This is really one of the last quality amps put out by Ernie Ball music. This is a jam band type of amp. What I mean by that is that the amps have a tone not far from that of a classic Fender Deluxe. Also, every time I see one or hear someone playing one it is always with a Fender Stratocaster and they are playing some blues lick or riff.
This amp just by pure cosmetics doesn't scream to me to be beat up and abused. It is a sit around and jam quietly and feel good or bad depending on the mood of the setting.
Series 50 RD (Single Channel) 1982-84 110RD-50
Speaker 1-10 Ceramic
O/P power 50 Watts RMS
Tubes 12AX7, 2- 6L6GC
12AX7 used as a limiter, w/Limiter control
The amp takes pedals very well as you would expect an amp like this would do. The voicing of this amp is a blues voicing that really cannot be dialed out. So therefore you are limited to what you can play out of this amp. It is really hard to get a rock or metal tone out of it. It just doesn't go that directing. It is like the turtle that moves slowly towards the finish line. Not that the tone is bad but just a desired taste for certain people.
I do like this amp with a nice Fender Stratocaster or a good feeling Fender Telecaster. It just compliments the tone of this amp very well. A good Gibson Les Paul will sound nice as well but I guess my personal taste leas towards the Strat
Well these amps have been long phased out. I think they were only produced for a couple of years. They will be hard to find at this point and they are highly sought after. I have seen them on the used market for around $500 or so. That is a good price for a high quality amp like this one.
I would recommend this to anyone who knows what it is. For those who know this item then they will definitely like it. It you are impartial to this amp and just want a decent clean tone then look into a nice fender amp. If you are lucky enough to score one of these amps then good for you.
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
This is an all-tube, 2 6L6 and 12AX7. I have two Sovtek 5881 and 12AX7LPS.
50W, HP 10 ", 2 channels, rglages treble, bass and volume on each, gain and reverb on the OD, bright button on the clean channel. Footswitch grant the OD and reverb.
For me it niquel, although I especially like the mtal, no problem rgler sound, it is very easy to use.
I have a definite preferences for mtal, I play a BC Rich up in EMG and drop D and Hoyer Les Paul with DiMarzio X2N. With these two guitar sounds are very fat as I like the overdrive is pleasant even if it is "an" overdrive, although simpa AC / DC, etc. Trust. I play with the bass and treble has a bottom 4, bottom gain, reverb 3. For me, the crunch is not great ... a little nasal, it may also be due to the age of the amp, but clean ... it is gorgeous ... warm, soft, beautiful!
I use it ... for about 2 years, this amp is an heirloom, it has over 15 years I believe, but it still sounds very good, I like less the look, but it would be to the taste of the era. I do not know the original price, but I've never had any problems with this amp, despite the age, so it must be of good quality ...
If I had to choose now, I do not buy it, simply because there are more adapted to mtal this amp.
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thierry paris 12's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Hybrid Amplifier (amp floor lamps, preamp transistors) 50 watt real ........ SETTINGS simpler, 2 channels (bright and saturation). conceived late 70 early 80 (manufacturing) by Leo Fender founded the company with musicman.
incredible reliability, ultra compact and sturdy.
Ultra easy to use, settings childish
Suitable for all types of music except maybe the metal and still with a total distortion is the ca ....... I use strats.
For 10 years ......... I had all kinds of amps, marshall of 3 bodies in twin reverb ............... the tip on this amp is to change the speaker, in fact this amp is so powerful for its size and its 10-inch HP I guess the music man firm did not wish to return to product failures hp, so they equipped with these amps hp super thick membrane and therefore less sensitive to vibration, resulting in a "cardboard" sound and really limited to low ..... so I changed to a HP jenshen alnico, and the total slap, the sound you've always loved, for my part winter, clapon, gallagher and without addition of effects, pure magic ..... ... weight-size power knows no equivalent to my knowledge ........ I did paint air concert (not the Stade de France anyway lol) without needing to be picked up by a sound system .....
this amp is very rare and have a chance vs. acquiring it, do not let go and I lost count of the people who wanted to buy it and nothing in the world I separate myself ...... ...