So what's your chosen amp or equipment?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by olliethecat, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    I can't even imagine. Sounds like a dream rig. I have a Roland XP 80 and a Prosonus.I run them through my Protools Digi Rack 003 and run them through my studio monitors. I use them for recording. I have never played the keyboards live since I'm not a keyboardist. I use them to color the music. I normally teach myself chords for certain parts.
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  2. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    I have a lot of amps. I have too many amps. I have WAY too many amps. I don't have one chosen amp - although once upon a time I did. I have a bunch of wonderful amps. They're fun to collect but I really gotta sell some.

    AMPS June 18, 2019
    1. Allen Brown Sugar 1x15

    2. Allen Sweet Spot 1x12

    3. Allen Accomplice 1x12

    4. Ampeg V-2 Head

    5. Boss MG10

    6. Bugera V5

    7. Fender '57 Twin Mini

    8. Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

    9. Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb

    10. Fender 1961 Vibrolux

    11. Fender 1961 Bassman (in Combo)

    12. Fender 1964 Bandmaster Head

    13. Fender 1964 Bassman (in combo)

    14. Fender 1966 Vibrolux

    15. Fender 1968 Bassman

    16. Fender 1975 Twin Reverb

    17. Fender 1976 Princeton Reverb

    18. Fender 1977 Deluxe Reverb

    19. Gibson 1964 GA15RVT Explorer

    20. Gibson 1965 GA 8T Discoverer Tremolo

    21. Luckhurst 15w Princeton Reverb

    22. Luckhurst 22w Princeton Reverb

    23. Luckhurst 22w '61 Bassman

    24. Marsh 22w Clifton (Deluxe) Reverb

    25. Matchless Lightning Reverb

    26. Phaez Berns 1530 #1

    27. Phaez Berns 1530 #2

    28. Phaez Corona 10w

    29. Phaez Corona 25w

    30. Quilter 101 Reverb Head

    31. Quilter Aviator 8”

    32. Roland Orange Cube 20

    33. Roland Orange Cube 40

    34. Roland Orange Super Cube 40

    35. Roland Orange Cube 60

    36. Roland Grey Cube 60 Chorus

    37. Roland Grey Super Cube 60

    38. Roland Orange Cube 100

    39. Tone King Imperial II

    40. Traynor Reverb Master YRM-1

    41. Traynor Signature Reverb YSR-1

    42. Traynor YBA-1 #2

    43. Traynor YBA-1 #1

    44. Traynor YBA-2 6v6 Combo

    45. Traynor YBA-2 6V6 Head

    46. Traynor YBA-2B EL84 Head

    47. Traynor YBA-2B EL84 #1 Custom Combo

    48. Traynor YBA-2B EL84 #2 Custom Combo

    49. Traynor YBA-2B EL84 stock Combo

    50. Traynor YBA-2B EL84 Stock Combo (at Dan's)

    51. Traynor YGM-1

    52. Traynor YGM-2

    53. Traynor YGM-3

    54. Traynor YGM-3 reissue

    55. Traynor YGM-4

    56. Trinity Deluxe 5E3

    57. Valvetrain 416

    58. Victoria Low Power Twin

    59. Victoria Victoriette

    60. Vox AC10

    61. Vox AC30CCH head

    62. Weber Fender Pro 5E5

    63. ZT Lunchbox
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  3. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    Holy cow, WOW! Are you sure you're not Bonamassa's liason ;) ? Now that's a collection and then some!
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  4. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    Welcome back Ollie I absolutely enjoyed reading your story too!

    I think that's the cool part of revisting it all at this moment in time is everythings shrunk, literally. Everything you could possibly "need" for a home studio you have, sure you could add more bells and whistles but the "want" part differs from reality. And from the looks of it you have some nice side weapons there as well ;).

    I really enjoy getting on here and reading about the experiences of the people on Gretsch Talk for everything from bar shows, road tours and even some brushes with fame. It's all a great learning experience and the stories to me are all extremely valuable.

