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Tubes or solid state

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fusion man 85, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. fusion man 85

    fusion man 85

    Dec 7, 2013
    I have played solid state amps for years with guitar and bass,and I have been looking into tube amps. What should I be looking for,and is the tone spectrum really that diffrent? Im thinking fender or ampeg at the moment to.
  2. Can only suggest going and trying them out.

    I find them to react quite differently and much prefer tube amps (for both guitar and bass), particularly if you want some dirt or higher gain (particularly for guitar).
  3. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    I bought a Fender Bassman 300 and a 6X10 Neo Cab a couple of years ago, after years of playing SS SWR, Trace Elliot and such. I can't put my finger on it, but a 300 watt all tube head has a certain something! Just a ballsy tone and loads of presence. I can just feel the power, even at low volumes. The Fender offers a super nice vintage channel, and a cool overdrive channel. The blend allows me to dial in just a bit of grit and I just love my tone and get loads of compliments! And the stack looks completely badass! :D I'm pushing 50 now, but I will never go back, as long as I'm able to haul that head and cab! I say go for it. At the minimum, you could probably find a used head to try and sell it pretty easily if its not your thing...
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  4. RSNG


    Sep 6, 2010
    My Ampeg SVT is the best sounding amp I've ever used. It's heavy, and a PITA to move, but it's worth it. I'm using a SVT3PRO and 4x10 because it's easier to move. But, the all tube SVT is the ultimate, as far as I'm concerned.
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Agreed with the previous posts. I have two SVT's, a V4B and a B-15, and all of them sound better to me than any SS amp I've ever used. That said, I do use SS if it's a difficult load or if size and weight is an issue while traveling, but if I had my druthers, I'd use a tube amp on everything.
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  6. Alexander

    Alexander Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Tubes for me please. Put my tubey sounding hybrid in the closet as backup. Happiest I've ever been with my tone...
  7. JCM800


    Jan 22, 2009
    Austin TX
    Lugging around an old SVT and Dietz 2x15 is never a hassle once I take it off standby and hit that first note.
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  8. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    I like my tone bright, focused, modern, and punchy. While I've played some hybrid heads that I liked, I've never been able to find "my" tone in an all-tube head.

    SS for me, preferably GK.
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  9. A decision every player needs to experience to decide. I grew up with "tube amps", they all are now straining someone elses backs or adorning landfills for all I care ;)
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  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I just recently went back to all tube and all I can say is that its good to be back home.
  11. Played SS ampeg my whole life, picked up a Pignose b100v head and don't think ill be going back to SS anytime soon. Running 2 SVT210he vertically stacked. Perfect rig for my tone!
  12. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    It's all tube for me. I'm running an Ampeg V4-B reissue now as my main amp. To me all tube amps have a presence and ballsiness to their tone that SS and Hybrids just can't deliver.
  13. i have always liked tubes with my guitar amps, and have always liked solid state for my bass amps ymmv.
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  14. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    If you want a tube head, make sure you have a reason to do so as it comes with a price. Most come with a high price tag, and a whole lot of weight to move around. I have a three tube pre amp and a ss power amp. Not the same thing as a tube head, but good enough for me given the reasons stated above
  15. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    hybrid tube/ss pre-amp and a ss power-amp, FTW!:D
  16. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I just cant imagine dragging around anything that heavy again
  17. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I prefer tube amps for gigs. I usually use my SVT 6 Pro because I don't like to bring my early 70s SVT to gigs. At my bands practice space I use a solid state Ampeg BA500 combo which I got for a great price. We share space with another band so I didn't want to leave an expensive amp there and the BA 500 is more than loud enough and has a good sound.
  18. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    Tubes are the only way to go. SVT-CL for me. There is nothing in the world like an "angry" SVT. As long as I can still handle load-out, I'll ne'er go back to SS.
  19. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    My SWR Super Redhead has a focus that I don't see with a tube set up.

    And then there's the fact that the entire combo weighs about what a tube head weighs.
  20. I think he should know how much wattage to get in a tube head and what cab he has and of he's playing with a full band.