Jazz amp for Strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by lareplus, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. lareplus

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    What do you think is the best amp for jazz for Strats, that gives a deep full sound and DOESN'T weigh a huge amount like Twins do. .
     
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    ZT Club, 200 watts and 22lbs
     
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    Funny enough, I like the growl & sogginess sound combi of Tweeds for jazz ( with a Tele, of course... :) )
     
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    joeford Friend of Leo's

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    i was about to say the bassman 100... but it's pretty damn heavy too.

    anything silverface will get you into some great sparkling cleans. so whatever you're willing to carry and pay for :p
     
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    I recently bought a ZT Lunchbox and a 70's RI strat. Great, great clean tone from a tiny little 200 watt amp. Thinking about going to the guitar shop today and buying a bigger cabinet to run it through.
     
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    Polytone.
     
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    I'm mostly a Tele player but...........

    when I take my Strat to a gig it always sounds best on my Deluxe Reverb reissue with an old JBL 12" speaker. I can plug the Strat straight into it with zero effects (except amp reverb) and it has tone to the bone......JH in Va.
     
  9. BigDaddyLH

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    Polytone? I had one back in the day, but they ain't making any more. A couple modern amps could be called heirs to the Polytone title:

    Henriksen JazzAmp:

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    Mambo Amps:

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    Mambo is a newish company that's gotten a lot of love on the jazz guitar forum. There's also Quilter, but that's more of a Blackface tone stack. These two are Baxandall-style - flat EQ to which you can give a nice midrange hump.
     
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    When the ZT Club came out there where videos comparing their tones. The 12" Club is a much bigger-sounded bassier amp, of course. But what was surprising is that adding the lunchbox cab (another 6.5" speaker) to the LunckBox amp took you to pretty much mid-way between the Club and just the LunchBox.
     
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    Lunchbox is an interesting idea. Some of those mentioned are way above my price range. . .but the ZT amp isn't so bad. .
     
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    +1 for Roland
     
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    I haven't tried one but the Ibanez Wholetone looks like a good buy:
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    You might look for an older (not COSM) Roland Cube or Blues Cube. I have one of each, and they have some of the best cleans I've ever heard. Plus, solid state and absolutely bulletproof.
     
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    I love my old Roland, and can get the best clean tones ever out of a $100 bombproof box. Grab one and don't let go.
     
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    I use a Henriksen JazzAmp 110R. One of the best purchases I've ever made. Sounds great with solid body to archtop. Only regret is that I did not get the 12" speaker model as it would then work as my small gig bass amp too.
     
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    I used a Polytone w/ the dark switch on & the neck PU for a few gigs BITD, used ones are not expensive, in the jazz scheme of things but can be difficult to get repaired. Any used example should be checked for loose transformer mounting bolts, worn caps etc. Can sound VERY good.
    A current amp that work well w/ Fenders is the Evans. There is 1x10 combo that does the jazz thing and will also cover traditional clean Fender sounds. All Evans are heavy, ( very overbuilt) but the 1x10 is resonably portable. Sold direct only, and are $$, used examples sometimes pop up in main stream shops and are often resonably priced.
     
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    Looks like the best prices are on old Peavey solid state amps like the Express and Studio Pro. . .plus maybe some newer Fender amp, the Mustang series and the even newer Champion. Has anyone tried these latter?
     
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    What's your budget?

    What sound are you looking for? Give an example of a guitarist whose tone you dig
     
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    I like the tone of Larry Carlton and Robben Ford. I don't want to say what my budget it is because that might limit some suggestions, but I have to be frugal in general. The Henrickson Jazzamp is well above what I can afford, however.
     
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