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xx Lucky 13 info???
« Thread started on: Apr 17th, 2004, 9:30pm »

Anyone have and thought, opinions, or reviews of the lucky 13?

just wondering how it compared to other soldano amps? thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 18th, 2004, 3:19pm »

The most awesome clean channel of any Soldano amp, and maybe the most awesome clean ever. Like the best blackface twin, but with
a midrange knob that's voiced at a slightly higher mid frequency. One review I read compared the bounciness of the clean to a JTM45.
In any case, the L13 has lots of sparkle and 3D-ness. Tons of headroom. On the 100 watt version, it's ungodly loud. In fact, overall, I would say the L13 is louder than other 100 watt Soldanos, maybe because even the distortinon channel has less compression.

Speaking of: the distortion is a little different from the SLO/Hot Rod distortion. I think the idea is that it's more vintage or something. Where the SLO has that upper mid bite, the L13 has a throatier, lower-mid thing going on. It's "grungier" and less refined sounding, in a way, than the SLO. Actually, maybe less refined is the wrong word, because it still has that Soldano tightness and complexity. I would say it's less modern sounding, and a little less saturated than the SLO lead tone, and, as I said before, a little less compressed. But it's really mean and dirty sounding. If the SLO/Hot Rod tone recalls 80s metal, then the L13 recalls early '90s heavy, flannel-shirt rock.

The reverb is cool and surfy, though it does get noisy on the dirt channel, and some people bum out on the lead channel, since it's not quite as saturated as the SLO.

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:29am »

The Lucky 13 feels more rock than metal. That's the best way I can describe it.

Very solid amp. I like it! grin
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