New cool amp on the way: Carstens amplification GRACE

VESmedic

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A friend of mine is a crypto gazillionaire like tone monster on this page as well, and likes to buy stuff! He bought this thing, I’ve never heard of it until a few days ago, looks killer on Instagram, very cool design. Anyone have one or try one yet?

 

Steinmetzify

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Never even heard of it. Got some minimalist controls for all the description says it does lol

Post up some clips when you get it, I’d be interested in hearing some brutal shit thru it.
 

fearhk213

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I like what I've heard of it so far. There were some clips that sounded like it could get a little fuzzy, but I like the core tone of what I've heard.
Edit: Just to add. It sounds like there is a ton of gain on tap as well with a pretty wide foot print, which sounds really interesting.
 
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mooncobra

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A friend of mine is a crypto gazillionaire like tone monster on this page as well, and likes to buy stuff! He bought this thing, I’ve never heard of it until a few days ago, looks killer on Instagram, very cool design. Anyone have one or try one yet?



There was another thread on this amp a little while back.
 

hellzington

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I own one. It's an amazing amp. Extremely dynamic; its entire character changes with the volume knob. Not just a "cleans up" thing but the tone and response of the amp itself actually changes. Everything from fender cleans to Marshall crunch to dry Diezel-type high gain in one amp with just your volume knob.

One thing is that it is best an in-the-room amp; it just doesn't work with the OX or TAE. You really need to *feel* this amp because it's so dynamic. Also you really need the matching 2x12. The speakers in it are so unique and they match the amp perfectly. I personally don't think it sounds as good through other cabs.

I'm very happy with mine. I've gotten a lot of compliments on it.
 

japetus

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I own one. It's an amazing amp. Extremely dynamic; its entire character changes with the volume knob. Not just a "cleans up" thing but the tone and response of the amp itself actually changes. Everything from fender cleans to Marshall crunch to dry Diezel-type high gain in one amp with just your volume knob.

One thing is that it is best an in-the-room amp; it just doesn't work with the OX or TAE. You really need to *feel* this amp because it's so dynamic. Also you really need the matching 2x12. The speakers in it are so unique and they match the amp perfectly. I personally don't think it sounds as good through other cabs.

I'm very happy with mine. I've gotten a lot of compliments on it.
I am a single channel guy, and I really hope to play one of these someday. I am in St Louis, if anyone has one near.
 

hellzington

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It’s looks very cool . I like unique looks . Sounds great too from what I heard
It's very cool. My buddy who is an all-vintage guy came over a few weeks ago to drop off some amps and we jammed on it for a bit using my Suhr Pete Thorn model. I couldn't believe it when, afterwards, he asked me how he could get one. He's such a vintage gearhead but he loved this amp's dynamics and the way it sounded with split humbuckers.

I agree with some above that, at times, it can sound "fuzzy" kind of like an Orange or a Butterslax. I think there's a couple of things there. First, it has Mercury Magnetics transformers, which can be a bit fuzzy sounding and a bit harsher than older Marshall ones. Second, it mostly happens when you have the guitar volume maxed and when you have the headroom control set too high. Third, the speakers. To me, it's so, so important with this amp to get one of Brian's speaker cabinets that have the ceramic Weber "Blue Dog" and the Celestion Alnico Cream. They just make all the frequencies in this amp right. If you can't get that, as a runner-up I'd recommend Celestion Creambacks. Also, FWIW, the fuzziness doesn't really bother me because I have learned how to get it out if I don't want it (hint: it's simple; roll down your volume control and/or mess with the headroom control or bright switch).

This amp is really a chameleon, though. It sounds like several different amps in the same box, all accessible with your volume control.
  • Guitar Voume 1-3: Fender-ish cleans. Amp is very bright and bouncy. Sounds great with hall reverb.
  • Guitar Volume 3-5: The amp thickens, gets less chimey and more meaty in the high mids. Old school Plexi influenced sounds live here.
  • Guitar Volume 5-7: Here's the modded Marshall tones. Keeping the volume here keeps the low end under control, fills out the mids, and gives a bright treble snarl. Think Silver Jubilee.
  • Guitar Volume 7-9: Much more modern. Thicker low mids and bigger bass. More present overall. Much drier gain style. Think somewhere between a BE-100 Deluxe and a Diezel VH4 Ch 3.
  • Guitar Volume 10: Billy Corgan full-on fuzz machine. Think Orange, Butterslax, or VH4 Ch 4.
Like I said, this is the only amp I don't and won't use through a reactive load and studio monitors. Ironically, this amp is so reactive, it's magic is somewhat lost in a reactive load like the OX or TAE into your interface. (The Fryette PS-100 works in the room, though.) This is a very three dimensional sounding amp you have to feel in the room, fingers on the strings, moving the air.
 

Devin

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When I first heard this amp I didn't like it, but then Zack Wish's demo above totally changed my mind. Sounds amazing
 

Techdeth

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It's very cool. My buddy who is an all-vintage guy came over a few weeks ago to drop off some amps and we jammed on it for a bit using my Suhr Pete Thorn model. I couldn't believe it when, afterwards, he asked me how he could get one. He's such a vintage gearhead but he loved this amp's dynamics and the way it sounded with split humbuckers.

I agree with some above that, at times, it can sound "fuzzy" kind of like an Orange or a Butterslax. I think there's a couple of things there. First, it has Mercury Magnetics transformers, which can be a bit fuzzy sounding and a bit harsher than older Marshall ones. Second, it mostly happens when you have the guitar volume maxed and when you have the headroom control set too high. Third, the speakers. To me, it's so, so important with this amp to get one of Brian's speaker cabinets that have the ceramic Weber "Blue Dog" and the Celestion Alnico Cream. They just make all the frequencies in this amp right. If you can't get that, as a runner-up I'd recommend Celestion Creambacks. Also, FWIW, the fuzziness doesn't really bother me because I have learned how to get it out if I don't want it (hint: it's simple; roll down your volume control and/or mess with the headroom control or bright switch).

This amp is really a chameleon, though. It sounds like several different amps in the same box, all accessible with your volume control.
  • Guitar Voume 1-3: Fender-ish cleans. Amp is very bright and bouncy. Sounds great with hall reverb.
  • Guitar Volume 3-5: The amp thickens, gets less chimey and more meaty in the high mids. Old school Plexi influenced sounds live here.
  • Guitar Volume 5-7: Here's the modded Marshall tones. Keeping the volume here keeps the low end under control, fills out the mids, and gives a bright treble snarl. Think Silver Jubilee.
  • Guitar Volume 7-9: Much more modern. Thicker low mids and bigger bass. More present overall. Much drier gain style. Think somewhere between a BE-100 Deluxe and a Diezel VH4 Ch 3.
  • Guitar Volume 10: Billy Corgan full-on fuzz machine. Think Orange, Butterslax, or VH4 Ch 4.
Like I said, this is the only amp I don't and won't use through a reactive load and studio monitors. Ironically, this amp is so reactive, it's magic is somewhat lost in a reactive load like the OX or TAE into your interface. (The Fryette PS-100 works in the room, though.) This is a very three dimensional sounding amp you have to feel in the room, fingers on the strings, moving the air.
A lot of new bands are doing this like new high gain fuzz tone. It’s like a Diezel Herbert with a tab fuzz added . Some people might love that fuzz tone that comes out . Great review
 
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