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I'm reviewing a Splawn Quick Rod. I'm doing this review after owning the amp and gigging with it for a year. This month I turn a year on a used Splawn and all I can say is, thank you Scott Splawn. I heard tons about weird mids, marshall type, unknown speakers to me, etc. Well I'm glad I took a shot. I've always used Mesa, some Orange's, a Marshall and Bogner here and there but mainly always Boogies. I still love Mesa Boogie but wanted just a plug and play type of amp. I've gotten nothing but great and consistent tone from the Splawn no matter what crappy crate/random cab up through my Splawn cab. It's sound always sits in the mix and just works with or without effects. It's been dead reliable and has enough volume on tap to literally blow a drum kit right of the stage. I am in no way in buisness or even know Splawn amps other than being on the forum because I'm just floored by this tone. If you get a chance to try one, please do. I'm in love with mine and will be using my boogies and Bogner for studio but kicking a Splawn live with a new one hopefully soon for another flavor.


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I was sold the first time I plugged into a Quick Rod. Never looked back. Believe it or not, my three "go-to" amps are Quick Rod (v2), Jet City JCA100HDM, and Chupacabra 50. The Diezel VH4 and Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II are more like race cars than everyday drivers now.

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Clips are pretty highly subjective. Someone or another is going to whine because you used this mic instead of that, these speakers instead of those, and/or this guitar/these pickups instead of something else. Every time I ask what people want to hear so I can tailor make clips, I never get any feedback. I think people are many times more interested in slamming someone else's tone than truly evaluating.

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I'd be curious to hear how it approximates that early VH brown sound. I'm looking for something that nails that without taking out a second mortgage on my house. :D

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Did you ever swap out the EL 34's for KT 88'S?


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szm16F7mDqM
Panama Carvin Ultra V directly into Splawn Quickrod.
Camera was on bass players side of stage but you still get the idea :)
Now If I can only get the singer to learn the words....

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vintagemusicgear wrote:
Did you ever swap out the EL 34's for KT 88'S?


I did that swap on the Splawn Nitro under Scott's virtual supervision and HOLY LORD. There was a good increase in the "thump" factor. Made the Greenbacks I was playing through sound like G12-K100's. Had SO much saturation on tap that I couldn't get the gain knob past 10 o'clock without it just being stupidly silly. Great mod if you're playing drop-tuned metal but I play in concert pitch, so I changed the Nitro back to SED =C= EL34's. Interestingly enough, I just hooked up a BBE362 in the loop to show my singer the BBE and WOW! Sounded like a Quick Rod with mega-punch. I'm characteristically not a fan of BBEs in live racks, but I may need to make it a switchable option in my new rack.

There's a YT clip of my Nitro with KT88's. Crazy town... Seems like for some reason the video has gone out of sync with the audio--let me know if you see the same thing.


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Nitro is a different beast then the Quickrod as it is defiantly Gainier/Growlier \. Quick rod for 80's/hair metal and Nitro for modern drop tuned stuff if the way to go (I have both)

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would putting KT88's in a Quick Rod get you in between a quick rod and nitro?


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vintagemusicgear wrote:
would putting KT88's in a Quick Rod get you in between a quick rod and nitro?


Not exactly. If you put KT88's in the quickrod then you will have the benefits that those tubes bring. It wont make the Quickrod sound more saturated or sound more like a Nitro. It will still sound like a Quickrod but with different characteristics in the low end an mids.


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I'm reviewing a Splawn Quick Rod. I'm doing this review after owning the amp and gigging with it for a year. This month I turn a year on a used Splawn and all I can say is, thank you Scott Splawn. I heard tons about weird mids, marshall type, unknown speakers to me, etc. Well I'm glad I took a shot. I've always used Mesa, some Orange's, a Marshall and Bogner here and there but mainly always Boogies. I still love Mesa Boogie but wanted just a plug and play type of amp. I've gotten nothing but great and consistent tone from the Splawn no matter what crappy crate/random cab up through my Splawn cab. It's sound always sits in the mix and just works with or without effects. It's been dead reliable and has enough volume on tap to literally blow a drum kit right of the stage. I am in no way in buisness or even know Splawn amps other than being on the forum because I'm just floored by this tone. If you get a chance to try one, please do. I'm in love with mine and will be using my boogies and Bogner for studio but kicking a Splawn live with a new one hopefully soon for another flavor.
I have owned a Splawn Quickrod and a Splawn Competition and they are hard to beat, especially for the price. A new Quickrod is $1,950 shipped to your door last time I checked.


