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whytejacks
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Solid state modules? Reply with quote

Hi everybody Smile

Im sure that this has been thrown out there before but has anyone ever wanted to try a solid state pre amp module to emulate a Musicman or Peavey or maybe a roland JC120??

Maybe even build in some analogue FX, phaser, comp, chorus?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has been a topic brought up throughout the years several times and a handful of custom jobs have chased various solid state amp tones. Regardless of the topography used to amplify the signal, the same two things are being done: the signal is being amplified and shaped between a few gain stages and an EQ is sculpting it. That said, there won't be any transistor based modules or a need for them.

The Super Clean will provide JC120-like tones and has performed favorably next to the real deal in my shop. I'm actually working on a Music Man repair right now and there is nothing particularly cool about it's preamp design to be honest. Same thing for Peavey solid state (which I repair often as well). Remember an amps sound is a combination of the preamp, power amp and the speaker/enclosure. The speaker and enclosure have a huge part in sculpting the sounds of any amp.

As for effects in your module, I actually tinkered with it for a while and have some prototypes on a shelf here. It's not going to see the light of day because of practicality and cost.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am    Post subject: Solid state modules Reply with quote

Thanks Rob,

Some of my favourite guitarists have used solid state pre amp musicman (paul barrere - littlefeat, mark knophler) or peavey - skynyrd amps.... Was just a thought.....my musicman RP65 sounds totally unique and I love the built in phaser hence asking about FX.
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