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« Thread started on: Mar 13th, 2004, 8:11pm »

Hey, looking for some opinions. I currently have an Avenger and many other amps. Really like the Avenger a lot and it's a keeper. Lately I haven't been playing some of my other amps so I'm thinking of possibly getting rid of a few and stepping up to a full blown SLO.

I play mainly metal and punk so I think an SLO with depth mod is all i'll need and i'm thinking basically an SLO built like the Avenger is what I want.

So I'm looking for opinions on if having the fx loop removed would be a good idea or not?

Which is better? SLO with depth mod and no fx loop or depth mod and the fx loop?

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 14th, 2004, 5:19pm »

well since you have an avenger think about this:

with the avenger, do you presently use the depth control on it? and if it has an FX loop do you use it?

if you do use the depth knob on the avenger you'll probably want it on your SLO. same for the FX loop.

IMO there is not a night and day difference between the tone w/ or without the FX loop (when not in use of course). and with the SLO being so punchy as is you may prefer the slight difference in punch from having it (i do but YMMV).

i have the depth mod on my SLO but find with good speakers and cab i don't need to use it all the time. with the volume up a bit, say enough to play with a loud drummer, the stock sound has plenty of lows and sits in the mix perfectly (which is of course why mike voiced it that way). really i think the depth knob is mainly useful when playing alone or at lower volume or if you're trying for a mesa style low end and don't have a good bassist smiley
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 15th, 2004, 07:18am »

Thanks for the info. I think I'm going to go ahead an pick one up.

About the only thing I use the depth control for is sometimes I'll use a different guitar/pickup combo and the bass will get a bit sloppy so I turn the control down a bit and it takes the slopiness away.

I'm thinking maybe getting one completely stock and seeing how it is stock before having anything done to it.

One last question: Is there any difference between an SLO made in say 1999, 2001 or one made in 2004?

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 15th, 2004, 10:43am »

nope, no build quality differences. they're all built with the exact same high quality materials.

the only thing different now versus back in the early days is the tubes. they used philips power tubes when they were avaiable and chinese in the preamp. after the first few years to the present it's all sovtek for power and preamp although very recently they started using one JJ 12ax7 in the V1 spot. soon i plan on getting all JJ tubes in mine as i've been told i should get a darker, spongier response than the stock sovtek 12ax7 and 5881 combo.

yah the thing i've found with soldano and the mods is basically if you can't get the sound you're after with different speakers or different tubes then the amp probably isn't for you. not that the different mods are bad, it's just that they don't drastically (to me anyway) alter the inherent tone of the amp. like i said, my SLO has the depth mod (i got a great deal on one that happened to have it) but i rarely use it.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 15th, 2004, 2:22pm »

You were right on the money. I spoke with someone at Soldano today and they said pretty much the same thing. You would notice more of a difference changing speakers and tubes than the amp with and without the fx loop installed.

Thanks for your help. I think that concludes my research. Looks like I'll be getting a stock SLO with the fx loop and later if needed a depth mod. but I doubt I'll need it.

I'll be able to really a/b the Avenger and SLO to see just how similar they are. That should be fun.



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