i think some majic happened in 74 at marshall. cant explain the 1974 amps that crush it. my pals have had them too.Every Fender Deluxe I've ever owned. Every time I got rid of one, I thought, "great amp, but common as flies. I'll just grab another when I want."
All-time worst decision as far as amps go was my '74 100W Marshall 1/2 stack. So loud it would cause vertigo if you stood too close. Signed by Jim Marshall inside the cab. With slipcovers. I still can't think about that without getting a little sorrowful. Totally impractical but what an amplifier
thats awesome. i sold an rc allen guitar from the fifties to a pawnshop for 100 dollars when i was 16 years old, i went back in when i was 26 and bought it back for 150 dollars. hard to believe but true, and i still have it over 30 years later!Here's a happier version. I had a 90's JTM50 combo I bought on the spot from a little shop in town. I then used it quite a lot, loving the punch, glassines, clean headroom and most of all enjoying how well the knobs dialed in different feels from the cleans/gain. There's just something about the amp that could get so close to iconic tones while at the same time you could warm it up a hair if needed. Plus, again, lotsa headroom.
Anyways, I let it go to a pawn shop in a crunch (no pun intended). Thankfully they asked triple the value they gave me on it and over a year later it was still for sale. I go in there, no one recognizes me and I haggle hard as I plug in to realize "hot damn that punch is still there." They passed up larger offers but on this day they bit! Back home the lil' amp came:
I know there's a mountain of hullaballoo about this or that spec + detail bla bla bla but this ****ing amp just sounds right.
Plus, I beat the pawn system, not in a million years would they have offered the interest rate in actual dollars that the transaction made 1.5 years later ended up being.
haha, its crazy but i have bought tons of amps over time and it seems like the most reluctant sellers were always the ones selling their deluxe lolThe only one I really regret selling was my first amp - a 1956 narrow panel tweed deluxe.
It was the 80s, and I was young and stupid! 🙃