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 #136386  by Boston_Patriot
 Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:28 am
Ignore the guitar for now, but here's the caveat- I want the amp to be able to pull off non-dead (jam band, classic rock) covers when tweaked. I know, I want everything ;). So a non-one trick pony that will get real close to anything from 72-77 bobby. On a side note, has anyone ever gotten a good bobby with a mesa lonestar classic?
 #136390  by mgbills
 Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:26 am
I believe Mesa is your ticket.
The Mark series is great up to IIC. Not sure about the plus. Mark V is also nice. I'm not a Bob gear expert, but I believe he used a IIB head in that era. Had a Mark I with no reverb and a K120. Awesome Amp. I've been after a Studio Pre for a while. I'd like to do a Studio Pre/50:50 rig.

Never owned a Lone Star, but I've been intriqued. I have owned a V-Twin, 20:20, and have a TA-15. Also look at the TA-30. The 30 has reverb, and a bit more power. I've seen 30 heads for $900, which is a steal. Lonestars are in that range as well.

There's Jerry cleans in all the above as well. And of course...a bunch of gritty options.
 #136392  by strumminsix
 Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:32 am
BTW, 72-77 is like 4 amp changes. I can cover most of that with my Fender VibroVerb (Fender amp + 15" speaker and Bobby used 15" speakers in the early 70s).

IMO the guitar functionality is 100 times more important than the effects:
Get a bright guitar with dual humbuckers or mini buckers and coil taps with OOP and you're gonna get closer than any effect will ever get you.
 #136394  by TI4-1009
 Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:15 am
gr8fullfred wrote:Not sure what I would buy, but I would NOT buy a slide!
+1 :lol: :lol: :lol: