Originally Posted by motone
I (being a guitar player myself) find this thread a little problematic, for the following reason:
when playing electric guitar, the amp is part of your instrument just as the guitar is (some say even more). it shapes your personal sound, and playing the same guitar / stompbox combination into either a twin, a tweed bassman, or an ac30 is like NIGHT AND DAY - this is not just about frequency response, this is what shapes your highly personal tone, and also has a huge influence on your playing style. even your most basic overdrive stompbox will sound completely different when played into a twin as opposed to when played into an vibro-king.
Right on.... a good electric guitarist plays music with electric guitar and amp. The resulting personality of an amp is not just the result of the frequency spectrum. I really like my Super Reverb because it seems to groan and give way when pushed hard-- blues and rock. It communicates strain in a musical way. I like my Twin when I want to crisp and clean-- country, jazz, rock. Also, if I am using pedals these two amps are entirely different. Don't forget the Deluxe Reverb. It is so versatile that I use it twice as often as the Twin and Super Reverb.