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I've deduced that after looking over this thread, I don't feel so bad anymore about wanting to build my dream stereo W/D rig anymore :lol: :LOL:

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I've deduced that after looking over this thread, I don't feel so bad anymore about wanting to build my dream stereo W/D rig anymore :lol: :LOL:


You shouldn't. You only live once :thumbsup:


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I've deduced that after looking over this thread, I don't feel so bad anymore about wanting to build my dream stereo W/D rig anymore :lol: :LOL:
You shouldn't. You only live once :thumbsup:

Exactly! You only live once, and if you can make your dream rig a reality, DO IT!! :thumbsup: I'm still working on mine, but it's pretty much been complete for a few years now. It has been entirely worth it!!

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I've deduced that after looking over this thread, I don't feel so bad anymore about wanting to build my dream stereo W/D rig anymore :lol: :LOL:
You shouldn't. You only live once :thumbsup:

Exactly! You only live once, and if you can make your dream rig a reality, DO IT!! :thumbsup: I'm still working on mine, but it's pretty much been complete for a few years now. It has been entirely worth it!!


Hindsight being 20/20, the discoveries made along the way, were/are SO valuable and another cool facet of the fun to be had-- on the ride. ;) :thumbsup:

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What Rivera is that?

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Actually, I was wondering that, too... what Rivera is that??

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Thats a Rivera Knucklehead Tre. Not the easiest amp to dial in but I dig it overall. Takes pedals well also and the clean channel is really good... not that I use the clean channel much :lol: :LOL:

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Cool! I've got an old Rivera Knucklehead 55. It doesn't see a lot of use lately, but I do like it. And yeah, the clean channel is really good. Always wanted one of the old Knucklehead 100s with 3 channels, or the rack version. Not sure how yours stacks up against mine (pretty sure they redesigned the preamp several times since mine was made), but I know what you mean. Not the easiest to dial in. Kinda picky about guitars and cabs, too. But when it's happy, it sounds pretty damn nice.

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Pretty much what you said. The thing about the preamp is just by itself it doesn't sound all that great for what I like to play. But it sounds really good with most boost/od pedals. For the life of me though, I have a hard time capturing a good tone when used direct with my suhr reactive load + IRs + daw. Also it sounds its best when cranked up for sure. Not the best amp for an apartment lol.

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Cool! I've got an old Rivera Knucklehead 55. It doesn't see a lot of use lately, but I do like it. And yeah, the clean channel is really good. Always wanted one of the old Knucklehead 100s with 3 channels, or the rack version. Not sure how yours stacks up against mine (pretty sure they redesigned the preamp several times since mine was made), but I know what you mean. Not the easiest to dial in. Kinda picky about guitars and cabs, too. But when it's happy, it sounds pretty damn nice.


The original two-channel Knucklehead basically is a clean channel and a JCM800 channel, the (short-lived) Knucklehead II had a hotter lead channel, and the Knucklehead Reverb went to three channels with a more modern lead and the return of the original JCM800 channel. The K-Tre is an even heavier version of the Reverb and doesn´t have that middle crunch channel. Essentially every version has had a lead channel that was more modern and aggressive than the one before.

The rack-mounted TBR amps are quite different. There are three different versions with different lead channels; the Standard basically is a bassman/plexi, the M is a sort of cascaded Fender sound (like a ODS or Boogie Mark or the modded Fenders that Rivera made for the session guys earlier) and the SL is a screaming 80s-style hot rod Marshall that is way hotter than the K55 middle channel but voiced a lot more old school than the Knucklehead II, Reverb or Tre.

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I'd love to find one of those old TBR rack-mounted amps. Not sure how closely they're related to the Fender versions released when Paul worked for them, but I would imagine that each was an updated version. All of them seem to be pretty rare, though, or at least I've only seen a few for sale the handful of times I've actually looked.

My K55 is a two-channel non-reverb version from (I think) 2002. I bought it new from Fazio's in STL. It does have my favorite knob of all time... the Master on channel two (the clean channel) has a "Pull Ninja" function... I keep expecting black robed creatures with swords to drop from the ceiling every time I get up the nerve to use that switch!! ;)

Hot JCM800 is about right, about as much gain as the channel switchers (2205, 2210). It's a fun little amp, but I really don't use it much.

Thanks for the info!! I know a little bit about Paul's history with Fender, but very little about Rivera (the company). Didn't he work for Randall Smith at one point, too?

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I´m not sure Fender ever actually released anything resembling the TBR series, even if there were a few prototypes made that might be floating around somewhere. They did have a rackmounted version of the Super 60 around that time, though, which might be what you´re thinking about. But that´s a very different animal.

I had a standard TBR for many years and I´ve played the SLs a bunch of times. Very cool amps, that clean channel is bar none the best I´ve ever tried and the amount of features is staggering considering when it was made. These were very expensive, and I guess not that many went out the door compared to the M series or the later Knuckleheads.

I´m not sure Paul ever worked for Randall Smith, but they were both around the same LA scene, modding amps and building gadgets in the early 70s and might have worked at the same place or something like that. Everyone from that era seems to have worked at the Valley Arts shop at some point, for example.

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This is my absolute favorite Riggs. Classic and timeless.
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This is one of my favorite sounding Riggs:

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I´m not sure Fender ever actually released anything resembling the TBR series, even if there were a few prototypes made that might be floating around somewhere. They did have a rackmounted version of the Super 60 around that time, though, which might be what you´re thinking about. But that´s a very different animal.

Based on old catalogs, Fender offered the RGP-1 pre-amp along with the RPW-1 power amp around 1983. I remember seeing one for sale 5-10 years ago, but it could have been a prototype. Based on the lack of info on Google, you're probably right that it didn't make it out of the prototype stage. Anyway, this would have been the same time Paul Rivera was working for CBS Fender.

http://thevintagesound.com/ffg/rgp-1.html
http://ampwares.com/amplifiers/fender-rgp-1/

Couldn't find any other pics online, and this one could be a drawing. There are pictures in Fender Amps: The First Fifty Years by Teagle and Sprung
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Paul talks about the Fender version around the 1:34 mark.

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nothin to it. mark IVa -> '06 gibson explorer. no more, no less. 4x12 isn't mine :aww:


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Update... I replaced the Egnater Tourmaster 2X12 with this MESA 2X12 rectifier cabinet. The ENGL pairs much better with the MESA in my opinion.

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Update... I replaced the Egnater Tourmaster 2X12 with this MESA 2X12 rectifier cabinet. The ENGL pairs much better with the MESA in my opinion.
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Update... I replaced the Egnater Tourmaster 2X12 with this MESA 2X12 rectifier cabinet. The ENGL pairs much better with the MESA in my opinion.

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I don't know if those are your settings on the Savage, but
insider tip: Run channel volumes over 12 'o clock and adjust Master to room/taste.
It will sound less buzzy/distortion pedal-like, and becomes phatter and meatier sounding.

I do the same thing with my Invader btw. Engl's master volumes work quite well.

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Things change at lightning speed here, so this is somewhat outdated, but to give an idea:

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Things change at lightning speed here, so this is somewhat outdated, but to give an idea:

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More info on the middle tele? The frets look monstrous and that thing looks well played :rock: :rock:

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More info on the middle tele? The frets look monstrous and that thing looks well played :rock: :rock:


That was a Nacho Baños heavy relic replica. He's the guy that wrote The Blackguard Book- he builds, too. It was an alright guitar. My number one, which smokes absolutely everything in the picture and any other guitar I've ever owned or played, is the one to the left of that guitar; my 2006 custom shop Nocaster. Nothing has ever come close to that thing. Might not look like much, but it smokes everything.


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