Soldano Custom Amplification Hot Rod 50 user reviews
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- Head tube amp delivers 50 watts of power.
The front panel is as follows (from left to right):
High - Low / Gain - Bass - Middle - Treble - Master - Presence / Standby - On / off
Note the lack of reverb which is, in my opinion, absolutely not a lack, far away ...
The little extra that kills: the LED lights of the amp is blue-turquoise. Even my girlfriend is moved ...
- Turning the knob, and regardless of the movement impressed, you can hear it.
A small nod to the graduation of up to 11 knobs ...
In sound, there is nothing to say. It is the custom and you can hear at the lowest setting!
- It comes down to business!
I do a cover of Hendrix, The Hoax and especially Stevie Ray Vaughan! Some would say "why not buy a Vibroverb or a concert or twin reverb Fender ?"... I buy the Soldano for one reason: my best friend play on a X99 and when I heard the sound, I knew I would never be happy without a Soldano.
The fact that he has only one channel suits me perfectly. Those who have criticized it's 1000euros pay the extra for the XL with 2 channels ...
My guitar is a fender stratocaster american series and the Soldano is crying. High on the entry j'obtient in not pushing the gain higher than 2 and by the master of 5, a clean drooling at will, as if you leave plugged in all the time, a TS 808 on a clean fender ... that was a certain SRV. To boost my solos, I use a fulletone OCD. And get a blues sound to die for. I have no TS9 reissue or vaguely approaching the original. The fulletone is a wonder and far surpasses the new TS808 ... while we are offering the sonic possibilities.
For rock and maybe more, I have bridged my amp with a Ibanez humbucker. Put the gain on 7, the presence of 7 and the master out of 5 (beware ears) and then it bites! But beware, not muffled or horrible and cardboard. Your game is respected. Basically, if you make one large loaf, this is not the saturation of the mask that Soldano.
As box, I use a VHT 1x12 closed back with Eminence hp to 100 Watts. Not need more, efficiency, no bluff.
Note that the Soldano is based on a Marshall Lead Vox and one for clean. So fans of the grain Mesa does not necessarily end up there!
- Overall Opinion
- I've had four months.
Soldano before I played on various heads: Marshall High Gain Dual Reverb, Marshall Slash Signature and Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier. As Box, I used the 1936 home of Marshall and 4x12 in VHT.
Soldano is the "custom". You for your money. The sound is little more than another amp could give you. But there is also something that is fundamental: the monkey behind the guitar is in large part, the ring material and not the reverse. A beginner will not know use this amp as it should. I play for a little over 15 years and often I meet guys who call me in my place with some not so good stuff ...
I found my sound with my Start and my Soldano-VHT couple. Before, with my PRS Custom 24 and Mesa-VHT couple, I was not satisfied. Yet it was not the low end. Everyone must find his game and stuff there is. It's not always about money.
- 50W all-tube amp
2 between high and low
knob in order: gain, bass, middle, treble, master (volume) and prsence. - Note that the knob is gradus 0 11 -
1switch on off
non-switchable effects loop and impossibility of its volume rgler>>> rack only!
2 outputs for extensions.
I put 8 not because it is a single channel (which is not a default) but because of its non-adjustable effects loop volume. which is a large black dot ...
- Configuration ultra simple knob 6 which act as they should on the sound.
One thing that Mike Soldano has not Remde is that have can not use a switchbox (a / b box) to change between as you would to change the channel: when a jack is in one of two inputs, the other is silent. damage. but the hot rod is not for 50 so I put a 9 in use (not 10 or I'll be pointed on a thread ...;))
- L I am still obligated: Absolute 10!
I have never heard such a grain! the gain is not very lev (not recommended for heavy metal very heavy) but still pretty oats for the sabbath, from Led Zep, or in heavy gnral. god is good!
it can range from very slight crunch on the low GRRRRRRROWWWW typically between Soldano (a falls well it is!). and this through the crunch fat enough, a good lead or rather baveu Dfine, and even a marshall sound enough (it looks like the JCM800 ... on cd).
the equalizer is effectively above. mention specially the knob of prsence which is a real killer! 11 is metalleu land (with the gain in less ...).
Start with a clean as a going alone! with a bit of a rverbe sounds great but do not have them: the hot rod is not for a n'atteind and not the quality of a fender or vox .
this amp typ big rock is primarily dstin guitarist wanting to two amplifiers: one for clean very clean and the other (the so Soldano) to send the sauce.
- Overall Opinion
- There is a model 2 channels of 50 hot rod ... probably more practical if I had to choose I'd take the latter probably because the foot switch is much more convenient than changing the input jack (especially before a solo ... l have to be motivated!)
I put 9 because everything is perfectible! including this little gem!