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Another good amp for jazz

 
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greentone



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: Another good amp for jazz Reply with quote

After completing all the amp maintenance around the South 40, I have been playing a rather larger number of amps these days than is typical. Customarily, I play (at home) an ES-175 through a Polytone Mini-Brute. This is a fairly traditional jazz setup and it gets a well known sound--think early-70s Joe Pass/Jim Hall tones. (I didn't say that I had their dexterity, but I CAN cop their tones.) Playing out, I use a Super L-5 copy into a Mini-Brute (jazz) or into a Tweed Deluxe (blues).

For the last month, however, I have been playing Telecasters, Stratocasters, a 335, etc., into Fender Champs, Deluxes, Bassman (Bassmen?), Polytones, an Ampeg, and a Lab Series L5 Gibson amp. It has been a period of reacquaintance. (I am driving the wife mad with the serial reappearance of different instruments and amps, however.)

An observation that I didn't expect: a Tweed Deluxe is neck in neck with a Mini-Brute as a jazz amp with a ES-175. I should have recalled this, but didn't. I have gigged with a Deluxe in jazz settings, but not in some time. In the Normal Channel, on the #2 input, a ES-175 with a humbucker sounds terrific.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must be very cool to get a chance to try different things like that.
Thanks for the info...if I ever get a chance I will plug into one.
I have been crazy for the gear wants lately and I was think about attending this show
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My wife is not too crazy about the idea however Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. If you go, try to play a Tungsten Cortez. It is a good amp--well made. It is a modern recreation of the Fender Deluxe.

Maybe Clay Hullett will have his amps on display. He has made amps for most of the session guys in Nashville. I have one Deluxe that has a Hullett-made turrett board in it. Hullett does clean, precise work.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome ..thanks for the tips!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I remember correctly, a tweed Deluxe was the house amp at Riverside and Blue Note...great sound with P90s but can get a little dark and overdriven with humbuckers.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was the house amp. For humbuckers, plug into the #2 input--either instrument or mic input. On the #2 input--which Fender thought to be the "Gibson" input--you get some headroom, via less input sensitivity. I use the first channel, #2 input with my Deluxe when using my ES-175 (single pickup humbucker) guitar. To me, this is the Blue Note/Kenny Burrell sound.
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