65 ACE30 PACK – 34 Profiles
It is a classic amp. The diamond grill cloth, the copper metal panel, the blue alnico speakers, the unique tone stack, lack of negative feedback, Class A el84 power section… A design that has been copied and recreated a thousand times but it’s hard to beat the original. With its quick pick attack and clarity when playing softly to its creamy, saturated power tube overdrive when cranked, it has become a staple guitar tone for a long time.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on this beauty from 1965 and while mere profiles could never fully recreate the magic in this amp, I got 34 studio profiles of it that should please AC afficionados and help guitarists get close to capturing the original vintage tones created by the original beast.
I was most struck and impressed by the touch sensitivity. The clips below show how picking dynamics can really dictate how much the amp will overdrive. It makes it feel like a living, breathing machine instead of a computer-simulated model, however strange and ironic that is.
The 65 ACE30 Pack was creating using the latest 5.0 firmware. Most of the profiles incorporate the legacy delay but there are a couple that utilize the new expanded 5.0 delays. Please forgive the playing in the audio samples as many of these weren’t exactly in my wheelhouse. Thanks!
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