Friedman SS-100 Steve Stevens | VIDEO

rm5153

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What is your take on the difference in tone on the gain channel of the SS-100 and the BE DLX? I have the BE DLX and to me the SS-100 has more "snap" and "kerrang" to the tone, definitely more open and less compressed.
 

halomojo

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What is your take on the difference in tone on the gain channel of the SS-100 and the BE DLX? I have the BE DLX and to me the SS-100 has more "snap" and "kerrang" to the tone, definitely more open and less compressed.
They're really similar. You can pretty much dial in the sound of the SS-100 with the BE-100 Deluxe since it's such a flexible amp with all of its voicing options. I don't know that I'd say the SS has anymore snap or kerrang vs the DLX. If you're at ear level with your speakers both amps are capable of a ton of snap/high end content, so that might just be a factor of hearing the amp mic'd up. If you have the BE-100 Deluxe on the high gain structure switch setting (the default BE Channel sound) and all other switch settings turned off to their default position, I'd say the BE has a tiny bit more top end presence and a bit more focused bottom end. The SS has a bit more low-mid content to my ears, almost like you turned on the FAT switch on the BE-100 deluxe, not the same, but in the ball park. Maybe slightly more vintage voiced? Hard to describe this level of tone nuance, and I don't want to speak for any manufacturer, this is just my interpretation.

It's funny, I love super nice amps & gear, but I'm not all that picky personally. As soon as I start playing with a bass player & drummer, or have ear plugs in at a show, all of those nuances fly right out the window, and am usually going, "damn, this amp sounds awesome." And then if I'm making a record, I'll probably EQ the track anyways to account for any lack or excess of any frequency. But, that's easy for me to say because every Friedman amp I've played so far sounds right to my ears and they're just subtly different flavors of great tones. It would be way more substantial if it were like, how does this compare to a Dual Rec, or an Orange Rockerverb or something where the differences are more drastic. I just don't want to claim, "this is much less compressed" or something like that because the differences are so subtle. I think it'd be easier to compare and really say confidently if I had an amp switcher like the Ampete or something like that where you can A/B instantly. But I'd say, couldn't go wrong with either. Hope that's helpful in some way. ?
 
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crwnedblasphemy

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Great tones there. Nothing to be cowardice of. A smile lit on my face when I heard ya bust into "More Than Ever." Love that song.
 
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