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PostPosted: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 4:38pm 
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Over the last 20 years, I've had just about every rack piece they've put out including the midi controllers.
The single space units...ala Mach I and II, LT, Alpha, Power Plant and the like are pretty durable and functionally clean sounding. I always preferred the Rockman chorus over ART though. About my only complaint there.
The SGX2000 series was a monster when it came out. Naturally I HAD to have 1. At 700 bones, it was pricey but in 91.....it was the cats ass.
I've had 2 SGX2000s and a Nightbass. They all 3 had the crappy chorus but for studio work in the 90s, I couldn't complain. I wouldn't gig one without a good shock case though....and here's why:

The tube (yes, just 1) 12ax7a is mounted on the PC board which IMO was a dumbass move. Tubes generate heat...PCBs melt. The tube itself is mounted well with a retainer strap and or a shield. I've had both. I'm assuming the shield was to combat heat issues in later runs. There was no fan, most likely to not have any noise issues. The wiring from the power supplies on all 3 units I had looked like they were run by a 3rd grader and not soldered very well. 2 of them had wires separate from the PCB resulting in 2, 20 pound discotech looking paperweights. Easy fixes though.
For them being tube preamps...IMO, the gain structure swallows. Just not enough there. The effects loop saved the day on these for sure.
The X-11 controller is a good cheap unit. Easy to use and ya can park a truck on it.
The X-15 controller is way more usable but has issues with the expression pedals coming loose and sloppy feeling. The bank up/down buttons are too close to the 2nd EXP pedal. My only 2 complaints.

Good units for studio work if you can get past the grainy chorus. $200 on Evilbay isn't a bad price for 1 to play with, even better deal if it comes with a controller. So long as you stay away from modded units. Anyone on this board wouldn't have any problems programming one.

Only thing I would change is adding a couple more tubes to make the gain more usable.....but hey, thats what we have tube heads for ;)

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Ibanez Mikro/ undergoing "brain surgery"
ART Powerplant, SGX2000, X15, BBE 322, 79' EH Graphic Fuzz, Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 modded, custom 6x10 cab. and a pathetic case of GAS and chronic wishful thinking.


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PostPosted: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 4:43pm 
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I had an SGX2000 Express and used it as my main stage processor back in '91-'92 and yes, you REALLY had to tweak around with it to get a usable dirty sound out of it, but putting a pedal in the loop or in front DEFINITELY helped. Other than that, a great-sounding, DEEP unit.

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Splawn Amplification -- Awesome Modded Marshall Tones --http://www.splawnguitars.com/amps08.htm
Jet City Amplification -- Awesome Soldano Tones -- http://www.jetcityamplification.com/
WhiteBox Quality Guitar Cabinets -- Well-built USA Cabinets -- http://www.whiteboxeng.com/


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PostPosted: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 2:26pm 
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Sold the other SGX2000 (v1.10) and the Nightbass to fund an amp purchase. Seeing that Steph is having a hard time parting with his JSX, gonna have to go with Cory's 120.

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Peavey Tracer Custom Deluxe/ Kahler 2700/L-500XL/Tonezone
Yamaha RGZ112p/ Heavily modded
Yamaha RGX212d/ stock
Ibanez RG470XL/ stock and looking for another
Ibanez S540R/ Jewel Blue
Ibanez RG470NP/ stock
Ibanez EX220/ Heavily modded
Ibanez Mikro/ undergoing "brain surgery"
ART Powerplant, SGX2000, X15, BBE 322, 79' EH Graphic Fuzz, Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 modded, custom 6x10 cab. and a pathetic case of GAS and chronic wishful thinking.


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PostPosted: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 11:04pm 
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! other thing I might add..... The SGX's had memory issues.
Replace the battery and reset to factory settings, and you're good to go for another 2 years.
Just make sure you make a reference to your user patches 1st or you will loos them.

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Peavey Tracer Custom Deluxe/ Kahler 2700/L-500XL/Tonezone
Yamaha RGZ112p/ Heavily modded
Yamaha RGX212d/ stock
Ibanez RG470XL/ stock and looking for another
Ibanez S540R/ Jewel Blue
Ibanez RG470NP/ stock
Ibanez EX220/ Heavily modded
Ibanez Mikro/ undergoing "brain surgery"
ART Powerplant, SGX2000, X15, BBE 322, 79' EH Graphic Fuzz, Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 modded, custom 6x10 cab. and a pathetic case of GAS and chronic wishful thinking.


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PostPosted: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 9:49pm 
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wish I still had my sgx200


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PostPosted: Thu, May 09, 2019 12:22pm 
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yorkman75 wrote:
wish I still had my sgx200


I believe I still have one if you’re interested.

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Good deals with: JB6464, tom_h, mechanyx, bubbastain, jid, splawner, studio289, jmgman69 (x2), santellavision1, oldmanmetal, Scuba200ft, bognerluv, the4thlast1, 232cap, hthomas, Fretburner, PaulyPanacea, drewiv, gbsmusic, retrojet, Docster, Spaceboy, crwnedblasphemy, tonmazz, rezamatix, londaxe, just42dave (x3), mystidream

Play it cuz you love it!!!

My Recommendations
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Splawn Amplification -- Awesome Modded Marshall Tones --http://www.splawnguitars.com/amps08.htm
Jet City Amplification -- Awesome Soldano Tones -- http://www.jetcityamplification.com/
WhiteBox Quality Guitar Cabinets -- Well-built USA Cabinets -- http://www.whiteboxeng.com/


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