FRFR or power amp and cab?

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  1. Jace Nuzback

    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    Lately I've been using a Seymour Duncan Power Stage 170 with a Vintage 30 1x12.
    What are you using?
     
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    Just started using a headrush 108 as a fold back with my aa12, sent mono to front of house & the 108. We use IEMs but need the 108 for a bit more feel and feedback. Works quite well and helps keep stage volume under control.

    I've also found if I practice at home and set the contour switch on the 108 to cut the mids it sounds similar to when we play at stage volume.
     
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    I am using an old heavy cab shaped CLR. I have tried tube peer section into real guitar speakers and it sounds and feels fantastic but you lose the ability to go up and back between American and British voiced speakers.
     
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    I have a Rocktron Velocity 300 going stereo into two 4x12s but I think I like my Headrush FRFR12 just as much if not more. It still sounds like a cab in the room and every bit as big as the 4x12s in the bedroom. I also have two 8" mackie studio monitors that I like.
     
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    Powerstage 170 going in a Celestion F12-X200 cab or in an XF212 cab with Celestion Redbacks.
     
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    Good stuff guys! Keep it coming.
    Jace
     
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    I'm running my AA12 into a pair of Tech21 Power Engines (60 watts each). Great versatility...I can just grab one if I want to travel light, or grab both for more volume and/or stereo spread. Over the past few years, I've run into the effects return of a Blackstar HT-40, the effects return of a Quilter 101 Mini and, most recently, into a Alto TS212. They all sounded great, but I'm really digging the dual Power Engines!
     
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    I'm running now a AFB, Hafler G300 and an EV FM1202. I want a power stage now. The EV replaced my 1960a.

    It's funny, I've never found an frfr set up I liked, but this one nails that amp in the room with ease
     
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    I normally play direct to the PA with IEMs for myself. When I am practicing at home, or when I have needed an FRFR for a gig, I use a Mackie SRM-550. Or a pair of them if I want to do stereo delays or some other fun thing. The SRM-550s are part of a PA system my bluegrass band uses - they live at my house anyway, I might as well put them to use when I'm playing an electric guitar rather than a banjo.

    In PA mode they have a flat response with a low frequency rolloff at around 90 hz, bi-amped with 800 watts RMS. They are built well, not horribly expensive and sound great.
     
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    I use a Laney IRT-X. I mostly use headphones in the house but the Laney is a handy option to have. At a gig I use the Laney as my monitor and then go to the PA. It's a very easy and light solution with my AA6. I know I'm never going back to a valve amp!
     
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    At home and when live (very little live), I use a AA12 based pedalboard into a Quilter Mach II and a
    revamped Ampeg 2x12 with Celestion 70/80 & Celestion V30. Like it a lot.
    Plus the Quilter allows to run direct out to the soundboard via XLR. This output sounds great.

    The AA12 also sounds great for into a computer setup for playing/recording.
    (Focusrite Saffire Pro 40/ ProTools with a couple of older Mackie HR824s).

    As far as headphones I have yet, over the years, to figured out how to get any
    modeled amp sim to sound great. But in fairness, I haven't tried real hard. Not a priority.
     
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    At home, either stereo into my studio monitors or mono into my QSC CP8. Live, either mono into house and CP8 as my stage monitor, or for smaller gigs, CP8 facing out as my "amp."

    Oh, and AA12 or AA3 depending on needs of the gig. If it's one or two tones, I take the 3 because it fits in my guitar gig bag.

    I am moving some cabs around in the music room tonight though, so maybe I'll finally try one of the AA's into the return of my Archon and into the Thiele EM12.
     
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    At home, I use a Headrush 108. It sounds good at low levels, too.

    At rehearsal room I had the 108, but now I go straight to the desk. It's great. Fantastic. Everybody hears the guitar clearly. Next day I'll try some stereo echoes and tremolos, just for fun.

    Live I use in ear monitors.

    I still haven't the curiosity to try a guitar cab/power amp. The modelers are very flexible and if you are also flexible, you can get good results with any of the options available. I like that.
     
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    I ended-up going with a Headrush FRFR112. No, I haven't tried other FRFR competing units....but this thing does sound MASSIVE. As I've said on another thread, I haven't had much stick time with my gear lately and need to get the Headrush FRFR back out and rock it..... I CAN say that what I've experienced in the time I used it is very, VERY promising. Shockingly solid, clear, and flipping LOUD. The AA12 sounds superb through it. I almost bought the smaller FRFR10 they offer; and while perhaps a bit more manageable size-wise for portability, I wanted the goodness that 12" transducers offer that 10" speakers (especially single 10" speakers) just can't duplicate. Glad I bought the FRFR12.

    Would love to acquire a second one for that stereo goodness....
     
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    The 108 is scheduled for delivery today, I am hoping to love it with my AA12 and add a second.

    I have been using my Trinity Triwatt as a power amp with both Jensen Neoydyn Tornado and two old Hepners, the cleans sound great, but the grit and distortion amps, meh, they sound crappy to me, but I am hoping it is just the need of the FFR/power amp cab.
     
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    So I tried the FFR108, and last night I plugged it in with my Shishkov (best guitar I have ever had!) and I was frankly very disappointed. I switched the contour button and nothing. I was figuring, WTF!! Then tonight I plugged it in with my Hamer T-51 and blah. Very bad sound OD, and the distorted amps sounded just like running it through my old speakers. I was so disappointed. :(. Then for giggles I switched the ground switch, and it was instantly very good, I mean really nice, nice enough to say "wow, this is a great flexible system" and then I plugged my Shishkov in and it was YES!!!

    Soon I will get a second speaker for stereo FX.
     
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    Did you connect the ground? That might explain the better sound; otherwise I would expect lifting the ground would only affect noise (hum, buzz), not tone?
     

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