Theres no such thing as a good production amp made anymore. They're all
built on circuit boards
Thats kinda what I was thinking when I first saw the thread...
But...It's kinda complicated...And varies to maker..
It's not that circuit boards in themselves are that bad,
actually, they can be quite good. The problem is all the
other cheap crap they tend to use. Like cheap plastic
jacks that are mounted *directly* to the board. Whatever
pinhead injuneer thought of that one, get a rope...
Also other cheap problems can usually be found.
The amps often sound quite good. The problem is
they aren't as reliable, and cost more to fix, when they
do break. I have heard some of the small marshall
reissues are supposed to be half decent, but I've never
checked one out. They say the fender reissues are ok as
far as tone, but I've heard they can be a PIA to work on.
When I can buy a 70's silverface for less than the price
of the reissue, and it's blackfaced to boot, you know
which line I'll be in. Or was in I should say, as far as the
SR...I went for the older amp. I bid on two more amps
last night, but dangit...I lost both...And the crappy part was,
I lost both by the exact top amount I had bid. 5 bucks more,
and I would have had em..:/ I bid on a 67 traynor bassmaster,
which I was going to use as my "plexi", and I also bid on a old
18 watt dual EL-84 amp for fartin around... But...I lost em...
Dangit... Oh well. More to try later... I'm kickin myself losing
that bassmaster, as it was a 67,worked on, and ready to brown the
food. I was going to mod it into a plexi circuit maybe, if I wasn't
satisfied with the stock tone. I hear even the stock tone is
pretty dang good. I still plan to bag one... To heck with high
priced marshalls for now...I'm gonna go with a po mans plexi,
although even the traynors are creeping up lately...