRose, lpmarshall, I know Iím missing a few.
    Youíre memory is better than mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    You’re memory is better than mine.
    A few of those guys helped me out when I was looking then got mine.
    Oh no.....


    Oh Yeah!

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    Competition owner here!

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