Modern Gretsch Guitars

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A few years back I found one, mint condition and snapped it up. Pretty sure I paid $1500-1600 for it. When they were new they were north of $3K but at this price for a mint amp that had never left the house, I figured it was worth it for a boutique amp as I was after an good amp with a 15".

After I posted my last reply, I saw a Regal II for sale in Vancouver and it was ~$2800, barely used. Basically the same amp as the Exec, just newer. I think if you can find an Exec for $15-1700 - would need to be mint for this price - it would be a good investment.

I hear you on it's price being well above the other amps suggested but if you have that budget, it would sure beat the hell out of a new DRRI. And yes it isn't the most easily moved about! Hard to decide which takes more effort to lug about, this one or my BF PR. Both weight in at 50 lbs. At least it's lighter than a Twin.

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A truck is lighter than a Twin.

That said, I once played with a guy who used a Quad Reverb. (And I mean he was well along the way to using it UP.) He didn't like band practices, he didn't like loading, and he didn't travel with the band.

Short guy, average build, smoked at least two cigarettes at a time, balding. 35, maybe...looked 50. Duane & Dickey specialist, jazzy southern rock, helluva gravel-voiced singer. Black Les Paul (of course). Not once did I hear him play a bad note, or even a weak one. He was all in, all the time. Loud?

He was loud.

We'd leave for gigs way early in the band bus (or bread truck), lumber along. Ten minutes from the gig, he'd blow by us in his copper-and-rust Ford Pickemup Truck (it was the late 70s, and that's what we Ohio hillbillies called them), at least 15 mph over the speed limit. We'd get to the gig, could be 3rd floor of the Eagles hall with a fire escape up the back, dark and freezing rain. Didn't matter, Greg would always be set up smoking one and nursing a beer.

He was torn down and out the door before the reverb died from the last lick of "I Know A Little." (You know, Fender reverb. On about 6.)

Here's the point. Saw him load the truck more than once. Les Paul in one hand, Quad in the other. I swar tew Gawd he just pitched them up over the endgate, without even opening it.

He never ever carried so much as a microphone for anyone else.

Legendary.

Quad Reverb. Gotta be a man.

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A truck is lighter than a Twin.

That said, I once played with a guy who used a Quad Reverb. (And I mean he was well along the way to using it UP.) He didn't like band practices, he didn't like loading, and he didn't travel with the band.

Short guy, average build, smoked at least two cigarettes at a time, balding. 35, maybe...looked 50. Duane & Dickey specialist, jazzy southern rock, helluva gravel-voiced singer. Black Les Paul (of course). Not once did I hear him play a bad note, or even a weak one. He was all in, all the time. Loud?

He was loud.

We'd leave for gigs way early in the band bus (or bread truck), lumber along. Ten minutes from the gig, he'd blow by us in his copper-and-rust Ford Pickemup Truck (it was the late 70s, and that's what we Ohio hillbillies called them), at least 15 mph over the speed limit. We'd get to the gig, could be 3rd floor of the Eagles hall with a fire escape up the back, dark and freezing rain. Didn't matter, Greg would always be set up smoking one and nursing a beer.

He was torn down and out the door before the reverb died from the last lick of "I Know A Little." (You know, Fender reverb. On about 6.)

Here's the point. Saw him load the truck more than once. Les Paul in one hand, Quad in the other. I swar tew Gawd he just pitched them up over the endgate, without even opening it.

He never ever carried so much as a microphone for anyone else.

Legendary.

Quad Reverb. Gotta be a man.

– Proteus

My back started aching just reading that!

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The 15" options do sound appealing. I played one of those Fender Twin Reverb Custom amps (I think that was the name of it) years ago and it sounded great. The Victorias are pricey but seem to be built really well. I should just call Mark at the shop and see if I can test a few. I don't mind spending the money if the amp is built well and has the tone I find useable. Reverb is a must and tremolo would be cool but I would not use it too much so not a deal breaker.

I have tried the Deluxe Reverb and I prefer the 65' to the 68' although I like the idea of the two channels being different on the 68'. With the 65' I might as well go with a PR even though it is smaller, 10" speaker and less wattage. I would never use the non reverb side. Another option is a Vintage Sounds amp. They look appealing, built well and priced pretty good. The only drawback is there is nowhere to try one. I find that problem a lot with the smaller builders. I would love to try a Swart, Redplate or even a Milkman but they are hard to find. CME has Milkman amps but the go pretty quick (and they are very pricey!).

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A truck is lighter than a Twin.

That said, I once played with a guy who used a Quad Reverb. (And I mean he was well along the way to using it UP.) He didn't like band practices, he didn't like loading, and he didn't travel with the band.

Short guy, average build, smoked at least two cigarettes at a time, balding. 35, maybe...looked 50. Duane & Dickey specialist, jazzy southern rock, helluva gravel-voiced singer. Black Les Paul (of course). Not once did I hear him play a bad note, or even a weak one. He was all in, all the time. Loud?

He was loud.

We'd leave for gigs way early in the band bus (or bread truck), lumber along. Ten minutes from the gig, he'd blow by us in his copper-and-rust Ford Pickemup Truck (it was the late 70s, and that's what we Ohio hillbillies called them), at least 15 mph over the speed limit. We'd get to the gig, could be 3rd floor of the Eagles hall with a fire escape up the back, dark and freezing rain. Didn't matter, Greg would always be set up smoking one and nursing a beer.

He was torn down and out the door before the reverb died from the last lick of "I Know A Little." (You know, Fender reverb. On about 6.)

Here's the point. Saw him load the truck more than once. Les Paul in one hand, Quad in the other. I swar tew Gawd he just pitched them up over the endgate, without even opening it.

He never ever carried so much as a microphone for anyone else.

Legendary.

Quad Reverb. Gotta be a man.

– Proteus

These are the stories that are so ridiculous that they can't be made up. Classic!


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