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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by 83siennateleguy, Jul 31, 2018.
Vox AC4HW1 + Tele = two angels dancing around an eternal flame. Blessed be me.
I've made my life easier and less expensive (in a way) by coming to the conclusion, after many years, that I'm simply a Fender guy.
It makes purchase decisions a lot less stressful.
I've gone down the Vox, Peavy and Marshall routes, and just kept going back to Fender. And I'm not saying these aren't better amps:
My heart just wasn't into trying to coax the sounds I wanted out of them, so I obviously failed at it. Self-fulfilling prophecy.
It's almost like the stupid Chevrolet versus Ford arguments of old.
I own Fender, Vox, and Marshall. Each have their strengths.
I no longer own a blackface fender, to me was too limiting. It does cleans well, but I don't like BF overdriven tones, too much mids missing.
I now have a 59 bassman that has just as good cleans yet sounds so much better with dirt.
Vox and Marshall and dirt go hand in hand, and both have great cleans too.
The clean channel on my JVM410H after I modded it was better than my deluxe reverb.
Last few rehearsals and gigs I've been using my AC30CC1
Have you ever tried Gibson amps from late 50s/early 60s (prior to 1963)? They are great for early breakup at lower volumes and sustain that goes on-and-on. Overdrive is sweet sounding and not harsh. GA-5 is same circuit as tweed Champ. GA-8T (brownface princeton) adds tremolo. GA-6 is like a tweed Deluxe. Still can't beat the crisp clean one gets from a blackface Fender.
My favorite for that sort of thing has been a Dr Z Z-Lux. I am quite interested, however, with the latest offering from Mesa, the Fillmore 50. It's not out yet, supposedly 2 or so weeks away, but certainly worth looking into:
I love my Mesa express 5:50 plus, great cleans, great everything else too !
My grab-and-go C30. Underpriced, around here.....I'm pleased to say.
Despite the name, and reputation, one amp to see if you can try is the Laney IronHeart 30 combo.
Yeah, I know. Laney IronHeart = MeTaL \m/
Except on the first two channels, it doesn't It offers cleans, crunch and balls to the wall overdrive. Leave the metal side alone and it's a very impressive clean/classic rock/old school ( Sabs ) metal amp.
I stood around 10ft away from one being played very well in a classic/dadrock band. great cleans, switch the channels and crunchy goodness. Overdrive ( or pre-boost, couldn't see which ) and metal tones came forth, but the cleans. Oh my.
ole keef once said you could give him any amp and in a few minutes by messing with the knobs he could get his sound. i dont know if he was talking only about tube amps or not.
if you have the right pedals, you can pretty much make any amp sound how you like it.
plugged straight in.....not so much.
for instance, theres a big difference between a deluxe reverb and a jcm900, but if i hooked up some sort of od or distortion to the deluxe, i could easily get into marshall territory.
Any vintage style Marshall and Vox.
I own Marshalls, Vox amps and a bunch of other brands. I'm at my most comfortable playing with blackface Fenders.
I'm quite fond of my Fuchs ODS mod and my Supro Black Magick.
Traynor YCV50 or a way differnt sounding Ampeg GVT50
If I was looking for a newish non-Fender amp, I'd totally go for one of the 1624T Supros. Man, they sound dynamite.
I'm a died in the wool Fender fan, but I sure like my Vox AC-15 with a Tele.
In over 40 years of playing I've never owned a Fender amp. In fact I've owned very few amps when I come to think about it...
Marshall 50W head with 4x12 cab.
HH IC100 (A British SS 2x12 combo as used by Dr Feelgood)
Roland Cube 30 (I still have this)
Peavey Valveking 50W 1x12 combo.
And my most recent purchase - Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18W 1x12 combo.
When looking for my latest new amp I did try both the Fender Deluxe and Blues Junior. Both excellent amps, but the H&K better suited my needs.
We are really spoilt for choice these days.
My first choice is straight into a classic Fender circuit. 2nd choice (for my tastes) are Vox and Ampeg, depending on type of sound/music.
Supro Royal Reverb. 2x10 with tremolo and Reverb, and Class A & A/B capability.
Boogie Mark III
Marshall Bluesbreaker or JCM800
Orange Crush Pro
Lab Series L5
Get a Fender.
You'll be happy.