#1
OK so I've embarked on pickup making along with guitar building. i've made 4 pups and put 2 into my ibanez s-classic... i still have 2 that are going into my LPDC build. I'd like to make more of these in the future - I have 4 unassembled kits and was wondering what a good tube amp would be just to test the tone of each of these pups.

Right now i have a laney gc120 solid state combo and my recording rig with VST plugins - no real tube amps . I'd like to get my hands on something that's basically a "mainstay" as far as good tone is concerned. I'd love to get my hands on a mesa triple rectifier but for just a test rig, i think that's overkill... do they even make those anymore? that was a great amp imo...
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laney VC30

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#5
If you want to test pickups I'd have thought you'd want a simple amp with as little frills as possible, something like a Valve Junior.

I can't see the point in testing them through something like a Mesa, there's surely too much amp stuff going on to allow you to accurately assess the harmonic qualities of a handbuiilt pickup...I'm sure Cord will put me right on this
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#6
yea I mean i could record direct and not have any amp color whatsoever but I think anything would sound like s**t if you did that... I wan't something that gives a little coloring but is popular enough for people to really get an idea for the proper tone. My laney gc120 sounds great but it's an open back solid state and most people dont like the harsh tone of a solid state. even I have wanted to build a closed back cabinet for this amp for years... just never got around to it. Hell, i hardly ever use a real amplifier anymore... i do all of my recording with amp modeler VSTs
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#7
You need *some* amp colour, because the whole point is seeing how the pickups interact with the amp and the kind of harmonic content you're getting. You're not going to get as much of that through a solid state amp and you'll get nothing from a modeller or PC direct in.

For sound samples and the like then obviously you'd run them through suitable gig-standard amps to demonstrate them, but for your own testing purposes you've got to be able to hear the results of what you've done and something with too much gain or even too many controls is going to muddy the waters...that's why I was thinking VJ, there's not even a tonestack to get in the way.
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