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Which 12" Modeling Amp (SS) has Best Clean Channel

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by Ryan Aditantra, May 30, 2017.

  1. Ryan Aditantra

    Ryan Aditantra TDPRI Member

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    May 15, 2017
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    Crossed in my mind :

    - Boss Katana 50
    - Marshall Code 50
    - Blackstar ID Core 40
    - Fender Champion 40
    - VOX Valvetronix VT40+ (10 inches)

    Help me decide please.
     

  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Fender Mustang III
     
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  3. Ryan Aditantra

    Ryan Aditantra TDPRI Member

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    I am using roland cube 20GX. Just afraid mustang will sound same on clean channel.

    What do you think?
     

  4. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Do you have an opportunity to try some of these amps out beforehand?
     

  5. Ryan Aditantra

    Ryan Aditantra TDPRI Member

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    May 15, 2017
    Jakarta
    Just tried Boss Katana, only one store permit me to do that. The other store is try-after-pay.
     
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  6. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Well, if it's of any help, I would say you can rule out the Marshall CODE. Cleans are not the forte' of that amp.

    I've never played a Roland Cube, so I don't know whether the Fender Mustang would be redundant, tone-wise. I can tell you that the Fender Mustang has great cleans.

    I played a Katana for a couple moments, but I really wasn't paying attention to the clean sounds
     

  7. cbh5150

    cbh5150 Tele-Meister

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    Depends on the type of clean you are looking for, if you need enough power for gigging, and what the cost/budget and availability considerations are where you live.

    Out of your choices, if you are looking for Fender cleans, I would grudgingly say the Champion 40; however, I had one for about 30 minutes before I boxed it right back up due to a flaky volume control. IMO the current Champion line sounds good, but I think they are really flimsy and don't trust the build quality.

    From the remaining choices: Katana - Not a fender clean, but a nice clean nonetheless. That would be my pick. I don't care much for the Blackstar clean tones, the Code 50 does an OK clean, but frankly I think the 25 produces better tones with the smaller cabinet. The current and previous Vox digital modelers IMO have too many artifacts if you use a lot of effects.

    If clean is the main drive for what you are seeking, I would also like to add the Orange Crush 35RT/Pro 60. They have surprisingly good, punchy cleans, have built-in reverb and effects loop. They are completely analog circuits based off the Rockerverbs. The dirt channel is really good as well.
     
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  8. Vespa_One

    Vespa_One Tele-Meister

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    +1
     
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  9. dobrojoe

    dobrojoe Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Fender Mustang GT-100. Plenty of clean models and headroom.
     
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  10. olefudd

    olefudd Tele-Meister

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    ++1 for the Mustang III
     
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  11. hotraman

    hotraman Tele-Holic

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    I vote for the Boss katana. I own the head and it sounds amazing! It has a very nice tube like feel, and responds well to your dynamics. Get the 100 and bypass the 50
     
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  12. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    My Super Champ XD has a very nice clean channel. Warm and very Fendery. You can get a used XD or X2 for around $200 or so.
     
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  13. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    Yorkshire
    The 50 has very nice clean tones and they stay clean. Some of us prefer the sound to that of the 100.
     
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  14. Veltek

    Veltek Tele-Meister

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    Which store is that? I will NEVER shop there.
     
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  15. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    The Katana would get my vote, of the options provided.
    I still prefer the Cube series.
     
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  16. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

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    With that attitude, they'll be out of business soon.
     
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  17. Pixies2005

    Pixies2005 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    For Fender and Vox cleans I'd recommend the Fender Champion cleans.

    The Boss Katana's clean feels nice and sounds good but can be a bit like the Cube's JC120 unless you dime everything.
     
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  18. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

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    Champion 40 does it for me.
     
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  19. Grandy

    Grandy Tele-Meister

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    Shouldn't forget Roland Cubes.
     
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  20. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal
    This is why when I here all the hoopla about buying local, I think of stories like this.
    Individual owners can have so really quirky ways about them. Weak return policies, lurking over you when you try out some gear. Volume restrictions, acting insulting when you ask for a discount, you name it.
    But buy before you try? That's a new low.
    Big box stores have there own quirks at times, but cutting deals and returning gear doesn't hurt their feeling.
    Just my 2 cents
     
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