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#1
OK everyone, what is the loudest guitar amplifier you've ever heard? I don't mean some massively powerful P.A. power amp with a preamp. No, I mean a dedicated guitar amplifier. I've come across quite a few murderously loud amps over the years and recently got to wondering which one was the loudest.

My 350-watt Marshall Mode Four is certainly one, and my old Hiwatt Custom 100 was right up there with the best of them. That one through a 4x12 brought the police to my house on more than one occasion. I played a Sunn Coliseum Lead (320-watt solid-state) that shook the walls of a very large music store through two 4x12 cabinets back in 1978. But I'd have to give the nod to an old 200-watt Marshall Major in pristine condition that I came across in 1981. That thing was deafening through a 4x12 cabinet. It's a shame Marshall never reissued that one. Then again, it was so loud that the only place where you could let it roar was probably at an outdoor festival.

So what are your thoughts? What's the loudest guitar amplifier you've ever heard?
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#2
YAWN.

My Amplug at full volume.
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#4
Randall 300 watt titan(Pre-warhead) Randall warhead full stack(4x12 & 2x15 cab's) and the Crate Blue VooDoo 300 watt
#5
I believe the loudest I heard was a Mesa that my buddy had before he got his Laboga, i think it was an F-50 but it was ****in loud for 50 watts put the marshall I had to shame volume wise.
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#6

Pic not mine. And definitely not the loudest amp out there, but it still scares the crap out of me when I turn the Output Level up above 2, its just too sensitive!
#7
There is a point, past our ability to differentiate, which I simply refer to as "loud as ****"
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#8
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Hiwatt Custom 100

hi-five for a hiwatt
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#9
Either a Marshall Major or Hiwatt 201 (I think, whatever the 200w model was called). Both were just ridiculously loud. IIRC Hiwatt made a 400w amp too.
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#10
lol mode four.
hi-watt is loud as hell.
at the end of the day anything past 100 watts is going to be within decibals of each other.
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#11
An Amp that I owned, that was deafening loud was Marshall VS100r. thru the vs4x12 cab that came with the head. I was in the Marines at the time I owned this 1/2 stack. I remember, just for kicks, I wanted to see exactly how loud it would get, so I turned it all the way to 10. I did this while I was in the barracks, at 29palms california. Just in case anyone knows where I am talking about here, My room was on the 3rd floor of the 1st Tank Battalion H&S barracks by the chow hall. The guards heard the amp at the front gate (almost 2/3 mile away.) Needless to say, I never had it that loud....ever. I also sold the amp 2 months later.
#13
100 watt jcm i think
saw it in a store though id play with it turned it on the volume apperently was up all the way i was deaf for a about an hour after wards
#15
Legacy. It goes from 0 to "turn it down" instantly.
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#18
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If you're talking about bass cabinets, I'll go you 1000 watts better:

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Basson-B810B-2000W-Bass-Cabinet-with-8x10-Speaker?sku=486203#used

Heaven knows what a 1000-watt tube amplifier for guitar would sound like through it, though.
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#19
Quote by Alex Vik

Even then, that only matches the output, you'd still want a little more just in case.
Then again, if you're actually running the amp hard enough for it to put out 1000 watts, chances are you'd probably destroy your eardrums.

EDIT: If I had that, I'd probably get an 8x12 loaded with EV12M's. 1600 watts should be enough, plus it'd sound great too!
Last edited by littlephil at Jun 26, 2010,
#20
You could just run a 4X12 loaded with either the original spec EVM12Ls or the Black Label series which would handle 1200w RMS. They'd be just fine even with it cranked.
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#22
Didn't Crate make the loudest tube guitar amplifier ever. I believe it was 600 watts with an 8x12 cabinet.
#23
Quote by XxIRONxMAIDENxX
Didn't Crate make the loudest tube guitar amplifier ever. I believe it was 600 watts with an 8x12 cabinet.



thats what it was! 600 watts! I was trying to think of it! it is the BV-600 8x12! haha
#25
can anyone explain why my 100w (4x 6l6) marshall jcm900 was reasonably loud, and then my 100w (4x 6l6) engl blackmore makes walls rattle at 3 on the first master volume and 1.5 on the other?
Last edited by TheFunkyAvocado at Jun 26, 2010,
#26
Wattage doesn't necessarily indicate volume. It's a rough measure. And most amp companies don't bother to measure the actual output. They just say, oh 4 6L6s, 100w. So it's possible the Engl could be putting out more power or the 900 could be putting out less power or a combination of both. Or the volume pots could be of a different taper causing them to work differently.
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#27
Quote by littlephil

Pic not mine. And definitely not the loudest amp out there, but it still scares the crap out of me when I turn the Output Level up above 2, its just too sensitive!

This.

Tip? Turn the individual channel volumes down, crank the master, pure tube bliss.

But if the master is down and the channels are up, oh yeah. Its a loud little thing.
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#28
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This.

Tip? Turn the individual channel volumes down, crank the master, pure tube bliss.

But if the master is down and the channels are up, oh yeah. Its a loud little thing.

I turned the Lead Master up and it got really bright? I keep the overall Master at about 1.5
#29
Does this include bass guitar amps too? If so, the Ampeg SVT.
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#30
Didn't Orange do a 200W tube amp?? Not as loud as the Crate, but probably sounds waaay better.
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#31
Quote by mcraddict81592
Didn't Orange do a 200W tube amp?? Not as loud as the Crate, but probably sounds waaay better.

Marshall had the 200W Major too. Led Zep anybody?
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#33
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#34
Definitely Sunn amps. Although live my ears have probably been most shattered by a Mesa Dual Rectifier.
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#35
Quote by mcraddict81592
Didn't Orange do a 200W tube amp?? Not as loud as the Crate, but probably sounds waaay better.

Yeah, the Thunderverb 200, but its meant to be used with guitar or bass, hence the higher output.
#36
Quote by XxIRONxMAIDENxX
Didn't Crate make the loudest tube guitar amplifier ever. I believe it was 600 watts with an 8x12 cabinet.

No, it has a 16x12 cabinet.
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#38
heard? a superlead plexi

played? a superlead plexi
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Marshall had the 200W Major too. Led Zep anybody?


JP didn't use those Majors, he used Superlead 100 watters onstage, but i think at around 1972-3 he modded the amps for KT88 tubes, obviously this made the amps total output before JP cranked the master at around 200.

David bowie's group used those 8 input 3 control Major PA heads. Joe Perry used the regular Majors and so did Ritchie Blackmore. (though Joe used a klon for his dirty sound i think)

there's a "champ" amp rated at 1000W with 4 813 tubes in it, that's gotta be loud
Last edited by stykerwolf at Jun 26, 2010,
#39
+1 on the Hiwatts.

I had a friend in the '80s who had a Hiwatt DR 201 and two 4x12s. Holy shit, that ****ing thing was a beast. He lived out in the country and I could hear him playing as I was driving up the road toward his house.
#40
Well the ENGL Savage I use is pretty god damn loud. I have never turned it up above around 4/10 on the master volume and that includes gigging without a PA........

I blame the KT88's.
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