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best tube amp for taking pedals?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by iluvledzepp, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. ive been looking at guitar amps (it feels like) forever. and im wondering whats the best tube amp for pedals. (mainly, but not only distortion pedals) the style of music i play is mainly rock

    my fav bands are: led zeppelin, jimi hendrix, nirvana, red hot chili peppers, foo fighters, the rolling stones etc... you get the point

    here are my requirements:

    1.must be tube no more than a thousand
    3.have nice cleans
    4.must take pedals well
    5.weight under 70 lbs somewhat versatile to cover the bands listed above

    -im willing to buy used
    -stacks or combos work it doesnt matter to me

    thanks alot everyone :D

  2. jimmynumber9

    jimmynumber9 Tele-Afflicted

    May 26, 2009
    Lincoln, NE
    IMHO, I've never net an amp that couldn't take pedals well. I've had a Tiny Terror, Ac15, twins, blues JRs, a Princeton. Never had problems with pedals before. I say find an amp you like the clean sound from and buy it, chances are it will be just fine.

  3. ASC67

    ASC67 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 3, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN.
    Twin Reverb, Hot Rod DeVille

  4. maryjane

    maryjane Tele-Afflicted

    if you're pretty firm on the weight restrictions (i am too) a super reverb or twin reverb chassis can easily be put into a head cabinet and drive 2x12 or 4x10 cabs.

    i get great jimi tone with my twin reverb on the marshall 2x12 slant cab with a tiny bit of distortion from an od3 or fulltone 69....even with my twisted tele equipped thinline...
    we also cover the chili peppers, led zep, the who, and the rig has never disappointed me in the tone department..

    make sure you try different speakers because they make a world of difference in the tone quest....just imho

    the little super champ xd is a pretty amazing little unit that you can mic into the p.a., if you want to save your ducats.

    also, the prosonic is a pretty bitchin' little amp, and versatile too, but it does have some printed circuitry in it
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2012

  5. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

    May 19, 2004
    The op described a Twin Reverb to a tee.

  6. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Matchless CAN NOT take pedals well.

  7. jebbo

    jebbo Tele-Holic

    Jun 27, 2010
    myakka city florida
    Don't do this unless it's a reissue. It makes me so sad when I see a vintage fender butchered like that. That's just my opinion. As for amps, you should look at the Fender Blues Deluxe. You said you use pedals, and the BD has two channels. Clean and OD, then you can add pedals to boost the OD channel, and one for the clean channel. The BD is great for pedals. And it looks cool too. You just got to love that tweed.

  8. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    Not my experience at ALL. Both of the Matchless amps I owned took pedals great. I've owned a Chieftan and a DC30. I have a friend right now who gigs a lightning, sounds killer with an OCD.

    To the OP: There is no such thing as an amp that doesn't take pedals well. There are some amps that don't like certain kinds of pedals. You may find that a dirt box that works great on one amp, may not sound so good on another, so you try a different dirt box, that's all.

    I've owned so many amps, the amp gods lost count. never met one yet, be it tube, SS, digital, whatever, that wouldn't take pedals well. Not one. You might have to experiment to figure out what pedals work best with ANY amp, but it can definitely be done.

  9. Maxwell Street

    Maxwell Street Friend of Leo's

    Feb 18, 2009
    chicago usa
    Super Reverb...great clean is like a blank slate for a good pedal...

    20% off at GC or go used. 65 lbs.

  10. alnicopu

    alnicopu Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2009
    None of my tube amps ever took any of my pedals. They were all still where I left them when I started.

  11. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 10, 2003
    White Mountains
    Mother Superior says open your hands and hold them out.:D

  12. Maxwell Street

    Maxwell Street Friend of Leo's

    Feb 18, 2009
    chicago usa
    those cargo pockets are perfect for holding rulers...brass knuckles...etc

  13. jh45gun

    jh45gun Banned

    Jan 20, 2006
    Northern WI Gods Country!
    Why is it a butcher? your not hurting the original cab if you take out the chassis and put in into a head cab. Save the old cab in case you want to put it back original or better yet use it as a 2x12 cab. It will cut the weight a lot putting the chassis in a head configuration and then using the cab as a speaker cab.

  14. what speaker do you suggestfor those genres

  15. jebbo

    jebbo Tele-Holic

    Jun 27, 2010
    myakka city florida
    Ok, that makes sense. As long as you keep the original cab and speakers, I guess it would be fine. I've seen people do some horrible things to vintage fenders, so I don't realy consider even touching my BF SR. I just play through it the way it is. (Also lug it to gigs the way it is.)

  16. greggorypeccary

    greggorypeccary Friend of Leo's

    Nov 16, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    I'm with you, man. That whole "takes pedals well" is the most meaningless phrase on guitar forums.

  17. Justin_D_Myers

    Justin_D_Myers Tele-Meister

    Jan 10, 2012
    Greensboro, NC
    I'm a little biased, but the Sovtek Mig 50 takes pedals incredibly well. Nice clean tones that are very dynamic depending on how hard you're pickin'. You can find one for around 300-500 on eBay or Craigslist. It sounds incredible when it's boosted or if you put some od or dirt on it.

  18. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 14, 2004
    New England
    Anything grid leak "doesn't take pedals well". That's anything Supro and most pre-'55 amps. I'm sure someone will chime in and tell me their Supro is it with pedals.

    The answer to the OP's original question was "Marshall, Marshall, Marshall." The hassle with big Marshalls is unless you're playin' stadiums you're not gonna use much of it.

    I'd say "Peavey Windsor". Marshall-ish, dirt cheap for what it is. I can get into a used Windsor half-stack for under $500. Don't feel like luggin' a half stack? Hit me up for my Universal Extension Speaker Cabinet. It's supposed to ride in the front seat of a small Toyota. Try that with a 4x12"!

    Preserve a vintage amp, butcher a vintage amp!

    Say you have an original '65 Super Reverb. It's a big ol' hog of an amp. It's an easy swaparoo to pop the Super chassis out and stick it in another cabinet. The wear and tear on your original cabinet stops because it doesn't go on the road.

    I'd go one further and swap on a repro faceplate. Stick the original in the bottom of my underwear drawer.

    I can go back to original any time. Good luck to anyone who steals the amp, it ain't worth much because it's not "original". The changes make the amp easy to identify especially when I discreetly mark the repro parts.

  19. fezz parka

    fezz parka ---------------------------

    Yep. GLB front ends hate being hammered with a hot signal. And they sound fine without any boost/distortion pedals. Time based pedals work fine.

    This "takes pedals well" thing just drives me batpoop.:lol:

  20. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 14, 2004
    New England
    "Takes pedals well." That's why I suggest a 4x12". See, there's enough room to hide a little person in your 4x12". I'll give you "takes pedals well!" My little sidekick (who lives in your speaker cabinet) is so good at takin' your pedals I'm gonna open a hock shop. :twisted:

    Just about everything makes me crazy (including lettuce and granola bars. I can't stand lettuce on my granola bars.) but not "takes pedals well". My head does the translation to "clean tone w/ very high input impedance".

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