Best Amps for country

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  1. Frankentwang

    Frankentwang TDPRI Member

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    I'm looking for a great amp for country, but I dont always play country with a crystal clean tone, i usually put just a little filth on it, I'll be using an American Performer Tele thru it, looking for a strong, maybe even deep sounding amp, I dont know much about amps so I cant really specify, thanks yall
    NOTICE: MUST BE TUBE, BUDGET AROUND $650-$700
     
  2. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    Any Blackface-style Fender. If you end up getting a big one you can use a pedal for your dirt or there are various ways to tame the output like an attenuator, removing tubes or speakers, etc., depending on the amp. Honestly unless it has to be lightweight, just get an old Twin Reverb. They are super cheap all over craigslist.
     
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    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    Used DRRI or Vox AC15
     
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    I use my home made one. I call it a Hot Rod Pro. It is made of a US Fender Hot Rod Deville head and a 15" Alnico Speaker. Back in the 50's the Pro Amps had a single 15". I call this one a Hot Rod Pro...Here is a demo.



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    Always the best answer. I've used one since they came out for just about everything. About the only other thing I've used is a Marshall half stack for a really loud hard rock band. Other than that for blues, country, motown, classic rock, rock and roll, rockabilly, the DRRI covers it.
     
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    That thing is dang pretty
     
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    +1 all day everyday. If you can't get a killer country tone with one of these amps, it's not the amp!

    Edit: Just wanted to add that these two amps also have the benefit of being extremely versatile should you venture into other genres. Other than high gain tones, there's not much ground you can't cover with a DR or AC15.
     
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    If you want the traditional country sound--> Any blackface Fender.

    If you want the dirtier Brad Paisley sound --> Any Vox style.

    If you want modern radio county --> Just buy 3 Strymon Timelines and a Kemper.
     
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    If I were 15 right now with $700 burning a holw in my pocket I'd buy a used PRRI. It will eat up most if not all of your $700. On the other hand you can convert it back into $700 cash PDQ any day of the week.

    Next choice, a non- master volume silverface Twin Reverb. At 15, you should be in good enough shape to drag it around for the next couple decades. It's way more amp dollar per pound than a Princeton Reverb.

    If you can't play "country" with a Twin Reverb and a Telecaster it's time to move to the city.




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    im gonna try a hand wired dumble clone steel string singer from china. the sales pitch that sold me
    "comes in double strong cardboard box" :)
     
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    For legit country tone, spend a couple hundred on a pawn shop peavey and take the rest to a casino
     
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    You *might* be able to find an old Fender Silver Face Twin in that price range.
    That's your clean right there.....big and deep as you want to get.

    To get dirt off it you will need a pedal, or turn it up till it knocks your cowboy hat off....

    Depending on your age,size, and health you may want to setup a series of appointments with your favorite chiropractor as well.
     
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    There is no best or right answer. For home or for live shows? If for shows, what size and range of venues?

    The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV can be had for your budget new if you get a good deal or mint if not. 40 watts. Tube. Reverb. Pine cab. Only 40lbs. Great clean channel and great dirt channel. Hard to beat. It's my #1 in an original punk band, an old school country band and a New Wave cover band. Master volume on the dirt channel makes it scalable to any venue.


    The Marshall Origin 50 can be had in that range all day. With the Master up and the Gain low it is cleanish and loud. But still a Marshall. Great price performer though.

    If for home, just get a Yamaha THR 10 and be done. No. It is not tube. But if you listen with your ears and feel with your hands there is no better home, conversational to TV volume solution.

    There will be a lot of "you need a vintage amp without a master volume". I wish I hadn't listened to that slant for so long Woulda saved me a lot of time, frustration and $$.
     
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    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    For legit country tone, spend a couple hundred on a pawn shop peavey and spend the rest on cigarettes.

    There. Fixed it.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    KIDDING.

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    Deluxe Reverb or Vibrolux Reverb.
     
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    I figured out a long time ago that the Master Volume on my SFTR is a feature not a bug!
     
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    A hot rod deluxe with some pedals.
     
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    Every fifteen year old needs a giant amp with no master volume.

    We used to jam on the second floor porch of an apartment building behind Dunkin' Donuts. The landlord was stone deaf. The cops never got past her every time they came and they came every time.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    Papa Joe's reboot of the Hot Rod looks great and eliminates one of the few objections I have for them- the controls are on the top backside of the amp. One can't see them when the amp is tilted back.
     
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