Need 6v6 amp suggestions

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  1. tele_pathic

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    Lil Dawg!!! All the way! The Wonderdawg is a great Fender Blackface sound. Jim makes a great Princeton model also (can't remember the name). Then of course, his tweed 5E3s and deluxes are KILLER! Lots of customization: 12 watts or 20-ish, speaker options, cab options, tube and rectifier options, cap options. PLUS, the price is very competitive, AND Jim is a sweetheart to work with.
     
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    Super Champ X2?

    Marshall 4001 Studio 15? (if you can find one…)
     
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    As in the Lindsay Wells Band? Blackfeather?
     
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    That savage is a heck of an amp
     
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    Another BIG vote for the Traynor Darkhorse. I've had Fenders, Lil Dawgs, David Allen, etc., and this is my favorite 6V6 amp.
     
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    It is, but I like the Valvetrain more. The Savage was the heaviest "small" amp ive ever had(not that that matters to me). Great tremolo. Punchier, more beamy than the Valvetrain, great overdrive. But I prefer the edge of OD and gtr vol responsiveness of the Saratoga.

     
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    I have had three Lil Dawg amps and can tell you they are every bit as nice and durable as Victoria's are but at a lower cost. Yep, I've had 3 Vicky's too.

    The Lil Dawg I currently own is The Mutt. It's an excellent, excellent amp! In fact it's about the only amp I play. It comes in a 5E3 cabinet, 12 inch speaker, and has a 5E3 front end and a 5F1 Champ backend so it has a single 6V6. Take a look. Oh, and it's $1,100.

    https://www.littledawgamps.com/the-mutt/
     
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    This is a question without an answer! Cause it's really all about what sounds good to you. I've played a Swart and loved it, have a blackfaced Princeton Reverb and it's a swell little amp, but my oddball recommendation is the Ceriatone ODS Lunchbox, a Dumble front end running through a pair of 6v6s. Does a lot of tricks but the basic clean tone is lovely -- and the head version is like $850.
     
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    Carr Mercury V.
     
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    Tone King Imperial
     
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    Can’t beat a brownface Prince circuit!
     
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    5F11 vibrolux...just waiting in my lil dawg to arrive
     
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    Lots of really great suggestions. A lot of these weren’t on my radar. Thanks so much for the help!!
     
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    I’ll stick in a plug for the Victoria Ivy League, a tweed Harvard clone. Fantastic tones, very simple, totally cops the Steve Cropper Stax/Volt sound.
     
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    8BC121DF-1448-401E-BF12-A649A8D1D4B4.png I recommend the Traynor Dark Horse head as well. Looks bad ass like an old school public address system with those exposed transformers. 6v6 cathode biased. Has a voicing switch that moves the tone stack before eq, after the eq, or takes the eq out entirely. Has a 12au7 output option for 2 watt mode. Works amazing with all pedals. Has a 1x12 matching convertible close/open back cab with a greenback.

    Perfect 15 watt dual 6v6 amp that
    is built rugged, and isn’t overpriced! Built in North America!
     
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    3 words.

    Matchless Laurel Canyon.

    more words.

    Spectacular but expensive.
     
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    I used a 5E3 clone for years and am using a Dr. Z Cure most of the time now.

    Cathode biased, rated at 15 watts (but it's supposedly closer to 20) no negative feedback, great sounding 12" speaker, TMB tone stack, nearly unlimited control of volume level with a pre-phase inverter master volume control AND a post-phase inverter master volume (Level) control, adjustable footswitchable boost that removes the tone stack and boosts gain considerably, tube rectified, Triad output transformer, turret board construction, passive FX loop that takes a Strymon Flint beautifully. 35 pounds. Under $2k.

    I keep mine set so it's a little dirty, cleans up from the guitar, and gets dirtier when I hit the boost footswitch.

    I like the amp so much that I ordered a Studio Slips cover for it. That says a lot!:cool:

    They recently switched them from 6V6 to 5881 power tubes, but I imagine the sound is similar.
     
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