Dating a vintage fender amp
Anyway, I AM in good company with the DD-3 as Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) also is using one nowadays alongside with a chorus (to emulate the frequency impurity of a tape echo). I haven't tried this one myself, but the online sound samples on BOSS' website sound pretty convincing to me.However, I'd like to mention some alternatives: Other effects : Distortion : The BOSS FBM-1. I still prefer the Sans Amp though, and I think it's more HI-FI than the BOSS (It SHOULD be actually, because it's a studio effect, which is a notch or two above a guitar pedal in sound quality).I then use the Sans Amp GT2 pedal that can emulate the old Bassman as an insert between the amp and the guitar. The pedal can also emulate a lot of other legendary amps quite good, but so far I never used that.Echo: When you play your Fender Amp, don't use the built in Reverb that some of them have.Sure, the reverbs sound great, but when you're playing live only use an echo (I use a digital one - the Boss DD-3.
Actually I started out playing a vintage Vox AC 30 and it wasn't bad at all. That's very impractically when you play live, where you have to adjust the volume after the size and acoustics of the place where you playing.Many purists go on about the necessity of recording on tape, but that's nonsense.Recording on tape has very, very little to do with achieving a vintage sound, and does nothing that you couldn't achieve by running the recording through an equalizer or other effects.There are many other suitable echo units/pedals out there and some of them are better than my DD-3.The Boss met my needs though and recreates the sound I have on our records so I looked no further.
Here's a page with photos of some actual recording sheets (for "Anyhow" among others) where you can see how the Sans Amp was set. The Sans Amp GT2 pedal was made to be used as a line-in effect between a guitar and a mixer (hence the name; "Sans Amp" which means "Without amp").