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swampyankee
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Aug 8th, 2019 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've always been one of those brand-loyal guys, whether it's cars or gear. Not that I have "Fender" tattoo'd on my arm - yet. But I've been dabbling in Ampeg amps this last few years. Well actually back to the late '90's when I bought an Ampeg B100R for the occasional bass gig. More recently I picked up a little 15 watt Jet J12T "reissue", and I like it. Simple, nice tremelo and reverb. As they say, it doesn't sound like the vintage ones, but I found it to be built well (made in USA), and a good alternative to a Blues Jr.
But it piqued my interest in the vintage stuff, so I found a nice '65 Reverberocket on Reverb and pulled the trigger. It had a couple minor mods which I put back to stock, and I bought and reconed the correct Jensen Syntox speaker for it.
The 'Rocket fills the Deluxe niche in my line-up with it's own vintage vibe.

So what's next? Maybe a *real* vintage Jet??

Ampegs are encroaching

Leftee
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Aug 8th, 2019 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

That reissue Jet is all that and a slice of pie! I prowl those, on Reverb, from time to time.

I also shop the old Ampeg guitar amps. They’re still a good value.

littleuch
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Aug 8th, 2019 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Before moving south I sold a 67 Ampeg Reverberocket II. Kinda regret it. That was a mighty fine sounding amp.

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Aug 8th, 2019 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah-buddy! The reverb on the old Ampeg combos sounds more like a Fender than a Fender. The Jets are thuggish little combos - in a great way.

I used to have a VT40, that and an SG Special was a fun go cart. Mick Taylor for days.

swampyankee
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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 8th, 2019 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, that little Jet RI was a steal. Less than $300 from GC used. It was so clean, I was wondering why Ampeg hadn't put a polished chrome finish on the control panel until I realized the factory protective film hadn't even been peeled off yet!

I've played around with NOS tubes and different speakers for the Jet, seeing if I can get it to sound a bit more vintage.
Not what I'd consider a Strat-friendly amp, but for a Tele or especially my semi-hollow Gretsch, it's a great match.

Leftee
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Aug 8th, 2019 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Re: Ampeg reverb

It *is* more better than Fender.

IMO some of the old Ampegs are the sweetest sounding amps ever.

And now I’m not sure why I don’t own one.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 10:21 AM, Aug 8th, 2019)

littleuch
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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Aug 8th, 2019 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 67 RR2 had an awesome verb and trem. A friend recapped the amp for me. I tried my Celestion Blue in the amp and the questionable looking stock speaker actually sounded better to my ears. Ah well, I sold it to a young feller that seemed quite smitten with the amp, I hope he treasures it.

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Aug 8th, 2019 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

HUGE Ampeg fan here. I have two of their amps. One is an early 70s V3 head that can knock down trees, and the other is a 1961 Reverberocket in the pic below.

Welcome to

the club!

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Aug 8th, 2019 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

And if you didn't know, Everett Hull (Ampeg owner) hated rock and roll. He was a big band and jazz snob who played uptight [ahem] upright bass in Lawrence Welk's band :o)

He started the company with his invention of an electronic pickup for upright bass that was incorporated into the bass's internal sound post (amplified + peg, = Ampeg, get it?). It was his wife that came up with the name.

ejm

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Aug 8th, 2019 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

The closest thing to an Ampeg promo video.
From the 70's (and a current topic in the Home Recording Forum).

Bad Company - Ready for Love (Ampegs galore)

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Aug 8th, 2019 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

The best Ampeg promo (for me) is the album Frampton Comes Alive. He used an Ampeg Echo Twin on most of the tracks.

He had Marshalls as his back line but behind them was a pair of Ampegs with mics in them.

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Aug 8th, 2019 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Always loved Ampegs.

I've got a lovely V2 from the early 70's with the beat to hell matching cab.

60 watts of "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out" !

Ampeg V2

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 12:37 PM, Aug 8th, 2019)

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Aug 8th, 2019 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a ‘63 R12R ‘Rocket in excellent original condition. I would never sell it.

swampyankee
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If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 9th, 2019 05:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

"and the other is a 1961 Reverberocket in the pic below."

Ooh, Random Navy Flair!

I'm more of a blue diamond man myself.

Peegoo
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Aug 9th, 2019 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, the real-deal random flair Tolex is available no mo. If I could get some, I'd make a new cab and stick the chassis in it. I'd save the original cab to...preserve it...if you could call it that :o)

Leftee
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Aug 9th, 2019 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Over the last year or so I’ve been shopping for a birth-year (‘61) amp. Gibson and Ampeg are constantly on the radar in that search.

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Aug 9th, 2019 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

FYI swampyankee there's a vintage JT12 in Dartmouth, MA....

"1960's Ampeg Jet J-12"

(This message was last edited by professor at 08:57 AM, Aug 9th, 2019)

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Aug 9th, 2019 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a (c.'65) Gemini I with a Fender label JBL 12 in it. Got it almost 30 years ago, and it's a beast.

swampyankee
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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 9th, 2019 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

"FYI swampyankee there's a vintage JT12 in Dartmouth, MA...."

and the pic in the ad makes it look like it's levitating like the Holy Grail or something.

Too bad I just spent my last free $600 on the Guild Starfire V...

Cue Angelic Choir

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larryguitar
Aug 9th, 2019 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I picked up a VT-40 in '74. It's a serious beast. I love the tone but you really need a forklift to move it around.

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