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splawner wrote:
:rock: :rock: Great amps.....Scott is first class :thumbsup:


This...

And for the $$, Splawn is the clear winner!! Under $2K for an amazing amp. Love my QR :rock:

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GtarLover wrote:
splawner wrote:
:rock: :rock: Great amps.....Scott is first class :thumbsup:


This...

And for the $$, Splawn is the clear winner!! Under $2K for an amazing amp. Love my QR :rock:

^^^ For sure....For the money and customer service Splawns are winners...Great tone also :thumbsup:


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I agree with all above. I have owned so many amps in the past and I recently got a 2010 Quick Rod and it is by far the best amp I have owned. I was nervous due to all the weird mid and other odd complaints, but I don't get that at all. I thought the Shiva was the end all amp for me, and it was a great amp,but the Splawn does everything I wished the Shiva would do. The Shivas cleans are outstanding, but honestly with a little reverb, I can get the Splawn almost, if not as good as the Shiva's. My other guitar player has a 1983 JCM 800 2203 and the QR makes it sound like an A.M. Radio, and I loved that 800. The Splawn just has so much more punch and balls.

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I agree with all above. I have owned so many amps in the past and I recently got a 2010 Quick Rod and it is by far the best amp I have owned. I was nervous due to all the weird mid and other odd complaints, but I don't get that at all. I thought the Shiva was the end all amp for me, and it was a great amp,but the Splawn does everything I wished the Shiva would do. The Shivas cleans are outstanding, but honestly with a little reverb, I can get the Splawn almost, if not as good as the Shiva's. My other guitar player has a 1983 JCM 800 2203 and the QR makes it sound like an A.M. Radio, and I loved that 800. The Splawn just has so much more punch and balls.


Yes I agree, I have a 20th Anni Shiva and I like the overdrive better on the Quick Rod. Now I'm not sure about the regular Shiva, but my 20th Shiva has the best cleans I've ever heard, better than my blackface Fender. Now when I throw a EP compressor in front of the QR it sounds way more alive. I'll say the QR has better cleans than any Marshall I've ever heard that's for sure.

Back to the Quick Rod, I have a 2013 model and it just sound amazing. The cleans sound much more pristine than the 08' model I played at NAMM. The QR is just so punchy and ballsy it's wild, but it also has great mids so it sticks out in a band mix VERY well. Finally an amp with great huge rhythm tones and crushing stand-out leads. Great review.

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Here are few clips that I've recorded with the Splawn Quick Rod.

Tornado Of Souls Solo


Solo I Composed


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Hi,

A new collaboration video recorded with Splawn QuickRod, its a more pro mix then the ones before so It would give you a better idea.


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The Splawn Quick Rod not only has the most amazing tone, it is also high quality.
So many amps today are so flimsy you can tell after a few years they will start to fall apart, but not the Splawn amps as they are built with very high quality components and can take a beating!


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I agree,
I like it much more everyday I play it.

Here is a new video with the quickrod and a jackson sl-1. I hope you guys like it.


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Absolutely love my QuickRod. Unfortunately I am selling it due to my back getting it's a$$ kicked from carrying it around while gigging (14 years of power forward hockey = destroyed back!) and a new baby on the way.

If you like vintage marshall and hot rodded marshall tones… there is nothing better than Splawn QuickRods!

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Bumping every review thread to get to 50 posts is a dick move there buddy. A pox upon you and may your classified ads do poorly.


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Splawn amps are pretty hard to beat for the price. I have owned a Quickrod and a Competition.


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Cool review. I've always had an itch to try one of the splawns

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And none of this is helping my gas.. Seems as though everyone is happy with their splawns and willing to get the word out. A good sign for a small company!


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Yes finally found the Splawn section.
I my self am a happy owner of two Quick Rods and I will say those amps rock! I have so many amps I don't know if I'll ever even play them, but the QR always get attention. This is a great work horse for live playing, and it just sounds so good!


