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#1: Ampeg Reverb Rockets for Jazz

Posted on 2006-07-23 05:09:59 by j.putt

I've been looking for a new amp for a while, as I've been having trouble
with my Polytone, and I'm sick of getting it fixed. I found two Ampeg Reverb
Rockets at the local Guitar Center for what seems like a good deal. One is a
1x12 and the other is a 2x12. I didn't note the model numbers, and the young
man functioning as the salesperson didn't know any details about when they
were made. They seem like newer models, like the ones they sell new today.
Anyway, they both sound great, and I think I'm going to get one or both of
them. I'm not sure the smaller model will have enough clean headroom for a
traditional jazz tone, but it sounds so nice I think I might buy it anyway
and play my strat through it.

Have any of you tried these amps for jazz, and can you offer any opinions?
Thanks!

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#2: Re: Ampeg Reverb Rockets for Jazz

Posted on 2006-07-23 12:25:17 by Beach Runner

Young J. Putt wrote:
> I've been looking for a new amp for a while, as I've been having trouble
> with my Polytone, and I'm sick of getting it fixed. I found two Ampeg Reverb
> Rockets at the local Guitar Center for what seems like a good deal. One is a
> 1x12 and the other is a 2x12. I didn't note the model numbers, and the young
> man functioning as the salesperson didn't know any details about when they
> were made. They seem like newer models, like the ones they sell new today.
> Anyway, they both sound great, and I think I'm going to get one or both of
> them. I'm not sure the smaller model will have enough clean headroom for a
> traditional jazz tone, but it sounds so nice I think I might buy it anyway
> and play my strat through it.
>
> Have any of you tried these amps for jazz, and can you offer any opinions?
> Thanks!

Hey,

I'll take the one with 1 12" speaker. I love them. If you want the 2-12
grab it.
Assuming it's an original tube amp.

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#3: Re: Ampeg Reverb Rockets for Jazz

Posted on 2006-07-23 15:38:32 by Beach Runner

Young J. Putt wrote:
> I've been looking for a new amp for a while, as I've been having trouble
> with my Polytone, and I'm sick of getting it fixed. I found two Ampeg Reverb
> Rockets at the local Guitar Center for what seems like a good deal. One is a
> 1x12 and the other is a 2x12. I didn't note the model numbers, and the young
> man functioning as the salesperson didn't know any details about when they
> were made. They seem like newer models, like the ones they sell new today.
> Anyway, they both sound great, and I think I'm going to get one or both of
> them. I'm not sure the smaller model will have enough clean headroom for a
> traditional jazz tone, but it sounds so nice I think I might buy it anyway
> and play my strat through it.
>
> Have any of you tried these amps for jazz, and can you offer any opinions?
> Thanks!


Another comment, if it's badly distorted, plan on replacing the tubes
and some other
parts. It's sweet sounding amp that has been used by Jazz players for
years.
Now, a solid state amp can be cleaner, such as a clarus, and a polytone
should be cleaner.
A Roland is a great solid state amp.

Heck, I have a Roland with 2 8" speakers I'll sell.

Bob

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#4: Re: Ampeg Reverb Rockets for Jazz

Posted on 2006-07-23 18:08:32 by Formerly Sideways

Since he mentions that he saw a 1X12 and a 2X12, I would assume that
he's talking about recent reissue St.Louis Music (Crate) Ampegs and not
the '60's original.



Beach Runner wrote:
> Young J. Putt wrote:
> > I've been looking for a new amp for a while, as I've been having trouble
> > with my Polytone, and I'm sick of getting it fixed. I found two Ampeg Reverb
> > Rockets at the local Guitar Center for what seems like a good deal. One is a
> > 1x12 and the other is a 2x12. I didn't note the model numbers, and the young
> > man functioning as the salesperson didn't know any details about when they
> > were made. They seem like newer models, like the ones they sell new today.
> > Anyway, they both sound great, and I think I'm going to get one or both of
> > them. I'm not sure the smaller model will have enough clean headroom for a
> > traditional jazz tone, but it sounds so nice I think I might buy it anyway
> > and play my strat through it.
> >
> > Have any of you tried these amps for jazz, and can you offer any opinions?
> > Thanks!
>
>
> Another comment, if it's badly distorted, plan on replacing the tubes
> and some other
> parts. It's sweet sounding amp that has been used by Jazz players for
> years.
> Now, a solid state amp can be cleaner, such as a clarus, and a polytone
> should be cleaner.
> A Roland is a great solid state amp.
>
> Heck, I have a Roland with 2 8" speakers I'll sell.
>
> Bob

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#5: Re: Ampeg Reverb Rockets for Jazz

Posted on 2006-07-23 19:55:56 by jimbol51

The Ampeg Reverberocket amps that you are looking at, at Guitar Center are
junk.
I have an original 1962 Ampeg Reverberocket which is one of the best jazz
guitar amplifiers that you can get. They were used by quite a few New York
studio players along with the Ampeg Gemini I & II series during the early
1960's. The problem is finding one. I got mine off of ebay believe it or
not so you might try looking there as they do come up from time to time.
The 'salesman' at Guitar Center are usually idiots. jim

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#6: Re: Ampeg Reverb Rockets for Jazz

Posted on 2006-07-23 23:16:41 by acoustic567

I'd basically agree with this. The reissue (Guitar Center)
Reverberockets have little in common with the original 1960s Ampegs,
which are great jazz amps. The reissues are a different beast.
Actually, they sound OK to me for their overdriven rock sounds. I
don't think that they'd be good jazz amps. But, hey, if it sounded
good to you that's what matters.


jimbol51 wrote:
> The Ampeg Reverberocket amps that you are looking at, at Guitar Center are
> junk.
> I have an original 1962 Ampeg Reverberocket which is one of the best jazz
> guitar amplifiers that you can get. They were used by quite a few New York
> studio players along with the Ampeg Gemini I & II series during the early
> 1960's. The problem is finding one. I got mine off of ebay believe it or
> not so you might try looking there as they do come up from time to time.
> The 'salesman' at Guitar Center are usually idiots. jim

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