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Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by Lake Placid Green, May 11, 2017.
Blonde Bassman 6g6b....the best on Normal channel
Mesa TA15 on Vox top Boost channel
My Mesa Boogie F-30; it's clean tone lays all others to waste.
15 years and still going strong.
I have a Carvin MTS3200 half stack and the thing gets cleans to die for. I have owned many amps and nothing compares.
Usually a Princeton Reverb
Sometimes a Tweed Deluxe
Right now, my favourite amp for clean tones (which is what I mostly use anyway) is an original 1990s Roland BC-60 Blues Cube. Absolutely wonderful. Yes, it's SOLID STATE. So sue me.
About equal in second place are my Peavey Classic 50 chassis in a custom-made solid pine 2x10 cabinet, my 1985 Sessionette with the "RetroTone" circuit mods (yes, another solid-state beauty) and my Music Man 112RP-100 with the EV speaker. But sadly that one is too heavy for me to take out on gigs any more.
However, I have a Carr Rambler on the way, which I have little doubt will go straight to number one. For what it costs in the UK it had flamin'-well better!
For me the right answer is a Fender Twin, but for the poor man's, off the grid, low wattage use equivalent is my Champ 12. Yeah the gain channel sucks, but a fantastic Class A 6L6 Fender clean for cheap (well, at least when I bought it).
I play my Quinn and Ceriatone ODS clones with a little dirt sounding when the guitar vol is up full. Then, I back it down to 4-6, which I use for clean sounds that have life in them. It is a great-sounding design for clean sounds with character.
Depending on how loud I can play - my '62 brown Concert or '62 brown Princeton. IMO those 2 amps are in a league of their own by a large margin, being the best clean amps for their relative volume range ever made - by anyone.
Right here, right now! This is a clean machine - Supro Tremolectric! Includes the sweetest tube reverb I have ever heard along with tube tremolo.
We don't all favor the same types of tone. For me, it'd be a Vox AC30 or Matchless DC30 or Bad Cat Black Cat 30 (all in the same "family"). With a Strat, say, you get the sounds of the lead guitar work in the Beatles Nowhere Man.
'69 Twin Reverb
Two Rock Studio Pro
I play the former, and would play the latter.
The Fender Twin is great but weighs 1.53 tons. Not really, but it seems that way. The cleans on a Frenzel Deluxe Plus are awesome and it's a small amp head. It gets the job done and doesn't break the back.
Fender tweed bandmaster.
I find 28 watts is enough to be dynamic and if u get to distortion it's too loud for the crew I run with. I'm trying to like my Princeton but it's missing the middle.
At home, it's lately been a 1965 Fender Band-Master piggyback or a Seymour Duncan Convertible 2000. Live with the band, the Bogner Alchemist 2x12 works really really well.
My Bogner Shiva EL34/reverb head, 112 cab with CL80.
My Supro Tremo Verb pictured on the right. 25 watts with amazing clean headroom at 3/4 on the volume knob with my Tele's and Strats.
Don't laugh..........my Fender Super Champ X2. My Bandmaster Reverb head also does a great clean. Fender blackface cleans are the standard that many other amp builders strive for.
You just brought up something that is a classic case of not giving credit where credit is due. In general there's a lot of bashing when it comes to the Peavey drive channels but when it comes to Peavey cleans they've produced a ton of great amps. I've had this early 80's hybrid since it was new and it's the only amp that I've ever owned that I can honestly say is capable of being even cleaner than my Twin.
Wow - this is the second, rather cryptic amp-related thread the OP has started (at least that I've noticed) and never participated in again!
My Port City Pearl 50w head through a Port City 1x12 OS Wave cab (2x12 would be even better, but it's not as portable for my purposes). It won't break up unless completely cranked, but that's exactly how I want it. It's a clean machine and, as a pedal platform, it's perfect.
I played through a reissue Twin BF the other day and was reminded of just how wonderful those amps are. But I don't own one, anymore.