Tuning a Plexi

There is something magical, maybe even mysterious, about an old Plexi. Based on historical records, we know that there were several revisions, that part tolerances varied over the years, and that build quality could be hit or miss. But one thing is for certain, if you find a winning combination of all of these elements, you know it. The sound registers as “the” sound you have been looking for.

Or maybe not. As we drift further and further away from the period known as Classic Rock it’s getting more and more difficult to find information about recording techniques, gear, and performances captured on seminal records of that period. Enter AmpStamp, our attempt at cataloging the most desirable gear, with the ability to recreate the most coveted tones in guitar history.

Let’s take a look at the VG402C Amplifier paired with the VG 4x12B 100W ’78 Cabinet. This setup covers both ’68 and ’69 era Specs with a slightly newer cabinet. We’re using the EQ110 Ten Band Equalizer to tighten the sound of the guitar coming into the amplifier.

  •  VG402C Amplifier, daisy-chain channels I and II
  • EQ110 Ten Band Equalizer
  • VG 4x12B 100W ’78 Cabinet
’68 Spec

We think you’re going to instantly hear the low end punch and mid-growl that epitomizes classic rock guitar tone. And at a low gain setting! Remember, this was in the pre- to early-days of master volume amplifiers, players were getting their sound more from power amp distortion. Studio engineers kept asking the musicians to turn it down! And that’s what makes this Spec a classic: the ability to pack a punch at a lower volume. Enjoy!

’69 Spec

Voiced brighter than previous revisions, this Spec shines when pushed to the max. You can really hear the tubes screaming! No boost needed. We’ve added a switch so you can dial it back if needed, but we don’t recommend it. Let it rip!

TapTone 1.2 Presets

In this post we will be looking at the next batch of presets available for TapTone Vintage Guitar. This collection of sounds showcases new amplifiers and cabinets available in Version 1.2 including one of the most famous non-master volume amplifiers and a controversial update to a vintage combo.

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Classic

This is rock and roll in one of its most purest forms. The amplifier: a late 1968-69 100W head. The cabinet: a 4×12 bottom loaded with blackbacks circa 1978. The sound: classic rock, hard rock, proto metal, early punk rock. Together this amplifier and cabinet combination became known as the half-stack, providing fuel for thousands of records featuring the electric guitar. Make sure to turn it up loud.

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Woodstock III

Our third iteration of Hendrix at Woodstock. As soon as you strike the first three notes of the Anthem, we think you’ll find that it can’t get any closer unless you happen to have the exact guitar that Hendrix used during performance. On one hand the cabinet dates from a period more than ten years later, but the speakers in question did not change significantly during that passage of time. For the moment, this is one of rock’s all time greatest tones now available anywhere, anytime. Enjoy!

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Magnolia

An excellent example of a pure amplifier with minimal effects. The ability to dial the Vibrato (which is really Tremolo) back to create a subtle shift in amplitude gives even the most simple passages an interesting sonic quality. As with any clean amplifier, pickup choice really shines through, giving more bite for lead work in the bridge position or getting a classic blues tone in the neck position.

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Surfing

Keeping the Treble control near its maximum value and dialing up some Reverb definitely brings to life the surf  rock sound that became popular in the early 1960’s. It’s an unmistakable sound once you hear the reverb coils shake with intensity from a single string run or a chord bent out of tune from the Tremolo bar (which is really a Vibrato bar). Throw a fuzz or crank the gain in front of the Reverb for even more strange sounds from a bygone era.

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