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Seems to be a bit of a resurgence in use of SS amps recently. Anybody know of any high profile guitarists bwho use these?

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Dimebag Darrell

Carlos Santana at Woodstock

Les Paul still uses one for his live gigs

John Fogerty

George Benson

Andy Summers - Roland SS amps on Police albums

Joe Strummer - JC120

Metallica - JC120

Tom Petty - Vox Super Beatles

Pete Townshend - Vox SB's

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It has been rumored that no "les" a star than Lester himself uses a Tech 21 Trademark 60 live. I'll try to verify.

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^^Part of his contract. He doesn't travel with an amp. The venue is supposed to have an amp there for him and word is he prefers SS. Shouldn't be a surprise, many clean players do as well.

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^^Part of his contract. He doesn't travel with an amp. The venue is supposed to have an amp there for him and word is he prefers SS. Shouldn't be a surprise, many clean players do as well.

 

Lots of jazz guitars in particular use SS for the cleans.

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I saw Buddy Guy live several years ago, and he was using a Fender cyber twin. I guess that is more of a hybrid than a strictly SS amp.

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B.B. King used Gibson Lab series amps for quite awhile. Alan Holdsworth often used a pair of Yamaha DG 80 modeling amps.

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Dimebag Darrell

Carlos Santana at Woodstock

Les Paul still uses one for his live gigs

John Fogerty

George Benson

Andy Summers - Roland SS amps on Police albums

Joe Strummer - JC120

Metallica - JC120

Tom Petty - Vox Super Beatles

Pete Townshend - Vox SB's

 

I forgot about Santana. Didn't he use an Acoustic brand SS amp? I had a music store salesman try to pedal one of those to me in the early 70's (along with a Gibson L6S instead of a Les Paul) because "Santana uses them."

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Lots of jazz guitars in particular use SS for the cleans.

 

Yep. I remember those little Polytone combos used to be a jazzer favorite. Wasn't unusual to see a Roland JC-120 on the bandstand back in the day.

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Acoustic

 

Model 260

Robbie Krieger (the Doors)

Albert King

Chuck Berry

 

Model 270

Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)

Frank Zappa

Ernie Isley (Clean Sounds)

 

Award-Session

 

Sessionette:75

Eric Clapton (August)

 

BlueTone

 

Pro 30M

Pete Townshend (circa 2004, endorsed)

John Jorgenson (The Hellacasters circa 2004, endorsed)

 

Carlsbro

 

Stingray Professional

Andy Gill (Early Gang of Four)

 

Crate

 

GX-130C

Jack Oven (Cannibal Corpse

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Dimebag Darrell

Carlos Santana at Woodstock

Les Paul still uses one for his live gigs

John Fogerty

George Benson

Andy Summers - Roland SS amps on Police albums

Joe Strummer - JC120

Metallica - JC120

Tom Petty - Vox Super Beatles

Pete Townshend - Vox SB's

 

I read an interview with Andy Summers once where he stated he didn't know where that rumour came from and that he didn't particularly like the sound of the Roland amps. According to himself in that interview he mostly used his Marshall amp.

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I saw Buddy Guy live several years ago, and he was using a Fender cyber twin. I guess that is more of a hybrid than a strictly SS amp.

 

Buddy now uses the Chicago Blues Box Buddy Guy Signature Amp. It's a tube amp.

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I read an interview with Andy Summers once where he stated he didn't know where that rumour came from and that he didn't particularly like the sound of the Roland amps. According to himself in that interview he mostly used his Marshall amp.

 

It might have something to do with him being seen with JC120s in places like Danny Quatrochi's Police photo book, although it could be he used them to amplify the synth section of his GR300.

 

Robert Fripp also used JC's with King Crimson in the '80s. His current guitar rig contains no guitar amps, and he's long been a user of the Roland GP100.

 

Allan Holdsworth used Hartley Thompson solid state amps in the early '80s.

 

Holdsworth, David Torn, and Ronnie Montrose were all Pearce users in the late '80s.

 

Pat Metheny's amp of choice for the first part of his career was an Acoustic 134.

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