    My amp collection is smaller than most but covers what I need at the moment.

    Blackstar Fly - surprisingly better than most people would think.

    Mustang V2 - 10w

    Blackstar ID 10 - 10w

    Roland Blues Cube Stage 60w

    Welcome and if you do any recordings if you don't mind please post some here if you can? Would really enjoy hearing them.
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  5. olliethecat

    olliethecat Electromatic

    Jun 12, 2019
    East Yorkshire, UK
    What a lovely welcome back..thank you.
    Things have indeed changed since I was on the road. The principles are still very much the same and to a degree the gear is very similar to what I was using but it's the capabilities of tiny amps like the little Yamaha THR10 ( 2 x 5 watt stereo) which are quite astounding really.

    I bought the amp a few weeks ago primarily to take with me to my caravan along with a cheap Strat copy I'd also bought very recently which I'd fully set up and fret dressed etc so it played really well, with the intention of leaving them up both there so that I didn't have bother taking them each time I visited but I was so impressed with both of them that I really couldn't leave them up there as they are too good not have with me at home.

    The little amp is ideal and more than adequate for practice and very versatile in its own right too but it was by chance that I realised just how good it was when I took a lead from the amp headphone input socket and plugged it into the R24 which was linked to a pair of quite large 75 watt active studio monitors and the sound of the guitar played through was absolutely superb. My cousin has an original Vox AC30 and a Fender valve amp of some sort and as far as I was concerned it was as good as either of them and suits me down to the ground.
    From the recording tests I've done so far, I doubt very much that I can improve on the sound quality so I'm quite happy and not looking for any more gear at the moment .

    I think that is the key...finding the gear that suits you and delivers the sounds you want. I'd always wanted a Gretsch but never got around to getting one before I retired from playing and thought I never would but, less than two months ago I came across and bought the 5120 and now I'm hooked with playing again.

    As I've said I'm loving it. When I was on the road, I had to constantly be learning new material to put in the act. In those days I suppose I was what could be described as quite popular with audiences and therefore rebooked quite often which was great as it was a sign of approval and helped the bank balance, but sometimes booked too often to the same venues which meant constantly learning new material for adding to my act which added to the pressure of keeping the act relevant.
    Nowadays, I can just choose a list of songs I want to record, work out the parts and get on with recording them...much nicer:)
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    ....and in alphabeticall order too
  7. Gregor

    Gregor Synchromatic

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Do ya think???
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  8. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    For the last few years, I’ve been going through some Nocturne pedals (and El Capistan before I got the Mystery Brain) and then to DI and to the board. Works fine for this purpose, and I don’t have to lug my Fender amps around.

    On occasion, I’ll add a Topanga Reverb and/or a Voodoo Labs tremolo, but really I’m just trying to sound like a Fender amp + Echoplex without the weight.

    Of course, this only works if I’m running the board, too.
  9. Jessie Ed

    Jessie Ed Electromatic

    Jun 26, 2019
    Statesboro, GA
    6620TFM.jpg This Gretsch thru my 12' Princeton
  10. Pine Apple Slim

    Pine Apple Slim Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2011
    North Alabama
    Mainly: Falcon>Mystery Brain>Detroit Casket>CB SFT>Carr Rambler

    For what little recording I do, its straight into a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 and Logic X.
  11. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Jun 15, 2010
    Well I am an old man !
  12. Funky54

    Funky54 Gretschie

    Aug 12, 2010



    My history is not as significant as yours.. I’ve been a hack and in and out of local little cover bands for 25-30 years. My hey day in my 20’s was the early 90’s and now I rarely play out. I’m not involved in anything at the moment. I don’t record. So all I can say is use what you enjoy.
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  13. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I haven't gigged in many a year myself and am not likely too in the near future either,back ,hearing,and double hernia problems stopped all the fun.

