What was your first guitar amp?

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  1. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    I guess technically it was my old stereo system that I could plug into and play through. But my first real amp was an old Alamo that I paid $20 for and it nailed that CCR Midnight Special tremolo sound. It probably sounded little better than the stereo as I can't remember anything else about it besides that CCR sound, but I do remember trading it for a mic-which I still have and use!
     
  2. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Ooo, my arch nemesis. A Yamaha solid state amp from the late 70s. I tried every stomp box known to man - all 4 of them in 79 - and they still sounded like poo. Has a built-in distortion...err, hiss generator that drove me nuts since I couldn’t sound like Kansas or Led Zeppelin. That’s back in the day when NO ONE shared the secrets of amazing guitar tone, so it took me another 10 years before I started to sound pretty good.

    I’ve got a pic of this somewhere...

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  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Well, I used a Targus guitar amp for my bass for a while, but the first amp I bought for a guitar was a little Peavey Chorus. I never really liked it but it was the right price point so I kept it for a few years until I got a Mesa Boogie Mark III, which I still use 30 years later.
     
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  4. Huggy B

    Huggy B Just me and my girls.

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    An ugly looking Kay amp that looked something like this...

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    .... only more pathetic looking.

    It came with a plywood SG copy.

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    (*Notice the non intonation bridge)


    The action was so high on the guitar and the amp sounded like a Partridge Family Band reject, so bad I never learned more than 2-3 songs and gave it up until a decade later, when I was able to buy a real guitar & amp.
     
  5. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Ha! My first rig was similar.[​IMG]

    Montgomery Wards amp, this is the closest I could come to finding a picture:


    And a Silvertone Mosrite-ish copy that looked exactly like this;

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    State of the art in 1984.
     
  6. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Good old Peavey Pacer...built like tanks back then.
     
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  7. WEDGE

    WEDGE Almost was a FG22 owner..

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    I had a Sunn 60 watt 1x12 combo solid state amp that was lame. It was loud as hell though and with a distortion pedal and the speaker jack pulled and run into an Earth 2x15 cabinet pushed a lot of air and wasn’t totally horrible.
     
  8. bodia

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

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    Oh boy, memory lane! My first would have been in '83 and was a little 5w cheapy. Don't remember the brand. On/Off, volume and tone, on the top of the amp. A year later it was a little SS Fender, and a year after that it was a little Marshall. In '87 it was a Roland with 4 speakers. It was small, so they would have been 3" speakers, maybe?

    This was my first "good" amp, bought in '88 from Modern Music, in Lisle, IL. I loved this thing. Yorkville Sound (Traynor) Rockbloc Deluxe!

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  9. Huggy B

    Huggy B Just me and my girls.

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    Even more compelling would be: *What were the first 3 riffs you learned to chug out on the thing?*

    (Evil Ways, 25 or 6 to 4, Love Rollercoaster ...... ugh, showing my age:oops:)
     
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  10. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I went straight to writing my own originals!

    The first one was titled “You’re Gonna Get Yours” and was a masterpiece in aggro adolescent revenge prose.:rolleyes:
     
  11. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    Mine was a Mesa Studio Caliber DC-2
    I bought it off of my guitar teacher at the time
    I’ve stuck with Mesa ever since
     
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  12. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    1966 Ampeg Reverberocket II.

    Bought new by my dad, because I was too young to buy anything more expensive than a plastic car model, and in any case, my summer jobs could never have bought me a $300 amplifier (my first summer job paid $75 for the entire summer).

    Yes. I’m an antique who played in the 60s when ‘vintage’ amps were new amps. And as soon as I started making band money, I traded it in on an NOS 1967 BF Bassman head and 2x12 (in 1968), because I wanted a Fender SO BADLY and I never liked the Ampeg. It never broke up. It was always clean, even when cranked like crazy. Who knows, maybe I’d like it now?

    “Geez, Les, why not just get an overdrive for it at the time?”

    “Dude, they didn’t HAVE overdrives in 1966. You could get a Maestro fuzz, and I had one. You could get a Vox wah, and I had one of those, too. You could get an echoplex, and I couldn’t afford one, but I used a buddy’s. Those were it. No overdrives. They didn’t exist.”
     
  13. Rusty Chos

    Rusty Chos Don’t mean a thang if it don’t twang

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    HealthKit monaural Hi-Fi tube amplifier in a plywood box w a Lafayette Radio 12” speaker.

    Sounded nice. Warm and tube-like. Probably 10 watts.
     
  14. Parralax view

    Parralax view New Member

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    I'm one of those guys.... One of those "I shoulda kept it guys". In my musical infancy, my mom, the ever religious zealot was upset that my dad was teaching me guitar. The "devils playground".. ya had to know her. Anyway, my dad relented and decided that Steel guitar was a better fit for HER, but not ME. So he bought a used Fender lap steel, and a 1954ish Tweed Champ....TWEED CHAMP. I hated steel even though I learned quite a bit, and one day she relented and he returned to teaching me guitar and decided to sell what he had bought....including the Champ.....tears are forming....;-) Hence ends the saga of my first real amp. He later bought me a Silvertone 1484 which was larger but not quite the tone machine. It too was lost to me. Texas Thunderstorm, tree limb through the garage roof...pile of pressed cardboard....
     
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  15. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    A small Magnatone that I really wish I had kept... along with a Magnatone X15 Tornado guitar that was my first electric guitar...:(

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  16. garrett

    garrett Lurkin'

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    Me too!

    It was the only amp with enough power for a band that 14-year-old me could afford at Don's Music & Pawn in Jacksonville, FL.

    Someone had taken the back off and installed a Radio Shack 15" speaker. Brings back many good memories.
     
  17. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Feed & Seed

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    Peavey Classic 50W 2x12...purchased May 1975, at the former LaSalle Music Store of West Hartford, CT, $200 from college funds.

    Also purchased my first electric guitar same day, a Gibson SG '61 Reissue (if they built them back then, otherwise it was the real non-reissue), small pick guard, small volute and heel, tannish/brown hardshell violin case with purple/pink interior guitar drape cloth, $400.

    With tax, the total price for both was $666, which I didn't particularly think too appealing, so I added a $10 cheap leather strap that still resides in my room today as a remembrance of the old SG, sold in '80.

    Kept the Peavey with only one power tube change the entire time, I think, until '95. No joke.

    I don't remember how the heck I had ordered tubes back then when the internet was still in its infancy...mebbe from a local music store, mebbe not...

    I'd show you a pic of me in my youthful vigor, bare-chested, barefoot, sweatpants, guitar and amp, curly cable in our old '50s wood-paneled basement, but modesty proceeds me, and you don't need to see me bare-chested, it'd be an embarrassment today...:oops: (It was summer, the basement was cool, Mom was too quick with the camera...)
     
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  18. mad monk

    mad monk Your father's Oldsmobile

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    Peavey Musician head, with a 15" cab. Loud as @#$%*.
     
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  19. SteelHorse

    SteelHorse New Member

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    Marshall Lead 12 Combo I bought brand new in 1984. Still have it, still use it. Great practice amp.
     
  20. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    FRONTRUNNER!


    :p Yeah, 16 year old DTR is jealous!
     

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