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Thread: NAD - Fender Superchamp X2

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    I heard an X2 yesterday. It had some pretty cool modeling effects, which is not to say that I like modeling amps.

    I did like the stock Fender setting very much, although the vibrato was so-so.

    I think a person could learn a lot from that amp and then move on to more expensive amps if one had the inclination to do so. My buddy bought the amp, too.

    I gotta go back to sniffing corks now :)
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
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    OK, watch out world! The Dreadmeister has a tube amp!

    I'm giving my Crate 125D amp to my son to go along with the DV-52; the tweed and sunburst look nice together, and that's more amp than he will ever need for acoustic guitar - it even has a setting on it for a 5,000 seat auditorium. It's got huge depth and presence, but it's heavier than a dead preacher and I can't lug it around any more.
    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    .... but it's heavier than a dead preacher ....

    That is one interesting expression - we say as heavy as sin - sort of same playground
    First good guitar - GUILD Duane Eddy 400 - I was 3rd owner - still regret letting it go 25 years ago - used to have Artist Award and Starfire - no regrets here.
    Present guitars - all bought new - F50R 1975 - F512 1977 - F212CSB 1979 - OM-240CE 2018 - Schecter Startocaster
    Bought secondhand - B30SB fretless - RED Songbird - White Songbird - S-60D - D-125 - Gibson 3/4-size acoustic 1957 - Carmelo Gonzales nylon string - old Levin Lute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuuska View Post
    That is one interesting expression - we say as heavy as sin - sort of same playground
    For the wages of sin are... higher wages.

    Ralph

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    I'm having lots of fun trying all the different settings on this amp; it's a nice combination of digital effects with tube amplification. The single-coil 2K pickups on my DeArmond Starfire Special really make it snarl. The sustain is insane.
    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

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    '99 DV-52ABHG (gave to my son)
    '98 DeArmond Starfire Special
    Takamine Acoustic Flying "A"
    Crate CA-125D Acoustic Amp
    Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

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    Evidently this is a "Fender Special Run" with a 12" speaker, normally they come with a 10" speaker.
    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

    '76 D-25M
    '99 DV-52ABHG (gave to my son)
    '98 DeArmond Starfire Special
    Takamine Acoustic Flying "A"
    Crate CA-125D Acoustic Amp
    Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

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    Hello

    In the picture I can see only three valves.
    It must then be a hybrid - semiconductor preamp with tube poweramp.
    Or is there one more input tube somewhere outside of picture?
    Having two output tubes - those of you who know - is that section anywhere like old Fender Princeton with two 6V6 tubes?
    First good guitar - GUILD Duane Eddy 400 - I was 3rd owner - still regret letting it go 25 years ago - used to have Artist Award and Starfire - no regrets here.
    Present guitars - all bought new - F50R 1975 - F512 1977 - F212CSB 1979 - OM-240CE 2018 - Schecter Startocaster
    Bought secondhand - B30SB fretless - RED Songbird - White Songbird - S-60D - D-125 - Gibson 3/4-size acoustic 1957 - Carmelo Gonzales nylon string - old Levin Lute

  8. #18
    The Super Champ's power section is indeed a pair of 6V6s. The third tube is a 12AX7 phase inverter, while the preamp is solid-state. I like this approach…Vox used it beginning in the mid-'60s as did Music Man in the '70s.

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    1990 Nightbird Custom
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    2016 NS S-200 T-bird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Strummer View Post
    The Super Champ's power section is indeed a pair of 6V6s. The third tube is a 12AX7 phase inverter, while the preamp is solid-state. I like this approach…Vox used it beginning in the mid-'60s as did Music Man in the '70s.

    -Dave-

    But didn't MusicMan have that sh%&/y approach of NOT using the inverter-tube - but instead power-transistors ? And they were not as reliable as inverter-tube ?
    First good guitar - GUILD Duane Eddy 400 - I was 3rd owner - still regret letting it go 25 years ago - used to have Artist Award and Starfire - no regrets here.
    Present guitars - all bought new - F50R 1975 - F512 1977 - F212CSB 1979 - OM-240CE 2018 - Schecter Startocaster
    Bought secondhand - B30SB fretless - RED Songbird - White Songbird - S-60D - D-125 - Gibson 3/4-size acoustic 1957 - Carmelo Gonzales nylon string - old Levin Lute

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuuska View Post
    But didn't MusicMan have that sh%&/y approach of NOT using the inverter-tube - but instead power-transistors ? And they were not as reliable as inverter-tube ?
    The early Music Man amps use a 12AX7 phase inverter. Later on they did switch to transistor PIs. Dunno if the later PIs were less reliable, but IMO those amps don't have the same tubey give that the earlier ones do.

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    1962 F-20 Troubadour
    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    1999 X-170T
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 T-bird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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