The tone stages may also have electronic effects such as There are two configurations of guitar amplifiers: combination ("combo") amplifiers, which include an amplifier and one or more speakers in a wooden cabinet; and the standalone amplifier (often called a "head" or "amp head"), which does not include a speaker, but rather passes the signal to a or "cab".
With settings at 5-6 its tone is rich and sweet like a hi-fi tube... Speakers are recent Jensens, but the originals are boxed up and included, and will be shipped separately. Early '60s, JMI (Jennings Musical Industries) production, small student combo, 4 watts from a single EL84, ECC83/EF86 preamp, EZ80 tube rectifier, black vinyl, lovely brown Vox grille cloth, hinged handle, has added footswitch jack...
Vintage 1959 Fender tweed Bassman, classic 5F6-A circuit. Mid-60s factory Top Boost AC-30, designed by Dick Denney, JMI production, grey panel, original transformers, housed in a very authentic North Coast repro cabinet riding on a beautiful repro chrome dolly, Weber Blue Dog alnico...
This, despite the fact that solid-state amps have played integral roles in many classic records, and have been the main amp of more than a few highly regarded players.
The problem, I suspect, is that the inherent cheapness and reliability of transistor technology makes it a natural choice for manufacturers of cheap beginner or practice amps, and most players, not having had an opportunity to play through some of the high quality, well-designed, solid-state models, only associate the technology with its worst examples.
Both of those amps do the clean thing great, but that old Ampeg is definately a speciffic sound. Pick an appropriate cab for a wide range of sounds.
I've used an old Roland Jazz Chorus and gotten some great and usable results too. There is no reverb - but I find cheap spring reverbs too inferior for recording.
Also, the earliest transistor-based amps were indeed rather awful (at least, any time distortion was introduced) and that first impression seems to have been a lasting one.
Over the past 30 years, however, and especially in the last decade, solid-state designs have improved immeasurably.
This stereo 2x12 combo houses two separate 60-watt amplifiers, a gorgeous on-board reverb, and a hypnotically lush stereo chorus/vibrato.