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1965 18watt 2-12 and Lester (link works!)

pentadil

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blewsbreaker said:
I gig with it ALL THE TIME....My motto is; "smoke'em if you got'em"....the original owner who was a blues player in London, bought it new in early 66' and gigged the FUCK out of it for nearly 40 years! So now this amp "play's the blues" in sunny So. Cali... :)

Good to hear that she is getting gigged. Cool story too. The amp is out there
in the clubs, showing people what its "supposed" to sound like.

I have a guitar, that by rights could be left at home, because of its value.
I gig it all the time too. Dingy clubs, seedy joints. My take on it is, if I die
on my way home from the gig, I bet I wish I would have been playing my
favorite axe that night. Life is too short to put the good ones in the closet,
for someone else to enjoy someday !!!
 

blewsbreaker

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pentadil said:
Good to hear that she is getting gigged. Cool story too. The amp is out there
in the clubs, showing people what its "supposed" to sound like.

I have a guitar, that by rights could be left at home, because of its value.
I gig it all the time too. Dingy clubs, seedy joints. My take on it is, if I die
on my way home from the gig, I bet I wish I would have been playing my
favorite axe that night. Life is too short to put the good ones in the closet,
for someone else to enjoy someday !!!


:dude
 

blueline

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I love it when you guys post these clips. great sound..blewsbreaker from that 18watt Marshall. Makes me really rethink my amp stategy right now. I need to get rid of those 50watt amps and find a nice marshall. I seem to have all kinds of marshall cabs ...maybe I will run the blues junior through the 4x12 and see if I can capture some tone. :salude
 

blewsbreaker

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porterburst said:
Great playing and tone! What are the details on the LP?
That's an original 1960 burst that I bought from SB guitar who bought it from MG in Leeds...
:2lol :2lol :2lol :2lol



Sorry, ........

Truly it's a replica built by Roger Giffin in 1993 from the long-defunct "Gibson Custom Shop West". Original 50's inlays, Brazillian board, some old plastic, PAF's, old-ass wood....
AND ...Finished by Tom Murphy for $160.00 BEFORE Gibson hired him back.... I saw one of his early "relics" and I wanted him to do it to my Paul, but he talked me out of it and I still thank him today for that advice.... :dude
 

alainguitars

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blewsbreaker,

I gotta ask, is the amp that fat sounding in person? I've never heard an 18 watt or clone sound so full. I didn't think el84's were capable of that. That said, have you heard any other amps that come close to the tone of yours?

Thanks,
 

blewsbreaker

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alainguitars said:
blewsbreaker,

I gotta ask, is the amp that fat sounding in person? I've never heard an 18 watt or clone sound so full. I didn't think el84's were capable of that. That said, have you heard any other amps that come close to the tone of yours?

Thanks,

It's actually FATTER in person.. I did my best to try and capture that in the recording, but it's real difficult to translate that "thud" to digital with my limited mic selection and recording rig....
I have a 65' Ac-15 2-12 with silver alnicos that's just as full sounding, but it doesn't have that Marshall "bite" to the distortion when cranked..(cool in it's own right though).
My 66' Style 1 BB combo has a fuller/bigger sound but heck, it has 20 more watts and a bigger cab.
My buddy's late 66' 2-12 18watt with greenbacks sounds pretty close to mine on the normal channel , but the trem channel is not as full for whatever reason.
 

porterburst

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blewsbreaker:

I love the tone of your amp. Big, fat, and clear. I would love to play some "Free" tuns through it. :) Roger made killer LP's. He's worked on a lot of my guitars when he was in Holllywood. Super nice guy as well.
 

blewsbreaker

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porterburst said:
blewsbreaker:

I love the tone of your amp. Big, fat, and clear. I would love to play some "Free" tuns through it. :) Roger made killer LP's. He's worked on a lot of my guitars when he was in Holllywood. Super nice guy as well.

Thank you!
"All Right Now" sounds pretty good through it.....
Yes, I sure wish Roger was still in town....great, great luthier...
Is your name John by any chance?
 

bluesforstevie

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Very cool amp and guitar. Got the dry tone for sure. One curious thing about the amp. It's got ceramic caps where mustard caps should be and in the tremolo part of the circuit it's got mustards instead of ceramics... what's up with that? :wha
 

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Question: How much different will a 1x12 version will sound, if it has the Alnico speakers (Jensen, btw)

thanks
 

plaintop

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That is AWESOME sounding! Deep, rich and chewy with a fast attack on top. Perfect 60s Clapton tone. The repros aren't even close to that.
 

blewsbreaker

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Rafael said:
Question: How much different will a 1x12 version will sound, if it has the Alnico speakers (Jensen, btw)

thanks
Are you talking about a 1-12 reissue? I think a beefy Jensen alnico like an early Vibrano might sound pretty good actually. A P12n might be cool too. i think there will be a more "chimey" high end with a bit less bottom than the greenbacks.
 

blewsbreaker

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bluesforstevie said:
Very cool amp and guitar. Got the dry tone for sure. One curious thing about the amp. It's got ceramic caps where mustard caps should be and in the tremolo part of the circuit it's got mustards instead of ceramics... what's up with that? :wha
The red ceramics in the amp are dead stock, complete with 40 year-old grime and dust. The mustards in the tremolo section are old replacements, but I'm not changing them... :biggrin:
I purposely didn't "bathe" the sound in reverb so you can hear the true tone of the amp.
Glad you liked it.
 
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