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Favorite amps for Gibson ES Guitars

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I would like to hear from players of Memphis ES guitars what their go to amp is? I'm sure we are all over the board on this, but the amp plays as much a part of the tone as our guitar.

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I'm after a super clean sound for Merle Travis/Chet Atkins style fingerpicking.

After a lot of trial & error, I've settled on an assortment of Fender Red Knob USA-made amps from the '90s (both tube & SS), combined with a variety of Eminence speakers (Patriot & Legend series).

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And he would go home for about 45 minutes.

Everywhere Is Freaks And Hairies

Dykes And Fairies, Tell Me Where Is Sanity.

 

Edited by Sgt. Pepper

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I have a CS356 that I play through a Rivera Venus 6 (mostly on the clean channel).  Paul Rivera worked for Fender and designed many of their iconic circuits before going out on his own.  The Venus has a mid-range notch filter you can pull out and makes the amp sound very much like a Fender Blackface amp and it has one 12 inch Celestion.  It also has a "warm" knob that sort of compresses the tone and evens out highs and lows.  I will use that if I want a smoother jazz type tone and always use it if I'm playing my L-5 through the Rivera.  I also have an AER 60-2 which is a small digital amp designed primarily for acoustic guitar, but I will use that with the L-5 for a very accurate amplification of the guitars tone (no coloring by the amp of the sound).  

About a year ago my band went amplifier free just running direct through the PA and I use an Eleven Rack for that.  It has many amp models so I can get just about any tone I like - I use the Twin Reverb and the Fender Tweed models a lot when playing my 356.

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I have an recent Memphis ES335 & Memphis Blacktop ES Les Paul with Bigsny.. Both gave MHS Pickups.. 

I play them thru 65 Fender Princeton Reverb, 65 DRRI & Pro Tube 100 Watt Twin & they sound great in all 3 Amps.. 

I also play them in my Vox AC15 with Celestion Alnico Blue & upgraded Vox AC10 with Weber Blue & Tung Sols.. Both ES Guitars sound great thru them as well.. 

I think Humbuckers sound better with the Fender Amps.. Single Coils sound better thru the Vox Amps.. 

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Clean all the way.

Fender red-knob Super 60 or a real, rebuilt 1960s Vox AC10  through a 12" cab.

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On ‎1‎/‎10‎/‎2020 at 2:49 PM, jdgm said:

Clean all the way.  Fender red-knob Super 60 or a real, rebuilt 1960s Vox AC10  through a 12" cab.

Nice to see another red-knob fan!

Yes, the tube Super 60 is excellent, as is it's sibling, the Super 210.  All the red-knobs I have were made in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Some were also made in Corona, but the majority I've run across have the LO serial number, whether tube or SS.

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