LIGHTWEIGHT COMBO AMP NEEDED

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  1. ChrisLarcombe

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    Hey folks.

    Usually I am only on here to discuss b-benders and such, but here I am in the amp section for the first time.

    Currently I have a 68' Deluxe Reverb reissue which sounds fantastic, but I often travel on trains and what with my guitar, big pedal board and a bag of clothes/food, the amp is simply too heavy for me to enjoy any journey I take. It weighs in at about 19kg. Some of you may say that's not much for an amp, but unless you're literally the hulk and/or holding nothing else, I don't understand how many folks find that comfortable.
    Doesn't help that I'm skinny as hell, but still, the thing is heavy !

    Can anyone recommend me a great combo amp I'll be able to get in the uk that weighs in at less than 15kg?
    I play a lot of country stuff, so I'd be looking for a good clean sound to build from.

    THANKS !!
     
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    Quilter Aviator Cub
     
  3. Twang Deluxe

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    Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb
    Fender Princeton Reverb 64, 65 or 68
    Fender Vibro Champ Reverb 68
     
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    can you travel a train with a dolly or hand truck?
     
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    With an upgraded speaker ( an Eminence 1058 for me) I think the Fender Frontman 25R sounds fantastic, and only 20-22 lbs. It is SS, but real Spring Reverb. And it looks like a Fender! 20201010_200155.jpg
     
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    Probably a Champion 40 .Light ,great cleans ,12 inch speaker .Of course its cheap , SS so must be crap.I use mine in clubs and bars or did pre covid.
     
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    I think the obvious answer is, like @Twang Deluxe said, the Tone Master Deluxe Reverb. If you are familiar with and like your DRRI, you'll like the Tone Master. The practical difference? Half the weight and attenuator to "lower" the output.
     
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    That's approximately 33lbs.......You aren't going loss much weight without compromising sound. It would be helpful if you were to describe your playing situation. Are you with a band? Playing solo? what type venue? Are you busking? I would suggest a modeling amp of some kind. Kantana 50, Roland Street Cube, Boss Street looks interesting....with a modeling amp you could eliminate the pedal board......and they sound good
     
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    Exactly what I was going to suggest. Weighs in at 9.8kg. I have the SuperBlock US which is basically the same thing without a speaker and it sounds great.
     
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    Katana, seconded.
     
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    Roland JC40. 34/35lb. As much or as little headroom and volume as one could want. Very flexible. Great reverb. Turn the mids up past 1/2 for Guitar. Up to all the way up. As you turn up the distortion, turn down the Treble.

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    The Quilter offerings are hard to beat. A SuperBlock, a 101R or even a 202 if you need lots of volume with light weight cab would do the trick. The tiny heads tuck away easily in a bag.
     
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    Do you need an amp at all? If I'm travelling by foot or train to a gig, I will use a Tech21 Fly Rig pedal straight into the PA. Anything like that would be a lot less weight than anything with a speaker in it.
     
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    As people mentioned, SS is an easy alternative. But it sounds like you like tube amps. (?)
    Beware also , that many of the SS amps use very heavy MDF cabinets which add a ton of weight. One being the Roland 40 (or 22 for that matter) . Super heavy little amps. I wanted a R40 until I went to a store and lifted one! I bet an R40 with a replacement pine cab would be cool.

    I think the Champ 40 Solid State with the bigger speaker is probably a good compromise on the cheap.
    A Fender Pro Jr is probably what you should get! Small amp, tubes and great tone! Upgrade the speaker if you need more! ~15" x 15" and 22.8 lbs.

    Or maybe a Mono 15?
     
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    What is a Roland 40? A JC40? Those weigh under 35lbs. For a 2x10 combo amp with loads of output and headroom. How is that "super heavy"?
     
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