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Official Guitar, Amp, Pedals, and Gear Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Piobaire, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. gomestar

    gomestar Well-Known Member

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    If that was addressed to me, no, I was not being sarcastic. I might be wrong in that statement but it was a conclusionary one.
     
  3. gomestar

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    also, in my experience, tubes are rarely replaced because it's necessary. They're replaced because "I was reading about this Russian brand, and I think I'm going to try some out. Yeah, try out some new tubes".
     
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    Yeah, musicians rarely play with the same gear very long too. Always buying new stuff, switching, trading and so on.
     
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    this is why I like the used market. Far cheaper, and odds are something wasn't gigged very much. It's not like buying a 2003 AMG Mercedes where you might be in a world of pain. Musicians simply swap and trade all the time.
     
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    also, in the same vein, I really only have 2 guitars (tele customs) and 1 amp (the Princeton) that are guaranteed to be hung on to. Everything else can easily end up as trade bait.
     
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    Since each "decade mode" is still using the same power tubes, you aren't saving any life on the tubes by using different modes. You're burning tubes at the same rate no matter what mode you use. IE: 2 hours played on the 70's mode and 2 hours played on the 80's mode is still going to equal 4 hours of power tube burn.

    gomestar is also right in reference to most people buying tubes due to curiosity rather than necessity, although the "Oh it sounds better" sound you get from trying a different brand of tubes can often be a result of your original tubes being a bit older and flat sounding. Just because a tube is still working doesn't mean it's generating its optimal sound. This is why NOS tubes are getting to be so lusted for. Those tubes tend to sound great through the entire life of the tube as opposed to newer ones that simply don't have the tolerances in place to stay fresh that long.
     
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    So it uses six tubes all the time? I figured with three distinct circuits, one per "decade," it was maybe split two tubes per.

    Either way tube life is not going to prevent anyone in the market for a 3k low watter from buying it.
     
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    all the time. I'm not entirely sure of the circuitry on my DSL, but all 8 tube are on when the amp is on, regardless of which channel i'm using.
     
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    It's only a 2 tube amp. There may be a different circuit for each decade but they all 3 are using the same 2 (or 1 if you do the half power mode) tubes.

    Exactly, and there are lots of amps like this. Hell, the Matchless DC30 (or any AC30 derived amp) is a tube destroyer. Makes the Fargen look nice by comparison. One cheaper amp that I tell guys to be careful with is those Egnater Tweakers that are so popular. The attenuator on those is really rough on the tubes. On average they blow every 6 months. Really good sounding amp for the price though.
     
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    just set up a THD Hot Plate for the JTM45. You do lose a bit of the overhead, but IMO it makes up for it by being able to push the tubes to a little break without getting a knock from my neighbors.
     
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    Those are good just to cut the volume slightly. Any more than that they suck the shit out of the tone.
     
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    you're right but the way I see it is I'm getting a tone that i could never get in my apartment otherwise.
     
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    Buy the Fargen and you could. :teach:
     
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    problem is, i already have a version of the 60's model the Fargen replicates. And I have a predecessor of the the 80's model that the Fargen replicates.
     
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    But do they play at apartment levels?
     
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    You really need a 5 watt amp in an apartment. Anything more is wishful thinking.
     
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    i can get solid tone. i actually prefer simply a beefy clean and then pedals for distortion.
     
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    For any of you on Facebook that enjoy guitar porn it is hard to beat The Fretboard Journals page. They provide a nice steady stream of interesting pics both acoustic and electric.
     
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    I'm up for a KOT. But I've read quite a bit about DLS and Timmy combo. Which do I go for? (price is about equal for KOT or DLS and Timmy)

    Setup is strat/LP into princeton at very low volume (2-3ish). Looking to get low volume plexi tones for classic rock.
     

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