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"A Deluxe Reverb doesn't have enough headroom for me!"

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  • "A Deluxe Reverb doesn't have enough headroom for me!"

    When someone says "A Deluxe Reverb doesn't have enough headroom for me,"

    Translation: "I don't want normal people with functioning ears to come and listen to my band."

    Me: "OK, thanks for giving me the heads up!"

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  • #2
    Yeah, that seems a little nuts for those not playing Wembly. I run my 35 watt mesa on a master volume of 2-3 with an air brake. I guess if you are a steel player in a country band it is reasonable to have more headroom, but, it seems silly for most else.


    • Help!I'maRock!
      Help!I'maRock! commented
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      if you play them stock, then no, they don't have enough headroom. however, a Vibrolux or Pro Reverb does. and that's only 38 watts. you don't have to play a Twin. 

    • wallywanker
      wallywanker commented
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      "When someone says "A Deluxe Reverb doesn't have enough headroom for me,"

      Translation: "I don't want normal people with functioning ears to come and listen to my band."

      Me: "OK, thanks for giving me the heads up!"

      i agree with this 100%, although i must add one caveat...if i could only have 1 amp for the rest of my life i would have to go with the twin reverb instead.  that said, the deluxe reverb gets more play these days.

  • #3
    Is this a case if "if it's too loud, you're too old?"
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    • #4
      It depends on whether you're going through the PA or not, as well as what kind of clean you're after.

      A deluxe reverb have plenty headroom if you're going through the pa, so would a tweed deluxe or a pignose. I can otoh certainly see situations where a deluxe reverb wouldn't have sufficient headroom if you're not mic'ing- may be loud enough to get the job done, but perhaps with some breakup. Besides, not everybody want a "pushed" clean sound. Some people like the sound of a big amp not being pushed - a tele on 3 is a glorious sound for instance.

      For my personal needs a DRRI would be plenty clean though


      • #5
        There's a clean lead sound that involves turning the amp way up and playing with a light touch. When you dig in you want spank, not sizzle. A DR can mostly do this, but it's not a very good choice.

        Why would you want an amp without a big V on the front anyway?


        • headstack
          headstack commented
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          Backing off the guitar's volume a bit will also clean things up nicely and let you wind it out for crunchy rythm and singing leads.
          My Deluxe is heavily modded by Harry Kolbe and now has 2 6L6GC tubes, channel switching, reverb on both channels, a master on channel 2 with a load of gain behind it and puts out 35 watts into an EVM 12-L speaker.

          This has become one of the nicest gigging and recording amps I have had the pleasure to use.

          Has any one tried the Hot Rod Deluxe?

          More power and headroom?

          Still light enough for gigging without a roadie?

          I'm to old and beat up to drag around the Super Twin I used to have, lol.