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post #3271 of 4641
No complaints here. Deets on the H?
post #3272 of 4641
Hiwatt I've had for awhile. Bought in the UK. From '76. The new thing is the cabinet. Purple marshall circa '68-'72. Except it's a fake. Chicago Music Exchange bought it for $3000, realized later it wasn't real, sold it to me for way less. Sounds awesome, nice old speakers, looks the part, no particle board.
post #3273 of 4641
The interesting thing is that through my friends new marshall cabinet the hiwatt stayed clean throughout but through this old thing the hiwatt starts to break up. Part of it is humbucker vs single coil but it's a marked difference. And a good one - it's the perfect rock breakup.
Tonight I'll try the marshall head through it.
post #3274 of 4641
HIwatts are incredibly revealing amps. Loud as hell and take a long time to breakup.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Any thoughts on the Vox VT20+ vs the Fender Mustang amps?
The mustangs seem pretty cool although I don't like that you need to use the PC software to control most of the features.

The Mustang II is only a little more expensive than the Vox and has a 12" speaker, but I think it might take up too much space for me (and its not like I will be playing it loud anyways).
Seems like the Mustang I isn't as good though, and the Vox would be a better option if you aren't going for the Mustang II.

Haven't tried the mustangs, but I liked how the Vox sounded (and the power scaling seemed to work well for keeping it quiet). Also liked the built in pedel effects on the Vox--was fun to play around with effects I would probably never buy a pedal for but might want to mess around with occasionally.

Okay, gave this some thought for you. I'm going to tell you right now you'll not be satisfied with the Vox. For a guy like you, with some obvious tech knowledge and likes to tinker, you want an Epi Jr half stack. First, cheap. Second, all tube. Third, a ton of mods out there to get even better tone. Here's one on Reverb:

http://reverb.com/item/99355-epiphone-valve-junior-head-and-cab-last-price-drop?gclid=CMuxvI_H070CFQ5gMgodJiMA2A

You could also get what I did but there's less of a mod'ing community on it or at least at this time.

http://reverb.com/item/99355-epiphone-valve-junior-head-and-cab-last-price-drop?gclid=CMuxvI_H070CFQ5gMgodJiMA2A

Or get something even less powerful. Pretty sure you rent so the low watt tube ftw.
post #3276 of 4641
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Hmm, Glendale Guitars didn't close down did it? I ordered my Tele knob on March 27 and never got an email from there. PayPal took the payment though. Thought I'd email them today to make sure the transaction came through on their end and the email bounced back.
post #3277 of 4641
I dunno. Part of why I want a modeling amp is to play with a facsimile of other amps until I get a better handle on what I want. The mustang or the vox (or similar) are both huge upgrades over my absolute bottom of the barrel tiny fender from 15 years ago. It also isn't allowed to take up much more space than the vox does.

Don't mind the fact that it's not the best at anything since they seem to sell on Craigslist for almost new around here...
post #3278 of 4641
Thread Starter 
Well, you know I hate to say Gomey was right...but he was right. I'd suggest not getting a modeling amp.

EHX Cathedral just arrived but I've a crushing headache...and then tomorrow I have a function so won't get to play, and Friday goes from work to happy hour to party....soooo, I'll be trying out the Cathedral Saturday.
post #3279 of 4641
Bought it.
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Thread Starter 
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Bought it.

Which one?

Btw, this Tele purchase might have proven Gomey right twice. Ouch.
post #3281 of 4641
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Which one?

Btw, this Tele purchase might have proven Gomey right twice. Ouch.

Not telling which until I make sure I like it and keep it. I will only say that it is either a new one or the one I sent back and possibly had repaired.

Spent a lot of time looking around and harassing dealers. I've looked at over two dozen 2014 1959 reissues. Nothing better out there.
post #3282 of 4641
Thread Starter 
Best of luck and hope it's a keeper.
post #3283 of 4641
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Not telling which until I make sure I like it and keep it. I will only say that it is either a new one or the one I sent back and possibly had repaired.

Spent a lot of time looking around and harassing dealers. I've looked at over two dozen 2014 1959 reissues. Nothing better out there.

Have you tried looking at the MyLesPaul forums? Some gems pop up there for sale a lot. It is essentially the Style Forum of Les Pauls.
post #3284 of 4641
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Have you tried looking at the MyLesPaul forums? Some gems pop up there for sale a lot. It is essentially the Style Forum of Les Pauls.

I did. I've spent a lot of time reading threads there over the past few weeks, actually.

Seems R9s are slim pickings now. That is confirmed by chats with Wildwood, Vic Dapra at Guitar Gallery, Dave's Guitars, Mark's Guitar Loft, House of Guitars, etc. For whatever reason, not a lot of strong tops are coming out of the factory. In fact, one vendor gave me a link to view all of the Custom Reissues ready to be shipped out from Gibson (the selection that dealers pick from) and it seems that a ton of mediocre-looking R8/R9/R0 Les Pauls are just sitting at the factory because the dealers don't want them.

The first hundred or so of the year were much stronger, including both the 1960 I originally got from Wildwood and the 1959 I was considering from Mark's. Maybe the good tops are going to soon-to-be-released limited edition guitars?

I put in a request for a Masterbuilt Stratocaster. Three year wait for Todd Krause. WTF.
post #3285 of 4641
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I put in a request for a Masterbuilt Stratocaster. Three year wait for Todd Krause. WTF.

The real cost of artesenal notions associated w/ Made in the USA these days.
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