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    This is my final demo of the Quilter Superblock US. It's 1 lick through all three voices (Blonde, Tweed, and Blackface). (Someone suggested that I use a looper for this but I don't have one and I'm not all that savvy with the technical alternatives, so I just played it three times. I think it provides a pretty good representation).

    I bought this entirely for the Blackface sounds but now that I've had it for a while, I can can definitely see using all three voices. The Blonde is the most balanced, the Tweed has the most presence and the Blackface feels like home to me. It's a wonderful amp and a ridiculously good value.

    Last edited by Jim Soloway; 09-20-2021 at 03:32 PM.

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    Thanks, Jim! I need a new headphone set for sure and probably a new pair of ears, too. You see, I found very little difference between the three voicings. No.1 (Blonde) feels more scooped, i.e. with less midrange, than the others. The bass is quite pronounced, almost boomy. No.2 (Tweed), predictably, has more presence in the midrange. The Blackface is somewhere in between. Your lick puts a lot of emphasis on sonority. Perhaps the lower tuning and the cab's character also factor in. We might hear bigger differences from "standard" jazz playing. I say again that for me, Tweed is the jazz voicing, as it offers more clean headroom than the other two options. They, of course, add a lot to the versatility of this little wonder for an amp.
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    I do so wonder how I would have felt had I been in the same room. As I was here in Stockholm, listening through a pair of KRK speakers I found I agree with gitterbug above, very small, on the verge of indiscernible tonal differences. All that said, my spontaneous feel was that the last, blackface was the best. Though very much a question of taste, they were all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0zoro
    I do so wonder how I would have felt had I been in the same room. As I was here in Stockholm, listening through a pair of KRK speakers I found I agree with gitterbug above, very small, on the verge of indiscernible tonal differences. All that said, my spontaneous feel was that the last, blackface was the best. Though very much a question of taste, they were all good.
    Whenever I get new gear I play it for my wife and she has one of two responses: either she says "That sounds like you" or she says "That doesn't sound quite like you". In the case of the three Superblock voices, she listened to all three and said "Those sound like you". I suspect this is one of those cases where you hear the player more than the gear. As long as I have the master up and the gain down, this amp does sound like me. (And I like the Blackface best as well).

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    Amp differences become smaller when the guitar is played quietly at lower volumes, and even smaller still when recorded and played over the internet. Honestly, I couldn't tell any difference between the three. Perhaps I could have hearing it live in the room, but not from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    Amp differences become smaller when the guitar is played quietly at lower volumes, and even smaller still when recorded and played over the internet. Honestly, I couldn't tell any difference between the three. Perhaps I could have hearing it live in the room, but not from here.
    Agreed. Maybe to Jim and some others the differences are more apparent, but I can barely tell the differences (if at all) between any of the rigs he has demoed over the several years I've followed posts here (both guitars and amps).

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    I think the player's touch has an over-riding effect. Jim's strong musical character comes through regardless of the amp (within reasonable limits, in this case, subtle voicing differences subordinate to long-refined technique. IMHO). Kudos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    I think the player's touch has an over-riding effect. Jim's strong musical character comes through regardless of the amp (within reasonable limits, in this case, subtle voicing differences subordinate to long-refined technique. IMHO). Kudos!
    Agreed, especially when that touch is light. Someone who digs in more is more likely to reveal a rig's dynamic and distortion characteristics (for good or ill ..)

