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Dan Chooses A New Amp For His Wet-Dry Rig [JTM45 Vs Tweed Bassman Vs Sovtek MIG-50]

Published 30 May 2023

He wants headroom and transients – which amp will Dan choose to pair with his Matchless?

Welcome to the show! This one came about because Dan is moving from a fully wet-dry-wet rig, back to a more ‘simple’ wet-dry situation. Albeit ‘TPS Wet-Dry’ we should say… but don’t get hung up on the definitions. It’s a two-amp rig where the fuzz, drive and distortion goes to both amps, and most of the ‘wet’ effects – reverb, delay, tremolo and so on – only go to one of the amps.
Dan’s Matchless C-30 / ESD212 cab has been his #1 amp choice for years now, but what to pair with it? Three contenders are lining up today; they have a closely shared genesis and evolution, so the comparison should be jolly interesting!

Argh! Bassman or Bass Breaker? I'm confused…
The amp we're using today is a Fender Custom Shop Bass Breaker from 2002. It has nothing to do with the current Bassbreaker series. Ours is a Fender ’59 Bassman amp, exactly as the reissues of the period, albeit in a 2x12 cabinet instead of a 4x10 configuration. We refer to it as a Bassman because that's what it is! Except it's called a Bass Breaker… argh!

Enjoy the show…

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Pedals & stuff used in today’s episode
• Analogman Sun Face NKT Red Dot

• Dean Markley Overlord - no longer made

• Kingsley Page Tube Boost

• Jam Pedals Harmonious Monk MkII
UK & Europe:

• Diamond Vibrato - not currently available (may be again soon!)

• Meris LVX Modular Delay System
UK & Europe:

• Chase Bliss CXM 1978 Reverb

• TheGigRig G3

• Radial Headbone VT
UK & Europe:

Interesting bits & go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
2:33 Why are we doing this?
4:55 The two main issues
6:57 The Sovtek MIG-50 story
8:52 The other two amps…
9:35 The prediction challenge!
10:28 Sovtek & Marshall - cabinet?
11:40 Sovtek & Marshall comparison
14:45 Normal channel in the Marshall?
16:30 High treble channel, low input
17:45 Marshall vs Sovtek conclusion
18:10 And with some overdrive?
19:00 Bassman arrives (Bass Breaker)
21:30 Sovtek & Bassman comparison
24:30 Sovtek into overdrive
26:27 Bassman into overdrive
29:36 Sovtek & Bassman with Page boost
33:38 Wet effects in the Sovtek & Bassman
35:45 The prediction result!
37:25 Matchless & Bassman united
38:48 What Dan wants from his Matchless
40:16 Wet-dry, Matchless & Bassman
41:22 And with overdrive…
43:05 Dialling in some sounds
46:17 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this video
• 1965 Fender Telecaster - Dan’s video here:

Amps in this video
• Sovtek MIG-50
No longer made, but check this:

• Marshall JTM45
UK & Europe:

• Marshall 2061cx cab with Celestion G12H Anniversary speakers
No longer made

• Fender Custom Shop Bassbreaker with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers
No longer made in this format, however…
UK & Europe:

• Matchless C30 & 212 ESD with one Celestion G12M Greenback and one Celestion G12H Anniversary

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