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    Default Check out this modded Plexi I just picked up.

    I bought a 50w handwired clone on Fri., wasn't in love with it and then stumbled across this at the local GC on Sat. HAD TO BUY IT. Geezus, it sounds awesome. Now I need to flip the 50w.

    I don't know who did it or what they did to it. Board looks a little sloppily modded, but I sort of suspect they lowered the voltage to make it like a mini-internal Variac. I am in love.


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    Sounds good! Congrats on your score.
    How do you rank it compared to the rhythm channel on the 5150III?
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    Tough to compare the Plexi to EVH blue. They are so different. Obviously, the EVH blue channel has a lot more options with its own EQ, gain, volume and presence. The Plexi's gain is far more organic sounding and I think it has a lot more depth and just plain balls to it. But old Marshalls tend to be one-trick ponies and not something I can use for every band situation, whereas the EVH is a lot more universal. The EVH takes pedals a lot better too. I find the EVH takes a lot more dialing in, whereas the Marshall just had it as soon as I turned it on. Love them both, but like a son and a daughter, not like a wife and a girlfriend.

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    I've had 2plexis over the years. 1 modded and and 1 stock, lovely amps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Lee View Post
    Tough to compare the Plexi to EVH blue. They are so different. Obviously, the EVH blue channel has a lot more options with its own EQ, gain, volume and presence. The Plexi's gain is far more organic sounding and I think it has a lot more depth and just plain balls to it. But old Marshalls tend to be one-trick ponies and not something I can use for every band situation, whereas the EVH is a lot more universal. The EVH takes pedals a lot better too. I find the EVH takes a lot more dialing in, whereas the Marshall just had it as soon as I turned it on. Love them both, but like a son and a daughter, not like a wife and a girlfriend.
    That's actually a great description of both amps. Thanks for taking the time!
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    I'd rather compare the green channel with the gain cranked to the Marshall. Pretty sure gain wise the 5150 III green will lose. But it's feel, tone and dynamics I'm interested in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Lee View Post
    Tough to compare the Plexi to EVH blue. They are so different. Obviously, the EVH blue channel has a lot more options with its own EQ, gain, volume and presence. The Plexi's gain is far more organic sounding and I think it has a lot more depth and just plain balls to it. But old Marshalls tend to be one-trick ponies and not something I can use for every band situation, whereas the EVH is a lot more universal. The EVH takes pedals a lot better too. I find the EVH takes a lot more dialing in, whereas the Marshall just had it as soon as I turned it on. Love them both, but like a son and a daughter, not like a wife and a girlfriend.
    Great score! Yeah...It's extremely hard to compare a vintage Marshall to anything modern really...At least high gain/multi channel amps. They just have their own character, and with Marshalls, it's also very hard to find two that sound alike.
    I;m guessing the mod was probably done in the late 70's, or early 80's.... A lot of those mods were very sloppy to be honest, and a lot of them were probably done by owners with the old mail order amp mod kits you could find in the backs of Guitar Play, or GW back in the day.
    I've owned a few old Marshalls that had downright scary wiring in them, but I got them for next to nothing because of that, and changed them back, but used all the sought after stuff I could find to make them better.

    Not sure about the voltage being dropped in yours...it sounds a lot like mine from what I can tell. My guess (just from seeing a lot of these over the years) is it's had the treble bleed mod, and most likely had a cascade mod, maybe internal jumpering in the high/low input stages.

    My main amp has all three, and it does sound good, though I'd like to play with the EQ stack a bit to make it a little warmer.
    It's a great sounding amp though man! I'll have to see the video tonight on better speakers at home, but you did very well! Might be worth poking around (carefully!) and see what you can clean up in the wiring. Most of those old mods are pretty bulletproof, and don't harm the amp, but bad wiring is bad wiring. Always good to check it out and make sure it's tidy, and most of all safe.
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    Mine is a reissue made in 2001, not handwired either. So it's nothing remotely vintage or especially valuable. I got it for $1249. It just has that thing that made me have to have it.

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    I like that tone better than the EVH high saturation monsters.

    Organic is the perfect description!

    It's a tone that responds to your hands, your picking & articulates in a way that
    is unique to the player.

    It's got punch & a human quality.
    It's not sterile at all.

    It has balls.

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    sounds great.

    I love cranked, organic tone. My main head is 1979 Marshall JMP with an extra gain knob mod. Still love the tone it gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismusicsux View Post
    sounds great.

    I love cranked, organic tone. My main head is 1979 Marshall JMP with an extra gain knob mod. Still love the tone it gets.
    As a kid, i just worshipped the tones i heard on albums like WACF & FW.

    But you don't realize that it's not an overly distorted tone, but a tone achieved by cranking
    up high powered tube amps & getting a huge sound with natural sustain.

    So when you're 13, and you get that little Peavey Bandit or backstage amp, you immediately
    crank the gain to ten, thinking that is how you get the big VH sound. LOL!

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    Greatest amp ever invented... I really need to buy one sooner than later

    Also love hot-rodded Fender Twin's as well

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    Still waiting for Ed's new Marshall-esque sounding amp. I wonder how much he'll use it, considering his penchant for high gain amps since 1991, and all his latest tinkering to soup them up for "more gas in the tank?"

    Also wonder if it will be a single channel 100 watt beast, or if he'll offer lower wattage versions with channel switching/reverb etc. , because of all the potential fans & buyers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    As a kid, i just worshipped the tones i heard on albums like WACF & FW.

    But you don't realize that it's not an overly distorted tone, but a tone achieved by cranking
    up high powered tube amps & getting a huge sound with natural sustain.

    So when you're 13, and you get that little Peavey Bandit or backstage amp, you immediately
    crank the gain to ten, thinking that is how you get the big VH sound. LOL!
    So true about the gain. Especially Ed's tone very low gain in those days. I did tripped out once I realized how little gain there was probably.

    LOL at those Peavy bandits/backstage amps. Crazy bad tones...but you could crank the gain. funny.

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    This just screamed brown sound...

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