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Thread: I got my '69-70 Thunderstar Combo back!

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    I got my '69-70 Thunderstar Combo back!

    Hi guys,

    I got my old Thunderstar combo back last night and moved it into the house today. This is the 'little brother' of the Superstar Combo I picked up a couple of weeks ago. Guess how much 'little brother' weighs? 65lbs with the stamped-frame speaker!! I wonder how much more a Superstar weighs?

    Has anyone tried anything besides the bottom of the line 12" speakers with this amp? Anybody put a JBL in? It's been four or five years since I've had the amp, but I remember that you could get it to sound like a 20 watt Marshall if that's what you wanted. Any body tried one with a Celestion?

    I bought it because I thought it would be a good amp for Jazz. I was completely wrong about that, but I think they are really good for rock & blues.

    What do you guys think? An inquiring mind wants to know!
    Last edited by gilded; 12-18-2017 at 10:21 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk, '00 Bluesbird black,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp, '69-70 Thunderstar Combo, '70 Superstar Combo

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    I’m using the stock speaker in mine (and, yes, for rock only.) Haven’t felt a need to switch. (And it lives on its own dolly for rolling around school.)
    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, 87 Nightbird I, 87 F-45ce, '88 Detonator, 92 F-15ce, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 T-bird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, 66 Thunder T1-12, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500

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    Chris, is your dolly an original one? If it is, could you put some pics up?

    What are you using for pickups? Humbuckers? Single Poles? Where are you setting the tone controls? Does the tremolo sound work for you?

    Thanks, Harry
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk, '00 Bluesbird black,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp, '69-70 Thunderstar Combo, '70 Superstar Combo

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilded View Post
    Chris, is your dolly an original one? If it is, could you put some pics up?
    A plank of wood that I bolted on some wheels.
    Quote Originally Posted by gilded View Post
    What are you using for pickups? Humbuckers? Single Poles? Where are you setting the tone controls?
    I used all of the above when I did the Cheap Trick concert. Amp was set at 12 o’clock.




    Quote Originally Posted by gilded View Post

    Does the tremolo sound work for you?

    Thanks, Harry
    I rarely play with tremolo.
    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, 87 Nightbird I, 87 F-45ce, '88 Detonator, 92 F-15ce, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 T-bird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, 66 Thunder T1-12, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500

    '94 G&L Legacy
    '03 Elder Lute
    http://acornhouseworkshop.com/
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

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    the one I traded Default sounded amazing, just had the stock CTS speaker from 1969. Also Defaults has wheels in the amp, no "dolly". http://www.letstalkguild.com/ltg/sho...r-1-x-12/page2

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
    A plank of wood that I bolted on some wheels.

    I used all of the above when I did the Cheap Trick concert. Amp was set at 12 o’clock.





    I rarely play with tremolo.

    That's a cool pic!
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    Definitely a rock amp.
    Fantastic picture...Am I correct you have L to R Early 70's solidbody M75 Bluesbird, S275, Detonator, T250 (or 200) and Thunderbird along with the Thunderstar? Is the Thunderstar the only amp you had on stage?
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