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    Default VH tribute gig with my Marshall Plexi last night.

    I have a love/hate relationship with this modded 1959SLP RI. Some days it has THE Brown Sound and others I ask myself what I saw in it when I bought it. I literally lost sleep over the last few weeks, worrying about using it or my 5150 Stealth for this gig. But man, it delivered last night. I was overjoyed with the tone. I used no distortion pedal and I think the head has a cascade mod, but don't know who did it. It has a PPIMV and a very transparent loop too. This wasn't the best song we played, but it does capture the tone pretty well.


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    Reminds me of an old George Lynch interview, where he talked about "amp Gremlins" coming into the studio at night and changing all the pins and tubes around... LOL.
    Funny how we all go through stuff like that, where the setting are the same, yet the sound just feels and reacts differently - or at least it seems that way!

    Great video ^^^, Rick. Your tone is hot and the band is good. Nice guitar too.
    Nice to see you guys out and about, having fun with VH music. Cheers.
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    Maybe each place you play has a different wall voltage? That could effect your tone.

    Sounds fantastic, though.

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    Thanks. Actually, I think it sounds different at my house every day. This was my first gig with this amp. It's even been iffy at band practice before, though my bandmates always say it sounds great and the issues are all in my head.

    And I remember that George Lynch interview and totally concur with him.

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    I really think all of the real vintage style Marshall's weather original, or repro have this quirk, and it's not in your head. I swear from day to day, my old Marshall changes. Can't explain why, but it's part of the mojo I guess. A few years ago, I started using an MXR 10 band EQ that I make slight adjustments with....It's not so much the EQ itself I play with...If ever I play with the mids a little sometimes.....It's more the input gain I find I need to tweak slightly. The MXR has two controls...One is kinda like any pedal where you can adjust the volume to match dry and effected during switches, and there is something of an gain adjustment which doesn't actually add distortion, or clip...It just boost the input enough to allow your preamp to breakup earlier. I bit like an overdrive...but not a true "overdrive". It's pretty transparent which I like. Sometimes I boost it just a little as it seems somedays the amp falls off a little. Other days, it seems a little hotter and, so I'll back it off a bit to make it sound a little rounder, or "browner". It's weird, but I'd never part with it. Overall, it's such a nice sounding amp.

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    I think goofy things like weather and humidity can change the tone. I can dial in something at home only not to be able to reproduce it at practice or a gig. Volume changes can alter the tone too. If you jack the volume for a gig, it tends to change the tone you think you had.

    Hard to tell from a video of an ambient recording, but that sounds pretty killer to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickslide View Post
    I think goofy things like weather and humidity can change the tone. I can dial in something at home only not to be able to reproduce it at practice or a gig. Volume changes can alter the tone too. If you jack the volume for a gig, it tends to change the tone you think you had.

    Hard to tell from a video of an ambient recording, but that sounds pretty killer to me.

    TK
    Humidity can certainly affect speaker cones, and I'm sure temp can affect the surrounds....A bit cold, and they can be a bit stiffer than say in warmer temps. I know this for a fact when my friend's rehearsal space was in a businesses basement. It was damp as hell in there, but also quite warm because the heating system was not far away. My speaker cab sounded terrible in there.....Kinda floppy....They just didn't have that nice tight response. I kinda thought I had a bad speaker because it was the first time I'd jammed with the cab in some time...Thought I'd blown one and just not noticed until that weekend where we were really cranking.
    Anyway.......He moved to a much nicer climate controlled space. Brought the same cabinet there, and it sounded great, so I think the cones just sucked up the moisture, and affected their performance.
    He said he had the same problem from time to time too, so there you go.

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