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Help me choose good country solid state amp

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Urban, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Urban

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    I'm looking for a nice clean inexpensive reliable solid state amp (I'd prefer non-modeling amp) for home use and band rehearshals if needed.

    Does anyone have any experience with vintage Roland Cube 40 (orange tolex) or Fender Deluxe 90 DSP. Are those good clean amps? I used to have Fender Princeton 112 Plus, but I read that Deluxe 90 sounds better.

    I don't expect them to sound like blackface Fender but not to sound like a cheap solid state amp too.

    Thanks.
     
  2. simonsp

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    Any of the old Roland cubes are very good amps. I haven't heard the Deluxe DSP but reading on the internet it seemed like the DSP part wasn't so good. I went with a Frontman 25 w Ragin Cagun installed. It's loud and sounds good to me.
     
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    Thanks for answer. My concern about the Cube is that could sound too jazzy and too dark. I didn't try it yet but I will before buying it.
     
  4. CajunPicker316

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    IMO, country solid state amps would be the Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 or the 400. A lot of guys like the Bandits, but the 212's sound fuller and doesn't have that nasal honk to em.

    Edit: you can find em around for about $150-$200.
     
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    Roland Blues Cube all the way.
     
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    Mustang III.
     
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    Have to agree with Peavey, they were the backline for the Opry for years. You can get used ones dirt cheap and they are made in the U.S.A.
     
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    Old Peavey amps.
     
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    My recall of Cubes is that they are pretty 'vanilla' sounding, using a pedal or just eq'ing should give you what you need.

    I missed the 'country' part of your op. How about the Peavey Envoy, a lightweight Bandit by all reports. I would definitely try one out if you can. Price, weight and quality are all spot on for your requirements.
     
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    Look out for a Sessionette from the 80s, or the later ones. Great, small, loud, cheap amp.
     
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    an old randall with 2 X12 will sound money!
     
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    My touring rig in the 80s was 2 Bandit 65s in stereo. Worked well. If one had given me trouble I had still would have had another amp. that is why I had 2 but the stereo sound was nice so I started using both.
     
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    +1 for a bandit or a lab series amp
     
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    Peavey.
     
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    Lab series L5 is a great amp.
     
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    I third the roland blues cube. I've had a BC30 twice. its a cool amp, but it didnt seem to like any boost or distortion pedal i put thru it. the bc60 has reverb.
     
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    Good transformers are heavy. LOL.
     
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    Peavey Bandit or Studio Pro, just about any Peavey will do.
     
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