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Cheap amp for telecaster and pedal steel?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Modernelove, Jul 13, 2018 at 5:41 PM.

  1. Modernelove

    Modernelove TDPRI Member

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    Hello everyone. I am wondering if anyone knows a good relatively cheap amp that can do both pedal steel guitar and electric guitar well. I am currently using an old hot rod deluxe which is fine for the electric but does not have nearly enough headroom for pedal steel. I am considering selling the hot rod and getting a Peavey Nashville or Vegas, would that make sense? Any other recommendations?
     
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  2. Mr Ridesglide

    Mr Ridesglide Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 11, 2009
    Bloomington, MN
    Hey Moderne - You're probably going to have to give us a budget that you have in mind for "cheap" -
    Head room in "classic" tube amps isn't usually what I'd consider cheap - have you thought about a different speaker in the HR Deluxe?
     
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  3. BobbyZ

    BobbyZ Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 12, 2011
    Snellman MN
    I'm a tube amp freak, so I'd be looking at a Twin Reverb, silverfaces are cheap.
    I'm not a steel player and have two TRs, so I might be biased.

    Be that as it may. . . . A bass player friend wouldn't stop pestering me to look at a Peavey TNT 130 bass amp for him, didn't matter how many times I told him I know nothing about solid state amps and have zero interest in learning !
    Finally I took the darn thing home carried down stairs (my old place) in hopes that it'd be something really easy. And it was! A few shots of pot cleaner did the trick, from totally unusable to working good. (wish all repairs were that easy)
    Anyway I put a Holy Grail verb pedal in front of it and really liked the sound of its 15" speaker for cleans, with a Tele. Think it had distortion too but I didn't try that.
    I think you could get into one of those for under $200, Nashvilles seem to command more.
    If you find one try before you buy. Don't buy based on my limited time playing one. I don't even trust my idea of good sound from one day to the next.
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  4. TelecasterSam

    TelecasterSam Tele-Holic

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    Apr 25, 2003
    Indiana
    Nashville 400 with a Black Widow speaker used to be popular with steel players. I'm sure a telecaster would sound good with one.
     
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  5. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    Evans are comparatively inexpensive second hand, even the little 1x10 combo runs something like 200 watts RMS. The make a few w/ 15's and I have seen them for a little as $4-500.
     
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  6. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Tele-Holic

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    Near Athens GA USA
    As always, Peavey Bandit.
     
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  7. Mike SS

    Mike SS Poster Extraordinaire

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  8. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    Texas
    Fender Rumble 150 (gen 2), Rumble 200 (current generation)
     
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  9. Platefire

    Platefire Friend of Leo's

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    I've been researching amps for a friend. I think for steel you need at least a 12" speaker and for the tele too. The Champion 40(watts) seems like a good deal for $199.99 and free shipping--if you don't mind solid state. The You-tube test examples sound pretty good to me clean and distorted. Might be worth checking it out closer. Platefire
     
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  10. dannyh

    dannyh Tele-Holic

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    Jul 1, 2005
    North Texas
    Bandit 65. My lap steels sound great through mine.
     
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  11. chemobrain

    chemobrain Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2016
    oakland ca.
    used discontinues Peavey Pedal steel amps are really sweet if you like sparkling clean
     
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  12. Modernelove

    Modernelove TDPRI Member

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    I have considered another speaker, but again I am not sure what would be good. I've heard black widow speakers are good for pedal steel but I'm not sure about guitar. My budget would be pretty much readable for the hot rod deluxe, $400ish. Thanks for the recxomendations so far everyone I will look into them all!
     

  13. Modernelove

    Modernelove TDPRI Member

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    Think they are good for telecasters too?
     

  14. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    For both I agree a Bandit. Just got a Pro Jr. Would think it’s good for both, but for steel not so sure...
     

  15. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I have heard that the Katana 100 is getting good reviews from steel players as far as quality tone and volume in a light package
     
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  16. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

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    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    When I first saw this thread, I thought Peavey. I don't play pedal steel myself, but I know guys that do. Peavey is their amp of choice, usually the Nashville. I also wondered if a Peavey Bandit would do well for pedal steel. I figured it might, and bgmacaw and dannyh above say it does. I know my Bandit 65 was great with my tele.
     
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  17. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I have used a Bandit as a practice amp for pedal steel. I think the Cube 60 actually has a better clean tone for PSG tones.

    For a new production model amplifier, I think the Katana 100 will beat a Bandit... It's louder, cleaner, lighter, and less expensive.

    If you're looking at used stuff, it becomes more like gambling.

    Seriously, the Katana 100 gets good reviews on the pedal steel forum. It is replacing Peavey's Nashville 112 as the 112 practice amp of choice, and the Nashville 112 definitely sounds better than a Bandit for PSG.

    And the Katana 100 sounds better still.

    For $350 including a manufacturer warranty, I think the Katana should definitely be on your list.

    Fwiw, I have heard that for the best PSG tone from the Katana, you actually want to use the "acoustic" setting of the preamp.
     
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  18. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2008
    Cologne
    How about trying the fender champion 100? It's like a solid state twin so it should give you a lot of headroom and it's dirt cheap.
     

  19. One of the guys on the steel guitar forum just got a DV mark 50 for exactly what you want. He says it's not perfect but its very good. I think it was about $250. Needs a cabinet as its just a head but super light and portable
     

  20. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Tele-Holic

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    Feb 11, 2006
    Near Athens GA USA
    I don't have a pedal steel (yet) but I use my Bandit a lot with guitars, lap steels, resonators and cigar box guitars. I even loaned it to a keyboard player once who needed something quick in an emergency and it did well with it too.
     

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