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    Most popular/common Guild amp from late 60s to early 70s.

    I've been thinking recently, which is always dangerous, about getting another Guild amp. Was going to buy a combo amp around 1970 but I forget what the model was that I was looking at. The Thunderstar amps look to be a little too big from what I remember and it definitely wasn't a tweed Masteramp. Any suggestions from this time frame? Thx in advance. Thmj.

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    I have to rebuild the amp sticky.
    What wattage are you looking at? In house or play out?
    On the lower wattage side, Thunder Ones are the liw end practice amp. Decent grind at garage volume. Thunder One RVTs have trem and a reall nice reverb. Thunderbirds and Mavericks have 7591 tubes and are good medium gig amps and the last version of the thunderbird came with 6L6gts for fifty honest watts. Thunderbasses are good guitar amps. Thunderstar and Superstar are great combo amps with trem, reverb and (I think) master volumes.
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Default View Post
    Thunderstar and Superstar are great combo amps with trem, reverb and (I think) master volumes.
    No Master volume on the Thunderstar; just two different volumes for the two channels, ala a Bassman.
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    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
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    Ok, wasn't sure. MV on the T-Bird and the T-bass though.
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Let me know when you start reconstructing. I'll take pics of mine, as needed.
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
    Acorn House
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

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    '03 Elder Lute
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    Thx for the info folks. After scrolling through what I could see in the amp sticky, it looks like the Super Star may be the one I remember. The Thunder 1 looks a little small but still a nice amp. Will use mostly at home or the occasional club/bar/restaurant gig. Thmj.

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    If I recall correctly the 15" diameter speaker of Super Star came in three speaker flavors: Oxford, Altec and JBL D130. The Oxford is pretty crummy sounding for guitar. Don't recall the Altec model but if it is a 418 for my money it will have the best sound for guitar. The JBL D130, although costing more at the time and having a greater power handling capacity, is a good choice if you plan to use it for guitar and a bass combo.

    Their have been reports of a 4-10 Super Star ala a Super-reverb setup. Never seen one but think their is sufficient space for the 4-10's.

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    In my personal experience the best (or my favorite) are the Thunderstar, 66-J, and Thunderbass.

    The Maverick to a lesser extent is equal to the others, it's just too loud for me really, and does not have the second channel that the Thunderstar has. The tremolo on the Maverick is crazy! I've never tried the Superstar. But it looks like just the same as the Thunderstar, with a 15-inch speaker (instead of 12).

    The full size Thunderbirds and Superbirds are just too much for me to even begin checking them out. Stadium rock!

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    Their is a output power tube difference between the ThunderStar and SuperStar. Basically the TS uses 7591 tubes @ 35W and SS, along with the 3rd version of the Thunderbird, use 6L6 @ 50W.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matsickma View Post
    Their is a output power tube difference between the ThunderStar and SuperStar. Basically the TS uses 7591 tubes @ 35W and SS, along with the 3rd version of the Thunderbird, use 6L6 @ 50W.
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    did not realize, thank u!

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