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Old 11-20-2020, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default Carstens Grace BC signature amp

This thing is rippin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhHj...ture=emb_title

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:51 PM   #2
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Sold out super fast at $3600 shipped.

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 07:12 PM   #3
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i've got one (red), it's un fucking real. #9 of 50.. did you get your hands on one? definitely using it with my band fred cracklin

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 07:13 PM   #4
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and i think it sold out because he was already selling them before this promo was released.

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 07:39 PM   #5
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his lead playing has always been so sloppy and undisciplined

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:08 PM   #6
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Nevermind Brian said they're not sold out yet.

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:09 PM   #7
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i've got one (red), it's un fucking real. #9 of 50.. did you get your hands on one? definitely using it with my band fred cracklin
I really want one. Dunno if I can swing it though.

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:47 PM   #8
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You seriously dropped $3500 on one paranoid?

Honestly it’s sounds very good. But the gain sounds similar to the Orange TH30 I had (upgraded to the TH100), it can pretty much do that type of Sabbathy sound all day long.

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:54 PM   #9
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You seriously dropped $3500 on one paranoid?

Honestly itís sounds very good. But the gain sounds similar to the Orange TH30 I had (upgraded to the TH100), it can pretty much do that type of Sabbathy sound all day long.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:04 PM   #10
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I’ve been following the dude for a while. Big time amp guy in Chicago, used to work for Schroeder amps, who custom builds amps for nels Cline, Wilco. He started Carstens. I had my eye on a Schroeder for years but those go for 5k, and when I heard he was working with corgan on a new high gain amp, and only 50 of em, I said fuck it and went for it. Once in a lifetime.

And I’ve played plenty of amps, including the orange you mentioned and a few others.. sovtek mig 100, Marshall jcm 800 and 2000, etc etc. no match for this. This amp makes it easier to play guitar, and with the amount of noise and shredding I do in my own band I want that.

I’ve also got a handful of custom guitars that I’ve spent 2500 on so dropping lots of money on gear is not something new to me.

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:26 PM   #11
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Damn that’s a big chunk of change. So, did you do Affirm or are you just ballin’?

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:49 PM   #12
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Damn thatís a big chunk of change. So, did you do Affirm or are you just balliní?
I had a butt load of pedals that Iíve collected over 20 years that have sat unused, so I sold the ones I donít use, plus and amp and was able to get the money together for this.

Also that $600 extra a week for lost work hours from covid was helpful lol.

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:53 PM   #13
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Ha nice. Yeah I usually do the same, I’ll end up collecting a ton of pedals over a few years and then sell them off to fund a big purchase. Most expensive amp I’ve owned is the Diezel VH4. But sadly I just couldn’t vibe with it. It was very stiff and hi-if sounding and I couldn’t get the kind of treble and presence I wanted from the gain channel, kind of dark sounding ultimately.

 
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Ha nice. Yeah I usually do the same, Iíll end up collecting a ton of pedals over a few years and then sell them off to fund a big purchase. Most expensive amp Iíve owned is the Diezel VH4. But sadly I just couldnít vibe with it. It was very stiff and hi-if sounding and I couldnít get the kind of treble and presence I wanted from the gain channel, kind of dark sounding ultimately.
Those amps look crazy.. but I have such a hard time getting a good sound out of anything with a shit ton of knobs. How much did that cost?

The one thing I might regret, I had an eventide harmonized, exact one used on Siamese dream that was literally given to me.. sold that for 2k to buy this. But I never used the stupid thing.

 
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Old 11-20-2020, 10:29 PM   #15
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I don't know if it's the Reverend, but I can't stand that "mid-gain, half-cocked wah tone through a Marshall" thing he's into. It sounds like a blues tone mixed with a saturated mid-frequency peak.

 
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I don't know if it's the Reverend, but I can't stand that "mid-gain, half-cocked wah tone through a Marshall" thing he's into. It sounds like a blues tone mixed with a saturated mid-frequency peak.
Thatís the whole tony iommi thing. I love it. Plays like butter. Cuts through in a heavy mix too.

 
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It's like an ice pick when Billy plays chords. Unpleasant.

 
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I don't know if it's the Reverend, but I can't stand that "mid-gain, half-cocked wah tone through a Marshall" thing he's into. It sounds like a blues tone mixed with a saturated mid-frequency peak.
Billy was my guitar idol for so many years but I just hate everything about his choices these days. A Reverend guitar into a Line 6 HX Stomp into an amp like this is just horrific. I think Old Bill is deaf and compensates with the mid-wah like tones.

This amp sounds like complete horse apples to me. I can't comprehend the asking price either. It sounds like a $40 fuzz box through a garage sale amp.

