03-23-2013 06:58 AM - edited 03-23-2013 07:02 AM
I'm not really trying to be negative here but "The best solid state amp" post has 50 different amps listed, so, which ones do you feel don't sound good?
I'll start... The Marshall MG series. Possibly the worst distortion I have ever heard, models with cooling fan hum and lack of clarity.
03-23-2013 07:05 AM
A friend of mine had a Line6 Spider II - you might as well run your guitar through the AUX input on a car stereo than use one of those... it was basically only any use on the clean channel with a good FX unit running through it.
03-23-2013 10:00 AM
Going to vote for the Fender Frontman 15R. Don't know if it's the worst sounding amp ever, but there are so many of those stupid things out there thanks to Squier starter packs etc.
03-23-2013 12:18 PM - edited 03-23-2013 12:20 PM
+1 on the Marshall MG series. Friend had the 50w amp a while ago and it was the just a POS.
I don't find the Fender FM212R to be a bad amp. Perhaps the FM15 isn't a great idea, but the FM212 takes pedals very well. And the clean channel is not bad at all. Distortion is shit, but hey, you can't get everything from a budget 100w, 212 transistor amp. My entire amp lineup consists of Traynor tube amps, yet I still keep a Fender FM212R around as a beater.
03-23-2013 12:25 PM - edited 03-23-2013 12:44 PM
I have this old Crate combo, 12” with reverb I got real cheap a long time ago.
Man that thing sounds like crap.
Edit: Funny, I just googled it, and it has lots of good reviews.
I need wiggle the static out of all the knobs and see that it at least works right, and CL that sucker for $50 if I can get it.
03-23-2013 01:45 PM
03-23-2013 02:17 PM
Crate and Gorilla come to mind first.
Marshall MG? Not that bad. In fact, the MG micro stack is way cool.
Fender Frontman? Sure, they sound a little off somehow, but they're cheap, giggable amps (the bigger ones).
Check out Joe Walsh's stuff http://www.uberproaudio.com/who-plays-what/355-eag
I'd vote a Peavey Classic 212 ..the distortion literally sounded like dying transistors , though maybe it actually was ...
03-23-2013 05:42 PM
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03-24-2013 09:51 PM
My worst pick is the Crate Gt series amps. I owned a 12" 30 watt model and it was pure garbage. I did however have a Fender FM212, it was shit alone but in the context of the band it seemed to change and fill out doing it's duties very well. And it took pedals like a champ. Its a good back up I suppose.
03-24-2013 10:00 PM
Here's one I own. It was thrown in when I bought one of my guitars. Didn't need it, but I accepted it anyway, even though I knew I probably wouldn't use it. The fact that the sales guy gave it away for free was all I needed to know about it. It goes from zero to suck in 0.4 seconds. One thing I'll give it credit for, though, is it blares the suckage really loud for its size. I think it's 10 watts of pure retchedness. I think I've actually plugged into it 3 times.
03-25-2013 04:25 AM
03-25-2013 07:29 AM
I had one in the 70's that was built in the '60's and it picked up HAM radio at night. I would just turn it on and listen to news from Brazil and I was in NY close to the Canadian border. I don't know if you would count that as good or bad.
03-25-2013 08:05 AM
03-26-2013 08:35 AM
When I was in High School (late 1960's) I bought a guitar amp from the local Lafayette Radio & Electronics store. It was supposed to be 40 watts and had 2 - 12" speakers, trem and reverb. It looked big and impressive to me at the time, but sounded horrible. The tone was flat and lifeless and the reverb was sproingy. Did I say that it looked big and impressive at the time? That's what matters when you're in high school! Anyone else ever have one of these?
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