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I love p90's. They have a full, warm sound perfect on a jazz box like an ES-175 or they become the sound of Rock n roll on a Les Paul Jr. when driven through a tweed Fender.

I think the balziest blues sound alive is achieved with a mid-50's Les Paul goldtop through just about any amp. Its full and fat.

I know a lot of guys who get plenty of detail out of P90's. A lot depends upon the guitar and how you play. T Bone Walker makes his 3 P90 PU ES5 sound almost thin on most of his recordings.
post #3962 of 4584
The remarkable Phil X taking a p90 LP gold top through its paces......he shows it's tonal range. And he's funny.
post #3963 of 4584
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Yes, and as you've told me and I experienced for myself, tubes deliver more oomph than one might imagine. That 15 watt BJ was infinitely louder than my Vox VT20+. Heck, the little 5w Kustom is as loud or louder. Somehow I don't think Foo's amp is going to be quieter than my current 5w head.

Tube amps are much louder per watt than solid state in my experience.

A 5 watt tube amp can get pretty loud if you are trying to overdrive it.

There were some people messing around with 1/2 watt amps a while back if I recall correctly, to see if they could get tube distortion at apartment-appropriate volumes. I don't know how that turned out.
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Can someone explain compressors to me and tell me whether I need/want one?

It is really hard to describe. You should to try them out for yourself, or find a youtube demo of one. The main thing to understand is that it is easy to overdo it with a compressor. You don't want it to sound like an effect, just a subtle improvement in tone that is transparent but better somehow (what useless descriptors...just go try one). I use a Mr Squishy.
post #3964 of 4584
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i was just pondering this. Have you thought about a silverfaced version? Lots of really clean examples in the $700-900 range. I believe the circuitry remained pretty much the same from the 60's-80's with the later versions going to particle board cabs and a pull-push button that was generally poo-pood. You could probably find a crap one for the cheap and give it a good clean, new tubes, a new speaker, and do the blackface conversion kit and have a really awesome amp.

Early lower wattage silver face amps are great and can be had for reasonable money. The smaller silver face amps retained the same or similar circuitry for quite a while after the switch from blackface. I have a 72 (maybe a 71, have to check it again) vibrolux that is an excellent amp.
post #3965 of 4584
I love p90s.
post #3966 of 4584
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

The remarkable Phil X taking a p90 LP gold top through its paces......he shows it's tonal range. And he's funny.

There is a high likelihood I probable saw him live at some point. I can't remember the last years Aldo Nova and Triumph would play on the riverside in Windsor at the annual summer "Freedom Festival" but I never missed the performances in the late 80s and early 90s.

O, thanks for the info on P90s.
post #3967 of 4584
So this is basically my setup right now. Guitars and pedals tend to change but that's what I mostly use. I have a couple of Les Pauls and a Suhr I like to play with too but the Gretsch stays in there.






I find nowadays I'm only using the Tophat when I gig. I have an Axe-FX II now and frankly it's just a better sound in the studio. YMMV but I'm basically done recording with tube amps. Can't beat the live feel though. It's great.
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Thread Starter 
^ Nice looking rig. Run down on the pedals as I can't recognize all of them?
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Tophat Supreme? Awesome head, and it probably delivers on stage.
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^ Nice looking rig. Run down on the pedals as I can't recognize all of them?
Sure. I'll run through the signal chain. Goes from right to left.

-Empress Comp (I resisted spending the money on this for the longest time because $200 for a compressor seems ridiculous to me, but believe me when I say it's the most versatile one you can buy. It can literally do it all. From Diamond to Keeley to the squishy orange style compressors, you can get all those sounds.
-Line 6 M5
-JHS Double Barrel (Do they still make these? They're pretty cool. I kind of want to switch mine for just the TS side though. I'm not a fan of the morning glory side. It sounds like a TIM with less character.)
-VS Route 808 (for anyone wondering, I have tried maybe 15 different tubescreamer clones, and to my ear this is the best one. To be fair, some I tried weren't necessarily worse, just different. But interestingly, a lot of the higher end 808 clones don't measure up to this cheap little box.)
-Zvex Super Duper 2in1 (This isn't for everyone. It only plays nice with certain amps and pedals. I use it sparingly.)
-Ibanez analog delay
-EHX Freeze (for ambient pads and stuff)
-Cusack Tap a delay (awesome pedal that sounds more analog than some analog delays even though it's digital)
-Timeline
-TC Hall of Fame (underrated reverb. It kicked a Blue Sky off my board.)
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Tophat Supreme? Awesome head, and it probably delivers on stage.
It really is. Perfect volume for the size venues I play (200-300) Great thing about this amp is that it's nothing special. One side is a regular AC15 with an EF86, and the other side is a regular old AC15 top boost. The only difference is he added a mid control which is insanely useful. Such a great no nonsense amp.
post #3971 of 4584
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the run down. Have you tried that EHX Synth Machine? I'm wondering if it does what the Freeze does but more.
post #3972 of 4584
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Originally Posted by ac_slater View Post

-VS Route 808 (for anyone wondering, I have tried maybe 15 different tubescreamer clones, and to my ear this is the best one.

how many tubescreamer clones and/or derivatives are there these days? You could probably get to 15 alone by simply looking at Ibanez RI's + pro-modded Ibanez RI's.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Thanks for the run down. Have you tried that EHX Synth Machine? I'm wondering if it does what the Freeze does but more.
No but I have heard from people who owned one that it doesn't quite do what the freeze does. IMO I have tried a lot of stuff but nothing is quite like the freeze.
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how many tubescreamer clones and/or derivatives are there these days? You could probably get to 15 alone by simply looking at Ibanez RI's + pro-modded Ibanez RI's.
There aren't as many "true" tubescreamer clones out there as most people think. Sure, there's probably hundreds that are technically based off of a tubescreamer circuit like the Wampler Paisley drive or the Walrus Voyager. But as far as pedals that are trying to do a classic TS sound there's really only a few dozen. Maybe less.
post #3974 of 4584
what music are you people playing? those look like rawk rigs. but what do i know anymore.

That is a nice setup AC, do you ever go just go guitar--fuzzbox--amp?
post #3975 of 4584
ambient
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