Looks like I'm not the only guitarist to use and appreciate an Ashly MOSFET amp: Pat Metheny sometimes uses an Ashly FET-200 into JBL's.
"There, in huge black letters, was 'The Grateful Dead'. It just... cancelled my mind out."-Garcia
gr8fl4295 wrote:Ok, so if you want to buy a Jerry sounding amp, but don't have the cash for a Mac, what do you look at? What's gonna get you close? <$500?
I'm also looking for something that is bedroom level.
Is this a good route?>>
SMS Classic Jerry Mod Pre Amp > Fender Super Champ X2 HD Amp head > Speaker Cab w/ Beyma 10".
Remember, bedroom level and on the cheap (sunk a lot into the guitar).
That is not recommended. The Fender Mustang already has a preamp section built in. You would be putting a preamp into another preamp before it gets amplified by the power section of the Mustang. You need a true "power amp" which is an amp that doesn't have any preamp section. There are all kinds of power amps out there. But the Fender Mustang (or any combo amp) is not a good choice unless you can isolate the power section somehow. Usually they are integrated.gr8fl4295 wrote:Would plugging the SMS into a Fender Mustang combo amp suffice?
The thing is everything affects the tone. Nothing is totally neutral. Everything from your pick to your strings to the wood of your guitar affects the tone. The same goes for the preamp (the types of capacitors and resistors used in it) to the power amp design to the speakers.gr8fl4295 wrote:Ok, I'm getting it now.
One more question though,
If the only thing the power amp is doing is is adding wattage to the line level, what is so special about McIntosh, and all the other vintage/expensive power amps? Couldn't any ol' power amp do the job? What you're paying for is wattage, right? The more you need (to fill a stage) the more you pay?
It doesn't have any effect on the tone, right?
Personally, for a band setting, I need something around 75-100 watts. I can still use this at home too. To me, it sounds great at lower volumes too. Yes, an Earth Drive will give you some mild dirt on the lower settings if you want/need it. Sometimes Jerry played with noticable "dirt" and sometimes it was lacking in the "dirt" department. I'd say 50 watts is minimum for a band setting.vwjodyme wrote:So if I understand this correctly the power amp needs to be pushed hard (loud) to get the desired effect? Like the volume on an amp with a master volume too? so for someone who wants to play mostly at home, but still have the ability to play in a band setting, I should be looking for 20-50w? Or would any size power amp get the desired tone when paired up with something like an earth drive.
I am asking for an sms for xmas, fingers crossed, so just trying to wrap my head around this.
Ooh, don't say that over at Talkbass! There are some crazy people over there who will yell at you until they are blue in the face that all power amps sound the same. Just sayin'.mijknahs wrote:
So, the power amp affects the tone. Even different McIntosh power amps sound different. Some are brighter. Some have more mids. Same goes for all power amps.