I agree with your amp observations and recommendations. I would add, why spend more $$$ when the better options cost less??? If you’re playing bars and clubs why subject expensive equipment to an accidental drink spill? It will fill you with regret if someone disrespects your stuff but it ruin your month if your vintage Vibrolux is vomited upon.On the guitar front, I think you can do fine with a 339. It’s not ideal, but it’ll get the job done. As far as single coil guitars go, 90’s country was more Strat than Tele to my recollection. And most of the guys playing teles we’re playing the “Plus” models with Lace Sensors. Most of the late 80’s to mid 90’s country scene was all the gear that people these days will tell you there’s no way you can get a good country sound out of. Lol. Guys in that scene largely were embracing the new gear and not trying to go backwards.
And yeah, soooo many Strats. And not vintage models.
Some posit that that was largely due to the death of the LA and related rock scene and the migration of loads of those players over to the country side of the fence. But that’s the gear that was happening at that time. Lots of Lace and EMG pickups, and SD stacks. So the 339 with low output humbuckers is not necessarily way out of line for the sounds of that era.
Big Tele guys that I remember were Heath Wright (Ricochet) and Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) with their crazy benders, and of course Marty always. Alan Jackson’s guy was a Tele dude. Charlie Crow with Brooks and Dunn was T-style, but it was a neck-thru Carvin and very modern IIRC.
There ya go...I don't know if the new Allen amp guys are putting any product out yet..But I drove to Kentucky a couple years ago to bring a new Sweet Spot home and its killer.So many great replies, thanks all.
I should clarify a little, size/portability is a huge factor to me, and i'm not necessarily trying to nail a "country" tone as i am a nice, big tone. The sweet spot between portability and a big tone is where I want to end up.
I have a 78 Princeton Reverb and a Mesa Fillmore 50. I put a Celestion G10 Gold into the Princeton and it really changed the amp fr the better. Its a much more efficient speaker and won't get all flubby. It can now hang pretty well with the Fillmore.I'm very tempted to give the quilter route a try... I played one once and was quite blown away. I'm still such a sucker for tubes though it's hard to convince myself. When everything is working... they're magical... it's the "everything working" that seems to be the problem.
I've heard that about the AC's something about em just feels cheap. The '65 just doesn't have the meat, I've also got a veteran speaker in it right now which probably isn't helping matters. It just doesn't sing the way I want, feels small. I felt that way with the stock speaker too... i've thought about going to a gold or something but I just feel like the 10" isn't gonna give me what i want in general.
I'm def into portability for these, and I don't need screaming loud stage volume, being able to get up to the edge of breakup without pissing off the rest of the band is high on my list. We're a 7 piece, with fiddle, keys, acoustic guitar, there is a lot of other **** going on.
I have a 183 Non-HRM Skyliner Dumble clone running into a 2x12 cab with WGS ET65 and Veteran 30. Not a small setup, but that speaker combo is amazing. I'd recommend for you a 6v6 Dumble style clone in the 102 circuit style. Shimmery cleans and killer drive if you need it. Checkout a Ceriatone Overtone 20 Lunchbox. Compact, has ample clean headroom and a nice overdrive. Otherwise, you already have a great rig for what you're doing. Not really sure what to recommend since you didn't specify what you don't like about it.Currently in a 90's country tribute style band, not super happy with my rig.
I've been using a stock princeton 65 reissue for years with a gibson 339 and various drives etc... (currently a protein for the past year or so).
I also had my buddies AC15c1 out for a couple nights and I think I liked it better than the princeton but wasn't really over the moon with it in general either. Was going into the top boost channel.
I am also fully aware that a telecaster is probably a better choice for this style of music, but i really dig my 339
I'm pretty out of the loop on gear for the past while. Just wondering what's the hot **** these days really? If you were gonna drop a wack of money and trick out a killer small watt gigging rig, what would you get?
Go with a Katana 50 and don't look back, $200 does everything, if you spill beer on it who cares, no tube worries & for no extra charge you will be the target of the katana haters out there who can't understand how you sound so great!
Take Mama away for the weekend with the 3K I just save you....