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John Kalament

 

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South Carolina
Post  Posted 13 Jan 2020 1:28 pm    
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I just purchased a Double 8 Stringmaster and was wondering what Amp to pair it up with ? I will only be using it at home so I am looking at something small and portable but looking to get the best sound out of the Guitar. I have a Micro Cube and it sounds great on my lap Steels but I haven't tried it through the Stringmaster yet as the Guitar is still in transit. I also like the option of the Battery Back up on the Micro Cube.
Thanks for any input.
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Twayn Williams

 

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Portland, OR
Post  Posted 13 Jan 2020 3:55 pm    
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The Stringmaster is just a fancy lap steel, so if your lap steels sound good to you through your Cube, the Stringmaster should as well. I use my 5e3 clone at home as that's my electric guitar amp, but on the gig I prefer a ZT Lunchbox for its master volume and more constrained tonal spread.

Don't forget to fiddle with the blend pots on both the necks!
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John Kalament

 

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South Carolina
Post  Posted 13 Jan 2020 4:29 pm     steel without Pedals
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Thank you Twayn !
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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 13 Jan 2020 11:40 pm    
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There are informative discussions about amps on the Electronics section. Its worth a search.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 8:48 am    
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The Fender Twin Reverb was made for Fender Stringmasters!
BTW: The early Stringmasters didn't have a blend wheel. Very Happy
Erv
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Tim Whitlock


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Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 9:16 am    
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For home use I'd go with a Princeton Reverb. Not sure why a battery pack is needed for home use only.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 9:24 am    
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Since I have both, it's been my experience that the Mobile Cube is capable of a cleaner sound then the Micro Cube can deliver:
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John Kalament

 

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South Carolina
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 9:37 am     Steel without Pedals
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Thanks Erv, I do have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Tube Amp that that I will use in my Music room and it should sound pretty good through that.
Tim, Battery back up is always nice to have for a few reasons, One less extension cord to run, availability to take it just about anywhere and of course power outages, etc.
Thank you Tim !
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John Kalament

 

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South Carolina
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 9:40 am     Steel without pedals
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Thank you Jack ! Looks pretty Nice !
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Brad Davis


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Texas, USA
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 9:42 am    
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For the best tone, without going boutique, and the right size for home use.... Princeton Reverb.
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Tom Snook

 

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 11:47 am    
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A Stringmaster isn't just a fancy lap steel Exclamation
ALOHA
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John Kalament

 

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South Carolina
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 11:51 am     Steel without pedals
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Kudos to that Tom !!!
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Twayn Williams

 

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Portland, OR
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 12:05 pm    
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Tom Snook wrote:
A Stringmaster isn't just a fancy lap steel Exclamation
ALOHA


Sure it is Smile No pedals, just legs and multiple necks. It's a fancy lap steel, i.e. an electric guitar you lay flat and play with a bar.
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Stephen Cowell


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Round Rock, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 1:12 pm    
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+1 on the Mobile Cube... stereo reverb worth the price of admission. Alan Akaka is hip to the thing too... wonderful amp for impromptu playing. Has a mic stand adapter built in... Kevin Brown is another believer.

Here's some wonderful Alan on one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUVaB4UIyUI

Here's Kevin using his (and snubbing all kinds of other amps) on our TSGA Rick Alexander stage in 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5ySnz69UB4
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John Kalament

 

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South Carolina
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 2:19 pm     Steel without pedals
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Hey Twayn, Everyone is entitled to their own opinion right ? That's what makes the world a Happy Place Smile
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Bill McCloskey

 

Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 3:16 pm    
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Erv, hate to argue with someone of your superior knowledge but the long scale stringmasters do have a blend control. It is a global blend that replaces the tone knob. If you turn the knob and tap the pickups you can hear it clearly. It goes from full on one pickup and zero on the other and the knob slowly adds the second pickup to the mix
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Brad Davis


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Texas, USA
Post  Posted 14 Jan 2020 4:09 pm    
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I THINK what Erv means is that the blend wheel found under the later style bridge cover is not present on these guitars, and that is accurate. What looks like your tone control is in fact a blend pot on the earliest models. It doesn't really function the same as a normal tone and is pretty useless for boo-wah effects and such.
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