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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    You may not "personally" know anyone. But you absolutely have heard recorded tones, said "That sounds fantastic" and it was a Rockman.
    Tons of hair metal 80s bands used that rig
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdwuld View Post
    Tons of hair metal 80s bands used that rig
    Not only the glam scene; the Rockman was all over the decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    You may not "personally" know anyone. But you absolutely have heard recorded tones, said "That sounds fantastic" and it was a Rockman.
    Oh, no doubt -it was just the poser rig growing up on the younger scene -I can think of plenty of albums that used it with great effect
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    Gallien Kruger and Trace Elliot. GK had that strange stereo lunchbox style head with two little speakers but an obscene amount of power that when run through a 4x12 sounds good. Marshall also had a series of solid state amps before the valvestate that were basically the Marshall Governor tone section and with a tube screamer they covered just about everyhting from the 70's through the 90's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    First rule of Rockman Club is don't talk about Rockman Club.
    The Rockman was often used as a thickener rather than as a primary amp. Basically they multitracked and one track was the rockman at lower volume and it was there to fatten up the rest. Three albums I can think of that must have done it are Dokken Lock and Key, Ratt Invasion or privacy and Alice in Chains Dirt.

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    Maybe not iconic ..& not strictly SS either (it's got a full tube preamp & a 12AT7 buffered power section)..but it's a killer amp for the brutez (will do a lot more too..). Very Punchy & dynamic & can go from super smooth mids for shred/80's metal etc.. to early Entombed style buzz-saw death metal awesomeness thanks to the "density" & mid-level/mid-sweep controls & killer boost..

    Single track from the mic (Audio Technica MBk2) into my handheld digital recorder's line input...raw amp tone/no effects. This is just the brutez

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    If no one else mentioned it, Music Man amps had solid state preamps and tube power amps. But the distortion you get from them is mostly from the preamp.

    They make great pedal platforms run clean.


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    I would add the line6 duoverb to this list. I know it has some modelling but I would still consider it a solid state.

    Yamaha also has some great solid state amps!


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    Quote Originally Posted by dystrust View Post
    Kinda surprised that no one mentioned this yet:

    Iconic in a crap tone sort of way?
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    Sunn is another one of those names I've heard a million times, but have never had the opportunity to play. I don't really know what their characteristic tone is.
    The Sunn Coliseum Was a very popular amp in the 70s. Fantastic piercing tones.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarDoc View Post
    The Sunn Coliseum Was a very popular amp in the 70s. Fantastic piercing tones.
    I had a Coliseum bass amp at one time. Sunn and Acoustic were the most popular bass amps in the 70s.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    My opinion is that most of the late 70s and 80s Peavey solid states were average to very good in comparison to most other contemporaries in the same price ranges.

    Pound for pound they filled a niche like no other company then.
    A lot of people have said good things about the Peaveys. Every one that I played through or heard, I thought sounded like crap.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarDoc View Post
    The Sunn Coliseum Was a very popular amp in the 70s. Fantastic piercing tones.
    I have a Coluseum and a 300T both will blow your D*ck off.

    The legendary Acoustic 300 series amps and Ampeg SVTs are the other amps that stand with a similar tonal legacy IMO.... Yorkvilles too
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarDoc View Post
    A lot of people have said good things about the Peaveys. Every one that I played through or heard, I thought sounded like crap.
    The Mach series and Studio series usually were the great ones. They made SOOO many amps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasmagoria View Post
    Maybe not iconic ..& not strictly SS either (it's got a full tube preamp & a 12AT7 buffered power section)..but it's a killer amp for the brutez (will do a lot more too..). Very Punchy & dynamic & can go from super smooth mids for shred/80's metal etc.. to early Entombed style buzz-saw death metal awesomeness thanks to the "density" & mid-level/mid-sweep controls & killer boost..

    Single track from the mic (Audio Technica MBk2) into my handheld digital recorder's line input...raw amp tone/no effects. This is just the brutez

    Ouch!!!

    One minute into the clip and I had to stop it before it killed me. My ears will never be the same. And my mind's sense of good tone has permanently been polluted!
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarDoc View Post
    Ouch!!!

    One minute into the clip and I had to stop it before it killed me. My ears will never be the same. And my mind's sense of good tone has permanently been polluted!
    Sounds to me like it's achieved the desired effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasmagoria View Post
    Maybe not iconic ..& not strictly SS either (it's got a full tube preamp & a 12AT7 buffered power section)..but it's a killer amp for the brutez (will do a lot more too..). Very Punchy & dynamic & can go from super smooth mids for shred/80's metal etc.. to early Entombed style buzz-saw death metal awesomeness thanks to the "density" & mid-level/mid-sweep controls & killer boost..

    Single track from the mic (Audio Technica MBk2) into my handheld digital recorder's line input...raw amp tone/no effects. This is just the brutez

    I usually go for a bit more scoop and top end sizzle. But I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    Sounds to me like it's achieved the desired effect.

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    "Desired"? No. But it definitely has achieved that effect.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarDoc View Post
    "Desired"? No. But it definitely has achieved that effect.
    Exactly.
    That's just how we like it.

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    haha.... some like it sick

    To be fair that was a pretty one-dimensional demo..

    It's a metal amp ..no doubt about that...but it's a really versatile one & can nail just about any kind of metal tone out there.

    This dude did a really nice comprehensive demo with his .. well recorded too (as opposed to my dinky handheld recorder )

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