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Best small Combo Amp.

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Digiplay, Nov 5, 2020.

  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Afflicted

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    I started a Thread a while back ago for the best amp to use for recording my guitar at my home studio which is where the majority of my original songs tracks are recorded (not the lead guitar parts................yet :) ), and it seemed the most popular suggestions were the Princeton or Deluxe Reverb.



    I now want to carry my Telecaster with a small amp to my "real guitar players" studio so that when I let him hear a new song I've written (and before recording his parts), I will be able to play my rhythm parts for him so that not only will he be able learn the song, but he'll be able to play off of me, and vice versa (you know, kind of like the good old days! :) ).


    So what's a good small, easily transportable combo amp that will be do its job astonishingly well?
     
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  2. xtelesquirex

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    Princeton or Deluxe Reverb
     
  3. kbold

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    Good, small, easily transportable.
    Have you considered a small acoustic guitar amp. (Fishman, AER, etc ...)
    Most of these include D.I. out for your home studio.
     
  4. tubelectron

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    Best small Combo Amp.

    Choose your weapon ! :twisted:

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    More seriously ;) : in all my bunch of 1 to 5-watters, for an all-purpose, low-power mission, my red little Roland Micro-Cube comes first :

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    Each time I play it, I find it simply amazing... :cool:

    But it's me, OK ?:D

    -tbln.
     
  5. modavis99

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    The Monoprice 12” 15 watt tube amp is quite good for only $250 shipped if price is a concern. It’s a Laney Cub 12r clone with reverb And an effects loop.
     
  6. El Marin

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    I am partial to Marshall Origin 50C

    Goes from 50W to 20W to 5W and the DI is amazing

    It can do the Bassman Thing, it can do the JTM45 thing and can go further. Light, cheap, sturdy and sounds GOOD

    My choice
     
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    Tough to beat a Pro Jr if you want a small tube amp with great tone.
     
  8. Digiplay

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    The Fender Pro Junior IV 10" Combo Amp?
     
  9. Henry Mars

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    How small is small? I have several 15W tube amps and I use them when it fits. All in all if I was looking for a small tube amp right now I would go for the C30 ... I own 2 of them. If it fits your style it is the last amp you will ever need. If you want a solid state amp maybe a Boss Katana.
    It is hard to recommend an amp.
     
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    I believe a tweed champ was used on Layla
    and also some early James Gang stuff.
     
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  12. Jakedog

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    I’m another vote for Marshall. But the Origin 20 if you want small and portable.

    The important question is what kind of sounds are you after? Personally I wouldn’t go near a Princeton or Deluxe reverb. Because I don’t like Fender amps. But you may love them. What would be best for you kind of depends on what you’re after.
     
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    Tweed champ/Princeton/deluxe or Marshall 18 watt
     
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    Positive Grid Spark
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    I'm tellin ya, no kiddin
     
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    You might also look at the digital Yamaha THR series and the Positive Grid Spark amps - they do a great job of producing a variety of tones, simulating many classic tube amps, such as Fender, Vox, Marshall, and modern higher gain models. They also have D.I. interfaces and can be further tweaked with their iOS apps, and can be ported out to laptops, mixing boards, etc. I have both of these amps, and on each I have push button presets for Fender Blackface cleans, Vox chime, Vox crunch, and Marshall goodness, all in one small box that I can take anywhere. These amps also have AUX inputs so you can input songs into them and jam along with the song. The THRII weighs around seven pounds and the Spark is about eleven and a half pounds.
     
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    I recommend the Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb; it is light weight, has an attenuator, and a direct output.
     
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    Yes - there have been a few versions over the years. They tend toward a more Marshall sound than Fender according to a lot of folks, but if there's one in the music store, I highly recommend giving one a go. With a reverb pedal, a boost and an EQ pedal you can get a good range of tones at sensible volumes.
     
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    I posted in another thread, but I just got a red Micro Cube- and it is amazing!

    I bought it mainly as a way to play my electrics at our apt., instead of just at gigs.
    The amp models and effects are fantastic; amp is very easy to use.
    Plus with the Line Out I can run it into a larger clean amp or PA input if I want.

    For kicks, based on the current 'Layla sound with Champ/ Princeton' thread going on ( and being familiar with the album and sounds),
    I actually was able to dial in a pretty good ' Layla/Strat tone' with my Stratocaster and this silly little Cube! Just the right 'clean/dirty' sizzle and growl

    Remarkable amp-
    ( plus battery powered)

    Edit: just like my fantastic Pathfinder I bought used years ago for home practice ( when we had a house) and had no intention of using on gigs ( which I now have, for years) I will be gigging with the Baby Cube! Too good not to.
     
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  19. Greggorios

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    I have one of these and recommend it. (Based on Fender BF Champ AA764) If I was on a tighter budget then Pro Jr.
     
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    Not sure about the "BEST" part but a Fender Blues JR GEN IV works very good for me. I play Teles and Strats.
     
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