Gary Moore’s Soldano SLO100 Amp
Gary was seen using Soldano SLO100 amps in the early 90s during the Still Got the Blues and After Hours tours. Apparently, he only used the clean channel on the amps and used either a Guv’nor or a TS10 to add the punch to it.
Marshall Guv’nor Pedal ( Mk 1), Ibanez TS10 Tube Screamer Pedal, Gary tended to only use the “clean” channel on the SLO100 with the crunch switch in, rather than switch channels on the amp. Any further ‘crunch/boost/distortion” would be added by one of the above pedals.Various sources online, originally posted on Gary’s website
Based on photos, it seems that Gary stopped using the Soldano amps altogether around 1993/94.
One of the two (perhaps more?) Soldano SLO100 amps used by Gary was sold through Bonhams in 2017. According to the auction page, this was the spare Soldano, used occasionally by Moore in cases where something went wrong with the main amp.
The amp, serial number 89258, was sold for $12,000.
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Interesting that he’d only use the clean channel on one of the best high gain amps ever made. Sounded awesome, whatever he did!
He liked to have the ability to use the volume knob to get to an almost clean sound. He thought he could always add in front of the amp, Blues Alive one of the greatest live recordings/performances of all time! I was into Metal in the 90s and discovered I could get the best mega crunch sounds doing the same thing, slightly dirty clean amp, gate -> mid boost EQ -> Tube Screamer. Heavier than a recto and I could turn it all off and roll down volume/front pickup for clean! I guess essentially building a 2 channel system with pedals, like Gary!