Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by stiv, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    AF38D05E-CA0B-4F26-96FD-3C0A0EBAC2E3.jpeg :):)I visited a friend of mine who owns a beautiful Fender collection, and came home with this. He had it on sale at a very reasonable price because the back panel wasn’t original as well as the reverb pedal, so I decided I couldn’t let it pass. It’s a ‘67 Selmer Vanguard, 15w 12” speaker. Very well equipped, all original Mullards pre and Brimar power tubes (6BR8), original Goodmans speaker. I dragged it down with me at the club I was playing yesterday and put it on stage without even try it :). First thing I did it’s been to plug in my ‘64 SG Special and play Astronomy Domine :D. It’s what I call an “on-off” amp, you plug in and get the tone with minimal tweaking as the controls (2 channels, volume and tone, reverb on both) are not as effective as a Fender or a Marshall. It’s a bit dark sounding (but it gets better if you link the channels), break up nicely at reasonable volume and it fitted perfectly the trebley bridge pickup of my Gibby. Even the sound guy was happy. I never had a Selmer so this is a first time for me. I’ll give it a few rounds with my Gretsch Rally in the next days, for now I really like it. It sounds completely different from any other amp I own. It may never be my main amp, but sometimes it’s good to have some choice of sound. And Psycho Syd would have approved me ;).
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2019
  2. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Very nice! Congrats.
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Sweet! Selmer amps are near impossible to find here in the Colonies.
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  4. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    Well played - that’s a proper vintage amp right there. I love on-off amps. There’s been an old Selmer sitting on the showroom floor at CCM for about a month now, and I hope it’s gone the next time I go in for strings because there’s almost no way I won’t stop not buying it if I see it again. And they had it right next to a Magnatone ... .
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, that one oozes cool!
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Looks great , enjoy and congrats
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  7. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Thanks fellas. I noodled with it a bit last night, he really loves my Rally’s bridge pickup. I still think he’s a bit of a one trick pony, but it does his trick very well.
    It may have some very good use on some old blues stuff. I’m sure a Tele would be the best match for this amp, unfortunately I’m not a Tele lover. For now.;)
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  8. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    Jul 13, 2011
    Love the Selmer!
    Don't forget to let us know how you get on with your Tele (when you get one) :)
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  9. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Very cool, congrats.
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  10. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013

    The future is the key to this!
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  11. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    That’s why I am eyeing an Esquire to match with the Selmer.. :D
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  12. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Country Gent

    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    Very nice! congrats!
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