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 Post subject: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:28 am 
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Hi Fender Fans,

I bought my 1st Fender Strat and have been happily playing it through my miniscule Roland Micro Cube and Amplitiube on the iPhone for a couple of months now. The next step was always a decent amp for £200 - £300 but not quite yet as I really couldn't afford the Strat, nevermind an amp at the moment!

Anyway, a v. good friend (just back from his wedding) said he had to 'get rid' of his amp as it was too loud, he doesn't have time to play it any more and kids and stuff are on the way. He said I could have it for £100. Anyone played this amp? Is it any good? Will it be way too loud for my neighbors? Is it worth £100?

It's in perfect nick, done about a dozen small to medium gigs, has instruction manual and footswitch.

Anyone played the Stage 112 se or know much about how it is/was reviewed or how much one would cost? BTW, I mostly play blues / blues rock.

I'm off to search the net for opinions and prices but thought I'd start here as I'm guessing one or two here know what they're talking about :wink:

Thanks in advance,

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:00 pm 
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For a hundred quid I don't think you can go wrong.

I have the Stage 100 DSP amp which uses the same core modules as the 112 SE. It's plenty loud when cranked but can be rolled back to suit a bedroom in a small flat. These amps were part of the Dyna-Touch line and have pretty good tone for a solid-state chassis. Cleans are nice and bright, very articulate. The OD channel is not in the same league as a Mesa-Boogie or other tube platforms, but with some decent pedals up front they can hold their own on stage.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:36 pm 
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Thanks Arjay,

From my limited internet searching the price seems pretty good.

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OD channel is not in the same league as a Mesa-Boogie or other tube platforms


I've got an old ProCo RAT distortion pedal, would this and the amp like each other?

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:53 pm 
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I have a Stage 112SE that I use for keyboards when recording. It's held up rather well and it's a heavy bugger for it's size!

Nice score!

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:21 pm 
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Miami Mike wrote:
It's held up rather well and it's a heavy bugger for it's size!


+1

The weight is attributable to the all-MDF cab construction.

Here's my Stage 100 DSP......

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The amp and the extension cab each weigh about 42 lbs.

I imagine a ProCo Rat would work well with the amp.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:32 am 
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Whoah, surely that bring your house down!

I'm playing with the amp now and I cant get the volume past 1 without the neighbours complaining!

Strange question I know, but how can I 'volume it down' - i.e. I know it's a stage amp, but I'm not a performer. This amp has come to me by fluke and is beautiful in sound but I cant really use it properly as anything above 2 on the volume control seems like it will cause destruction.

The volume knobs seem to be not 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 but 1 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Is that the norm? Any ideas as to what I could do? Headphones (haven't tried that yet), amp modification? etc. Maybe this amp is just a bit too big :(

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Pete


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:35 am 
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The weight is attributable to the all-MDF cab construction.


Sorry to be naive but what is the all-MDF cab construction thing?


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:45 am 
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MDF refers to medium density fiberboard. Sounds like you've found a pretty nice amp for the money. As stated earlier the "Dyna-Touch" amps were pretty good solid state amps.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:27 pm 
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Thanks l88vette, I'm still catching up after 10 years away from guitar scene so have little idea about kit & stuff.

My next Q. will be Dyna-Touch - google here we go.

Thx again,

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:17 am 
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RikStryker wrote:
Thanks l88vette, I'm still catching up after 10 years away from guitar scene so have little idea about kit & stuff.

My next Q. will be Dyna-Touch - google here we go.

Thx again,

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Basically it's touch sensitive dynamics.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
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If you use a guitar effects pedal such as the Zoom models, they all have volume control and can bring your amp volume down to a very normal level. Otherwise, yes..they are loud for sure..made that way for gigging out. Fantastic sounding amp in my opinion :D

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
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I've had a Stage 112SE since about 1994 and it has been a good workhorse.

The amp is very robust but also heavy. It is powerful and to me has a neutral 'solid state' sound which could easily be adjusted using an effects box. It is very powerful but as pointed out the volume control does not give enough of a linear increase in volume so
it is quite easy to blow your head off at 4/10. This calls for separate volume pedal/switch maybe. The poor features of the amp are the reverb unit which easily gets damaged in transit. Lets face it, four loose springs in a metal box are asking to get knotted up or break. Reverb on mine not working and seeking replacement although a better solution might just be to get a separate reverb pedal. Excessive noise is also the other poor feure which seems to vary depending on its situation - presumably to other electrics. Also the reverb unit contributes to the noise. i.e. as it is turned up, the noise increases.
The amp is quiet until a jack plug is inserted which presumably kicks the preamp into action - plus the noise!
Overall it gets 7 out of 10 would have been 9 if the reverb still worked.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
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Zombie thread. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:46 pm 
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Miami Mike wrote:
I have a Stage 112SE that I use for keyboards when recording. It's held up rather well and it's a heavy bugger for it's size!

Nice score!


Well, I sold it a few months ago. The guy that bought it drove about two hours for it and loved it, so it's found a good new owner. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone played a Stage 112 se?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:13 pm 
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They aren't bad amps. My Performer 650 is of the same lineage and has been playing well since I got it in '95. Heavy SOB though. Tricked it out with tilt-back legs back in '04. Now it looks like a Fender. :lol:

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