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I agree with all above. I have owned so many amps in the past and I recently got a 2010 Quick Rod and it is by far the best amp I have owned. I was nervous due to all the weird mid and other odd complaints, but I don't get that at all. I thought the Shiva was the end all amp for me, and it was a great amp,but the Splawn does everything I wished the Shiva would do. The Shivas cleans are outstanding, but honestly with a little reverb, I can get the Splawn almost, if not as good as the Shiva's. My other guitar player has a 1983 JCM 800 2203 and the QR makes it sound like an A.M. Radio, and I loved that 800. The Splawn just has so much more punch and balls.


One of my good buds is in the exact same boat as you. He had a Shiva for a few years and loved it; he thought it was his one-all, end-all as well. Then I told him about a Quickrod for sale at the local GC over the summer (2010 model too), and he bought it on the spot after only jamming for a couple minutes on it. And hearing it in person sounded so good that I traded one of my amps for one last week haha, so now we both have one. Very probable that it's the best Marshall-esque amp you can buy for the money hands down.

For me though, I noticed the "weird mids" even before I read about other people commenting on it. It can sound very nasally if you don't pair it with dark speakers. As long as you stay away from V30s there are a lot of good options. Currently I'm rocking a pair of Celestion Lynchbacks and my QR just screams through it. I would bet these sound killer through a stock Marshall 1960 cab with the T-75 speakers. The QR is very bass heavy, and to be honest I wish it had a resonance control but backing off the bass to about 10 o'clock works just fine.

Anyone else zero out the Presence, Bass, and Treble and still get a kickass tone?? Those three controls don't offer a lot of range, but the mid control is what really gives this amp its versatility.

Seriously, this is quickly becoming my favorite amp. Cuts through a mix like a hot knife through butter. Right now I have a Jet City Earhart (Jet City badged Cornford MK50H II) and a Bogner 101b (borrowing though) and to be honest I'm digging my Quickrod over the Ecstasy and Earhart.


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Thought I'd update my experience.
I had 2 QR's, one older 2006 and a 2014 B+.
Happy as hell...
Then, when the 2016 upgrades came out, I couldn't help myself. I acquired a loaded 2016 with the new/old switch, voltage switch, and mid cut switch. I was really looking for that sound of the older 2006 model (FRICKIN AMAZING), with the new features such as 4 button foot switch, great clean, mode switching, and transparent effects loop.
Anyway, the 2016 IS THE SHIT!!!! Truly killer amps. I have another on the way as a spare now as well.
Can say enough about these new QR's and their features and tone!!

The solo button feature is just ideal for live, as is the mode switch (changes gears) and sweet clean channel. I have a smaller pedal board now too, because I just don't need much more than this excellent core tone. Maybe a little chorus, little delay, boost for cleans and that's it. Just wonderful.

I will definitely recommend trying a Splawn QuickRod if you get a chance. Although, I ordered my first one without ever playing one. No regrets here.
Carry on...

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great amp!


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I had two, around 2010 one promod they sounded great dirty. Cleans were meh to me l, but the feel was what I couldn’t get on with, too stiff for my tastes. Didnt like the fx loop much either. Build quality was great.

Resale wasnt so hot.

Nice amps.

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moltenmetalburn wrote:
I had two, around 2010 one promod they sounded great dirty. Cleans were meh to me l, but the feel was what I couldn’t get on with, too stiff for my tastes. Didnt like the fx loop much either. Build quality was great.

Resale wasnt so hot.

Nice amps.



You may want to give the "newer" QuickRods a look.
With many upgraded features, some of the issues you mentioned from the 2010 versions are GONE.

Anything 2016 and after has better loop, upgraded cleans, switchable gears, old/new voicing switch, etc.
Don't know if the 2010's had 4 button footswitch yet, but that is a nice add also.
Personally I still have my original Splawn QR from 2006, just because it literally breathes fire.
Ha, however, I have recently been using a pair of 2016 fully loaded heads for shows and they KILL!!!
Bring on the 80's rock :rock:

Plus, as far as pricing goes, new they are reasonable and used they are a steal!! Just sayin'

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By the way...nobody has talked much on this review about the clean channel but lets just say youd be selling the QR majorly short without talking about it. Loud, percussive, musical and not unlike a good early marshall (think "are you experienced?").

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Love a good necro! Recently picked up a 2013 drop B+ and its an amazing amp. AMAZING articulation and clarity; ridiculously articulate.

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