Guitar Amp For Country Music?
Old 15th December 2004
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Guitar Amp For Country Music?


I'm looking for some information on what amp/amps is a fairly common choice for modern country tones. From the tele tone, to more driving almost rockish tones, plus clean sounds. It doesn't necessarily have to be one amp, just what seems to be common/de-facto for these duties.

Any info, or links would be very much appreciated.

Old 15th December 2004
Old 15th December 2004
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I've recorded everything from a Magnatone to a Fender Deluxe Reverb to a Marshall Plexi doing country... we have a small groove tubes combo amp with one changable tube [I forget what the damn thing is called] and a THD "UniValve" head that does the same "changeable tube" thing [but sounds different and we can use different speaker cabinets].

The tone still only comes from the players hands... the rest is just gravy.

Best of luck.
Old 15th December 2004
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Contemporary "country" can be anything...Brent Mason, for example, has a triple rack system than has (last I saw, it changes a lot) a Budda, silverface Twin, and Peavey classic 50 head...also has (had) an Egnator power amp and a buttload of effects...but IIRC he stated most of his work is through a Deluxe Reverb.

Lots of other guys have used Twins, old Bassman heads, Peavey Bandits or Special 130s, Magnatone, etc...Still others use Dr Z, AC30s, or other class A designs...A MusicMan SixtyFive Reverb head through a pair of openback Weber Californias or D120s gets the lions share of work here...

And a lot of great sounds have been tracked just running direct with a Boogie Studio preamp or similar...

And FWIW: I think a Dynacomp, Boss CS2/3, or an Armstrong Orange Squeezer is essential.
Old 15th December 2004
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Anyone thinkin' bout a POD?

I do a lot of recording of country music and I use the old POD 2.0 and love the tones that come from it. I run it through a pair of Telefunken line amps to warm it just a tad. I use the Boogie Dual Rectifier setting for destorted, and for clean I use the 59 Bassman head with a 2x12 line 6 cab. Hope that helps.

Old 15th December 2004
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Originally posted by Fletcher
The tone still only comes from the players hands... the rest is just gravy.
Absolutely true, as far as gravy is concerned, I totally dig my new AnalogMan BiComprossor, best compressor pedal ever (actually it's 2 comps in one, Ross/Dynacomp and Orange Squeezer clones), period!
GREAT for that clean Tele thing, also works great for electric 12-string.

Old 15th December 2004
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+1 on the bi-comp.....if only my country chops were as good as the pedal!......personally, I didn't get the GT solo at all....

fave amps for country......there's so many really....almost anything that's really good and wasn't designed for all out metal

I got a great sound with the aforementioned bi-comp, an Effector 13 No-Fi into a Fuchs ODS on clean

....must practice more!!!

Old 15th December 2004
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A Deluxe Reverb is both the most common and the one few can beat.
Old 15th December 2004
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Deluxe Reverb or Tweed Deluxe (for instance a Victoria remake jobbie). The Tweed will give you a little bit more rock if you need it, the Deluxe Reverb will give you a bit more surf if you need it, but they'll both do the 'middle ground' really well. Add to that a compressor (Carl Martin or Dynacomp will do nicely) and you're good to go.

But what Flecther said is spot on. The first Steve Morse band has a couple of GREAT sounding solos by Albert Lee (on the track General Lee). That was recorded straight to disk and nobody cares... heh
Old 15th December 2004
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For more "traditional" tele tones (don rich, roy nichols, even brent mason for a modern twist)- it's tough to beat a deluxe reverb or twin. JBLs for extra spank.

For more "modern" (i.e. most of the current nashville product) an el84 amp like a matchless will give the grind.
Old 15th December 2004
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Another vote for the deluxe with a swamp ash tele.
Old 16th December 2004
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Yep..........deluxe with a tele mostly. However, I did a CD with LONESTAR in 98'. We used a Marshall plexi for the Fat distorted tones along with a Dr Z. Clean tones were a fender concert head and a Tonemaster. Great sounds!
Old 16th December 2004
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Single coils into any clean amp, definitely compressed on the way in. Got Killer results with a Champ 12, Bandmaster reverb, Strats, Teles. The crunchy stuff, the marshalls, with the same guitars, stil compress on the way in, maybe a Tubescreamer. I wish I liked country, the sounds come so naturally to me. Poop.
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