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  • Ha, I thought from your title you were going to ask if anyone actually DOES this. The answer is yes: Me! I have owned only one amp for 30-some years and essentially used one sound all that time, if you don't count the occasional boost, eq, or od pedal. But eventually I always end up plugging straight into the amp because it sounds better to me.
    I always played in original bands, so my sound is "right" for the music.
    1978 Randall RG100ES into a 2x12 cabinet (G12-65s until I wore them out, now 2 V-types), always playing a Gibson or similar guitar. Never use the channel switch. Turn down guitar and/or play lighter when I want cleaner. Different guitars give different variations on the same basic core sound and I set the knobs differently in different bands but always in the same tonal ballpark.
    There are probably a dozen other amps I would be just as happy with, but this was the one I found first.
    Keep It Simple, Sucka!

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    • I don’t think I could do one tone. The closest I could get is my Super with the volume around 6 or 7, but I gotta be able to roll my volume back. No matter what I’m playing, I dork with the volume and tone knobs constantly.
      "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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      • whatever i said about the pro reverb earlier in this thread, i could totally do as long as there wasnt volume constrictions. guitar->cable->amp. done. i use a little pedal board in front of a nice amp due to volume frequently. a good fuzzface is a magical thing that lets you get all the clean to dirty tones you want from an amp but in a different way than straight into the amp but with a similar feel

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        • I kinda like my TH30 with the two 1x12 cabs



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          • Love that TH30! I have one, it's awesome.



            For me, JCM800. Easily.

            But I'm about to get a Butterslax and am looking at the Helios Eclipse.

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            • Don't own one, but Friedman BE
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              • On second thought, as much as I love the one great tone a JCM800 will give me, I think without pedals or any other help, the one amp that would do everything for me would be the Fryette Sig:X.

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                • I probably answered already but just in case

                  Tweed Deluxe with an American speaker.

                  Best in class sound from Blue Note to classic rock.

                  Love the JCM800 and the Oranges above, though. All really nice.

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                  • i actually prefer my 5e3 with a celestion g12h-30, sounds fantastic

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                    • My Rivera Hundred Duo Twelve.
                      Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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                      • Originally posted by jeremy View Post
                        i actually prefer my 5e3 with a celestion g12h-30, sounds fantastic
                        Not surprised. I’ve tried a fair amount of speakers. Other people make Brit speakers sound great (eg the Edge) but it just doesn’t work for me. I bet you sound great through the g12h-30

                        I currently have a Maverick but my fave is probably the cannabis rex that I swap in every now and then. I’m happy with more traditional ones, but always American.

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                        • i have both those, the mav and crex. i prefer the crex in my old deluxe reverb. i like the mavericks ability to adjust volume but i like the tone of the crex and g12h better

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                          • Though I had said a Marshall early on in this thread, it would probably end up being an EVH 5150 III 50 watt head / 2x12 setup.

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                            • Originally posted by ErikH View Post
                              Though I had said a Marshall early on in this thread, it would probably end up being an EVH 5150 III 50 watt head / 2x12 setup.
                              Do you have the recent Stealth amp or the regular ones?
                              The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

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                              • Originally posted by Bogner View Post

                                Do you have the recent Stealth amp or the regular ones?
                                Neither. But if I could get one, I would, but an EL34 head. The closest I have is the 5150 Overdrive which is essentially the blue channel of the amp.

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