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About Cirrus

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  1. I've been playing for about 8 years, and have been playing guitar in my band for the last 18 months. This amp is my only gig worthy amp, and I use a Gibson Explorer and Fender Strat. I have various pedals that I use to shape my sounds and that's one of the things I love about the AC30 - it's got character but can still be shaped to give you your own sound. It's that character that I love so much and lets me forgive the weight, difficulty in accessing the tubes and time it takes to dial in the "perfect" sound. There are naysayers out there that don't rate these Chinese built amps, and certainly there were issues with the first few years of production. But now they know what they're doing they're making great amps that are well built, affordable, and are considered by most who also own vintage ac30s as being very close to the sound of the originals.
  2. This is a really great boost pedal. It's small, easy to use, doesn't introduce hiss, and is about as transparent as you'd want a boost to be. I use it to play alternative rock, and it's great for giving my AC30 a natural crunch, and boosting my Strat into heavier overdrive. Sounds slightly better at 18v - fuller and smoother sounding, but I can't really quantify the difference. I've been playing for about 8 years and will have gigged around 50 times in 2009, so it sees plenty of use. If it were stolen I'd definitely get another - there are cheaper boost pedals out there but I know this one works for what I need it to do.
  3. I play rock ranging from crunchy, through to classic distorted tones and fuzzy lead playing. The SD-1 on its own probably wouldn't be thick/ distorted enough for the range of tones I use, but it's a great overdrive boost for other pedals and amps. I've been playing for about 8 years now, at the moment my most oft used rig is Explorer (with alnico II pickups) and AC30 turned up loud but cleanish, with various pedals depending on the song. If this pedal was stolen I'd buy another right away. It's not smooth, thick or massively heavy, but that's not what it's for.
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