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Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by watelessness, Jul 4, 2017.
Where did you find it?
Reverb. Studio used only. Really low price.
Yeah, so i ordered an HXDA 30 combo and apparently it won't be soldered for several months. Sigh
I'm betting you like it. Let me know if you need any tone tips.
Good things come to those who wait
I now have a shipping number...
Shipping numbers are like scoring a big fat.....never mind........
Oh man, I can't wait on your behalf for your HXDA!
After two days of hitting F5 on my browser to track its shipping progress, it finally arrived this morning around 8. It's still acclimating to the climate though. Sigh
Can you warm it up with some hot water?
F5 only makes your screen brighter.
Ok, the eagle has landed. Thaw, rip, rinse and repeat!
Hey, ship it to the same place they sent Shawns guitar. That should warm it up. That one looks like it was delivered by Icarus! Got a little too close.
Dude, turn it on. The tubes will warm it up!
I was thinking that I should strip down and climb into a sleeping bag with it to warm it up
Undoubtedly a much more intimate idea.
ok. wow. so I just spent about half an hour with it. I intentionally did not read everyone's write-ups on the amp because I didn't want to get swayed by "taste". What works against me in this case is that I really didn't know how to work this amp out of the gate because it's not a normal amp with either two channels or a single-channel amp with a gain and master.
I started with a Cu24 with 85/15's because I thought I would head in a "vintage" direction. It took me about 5 minutes to figure out how to get a pleasing sound, but holy crap, when I did it was glorious. WOW. the gain on this is freaking outstanding. So far I've only put the Cu24 and DGT through it. I strongly favor the HXDA gain, and regardless of any other setting I can adapt to it. I haven't gotten the hang of the DA gain yet but the DGT seems to like it better. Additionally, I'm only digging the humbucking bridge pickup through it which is not abnormal for me.
What I found most interesting is how tight the amp is, and I don't mean compressed, I mean how responsive it is to my playing. And the amp forced me to change how I played for the better. I'm not a good player to start with but I noticed that it was not very forgiving of "spongey" playing, as if the amp was calling me out when I half-assed a chord fingering.
I need to spend more time with this amp and now I can go back and read all your comments in this thread as well as the other threads. More to come...
Well, now you can go back and read all my gush-over-the-damn-amp threads on it.
for those of us, myself included, who are quick to yell "pictures or it didn't happen"
Now for the continuation of the tone journey. i spent the late 70's, 80's, and 90's behind Ludwigs, Tamas, and Pearls so my foray into tone has come slowly, mostly through osmosis from me hanging out with musicians.
i find all the HX settings pleasing to my ear and my style of playing, but i find that i prefer HX/DA/DA. Flipping the other two switches just allows me to go "once step further", but i'm learning to dial it back and edit, edit, edit so that the compression is less.
With the HX gain, anything with humbuckers is an absolute joy through this amp ; it really is. Obviously some of my guitars are more pleasing than others but i can make all of them sound workable and that says a lot.
Bass gain? What the heck is that? Oh, mama, hear what that just did to my sound. How neat.
I find that the EQ subtracts in such a way that it doesn't suck all the life out of a sound. fascinating.
There is a "presence" knob? Oh, how wonderful because i've always loved having them on amps, but i find that i don't use much of it on this amp because there are so many other wonderful ways to construct a sound.
The DA gain was a challenge at first because i didn't know what to do with it but now i'm getting the hang of it. i can't approach it thinking "where is that distortion i'm used to hearing?", rather, i just have the let the DA be what it is and adapt to it. i've found that if i keep twisting knobs i will find something interesting and adapt my playing accordingly. what works for some guitars and pickup selections doesn't work for all, but mostly by rolling off the bass and bass gain i get into territory that i can handle.
All in all this is such a great amp with so many possibilities. if you don't like what you hear then just twist a knob and you will find something else.
Damn, that’s gorgeous!