I hardly remember my first amp. It was black and green with linear equalizer pots but I totally forgot the brand. It was good enough to learn how to play guitar on my first Aria Pro II (red and black Strat-like) but I ended up selling both because they didn’t pass the gigs test. I replaced the guitar with another Aria Pro II, the TA-60 and later on with the Samick SCM-1B when things got serious. Regarding the amp, I set my sights on the Marshall Valvestate 8240 Stereo Chorus which was working very well with my “pedalboard” (CryBaby and Korg A4).
We were in 1993. Since then, you can imagine the amp aged a lot!
I can’t count the times I carried this amp from smoky rehearsal rooms to my place, friends places, bars, shows and festivals stages. To finish with, my cat puked on it (several times) and so did he on my PODxt live years later…
That’s why I decided to give this amp a “little” refresh and why not start a complete makeover with on my todo-list: • Ivory tolex • Brushed silver face plate • Silver pot buttons • Black power switch • Grey grill cloth • Side handles
This story began in 2005 when I bought this on eBay:
The seller claimed it was a 1956 Les Paul Junior that once looked like this:
Unfortunately, he was never able to tell me the serial number (that’s my big regret about the transaction, but the price was fair enough as the guitar was a real wreck). Did you notice how deep torture this guitar went into? The seller and/or the previous owner(s) added a second pickup and drew holes almost everywhere…
What should I do with this wrecked LP body?
I had two options: 1- Make it look like a ’50s Junior again 2- Change it to some guitar I’d like to own and play with
25 years ago or so, I wasn’t surfing on the Internet but received every month the ‘Guitar & Bass’ magazine and one day (1993), I saw this fabulous baby I felt in love with at the first sight: the MESA/Boogie V-Twin. Of course, I had no idea how it would sound like at the time, but hey, do love need any reason?
These days, I am mostly playing acoustic on my Marshall AS100D and the reason I bought the V-Twin is I wanted to try my LPs and ES-339 with crunchy sound on that amp.
The V-Twin version 1 I received was not in a great shape but, hey, this thing is 27 year old!
How about the sound? Well, not that bad with the original 12AX7-As! A bit noisy (very noisy on the solo mode), but the warmth I was expecting is there on the clean and blues modes.