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xx First real world impressions of SLO
« Thread started on: Aug 13th, 2015, 11:09am »

Hey guys.

So, I've owned my SLO's for a few years now, but haven't been in a band. A few weeks ago, finally decided to get back into it. So last weekend, had the guys come over and had the full band cranked up.

For reference, we had 2 guitars, bass and a very loud drummer. Doing progressive rock/metal type music. Used 6 and 7 string guitars. Ran 2 16ohm cabinets with 1 SLO head. 1 cab was stock Lucky 13 with EV speakers. Other was '76 Marshall with Celestion G12H30 speakers. No effects.

So the thing everyone says is that with volume, comes the Soldano magic...TRUTH! With the volume up, the amps can finally breathe and the tubes just roar. There is no harsh high end, and the thump on the low end was huge. When playing chords, it was almost keyboard sounding. I don't know how to describe that properly, but very full, and not thin and fizzy at all. The key on these amps is to turn the mids up! I had mine up to 7.5 on the amp and it sounds thick! And all that said, the amp was only on 1. I was shocked. I cannot even imagine what it would sound like at 3 or 4. Just absolutely gorgeous.

I hope you living/bed room level players really get to crank up your amps every now and again and let it roar. You'll get what these amps are really about. So amazing!

I went to GC 2 years ago with the intent of buying a Friedman BE-100, and the salesman had me try all the amps in the platinum room just for the hell of it. Was the best thing he ever did for me. The SLO shit all over it. I wanted a Bogner XTC for the versatility, but still love the tone of the SLO better.

The only bitch I have about the amp is the effects loop. It sucks. For such an expensive amp, it should have a much better loop!
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xx Re: First real world impressions of SLO
« Reply #1 on: Aug 17th, 2015, 01:51am »

I set my OD channel master at around 4 when I gig with my band. Yeah, it's loud and crankin', but the tone I get when I mike it and send it through the board is worth it. I only use one ADA split stack 2x12 cab with Eminence V12's, so less speakers allows me to turn up the volume a bit more. I also face my cab backwards or sideways, and not out towards the audience. My band members all use in-ears, I use one in-ear and one Doc's Pro Plug earplug.........as I like to hear the real amp sound as well as the band mix (my guitar tone through the in ears is not exactly as sweet as the tone from the PA or cabinet, and I want the best of both worlds, hence the ear plug in one ear)
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