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Help me choose a cheap, clean, gigging amp for Rockabillly

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by El Marin, Jan 31, 2021.

Witch one would you choose for clean rockabilly?

  1. Fender Pro Junior

    18 vote(s)
    15.5%
  2. Fender Blues Junior

    31 vote(s)
    26.7%
  3. Fender Champion 100

    29 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. Pignose G40V

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    0.0%
  5. Fender Vaporizer

    3 vote(s)
    2.6%
  6. Fender Excelsior

    22 vote(s)
    19.0%
  7. VOX AC10

    13 vote(s)
    11.2%
  1. DeepDangler

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    Not sure if Peavy amps are common where you live but a Peavy Bandit or similar Peavy is extremely loud and clean with a good reverb. If you’re trying to stay clean, you can save money by going solid state.

    Do you have a speaker cab? If so, get a Vox MV50 Clean. Those are really loud through a 2x12.
     
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    If you like Marshall cleans you really should try a VOX.

    The issue of you traveling on a motor bike to practice and gigs seems to me like you need a good modeler.
     
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    I would always take a Peavey Studio Pro over the Bandit, and definitely Red Stripe gen. The Studio Pro is smaller but just as powerful, and can often be had for 50€ or so.

    and before I say this, yes, do have experience with „real“ (aka pricey) amps, but the Studio Pro does the job.

    Also an option, if it must be a tube amp: Traynor YCV 40/50 series, can be had for 200...300€, is plenty loud, kind of Fenderish clean, better crunch than the average Fender amp.
     
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    I'm surprised nobody's mentioned the Yamaha SS G-100 or G-50 amps from the 80's.

    They're not light as a 2x12 but they sound good clean and loud.

    If you can find one check it out. Repairable, too.

    Like this:

    https://reverb.com/ca/p/yamaha-g100-112
     
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  5. eddiewagner

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    That champion 100 seems to be a good thing. And cheap!
     
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    I have this very amp in surf green with the upgraded speaker. Great clean tone, and I play it with a cheap reverb pedal. It’s about 30 pounds, so not really light, but not heavy like a Twin Reverb.
     
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    Most of the amps listed in the first post are dirty amps and cannot compete with a 100W amp. The Champion 100 is probably the best from that list, although I'm really not familiar with it.

    I would consider other ones like the Vox MV50 Clean, Orange Pedal Baby and maybe even that Foxgear 50W pedal amp.
     
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    If you are wondering about the excelsior watch this from 2.00 minutes

     
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    Twin Reverb no good? You want good tube cleans? Can't do better, IMO.
     
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    I agree that most of the amps you list make little sense for your stated purpose.

    15w tube amps with small cabs and some with 10” speakers? No.

    I’ll second the Roland Jazz Chorus. They are freaking amazing. Loud. Light. Clean if you want. Great onboard reverb. Great dirt if you want. Key is the mids knob. Turn it up to at least 2 o’clock for guitar.

    You can find them on our side of the pond ~$400 in great shape. Not sure if that’s in the budget.

    Otherwise, used Hot Rod Deluxe IV. 40lb for 40 loud tube watts. Fender cleans with a Mid knob and great dirt. Hoped reverb. Sounds amazing. Those might be a little more? ~$500. They blow any Pro Jr, Blues JR, or DR out of the water for my money.
     
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    I was pretty amazed when someone brought this Fame GX-60 amp to a gig at our place.
    It looked like a Fender and sounded like one but... it's just a cheap transistor amp. Wow! :cool:

    https://www.musicstore.de/en_DE/EUR/Fame-GX-60-Combo-Amplifier/art-GIT0046278-000

    Also a cool amp from MusicStore a Fame Memphis Blues amp, but with tubes.

    https://www.musicstore.de/en_DE/EUR/Fame-Memphis-Blues-Combo/art-GIT0047061-000

    I have one, it sounds great. A 5e3 kind of build but it stays clean and loves pedals.

    both quite affordable
     
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    Peavey Bandit. Any variety, they are all great sounding, impossible to kill, loud and clean. Plus, they have the cool aluminum trim strips that look like old Nashville Now! video clips...
     
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    My choice is not on your list, and I might get some crap for my suggestion. But I would recommend a Fender Princeton 65 model PR403. It is a solid state 65w amp, which was made in Mexico, from 1993 until around 1999. I had one, and the clean channel is very loud, and one of the best sounding clean channels on any amp I have ever heard. It also has a genuine Fender spring reverb tank. It’s so loud, that I ended up selling it after I purchased my Orange TH30 head and Katana-50. They go for about $100.
     
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    Might I suggest seeking out a Fender Stage 112 SE. It has gobs of headroom, a relatively impressive OD, is loud as hell, and pedal friendly. For a SS it has that tube-like compression (to my ears) that sold me on it from the start. I really could never understand why they were so underrated. You could probably pick one up for $200. Check it out.
    Btw, I own a Blues Jr. and find the headroom way to limiting for rockabilly.
     
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    One idea that I haven't seen mentioned yet is getting a bass amp. A number of companies like Fender and Ashdown are making very vintage-looking, relatively lightweight bass combos in 100+ watts. You could always use an EQ pedal if the onboard EQ isn't adequate.

    I can't say I've tried this myself yet, but I'm strongly considering picking up one of the smaller combos for at-home practice & recording.
     
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    Fender Pro Jr IV Tweed and 1x12 cab with a 102 db sensitive speaker, Cannabis Rex.

    I have this set up and before the Pandemic, played along with a HRD and Fender PA 100W head and was articulate in the mix with a drummer and bass. It has a high headroom.

    This is a rehearsal space photo:


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    If you're going to even consider a Katana, I suggest looking at the Boss Nextone series instead. I was strongly considering buying a Nextone Special, but didn't want to drop a $grand$ on an amp unless I really knew I'd like it. (Yeah, I've been an all tubes guy forever! Still own Fender tube amps and a VOX AC30CC2. But at 72, the weight is getting rough for me!

    The Specials are a new model. No one around here has one on the floor. And I'm not crazy about going out and about right now! So I did a search for Nextones, and actually found one just traded in. It's a Stage, 40wt, 1x12. And has the main features I was looking for in the Special. Mainly the circuitry that allows you to select 4 types of tube simulation. 6L6(Twin), 6V6 (Vibrolux), EL34 (Marshall) and EL84 (VOX).

    I got it for just over $200! LOVE IT! And did another search, and found another one! Just bought it. So small gigs, I'm good. Larger gigs I can run both of them in tandem or stereo. Large gigs, I ran my 1st one into my MojoTone Lite with 4 Celestion 12" Neodymium speakers. AMAZING! I literally love the sound! And the cab is only 40 pounds with 4 12's! I just got the 2nd one. Ran it into my custom built 2x10 closed back cab. BINGO! Big stages . . . Bring it! That's 80wts through 4 12's and 2 10's. Plus there's a line out if I want to run it to the front of house, which I don't. But if I need to I can.

    NOTE: If I get a gig that requires that level of sound, I'll use my VOX AC30CC2. 71.5 pounds of tube heaven!
     
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    New silver face vibrolux
     
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    all I can think about is any of the peavey classic series. peavey classic 50 would be killer and like $350
     
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