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    I have to agree with the ‘not much difference’ crowd. I listened several times, overall it all sounds like a Quilter. The Blackface is, as i would expect, is emphasizing the highs. Like a Deluxe.
    But overall, nice playing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John A. View Post
    Agreed. Maybe to Jim and some others the differences are more apparent, but I can barely tell the differences (if at all) between any of the rigs he has demoed over the several years I've followed posts here (both guitars and amps).
    Many years ago, on a different forum, I got into one of those endless arguments about just how much control did the player have over the tone as versus how much did the gear control. I kept saying that within reasonable limits I could generally make most gear sound like me. One person in particular (who had never heard me play) took great exception to that. As the argument got more heated, he demanded that I post proof of my assertion so I posted a series of videos of me playing different guitars through different amplifiers. Rather than accept my point that the player makes a major contribution to the tone of the gear, his response was that I was a statistical outlier and as such my experience was not relevant. He may be right but the problem with that logic is that I'm not a statistical outlier TO ME. Rather I am a sample size of one. What I hear is only relative to my expectations of what I think I ought to sound like and how close to that I am coming. It is not a projection of what others will sound like. I know that my playing is unorthodox and very few players are going to sound much like me, even when playing my guitar through my gear. But since I'm only ever comparing sounds to my own expectations, the difference that I hear when I'm playing, even when small, becomes significant since I become the entire sample group.

    I have no idea if that makes any sense to anyone other than me ... but it makes profound sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway View Post
    Rather than accept my point that the player makes a major contribution to the tone of the gear, his response was that I was a statistical outlier and as such my experience was not relevant…I have no idea if that makes any sense to anyone other than me ... but it makes profound sense to me.
    I’m with you, Jim. It ain’t what you play - it’s how you play it. Every aspect of technique, style, personal body structure, etc contributes to our sound. Each of us strikes the strings with a unique combination of force, position, angle, speed, stroke, etc. My 36” arms are positioned differently over the strings from someone else’s 32” arms. I often slightly damp unplucked strings with my left hand fingers. The synch between fretting and plucking is unique to each of us, as is how long we hold a fretted string before releasing it. Some of us have strong fingers and some weaker ones. Even the angle of our left fingers to the strings differs greatly.

    This is why trying to buy someone else’s sound is a fool’s errand and why discovering our own unique sound is the way to go. Jimmy Bruno is a perfect example. He’s played many different guitars and amps over the years, yet he always sounds like Jimmy Bruno.

    You’ve convinced me of the virtues of the Superblock US. I ordered one from MF and hope their estimated delivery time of 6 weeks is not pure fantasy. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway View Post
    Many years ago, on a different forum, I got into one of those endless arguments about just how much control did the player have over the tone as versus how much did the gear control. I kept saying that within reasonable limits I could generally make most gear sound like me. One person in particular (who had never heard me play) took great exception to that. As the argument got more heated, he demanded that I post proof of my assertion so I posted a series of videos of me playing different guitars through different amplifiers. Rather than accept my point that the player makes a major contribution to the tone of the gear, his response was that I was a statistical outlier and as such my experience was not relevant. He may be right but the problem with that logic is that I'm not a statistical outlier TO ME. Rather I am a sample size of one. What I hear is only relative to my expectations of what I think I ought to sound like and how close to that I am coming. It is not a projection of what others will sound like. I know that my playing is unorthodox and very few players are going to sound much like me, even when playing my guitar through my gear. But since I'm only ever comparing sounds to my own expectations, the difference that I hear when I'm playing, even when small, becomes significant since I become the entire sample group.

    I have no idea if that makes any sense to anyone other than me ... but it makes profound sense to me.
    You would definitely not get an argument from me on the point that the player makes a major contribution to tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevershouldhavesoldit View Post
    I’m with you, Jim...You’ve convinced me of the virtues of the Superblock US. I ordered one from MF and hope their estimated delivery time of 6 weeks is not pure fantasy. Thanks!
    Pure fantasy? Let's reserve judgment a bit longer - but the updated arrival date from MF 2 weeks ago was October 7. So I called yesterday and was told it's now October 22. For those who want one of these but would be happy with the combo version, the vocalist in our blues band ordered an Aviator Cub yesterday and discovered that they've already been restocked at MF. He'll have it in 3 days.

    Meanwhile, I tracked my Superblock US using Google, and I think I found it within swimming distance of California:

    Episode 4 of my Quilter Superblock US Demos: 1 lick through all three voices-cargo_ships_off_ca-jpg
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    Hope its not on the ship that anchor dragged that pipeline!