Tom Scholz Rockman Guitar Ace

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  1. dearlpitts

    dearlpitts Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Just won on ebay.I got the one on bottom. Its the newer model, seems these are not as good as the originals, top one. hope it does a decent jog though. Anyone have any experience with either of these? Got the bottom one for $40. s-l1600 (1).jpg s-l1600.jpg the one on top is going for $265 and has problems. I remember in the ninties I had something like these and it kicked ass. If this one is half as good i will be happy. Portable, can run other music to play along too. head phones. dist-clean- cool
     
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    dearlpitts Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Here's the fronts- bottom the redeal s-l1600 (2).jpg s-l1600 (3).jpg
     
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    Should I know who Tom Scholz is?
     
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    Guitarist for Boston I think
     
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    Can you connect an eight track recorder and really go retro?
     
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    For nostalgia's sake I would like to own a brand new old stock original Rockman. But even if they existed I wouldn't pay what it would cost. I have always wondered why someone didn't bring back the original for a run, but have heard Scholz is hard to deal with so maybe that's why?

    I had a working X100 some years back but left Radio Shack batteries in it and they leaked and borked it. Contacted radio shack who referred me to duracell or whoever it was that made their batteries. They asked to send them the unit with a few quotes on replacement units, and after a while just sent me a check for the average of the quotes I sent in.
     
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    Very cool! I had a sustainer at one time.
     
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    doc-knapp Well-Known Member

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    I have one I bought back in 1993. Haven't even taken it out of storage in about 15 years.
     
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    The Ace is cool to own, but isn't as nice as the actual Rockman or Rockman X100. You can get a good condition refurb'd unit from Mike's Gear Bazaar on Reverb for $250-$300. At this point they're more for nostalgia or history's sake than actual music production. The distortion tone is the epitome of 80s and not that flexible. But the two clean channels are surprisingly versatile and really open up a world of possibilities, so it still has that going for it.

    I own an X100 and it's cool, definitely a niche collector sort of device. Though I've done several gigs using only the clean channels and my guitar knobs and pulling off all kinds of different styles. It mainly lives in my guitar case for when I need quick sound.

    I will say, there's something about fully analog through my studio headphones that's like a drink of fresh spring water.
     
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    Tom is more than the *guitarist* for Boston -- he's pretty much Boston. He wrote and recorded the first album in his basement, then sent it out to have drums added and to have Brad Delp sing on it.
     
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    Will work for what i need it too
     
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    What do you need? Just casual playing? Some nostalgia? The Ace is a bit of a letdown but if you grab a true Rockman it’ll work great.
     
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    Yea I still have one of the original ones, xlint cond in box, I use it from time to time, works great.

    Congrats, you're gonna love it!
     
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    And he is also an MIT grad that engineered all the Scholz R&D products.
     
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    Well it arrived, got here in 1 day,wow. Has no head phones and no adapter. Will go get a 9 volt battery and give it a try. Let you know how it sounds then. In the meantime I discovered that my micro cube takes a battery stupid me never even knew that. if I would have known that I wouldn't even got this I'm getting this for band class guitar. So I can use headphones and play through speaker when teacher wants to here a solo or whatever. Micro cube sounds amazing, really does
     
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    Well ,it actually pretty decent, cleans are great, and gain works fine. I,m happy with it. Just don't like the fact it has no on off switch. So I guess I will take battery out when not playing, those little 9 volt are,nt cheap. It's no near like the one I back in the 90,s. But it's not bad. I will use it for sure. 15519140088957257636249303324241.jpg
     
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    That was the thing to have back in the day.
     
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    The battery might be switched with the 1/4" input jack. That was/is a pretty common thing to do.
     
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    Post some sound demos, if you’re able. I’d like to hear it.
     
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    Funny i went through the same thing recently. About ten years ago i bought a real deal Rockman (not realizing there were multiple models). Loved the sound but then got rid of it - for what i got it- $40!!

    Recently i got the itch again and bought a guitar ace (not realizing there were multiple models). Boy was i dissapointed when i got the guitar ace...

    I did get a Rockman X100 - but then got rid of it to fund another major purchase. The X100 was damn close to 'that' Boston sound.
     
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