Originally Posted by origenesprit
PSG- Tweed champ vs deluxe vs super - any thoughts? I would like my next amp purchase to be one of the three...
They are all tone machines. I love them all.
A Champ is great for overdrive at low volume. It is amazing how many famous guitar solos were recorded with a tweed Champ and a mike. Of the three, it is also the most affordable. You might also consider a tweed Harvard or Princeton. They often came in a slightly larger box which some feel gives a bit more sound or presence. Clapton recorded a lot of famous solos with a Princeton for Cream, if I remember correctly.
The Deluxe and the Super have more muscle for playing live. They also break up with more hormonic overtones favored by the Texas style guitar slingers. It usually comes down to your preference between the sound from 10" speakers (the Super has 2) or 12" speakers (the Deluxe has 1).
Blues harmonica guys always go for the 10" speakers. They feel it gives them more of that "organ" sound/tone.
Which reminds me of a vintage tweed Bandmaster that I had. This rare model has 3 x 10" speakers. They are about as rare as tweed Twins. The harmonica guys all wanted the Bandmaster and I eventually sold it. Keith Richards used one (as one of several amps) live on Stones tours in '89, '93 and '96.
Personally, I like the all-around sound of my tweed Vibrolux. The vibrato is a cool feature to add a bit of depth. You can't beat those blue Jensens for tone, baby!
When considering the purchase of a tweed amp:
-Plug it in, leave it on for a while and twist all the knobs listening for cracks, hums and pops. Dust can be cleaned but what you want to avoid are bad capacitors. Open up the back panel and see if everything is original. Some will look like a kids science experiment. Avoid those. Get a clean one with original wiring. If not, then buy a quality reissue. But don't buy a vintage tweed that has been messed with unless it is clear that it was pro work. (nice clean solder joints, etc.). Also, check the tubes to be sure they are the right ones. You can find that info with a Google search.