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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is YOUR gigging amp?

Buying a tele recently got me back into playing, so I joined a band. Then it hit me...I only have a Line 6 15W . We have a spare solid state Crate, but the tone is pretty bad so unless you guys think a speaker upgrade could help revive that, I need amp suggestions. We'll be playing small gigs of course so I dont need an arsenal of marshall stacks or anything. The Blonde Blues Junior looks like a sweet amp that I definitely want to try...what about just micing it to the PA for larger gigs? Larger tube amps are over my price range. Anyways, feedback is appreciated .

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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i gig a '94 blues deluxe... great amp and you can find them used sometimes for around 400-500 dollars. built like a tank to.

i can say though that the blues junior is a real nice amp too
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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If I'm playing the Tele it's an AC15 with a 20-watt Greenback in it.

If I'm playing the Les Paul it's the 2x12 tweed Blues Deville.
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Tone King Imperial or Musicman 210/75

one cost a whole bunch (worth it)

the other was 250.00 and sounds good enough!
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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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go for the blues junior, if its got the sound you like. I found out that on "larger gigs" they always mic you to the PA, so you wont need anything bigger unless you have a very loud drummer.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When I was gigging (before my tele days) I played thru a 900 Series Hi Gain Marshall half stack.

If I were gigging now, I'd take out my little Vox ad30vt.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My completely over the top styled Blues Jnr meets all my needs

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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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1965 BFDR with a JBL E120 speaker.

I bought it for $200 in 1985 and it sounded awful. I rebuilt it myself several times, tried different ideas. Right now it is close to the stock circuit with better resistors, a lower distortion phase splitter, Sprague orange drop caps and no brightness cap on the volume control. And that ridiculously heavy JBL.

It all worked out nicely. It is a little slice of perfection I have gigged with for over 20 years. Plenty loud, rings like a bell with a chrome-plated sound that is never harsh. Turn it up past 6 and it levitates.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Blues Deluxe Reissue. Great amp for small clubs and party gigs. The Reissue has a few features that make it preferable to the old ones (easy tube biasing and external speaker jack).
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Old March 16th, 2008, 10:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Depends on the gig...

But I agree with the guys who have already mentioned the Blues Deluxe. Versatile, and really gets the job done.
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I have a really sweet 1969 Princeton Reverb for my very occasional guitarist gigs (I play bass, usually), but as wonderful as it is, they aren't generally cheap anymore!

My brother gets VERY good results from a very affordable VOX AD30vt, he's put about a hundred gigs on his so far!

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Old March 16th, 2008, 11:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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A tweed deluxe gets the job done for me. I've never been happier with my tone.
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Depending on horsepower I need.
ADA Rocket (10 watts?) Single EL34
18 watt Marshall clone.
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I gig with my twin reverb, but for what you're looking for, i'd heavily recommend a peavy classic 30. that amp is way underpriced and sounds damn nice.
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I gig with my twin reverb, but for what you're looking for, i'd heavily recommend a peavy classic 30. that amp is way underpriced and sounds damn nice.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 12:19 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Most of the time it's a Mesa Boogie Studio .22+ with an Altec Lansing 417-8H speaker in it. I run it clean and use pedals for distortion. For larger gigs I favor a Fender Bandmaster Reverb head into a small Bassman style 2 X 12" closed back cab with JBL K-120's in it. I have other amps, but those are the two I used the most last year.

After re-reading your post, I have to agree that something like a Peavey Classic 30 would be a good amp for you. Or maybe a used Deluxe Reverb RI.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 12:32 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Love those little Mesa Studio .22's. There is a used one at my local shop on consignment but he wants 699 for it. That was a 500 dollar amp brand new so I just can't pay that or I would have already had it home.

Good advice here so far Peavey CLasiic 30's were being blown out at guitar center recenty. Blues JR is solid too. As you say more likely than not all will be mic'd anyway.

Depending on gig I have the choice of 3 amps right now:

1. Bogner SHiva 1x12 80 watt EL34 combo sounds scary but it actually sounds very good at low volume too.
2.LIL Dawg D'Lux 25 watt 5E3 1x12 6V6 combo - great blues amp
3. Masters TVA 30 1x12 30 watt EL84 very similar to an AC30 but better reverb and better at low volumes
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Mesa Subway Blues or Vox VR30 is how I'm rolling on the Tele gigs these days. They're always loud enough for me onstage, and we're mic'ed if it needs to be louder in the house.
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Well I just got back into the band scene again about 6 weeks ago. I'm currently using a new Vox AC15 Custom Classic and my homebuilt Esquire & Strat.

The Vox AC15 and Peavey Classic 30 now carry the exact same price...$579-$599, depending on source. I prefer the sounds of either over Fender & Marshall, but that's just me. Both are single-channel amps, though the Classic 30 offers a "boost" feature, and is sometimes mislabeled a "2 channel", though it's only adding the gain stage of the second pre-amp tube for "boost". The Blues Jr i currently selling for $479 at MF...blonde or black.
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