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#1 2012-01-05 21:29:55

lee312
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wots the best amp for rockabilly

can someone tell me the best amp for rockabilly

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#2 2012-01-06 02:01:54

beamer
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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

VOX is a classic.  Fender Twins.

I am no expert, but I would imagin anything that can get great reverb and is all tube.  Whats your budget?

i am going to assume a low budget and give you some links to check into.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ … =used#used

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ … -combo-amp
(I have one of these. great classic tone and a great price/ its a copy of a vox btw)

It comes down to finding one you likethe sound of.  Solid state will be cheeper.  Line 6 and Berhinger  make good low cost stuff.

hope this helped.

just found this page it should answer all your basic questions.  CHEERS. 

http://www.the-jime.dk/Rockabilly_Guitar.htm#AMP

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#3 2012-01-06 09:49:50

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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

They are pricey and hard to find,but a tweed covered Gibson Falcon.I have an early 60s model.All tube,30 watts,great reverb and tremolo and a look that can`t be beat.I bought mine in 1984 for 85.00.I still use it.Look on ebay.You can find a newer one from the mid 60s.Have no idea if the guts are identical or not.


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#4 2012-01-06 21:04:11

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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

hi lee, i see your from the uk so i would look at on-line shops in the uk/europe first!

thorsmanns from germany are good. i bought a vocal harmoniser from them. good service)

i found music matters are also good and prompt. (i bought a recording program from here, so i dont know if they do amps)

there are others but i cant remember their names at the moment, so just "search" an amp brand (vox etc) to find out the best price, then try one out at your local dealer (which will probably cost more but they will give you good advice) then when you've decided what suits you best, go for it.

let us know how you get on

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#5 2012-01-07 15:57:28

patrickjacques
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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

like all rockabilly guitarist that I have seen I must say that a tube amp is a must and if you happen to be like me as far prefuring something simple to ajust, you cant go wrong  with a fender amp. I play out of a super reverb and cant say anything bad about it. I once owned a vox ( I believe it was an AC 30) I know ajusting the nobs properly they sound great. the problem for me was I could not get it to sound right. I know it was becuse of me , for one reason when I went to trade it in the guy at the guitar shop tested it out and it sounded great.


what a long strange trip it's been

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#6 2012-01-07 19:43:50

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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

patrickjacques wrote:

I went to trade it in the guy at the guitar shop tested it out and it sounded great.

DON'T YOU JUST HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS!  That is why you have to play with the shop amps and guitars lololol, or get them to show you what they just did.


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#7 2012-01-11 22:11:49

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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

I`ve got a roland cube 80  brilliant for rockabilly slap

great versatile amp  i`ve had it for 2 yrs still finding new settings eg swamp rock/ mersey beat/ surf/metal stack ect ect ect


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#8 2012-01-23 21:52:41

Farg0l
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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

that's a lie Rollin Guitar amps! alllllllll the way!

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#9 2012-01-24 14:43:22

dguyton
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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

Let's look into this, shall we? 

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/Bt0vtgGw … ian+Setzer

http://www.myrareguitars.com/10-classic-guitar-amps  You're looking for #7.

Second photo down, the amp is a Gretsch Executive:  http://gretschpages.com/forum/gretsch-e … 812/page1/

For Rockabilly, you want tubes.  A small amp working hard is where the original players got just that hint of distortion that they had back in the day, there were no "distortion channels" or effects; so a small amp as loud as it will go is preferable to a big amp with a distortion channel, or heaven forbid a digital distortion effect.  You'll want quite a bit of reverb, and some slapback echo; but if you go back to the roots of the genre, all the guitars were played clean.


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#10 2012-03-04 16:19:21

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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

Nice thoughts you are sharing with us.....I like it....

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#11 2012-03-05 00:58:53

joeyjoeyjoey
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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

Like I always say.Go to a music store and try all the amps in your price range.One of them may have the sound you are after whether it is tubes or solid state.Today`s technology probably has something that has the sound you want.You can always try out a pignose.They have a dirty sound that is pretty much all their own. Brand names are the last thing you should look at.Decide by what sounds best to you.While a big chrome Fender emblem or big white Marshall emblem looks cool on mtv.There are cheaper brands that can do the job.Also-don`t forget used


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#12 2012-03-05 14:16:30

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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

Saying something is a lie is not very nice and incorrect please keep your opinions friendly.

Farg0l wrote:

that's a lie Rollin Guitar amps! alllllllll the way!


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#13 2012-04-18 10:58:52

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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

Hi, mate

don't know where you'd get one (e-bay?) but I bought a second-hand Laney Tubefusion - not knowing what I was buying - a few years back and it has an outstanding reverb and warmth. I play an Epiphone 335 through it and it absolutely howls - but is also fabulous with no gain/drive.  I played my first ever gig as a lone guitarist last month and whilst i didn't win any prizes for my playing, everyone said how great it sounded.


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#14 2012-07-01 03:18:52

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Re: wots the best amp for rockabilly

Get yourself a Digital delay and chorus pedal, to go with whatever amp you chose. They'll set you back about £35 to £40 each.


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