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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-07-2015, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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NAD: NAD: Crate Stealth GT-50 & Yamaha RGX 1212S

A couple of rare craigslist gems I have come across. This is my primary set-up...

My "Budget" rig:

A completely stock '86 yamaha rgx 1212s (taiwan) neck-thru... which used to be painted cherry red. But one of the previous owners decided it would look better with the paint stripped off the front and back of the guitar. I have a seymour duncan I was going to put into the bridge; but I actually love the bridge pick-up in it, and haven't had a JB to throw in it. Paid $200

This amp I took a serious gamble on; I picked it up...

Crate USA Stealth 50-watt all-tube (3 12ax7 / 4 6v6's) by Lee Jackson.

I ended up buying an a/b footswitch, new Groove Tubes, and I swapped a 12" Celestion V-30 for the stock speaker.

At this point, I figured if it sounded like crap -- I was just out about $300 for a gamble...

Lo and behold... the "modded jcm 800" tone which this amp was built for finally started shining through.

The only issue now is a volume fluctuation. My friend who is a certified peavey repair tech said it's probably the sodder joints... It's very annoying.

I still need to replace the pre-amp tubes... but when this bad boy is firing on all cylinders...

the freaking tone from a single 1x12 celestion from this thing is TO DIE FOR. Who doesn't want a mobile modded jcm 800?

Highest words of commendation for both the guitar and the amp.

Next I guess I am going to replace the pre-amp tubes... have the volume issue fixed... oh and the reverb tanks need to be replaced. I'll have about $400 on it when I'm done; and that is WAY Steep... but in this case, I think it's a keeper and will become my main amp.

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ozz

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-07-2015, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NAD: NAD: Crate Stealth GT-50 & Yamaha RGX 1212S

And also, I found a H/H Ibanez RG Made in Japan, cherry red, wide/flat neck with dot inlays and a bound finger-board ... F# for $300...
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2015, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NAD: NAD: Crate Stealth GT-50 & Yamaha RGX 1212S

a little update in case anyone cares; Amp needed a lot of TLC ( all-new tubes and I swapped the original speaker for a Celestion V-30 )... my amp tech had to fix some solder joints and other small things here and there...

so I put a pearly gates bridge pick-up in my RGX....

I acquired a Keeley Katana...

I run it RGX > Keeley Katana > T Rex Reptile 2 Delay > front of Crate Stealth.

Turn the katana to 10...

Sickest metal tone I've heard in a long time... I will be swapping the PG for a JB ASAP...

Pure metal bliss.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2015, 08:33 PM
 
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Re: NAD: NAD: Crate Stealth GT-50 & Yamaha RGX 1212S

I've heard those a killer amps... never got to try one out though. That RGX is cool too! Whoever modified it did a good job. Will be awesome with a JB in the bridge.

Do those Stealth amps have an effects loop in the back? Try running your delay in the loop... most useful thing I ever learned about effects pedals is to put all the "time based effects"... like delay, chorus, etc... in the effects loop. Try it if you can.
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