The Ultimate Gigging/Bedroom Amp
I have been using a Palmer Fat50 as my primary gigging amp for most of this year. I do a couple of wedding/corporate gigs with a party band every weekend, so simplicity is #1. Fortunately this amp provides me with all my basic requirements: 2x crisp sounds (clean and crunch channels), a smoking hot lead sound, quality reverb and the all important volume boost.
My favourite feature is the hi-gain sound. I run it with the gain on 7 and that's all the sustain I need for any Lukather/Van Halen/Santana inspired wail/shred solos... and it's TUBE! Possible the best solo sound I've found yet.
It only has a master EQ (as opposed to 1 for each channel) but fortunately it is nicely balanced... sometimes it's nice to not have to worry about that!
The only con that can really be considered a con is that it's bloody heavy! (German engineering... go figure...) But hey, sometimes it's nice to sculpt your way to "the office".
So yeah, I cannot recommend this amp more highly. Whether you're gigging regularly or you just need an all-rounder for your bedroom/studio, the Palmer Fat50 is a great option.
Cam Blokland |
28/10/2012 11:30 PM
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Fat50 - versatile and satisfying
I have found my Palmer Fat50 to be a very reliable, versatile and robust amp over the last 18 months. It has easily met all of my gigging requirements and has delivered on all of its promises, with the “pros” far outnumbering any “cons” encountered.
I have been very pleased with the variety of tones that the Fat50 can produce. This amp has held its own in situations where a warm clean jazz tone is required, as well as delivering convincing high gain lead sounds for solos in pop/rock environments – and everything in between. In all cases I have been able to obtain plenty of ‘oomph’ and clarity needed to cut through an 8 piece band (including 3 horns) without needing to push the amp too hard. On several occasions I have received very positive (unsolicited) feedback from sound guys regarding the sound of the amp overall, and the fact that they have had plenty of head room to work with front of house - whilst I have not needed to go over the top with my stage level to produce my desired output.
Whilst a little on the heavy side the Fat50 is just the right size for lugging to gigs and can be squeezed into any boot space or tight little nook on stage. Given its weight I would recommend exercising caution when lifting it in and out of car boots if you want to save on physio or chiropractic treatment further down the track. A positive aspect to the weight issue is its sturdy construction and robustness, which has allowed it to stand up well to the usual punishment of transportation without any malfunctions to date.
The variety of tones available (high gain, low gain, clean, reverb, volume boost) are easy to access and switch between via the footswitch, and I have had little need for external effects other than tremolo and wah. There is an EQ switch located on the amp which toggles between a bright and normal setting. This has been useful in allowing me to change from a neutral jazz tone to a brighter general purpose tone quickly without the need to adjust individual EQ controls. The only potential “con” that I have observed so far is the rather large jump in volume and gain levels that occurs when hitting the high gain boost from the standard low gain position. Whilst this is usually appropriate in most situations, I would like to have easier control over the differences in level nevertheless.
On the whole the Fat50 has been an easy, enjoyable and satisfying amp to use both at home and on the job. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is after a reliable general purpose tube amp that can deliver a good range of clean, crunch and sustained high gain lead tones to suite a variety of musical settings.
Ben Lang |
13/04/2013 7:41 PM
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