Looking for a small practice amp.

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by lmjmitchell, Feb 13, 2020 at 8:35 PM.

  1. lmjmitchell

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    So, I'm looking for a small practice amp for my office. Nothing too fancy, but obviously low wattage while still sounding decent. Not looking to spend too much either if possible, although I could be persuaded to spend a bit more. I'm mostly looking for a really nice clean sound; surf, country, etc.

    I've been considering the following:

    Fender Champion 20
    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender...7516484872.gc?rNtt=fender champion 20&index=1

    Fender Mustang I V.2 20W
    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender...-1352132365567.gc?rNtt=fender mustang&index=2

    I briefly tried the Fender Champion 20, and thought that it sounded pretty good...especially for the price. I'm not sure if the Mustang is just a slightly improved version or not.

    Are there any other low wattage amps that I should be looking at?

    I'm also wondering if 20 watts will still be too loud. I'd like to be able to get the volume knob up to a reasonable level without getting too loud.
     
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    Bugera T5 (head) or V5 (combo) Infinium

    cheap low watt tube amps with headphone capability. They're essentially ripoffs of Andy Marshall's Jet City PicoValve.

    But as JC discontinued the PicoValve (big mistake I think) a ripoff is ...meh.I

    the T5 looks like this...
    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/what-...era-super-reverbs.1006390/page-2#post-9623212

    it's the little booger on top of the cab

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    The T5 is 5 watts with built in attenuation to 1 and 0.1 watt respectively. With an efficient speaker the 5 watts is surprisingly robust.
     
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    - Yamaha THR5 -
     
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    Fender Champion 20 is a good option. Also, look at the Peavey Rage 258.
     
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    There is only one answer..

    Yamaha thr
     
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    I have the Mustang 1 V2... its a nice lil amp. Doesn't hold a candle to my homemade 5F2-A Princeton tho for low volume clean tone practicing. They both are great, the Mustang definitely is more versatile.
     
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    I have a Vox Mini3 G2 and I love it! Two excellent Fender models, AC15, AC30, a couple Marshalls and even a Dumble model. Lots of decent built in fx. $150.

    I will say the overdrive models are not as nice as the clean ones. I play 99% clean, so I'm fine, but if you're looking for lots of gain, these get a little fizzy on those settings. But for cleans it's fantastic.
     
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    Vox Pathfinder 15R if you can find one. Roland Cube 30 or 40 are nice little amps.
     
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    My first choice a Black Star Fly, when I dropped it I got the Katana Mini. I liked the Fly better. Perfect for my work. Both sound good. Small lunch box size.
     
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    Yamaha THR10c
     
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    Another vote for the Yamaha THR.....or a Vox Pathfinder 15R if you can find one. Personally, I'd love to have a Vox AC4 with a 12" speaker, but we're talking more money.
     
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    Noise level is all relative. Not knowing what you can really get away with, I'd say the Yamaha th series. Solid amp for what it sounds like you're looking for

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    Well, some will not be surprised to hear me echo the Vox Pathfinder 15R suggestions made above. I have 3 of 'em, and I keep one by my desk, reserved for late night picking and grinning. I have both the Gain and the Volume set at 9 o'clock. It doesn't sound bad at all at that low a setting, and yet it doesn't wake up or disturb my wife. I have bad tinnitus, so I don't like using headphones, but the 15R does have a headphone out on the rear panel.

    And yeah, good luck finding one.

    Vox has a couple of new amps I'm interested in: the Cambridge50 and the Mini Super Beetle. But one costs $300, the other $330. You didn't specifically state a ceiling price, but that's more than twice the price of the two Fender modeling amps you mentioned, so that may be more than you're willing to spend. But if so, they have aspects/features that are appealing.

    The Cambridge50 has a power attenuator, so you can scale it back from 50 watt output all the way to 1 watt. And for that matter, it does have a headphone out (1 x 1/8"). The Cambridge50 would put a number of amp models (including a Line for acoustic/electric, if you so desire) and effects.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...watt-1x12-inch-modeling-combo-amp-with-nutube

    As for the Mini Super Beetle, this little mini stack has 50 watt output capability, but through the provided cabinet alone (10" speaker), it's 25 watts. So it can be a quiet practice amp. And it also has a Phone/Line Out. I don't own one (yet?), but I've plugged into one and given it a test drive 3-4 times. It compares favorably to my beloved Pathfinder 15Rs. And the Mini Super Beetle is as cute as the dickens!

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    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...mini-superbeetle-25-watt-1x10-inch-mini-stack
     
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    I got a little Fender Champ 20 last year when I was in an apartment. I've moved to a bigger place now where I can play my louder, more expensive amps and I still find myself playing through my little Champion about half the time. It's got usable effects, sounds good, and costs a hundred bucks new. I took it to a "quiet" jam that got quite loud a couple of months ago and ended up turning it up. Sounded great.
     
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    I got the Champion 20 for my daughter for Christmas and was pleasantly surprised. Sounds really nice for an amp in that price range.

    That said, I struck gold a decade ago with the Vox P15R — that amp is unreal for the price range. They’re harder to find these days as they’ve become something of a cult classic, but if you find one, they nail the warm Vox chime with really nice tremolo and spring reverb in a small box with classic styling.
     
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    The Monoprice 15 is a surprisingly good combo tube amp with a 12” Celestine speaker, an effects loop, built-in reverb, and a 15 watt / 1 watt selector. If you wait till it is on sale, it will cost under $250 shipped. It is supposed to be a near clone of a Laney cub 12r
     
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    I bought a Fender Champion 20 for my daughter. I couldn’t stand hearing the Line 6 Spider 15 she had, with its bees-in-a-can distortion. She plugged in, and became a believer. She gets G&R stuff out of the British model with her LP copy, and likes the Tweed and Blackface models with her Strat.
     
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    I have and like the Fender Champion 20 also. Another one is the older Fender
    Frontman 15 or 15R. It is a fairy simple model and doesn't have the various amp and
    effects selections. Those show up on Craigslist and in Pawnshops. I wouldn't pay more
    than $50 though.
     
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