tcsned wrote:First question - what are you using it for? Are you playing in a band? Or at home? If you're playing in a band, do you play small clubs or larger venues (more than 2-300 people)? If you are playing at home or at relatively small clubs I would use something 100w or less. Carrying around a huge, heavy studio/audiophile amp will get old pretty quick if you don't need something like that. Also, are you going for a pretty exact Garcia tone? Or something that is more "you"? A smaller wattage Mac might do it if you want a really Jerry tone. A huge rig looks really cool until you've roaded it 100 times
I play at home and at a friends basement for practice sessions. I have two brand new Beyma liberties in a 2X12 cab. I got them wired so they can be played as two singles ( 8 ohms) or both bridged (4 ohms). That way if I don't need both of them I can just hook one up and when I do need both, I have that option. So, that is why I started looking at power amps, Something that could take a 4 or 8 ohm load. Yes I would like a Jerry sound. I geuss I'll just wait till I see a good deal on ebay for a Mac.
RiverRat wrote:So his current tone is this... Vic->Guitar->AxeFX. My observation is that Vic's power amp setup contributes nothing to his tone.
gr8fullfred wrote:I have a Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp with a Mesa 50/50 power amp. I am surprised that there is not much mention of this setup on this board. The Quad preamp is a wonderful thing with four channels that go from clean to wild.
Enough knobs to keep you busy for quite a while. While its not pure Jerry, you can get great sounds out of it.
The 50/50 amp has two channels of 50 watt 6L6 power, which is enough to make ears ring for quite a distance.
I could play any venue with this rig and it is completely serviceable by any tube tech. I bought both units for about $800 on ebay and I am willing to put it up against anything, certainly anything in the same price range. Why modify a vintage fender twin when for far less you could have a Mesa Quad Preamp,four channels, two equalizers, two reverbs, ready to plug into your power amp.
If you want even more insane power, you could pick up a Mesa Simuclas 400 amp that would have more power than anyone would ever need.
I also have a Mesa 50 Caliber combo amp, which for $500 bucks was also a great deal.
Mesa Boogie Rules! Jerry would agree!
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