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Amps for setups

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:45 am
by Ido Oz
Hi everybody
I would be happy if you could explain what features are important when choosing an amp for testing pickups during setups and new builds, furthermore it would be great if you'll recommend specific models. Thank you.

Re: Amps for setups

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:22 pm
by Greg Steil
Roland Micro Cube....fits on any bench and will be all you need.

Re: Amps for setups

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:49 pm
by Rodger Knox
That depends on what you mean by "testing pickups". Anything is fine if all you are interested in is seeing that they work.
If you need to hear how they sound, the answer is more complicated.

Re: Amps for setups

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:16 am
by Ido Oz
Yes, I need to hear how they sound.

Re: Amps for setups

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:04 pm
by Gordon Bellerose
That is a very difficult question.
There are too many factors influencing pickup tones, to truly hear what each and every type sounds like.

I suppose the quick answer would be to buy the best tube amp you can afford. Something with a 10 or 12 inch speaker.
Anywhere from 15 to 60 watts, and with 2 channels if possible.
This seems to be the configuration a lot of gig players go with.
A tube amp will give you a more honest read than any modelling amp, in my opinion.
Fender amps seem to be the average cost, clean sounding amps, but there are many brands out there.

When I build guitars, I go for a clean sound. Clean is more difficult than dirty. Dirt can be accomplished easily with a stomp box.
Again, this is only my opinion.

Re: Amps for setups

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:04 pm
by David King
There's probably a decent amp for every budget. If you want to save a bit you'll have to look for vintage amps that are currently out of fashion. The perennial favorites will always be fetching top dollar.

Re: Amps for setups

PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:42 pm
by Todd Stock
A used Genz-Benz Shenandoah 85 and a kitted Fender Deluxe...less than $300 for each. The G-B is for acoustic installs (takes some time to get things right on some pickup systems) and sussing out mag pup issues, while the Deluxe is decent for the stuff that normally gets plugged in. Had a Cube on the bench - not enough when folks are paying you for your time.

Re: Amps for setups

PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:54 pm
by Matthew Lau
Dang, all I have is a pignose amp and an amplug vox 18.

Re: Amps for setups

PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:51 am
by Ido Oz
Thank you very much for your answers, I appreciate it.