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Hi everyone, first post here.

I'm considering the Traynor YGL1, and I currently have a line on one for $300. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how this amp sounds for primarily clean playing, as I'd like to use pedals for gain sounds. All the demos I've seen seem to focus on the overdriven tones in this amp. I mostly play clean and I like a very warm sound, will this amp have the bass response I want and will it be able to stay clean when playing with a drummer, and not get too distorted when I turn it up to a decent volume?

Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.
 

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I always thought the YGL1 was Traynor’s take on the Fender Blues Jr.
The “pure” switch (Brit/USA) gave a spank clean (bit bright) just on the break up. Good to push with a TS-9 or OD. Maybe not the extra clean for a drummer.
The bass response maybe missing in the context you are looking for.
IMO.

You may need a bit more headroom, so a Fender HotRod Deluxe in the cleans might be a better pedal platform.
Once again, IMO.
 
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Great amps. You can use pedals for gain, but don't need to on the Brit and Pure settings.

Of all the amps I have gone through, the YGL1 is the one I kind of wish I had kept. If I didn't currently own a JCM800 and a vintage Traynor I would have purchased another YGL1.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I suppose I'm wondering if the amp is all ice-pick highs or if a warm round sound can be dialed in as well.
Of all the amps I have gone through, the YGL1 is the one I kind of wish I had kept. If I didn't currently own a JCM800 and a vintage Traynor I would have purchased another YGL1.
How do you think the YGL1 compares to your vintage traynor?
 

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I had one for a while and I think you'd
Thanks for the replies. I suppose I'm wondering if the amp is all ice-pick highs or if a warm round sound can be dialed in as well.

How do you think the YGL1 compares to your vintage traynor?
Do you have a Long & McQuade nearby? All locations in NS show the YGL1 as in stock.
 

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I had one for a while and I think you'd
You think I'd what?:)

I am going to try and test one out at Long and Mcquade soon, it's just at $300 I wouldn't want to miss out on this used one and I might not be able to get to L&M first.
 

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You think I'd what?:)

I am going to try and test one out at Long and Mcquade soon, it's just at $300 I wouldn't want to miss out on this used one and I might not be able to get to L&M first.
LOL sorry, I got sidetracked and didn't finish my thought. I was going to say I think you'd be best-served trying one out if you can. They sound good clean, but I don't know how much headroom you'd get before thinks start to get hairy. I guess it depends on how loud your band is.
 

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LOL sorry, I got sidetracked and didn't finish my thought. I was going to say I think you'd be best-served trying one out if you can. They sound good clean, but I don't know how much headroom you'd get before thinks start to get hairy. I guess it depends on how loud your band is.
No worries, thanks for the input! I'm going to see if I can try one out. I tried one back in the summer and remember really liking it. I don't expect to be playing in a situation where i'd have to crank it any time soon, but it would be nice to have the headroom available for when the situation arises.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I suppose I'm wondering if the amp is all ice-pick highs or if a warm round sound can be dialed in as well.
I never had any ice pick highs. Mine was nice and warm.



How do you think the YGL1 compares to your vintage traynor?
Different models (my vintage one is a YGM2 - The same as a YGM3 but without reverb), so not really a valid comparison.
 

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I think that it's a great little amp, I used one for a few years in a band.
I ran it with a DH112 extension cab and swapped some Weber speakers into both.

Not the loudest drummer/band, so I didn't even have to push it all that hard.
A warm enough amp, imo. I run the EQ fairly neutral all around noon.
The sweet spot for the gain was around 3-4 and I'd run the volume around 4.

I used as a pretty clean platform for pedals, all the dirt from the board.

For $300, hard to go wrong.
 

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I think that it's a great little amp, I used one for a few years in a band.
I ran it with a DH112 extension cab and swapped some Weber speakers into both.
What are your thoughts on the stock speaker and the results of the speaker change? I know the greenback is a very popular speaker. Was there anything lacking in the stock setup that made you want to change it out?
 

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The GBs weren't terrible or anything, but the speakers were definite improvement and worthy investment.

I went on a speaker quest a few years ago and those are what ended up in there, really.
I replaced the GBs in the DH212 i have too to some WGS units.

I have a Blue Dog in the combo and a Silver Bell in the cab, great pairing.
 

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I’ve had a YGL1 for probably 6 years now and it’s been a solid all around amp. Agreed on that it’s not got a lot of bass but it takes pedals really well and it can get fairly loud. I’ve always set it with the mids below noon but that’s just me. Seeing this thread reminds me I need to bust it out again...been enamoured with the Helix LT the last little while!
 

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I’ve had a YGL1 for probably 6 years now and it’s been a solid all around amp. Agreed on that it’s not got a lot of bass but it takes pedals really well and it can get fairly loud. I’ve always set it with the mids below noon but that’s just me. Seeing this thread reminds me I need to bust it out again...been enamoured with the Helix LT the last little while!
Thanks for the input. When you say it doesn't have much bass, where would you usually have the bass control on the amp? I'm not sure how responsive the EQ knobs are, but could that not be solved with turning up the bass knob a bit?
 

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I mean, you can't expect to get THAT much bass from a 112, 15w combo, right. Besides, if you're in a band, isn't bass for the bass player? :D
Right, I understand stand that. I just prefer to have my tones on the warmer side as opposed to the treblier side of the spectrum.:)
 
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