    But when i did gig i used a lot of different amps,Simm Watts,Watkins Dominator head,what a lovely warm tone that wee amp had,SS Carlton,Dean Markley,that Dean had the warmest tone of any solid state amp i ever heard,and even a ,gulp,Peavey 112 Bandit!
    Ended up sticking to a 1977 Music Man HD130 210 combo ,heavy bugger ,and probably the reason for the hernia trouble!
    It's currently sitting in the back room of my local on consignment ,where it's been sitting for the last 4 years!:rolleyes:

    Anywho,i currently have a stock Fender 65 Princeton reissue,which is still too loud for home use,should've bought a SS amp really,the only pedals i have are an MXR Carbon Copy and a cheap as chips Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive TO800.

    Also have a wee Danelectro Dirty Thirty ,but it went pop a few years ago ,so it's just a door stop these days.

    I have never owned any serious recording equipment though,other than a tape recorder.:oops:

    I do have one or two guitars though;),which are above my talent level!:oops::D
  14. lp_bruce

    lp_bruce Gretschie

    Apr 28, 2019
    Metro Detroit
    I don't really have one amp or piece of gear that I use for everything. I play different kinds of music with different groups and I also play live and in the studio. For the stage, I use my Tech 21 Power Engine more than anything else, though I have other amps that I use sometimes. I've been using my Gretsch a lot lately, but today I used my Michael Kelly Hybrid Special, which I probably use more than any other guitar.

    Here is the setup I used for the last couple of shows. Pretty basic, really.

  15. collama

    collama Gretschie

    Sep 4, 2017
    Gretsch 5620t into a Roland Blues Cube Artist, often with the the Ultimate Blues Tone Capsule, or into a Mesa Express Plus 5:50. I’m a hobbyist and gig several times a year and the Mesa sees more stage time now. My number one guitar, though, is a PRS.

    And I usually have a pedalboard, with 2-3 drives, tremolo, delay, maybe reverb.

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  16. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I pretty much hate wicker - except on Mesas. That's sweet!
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  17. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    When my parents entrusted me with the purchase of new furniture I picked some colonial style wicker decked seats(not my bag at all) cause they reminded me of Mesa Boogie. They loved it. :rolleyes:
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  18. hogrider16

    hogrider16 Gretschie

    Oct 18, 2017
    charles town wv
    It's the only "always on" pedal I've ever owned.
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  19. EC Strat

    EC Strat Gretschie

    Jan 11, 2019
    DAD54ED4-AB06-475F-B136-6BAE72A6FE63.jpeg FE83B742-2661-473A-A07D-A0F35CC8F609.jpeg 86653B09-4F8D-4610-AF43-6D6CA0BFAACD.jpeg 725D34CB-6127-4CF9-BACD-76ADAC7E69DC.jpeg Myself, I like starting with obtaining the best sounding clean amp I can afford and find and build the sound off that foundation. Especially with a guitar like a Gretsch.

    So I have Tweed Vibrolux (clone) with NOS tubes and Eminence GA SC 59 speaker

    For tone shaping a great Xotic effects wah, a vintage specd fuzz, a Tumnus , a Friedman and Zendrive
  20. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    It all depends on my mood but the most versatile amp I have can go from incredible cleans on through country blue into rock heavy metal and thrash. A Peavey Triple XXX if I can have only one it would be it. A very incredible at home amp is @TV the Wired Turtle ‘s Baby Blondeshell! The rest are just for fun. Peavey JSX Mini Colossal, Orange Micro Dark a one trick pony, and the Joyo AtomiC. Let’s not forget the Box Nighttrain, the first gen. I love that thing it is also a great little amp. So hard to pick but basically I have every mod covered and even have more choices inside the Antelope Audio Zen Tour. I won’t even take the time to list those. Guitars Two Strat and my Broadway jade Penguin and a Minarick Lotus Studio. The Minarick doesn’t get a lot of play time it is just to PAF’y for my tastes. Not a HB fan normally. That’s the electric heard to play with but sometimes I want acoustic and that probably isn’t what you’re asking about. So where does a person got from here? I would love a Nocturne Moonshine combo and a Mesa Mark Five 25 or 35.
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