 
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Thatís the whole tony iommi thing. I love it. Plays like butter. Cuts through in a heavy mix too.
I own the Tony Iommi TI100 Head and the Sabbra Cadabra Pedal. Neither sound anything remotely like this Grace amp. Iommi's tone is like a warm buzz-saw sound to my ears.

 
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Also, what the hell is up with his shitty playing in these gear advertisements?


 
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Billy was my guitar idol for so many years but I just hate everything about his choices these days. A Reverend guitar into a Line 6 HX Stomp into an amp like this is just horrific. I think Old Bill is deaf and compensates with the mid-wah like tones.

This amp sounds like complete horse apples to me. I can't comprehend the asking price either. It sounds like a $40 fuzz box through a garage sale amp.
Funny heís not using the helix in this Carstens video.

Play one in person I guarantee youíll change your mind.

 
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I don't know if it's the Reverend, but I can't stand that "mid-gain, half-cocked wah tone through a Marshall" thing he's into. It sounds like a blues tone mixed with a saturated mid-frequency peak.
Spot on, terrible tone. Guitar probably does so little to him these days he's just turned to his childhood heroes out of boredom.

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Billy was my guitar idol for so many years but I just hate everything about his choices these days. A Reverend guitar into a Line 6 HX Stomp into an amp like this is just horrific. I think Old Bill is deaf and compensates with the mid-wah like tones.

This amp sounds like complete horse apples to me. I can't comprehend the asking price either. It sounds like a $40 fuzz box through a garage sale amp.
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I own the Tony Iommi TI100 Head and the Sabbra Cadabra Pedal. Neither sound anything remotely like this Grace amp. Iommi's tone is like a warm buzz-saw sound to my ears.
In that youtube interview for the Op Amp Big Muff years ago he plays like 30 seconds and seems almost impaired. I assume he no longer gives a fuck about guitar playing unless money is involved.

 
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Funny heís not using the helix in this Carstens video.

Play one in person I guarantee youíll change your mind.
I think the use of Helix was part of his sponsorship/collab with Yamaha, which owns Line6.

Aesthetically is probably one of the most beatiful amps ever made, no kidding. His signature pickups probably ruin the overall sound. Gosh, i've used a strat with Lace Sensor into a Marshall JCM800 for years and THAT was an amazing BC sound. Crazy how things change.

 
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I think the use of Helix was part of his sponsorship/collab with Yamaha, which owns Line6.

Aesthetically is probably one of the most beatiful amps ever made, no kidding. His signature pickups probably ruin the overall sound. Gosh, i've used a strat with Lace Sensor into a Marshall JCM800 for years and THAT was an amazing BC sound. Crazy how things change.
yeah i don't know. i like the guitar, but some of my other guitars do sound better with this amp.. it plays great with a strat. sounds very machina like with an SG (lucky 13, HMM). with a good treble boost pedal into this amp you get that mellon collie tone.

all subjective though. ultimately I'm not playing pumpkins covers shows with thus amp, i wanted a good high quality high gain amp, and this is doing the job for me. very easy to not sound like billy with this amp.. it is versatile. with that said, i am a fan of his guitar tone across all eras.

 
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Also, what the hell is up with his shitty playing in these gear advertisements?

i bet the answer is definitely ""pumpkin humour""

 
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Also, what the hell is up with his shitty playing in these gear advertisements?

Best comment under that video

ďBilly: itís impossible to have 15 pedals in a live setup.
Kevin Shields: hold my beer.Ē

Ahahah

 
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Youtube comments. I live for them.

 
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Youtube comments. I live for them.
Thereís some first choice material in them lol

 
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I thought his tones were better with the Lace Sensor's. I had the BC Dimarzio set in one of my strats and they were very bassy and dark in all positions. The bridge position had so much bass it was almost like a neck pickup. I haven't really been a huge fan of his tones on any of the 2007-present stuff. Zeitgeist was decent in that regard, and also MtaE with that raw Laney Supergroup tone. I really don't like his live tones with the modular stuff. I had the Randall RM100 and all kinds of various modules, they're decent, but they just don't compare to a real high gain head.

 
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I thought his tones were better with the Lace Sensor's. I had the BC Dimarzio set in one of my strats and they were very bassy and dark in all positions. The bridge position had so much bass it was almost like a neck pickup. I haven't really been a huge fan of his tones on any of the 2007-present stuff. Zeitgeist was decent in that regard, and also MtaE with that raw Laney Supergroup tone. I really don't like his live tones with the modular stuff. I had the Randall RM100 and all kinds of various modules, they're decent, but they just don't compare to a real high gain head.
what kind of start were you using those with? a lot of it has to do with body, weight, etc as well. i have one of those dimarzio's in a hand made jazz master body w/ strat neck, very light guitar, and it's very bright.

 
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