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Plush 4000G "Bright orange makes it that much louder"

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BillyJackDavis, Nov 6, 2018.


  1. BillyJackDavis

    BillyJackDavis

    Nov 6, 2018
    I have a 1971 Plush 4000G with a 4-12 Plush cabinet. I used it for guitar but bass players I knew liked playing through it as well. I bought it back in 1976-77 and used it off and on until about 1980 when I put it in storage.

    I brought it out briefly in the late 90s so my son could check it out. It's the wicked orange version, which made my son laugh until the wave of sound hit him in the face : )
    Everyone's reaction is similar, "Holy ___ that’s loud!"

    I just brought it out again (Oct 2018). Aside from one missing speaker and some Naugahyde damage it's in great shape. I cleaned the pots, plugged a telecaster in and shook the entire garage with the same awesome sound it put out close to 50 years ago.
    Of the four original speakers, one is missing and another was re-coned without an aluminium dust cover. I'm finding it very difficult to find similar XK-12 speakers with the aluminum. I’m considering packing up the 3 originals and putting 4 12” swamp things in there. The dust caps look great through the grill but I would actually like to hear what it sounds like without them. ANY suggestions?

    I learned quite a bit about Plush amps and history by reading those old posts here. Thanks for that! I'm hoping to restart a conversation and learn more. Plush front.jpg

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  2. Cool amp!

    Do you have to keep it plugged in, just to get it to be that Orange?

    I had a chance to see an old Plush, up close and personal.
    We have this obscure music store/recording studio here in town.
    I was admiring a nice old, late 60s/early 70s Kustom tuck & roll, and the owner came by and took me into the recording studio, to show me the Plush. They still use it for studio work.
     
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  3. voided3

    voided3

    Nov 11, 2008
    I wouldn't use Swamp Thangs for bass, but it would be crushingly loud (and heavy; big magnets) for guitar in a 4x12 with a high power amp like that. I've used a Swamp Thang in a Forte 3D style 1x12 cabinet for guitar and it easily matched my Bogner 2x12 with V30 speakers for decibels. I switched over to a 'Lil Texas neodymium speaker in that cabinet and it dropped seven pounds, but the goal of that 1x12 is to be light weight.
     
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  4. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Cool!
    How much power and does this one use 6L6's for the output tubes?
     
  5. BillyJackDavis

    BillyJackDavis

    Nov 6, 2018
    LOL Yeah! It starts giving off an orange glow.
     
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  6. BillyJackDavis

    BillyJackDavis

    Nov 6, 2018
    Hey Jim, There are 4 6550s. I'll post the text from an ad someone shared here years ago ad text.jpg .
     
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  7. BillyJackDavis

    BillyJackDavis

    Nov 6, 2018
    Hi Voided3, oops, "Thangs" Thanks! I see what your saying. I would use it for guitar and read where they would work well for that. It's usually in solitary confinement so the weight won't scare me. : )
    I had the speakers out while cleaning it up and the cab felt as light as a feather.
     
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  8. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    NEW YORK
    Those Tubes Don't Melt The Padding?
     
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  9. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Plush? Wow! Brings back memories!

    My ears started post-gig ringing just looking at it! :thumbsup:
     
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  10. BillyJackDavis

    BillyJackDavis

    Nov 6, 2018
    Good call! They certainly do : ) I've always found that part fascinating. That and the choice of little plywood blocks for mounting those two strips to the back. Quite a crude/experimantal quality to it but a great, powerful sound.
     
  11. BillyJackDavis

    BillyJackDavis

    Nov 6, 2018
    I will attach a picture soon to show you the heat + Naugahyde effect.
     
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  12. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Powerful wasn’t the word. A local rival to one of my bands back around 72-73 had mostly Plush and Earth amps. Those things were absolute bone crushers in terms of sound and weight. A PB into a Plush stack could move your liver and pancreas a few inches sideways if you stood directly in front of it. Those were loud amps!

    Scary beasts! :nailbiting:
     
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  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    4 speaker outputs?

    What is that all about?
     
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  14. They made an Eight-Twelve cab ?!?!?!
     
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  15. rodak

    rodak

    Jun 14, 2005
    Kustom/Eminence made some speakers to go with their early-2000s reissue amps, and you can sometimes find them on eBay:

    Kustom Eminence Integrated KEI 75 Watt 16 Ohm 12 Inch PA Speaker Turbo-12 USA | eBay


    I bought several of the KEI reissues for my few Kustom amps, and I also really like the silver domes with the black vent in the center. The originals were Jensen C12Ns. Carvin also sold amps with CTS speakers that had that same kind of dust dome.
     
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  16. BillyJackDavis

    BillyJackDavis

    Nov 6, 2018
    Thanks! cap.jpg
     
  17. TheReceder

    TheReceder

    Jul 12, 2010
    Mn.
    Is there such a thing as Amp Porn?
     
  18. BillyJackDavis

    BillyJackDavis

    Nov 6, 2018
    side handle.jpg
     
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  19. the_home

    the_home Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I can't believe the button tufted orange coolness on display here.

    Didn't know it was a thing... now I gotta have one!
     
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  20. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    used the
    Thanks!
    Many years ago I used the 60 watt 2x15 version in a rehearsal space.
    Really nice tone as I remember and I don't think the tone stack was as limited as a Fender style.
     
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