Clean Amp Opinions please.

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by DougF, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. DougF

    DougF Tele-Meister

    Nov 7, 2004
    Southern Minnesota
    Opinions on the best clean 1x12 combo amp, modeling or even just solid state.
  2. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 11, 2006
    Greater Boston
    Quilter Aviator Gold 1x12
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  3. cntry666

    cntry666 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and a Peavey Classic 30. Both are pretty great clean. The Fender starts to break around 5 but still really nice. Can’t go wrong with a Roland JC but I don’t know if they make it in 1x12.
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  4. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

    Sep 2, 2016
    Houston, TX
    The Ibanez TSA combo is a clean machine.
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  5. Telecastoff1

    Telecastoff1 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Apr 28, 2009
    Peavey Special 130
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  6. Thin white duke

    Thin white duke Tele-Holic

    Oct 1, 2017
    I think for 159 euro the Fender Champion 40 is hard to beat.
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  7. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

    Mar 29, 2007
    Manassas Park, VA
    I've owned both of these amps and agree.
    I personally prefer ( talking stock here) the tone of the HRD as I found the Peavey to have a ' spike-y' upper-midrange overtone that I could not adjust out of amp's sound.

    Also frustrating, is that neither of these amp's Drive channels sounded good to me ( it would just ' disappear' in a band mix, so I just used Clean channel with a TS or other OD) just my experience.

    I sold both amps when I got my ' 68 Deluxe Reverb fixed- and with an Eminence Red, White, and Blues speaker, it just had a fantastic clean tone with plenty of volume.
    So the real answer is a Deluxe Reverb!
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  8. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's

    Jun 30, 2007
    Swanton Ohio
    That would depend on your definition of "clean"..
  9. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    The old Champ 12. Pure 6L6 Fender clean.

    Okay, yeah, don't dare trying the gain channel.
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  10. beninma

    beninma Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2017
    For sure...

    If you base it on where it breaks up on the dial, the clean channel of my orange isn't really breaking up till 6-7 at least. By some kind of wacked out definition of clean that'd make it "better" than an amp that started breaking up at 5.

    But it's a totally different clean sound than a Fender or a Jazz Chorus so it would in no way be an acceptable substitute.
  11. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    The Deluxe Reverb is the standard everything else is measured against... IMHO.

    That said, I got an Ampeg GVT15-12 a few months back that I'm really enjoying.
  12. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Yeah, Fender clean? JC clean? Orange? (I don't think of cleans when I think of Orange.)

    I really liked the cleans on my Peavey Bandit 65. Not "glassy" or "pristine" cleans, but what I would describe as "beefy." And plenty of headroom. It stayed clean turned up well past noon, and at those volume levels, you're rattling the windows.
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  13. Togman

    Togman Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 28, 2004
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    What sort of volume do you need. Are you playing in a Band context or just at home?
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  14. MountainTwang

    MountainTwang TDPRI Member

    Jul 18, 2017
    Fleetwood, NC
    Peavey Studio Pro 112. I LOVE it.
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  15. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Price and and others have said, what clean. Orange Crush 60 is a great choice. My favorite amp at this moment though not a combo is the Vox MV50 Clean with a 1x12 Cannabis Rex cab.
  16. DaphneBlue

    DaphneBlue Tele-Meister

    Jul 22, 2017
    roland blues cube hot works well for me and can stay clean for ages.

    the good old roland cube 30 is also clean on the jc channel.
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  17. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    The Peavey Bandit gets much love.
    The Orange CR 60 gets plenty too and is an astonishingly good amp.
    Both the above can fill a room and sound good doing it. Affordable, powerful, well made, and you don't care about the technology used to make the sound when the sound is good.
  18. scout2112

    scout2112 Tele-Meister

    Nov 6, 2017
    Colorado, USA
    '65 Fender DRRI - the AB763 circuit is like magic.
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  19. jackal

    jackal Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Jun 14, 2010
    mojave desert
    Evans, by far.
  20. WelshBluesMan

    WelshBluesMan Tele-Meister

    Apr 2, 2018
    Wales, UK.
    I have a Hot Rod Deluxe and a Blues Deluxe. Both have great cleans in my opinion, and the headroom can be increased by using input 2, or by swapping a 12ax7 for a 12at7 in V1 if I remember correctly.

    If you have a bigger budget, then the Fender Twin is a classic clean tube amp. Not cheap though.
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