Do Cute Amps Matter?

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  1. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I care. I generally like to mate a head with a matching cab. I generally have matching covers made for everything. I went to some trouble bugging PRS to have a nicer looking panel for my Archon (to their everlasting credit). I've upgraded Mesa amps with wicker. I don't buy amps in colors I don't like. I also keep my music room neat (don't you dare try to confirm that with Mrs. elvis).

    Even more, I like to turn on all my gear so the lights are all pretty, turn off the lights in my room and jam. I've gone to some trouble to change out some of the lights on the gear so they are predominately blue. Fetish? Who can say?
     
  2. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Feed & Seed

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    You're kidding.

    "Girlfriend calls her boyfriend and says, "Honey, I need you to stop on over. I'm working on a really difficult jigsaw puzzle, and I can't quite figure it out."

    Boyfriend asks, "What's on the cover of the jigsaw box?"

    Girlfriend says, "It's a picture of a tiger."

    Boyfriend says, "I'll be right over."

    So the boyfriend hops into his car, drives over to his girlfriend's house. He opens the front door, sees the puzzle strewn all over the coffee table, the box with the tiger next to it, the girlfriend sitting looking perplexed. The boyfriend takes a look at the puzzle, the box, his girlfriend and says,

    "Honey, I love you very much, but I'd like you to go into the kitchen, make yourself a cup of tea, come back in, sit down, and put your feet up. I'll put the Frosted Flakes back into the box."

    Fortunately, Les, you're one mystery I don't need try and figure out.
     
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  3. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I had my Electradyne redone by Mesa in ostrich-imprinted leather. I also have ostrich boots. Huzzah!
     
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  4. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I have a rather “plain Jane” but I like the tones I’m getting. Would it be cool if it was covered in snakeskin tolex, or wrapped in a flamed maple (purple) carcass and a wicker front, yes of course. Would it sound better?

    Hell yeah!:D
     
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  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Good joke btw, but when I call an inanimate object “cute”, etc., it’s for humor. To poke a little fun.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean my inanimate objects lack feelings. ;)
     
  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I love ostrich anything, boots being an object of particular joy!

    I, uh, went with black leather for the Fillmore because my current boots are black leather. And I’m that dweeby.
     
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  7. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    You say plaid and I say tartan! Let’s call the whole thing off!
     
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  8. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Feed & Seed

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    It's OK, Les, I usually try to show love to my amp whenever it feels anxious, sad, or upset. Just last week, it said, "Why don't you take me anyplace anymore?"

    Couldn't argue with that logic, so, I put the amp in the car, and drove it around for a while, just to give the amp some fresh air. That seemed to solve the problem.
     
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  9. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    Unfortunately when I find an amp I LOVE, and upgrade the appearance, it pretty much means I'll be selling it very soon.

    The Archon has been the only exception.
     
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  10. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Feed & Seed

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    My current amp (Brunetti 35W Singleman 1x12 Combo) is one amp I'd not part with. Only mods that had been done were a speaker swap (lighter-weight neodymium) and tube complement for more my signature sound. (TAD 6L6WGCs, JJ preamps) An amp I'd prefer to keep for quite a while.
     
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  11. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Huh... I never really thought about very much, but most of my amps aren’t really stunners in the looks department. The Custom 50 with a paisley shell and black gold faceplate is certainly bold, but TBH I bought it more for being a Custom 50 than for looks. It’s grown on me, especially now that I have a matching cab, but probably not what I would custom order.

    I feel like I need to watch my back for a paisley clad hit man now. He should be easy to spot.

    I like the industrial vibe of the MT15, but in a bare-bones kind of way. My ‘68 Custom Vibrolux has then silverface drip edge look, which I don’t hate, but is certainly my least favorite of all Fender amp schemes. I would’ve been tickled with tweed, or maybe blackface.

    Strangely enough, I think my “cutest” amp, in true reverence to the term, is my little Valve Jr. stack. Crimson and cream front with a salt and pepper grill... the stock ones look a lot better than they sound. Fortunately, mine is modded to also sound nice!

    I think the reason mediocre looking amps don’t bother me, is that guitar amps are inherently bad ass, so even plain looking ones are still cool. That being said, I would love to have some of the lookers in Les’ studio. Especially a DG30... shawinggggg!!!
     
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  12. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    Now THAT is a stage rig! Boots match the amp. Yes sir!
     
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  13. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Who cares! We all look dumb wearing amps around our necks. Guitars are much better!
     
  14. Sekunda

    Sekunda Music is life

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    Les, do you have a Fillmore now? I got a Fillmore 50 combo for last Christmas in Barcelona red crocodile... love it! Waiting to get the matching cab to go with it.
     
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  15. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    The lack of pics in this thread is disturbing :p
     
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  16. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    What's really disturbing is that I'm content with what I have, but I can't stop looking at MDTs, Dallases, Original Sewells, and Blistertones. I know something "bad" is likely to happen!
     
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  17. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Yes, the black leather Fillmore pictured in the thread above is mine. It’s a cool amp IMHO, and is different enough from my beloved PRS amps that there isn’t really an overlap. So I don’t feel guilty (much).

    I was kind of going for a semi-vintage Hiwatt color scheme. Not my usual thing, but...

    I usually do match head and cab, but black leather kind of goes with anything. I’m still thinking hardwood, like mahogany or blackwood. I figure it’d be just fine.

    I LOVE the Barcelona Red Croc! I almost ordered it that way! Which grille material did you get? I think pics are needed.

    Mine was supposed to have a black leather ‘grille’ instead of a woven grille material, but when it came I liked it with the black woven grille, so I decided not to return it.
     
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  18. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I’m glad you mentioned that.

    My amps usually fall asleep in the car. ;)
     
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  19. tiboy

    tiboy New Member

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    I have a black Marshall Vintage Modern. I have the accompanying 425 cab in purple. Both bought used at different times. IMO the color contrast is minimal and perhaps not especially noticeable unless you look closely. The mismatch (and therefore not cute) set up does not phase me in the least.

    Besides when I plug in and close my eyes I’m a bad ass stadium playing rock star dodging flying g-strings (the panties kind). Cute ain’t in my persona.
     
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  20. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    MDT is the one that gets me, based more on the namesakes, than any tones I’ve heard. I’ve come SO close twice, but it wasn’t the latest version with the mids knob and I managed to let the deals slide. Still... I mean come on... Marshall Dumble Tweed... who doesn’t want that!
     
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