Need help with these small tube amps from Fender

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by fred4321, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. cboutilier

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    You should be able to find a used Princeton Reverb Reissue or clone for around the top end of your budget.
     
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    Some of these amps seem overkill for pure home use. The Yamaha THR series, small and tubeless though it may be, is plenty loud enough for your needs. My THR10 is, without question, the single best piece of gear I've ever purchased.
     
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    I'll chime in with JustABluesGuy. You need to listen to as many amps as possible to hear what flavor of tube amp that you like. I feel your pain Fred4321, I too would would love a Princeton, but I live off the grid, so I had to find other solutions and must have tubes. Like JustABluesGuy, I ended up with three amps as well to satisfy my amp needs. I use both a Greta and a VHT Special 6 Ultra ("Fendery" 6V6 6watt) head through a 1x 10 cab. Plus I have an old Champ 12 for my loud 6L6 clean headroom/pedal foundation. I'm very satisfied now, but that is just me. I could rave all day about the VHT, but I will throw another in for you. If you like the sound of EL84 power tubes (and you will only know by playing one) try the Bugera V5. I think this one is a sleeper with reverb, but I personally just can't get along with EL84s. Hope that helps FWIW.

    Good luck and have fun trying out different amps.
     
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    BTW, after I had sworn off SS amps, I tried a Yamaha THR (the cream colored one) and it is spectacular. I could easily seeing owning one someday for playing on the deck, but I don't think I could live with it as my only amp. Right now, I think I could go through life with just the VHT S6U. Again though, just me.
     
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    I love my TSA15H! Beautiful clean tone. Takes any pedal that I put in front of it. If the TSA sounds like an option for you, keep in mind that the FX Loop isn't a typical FX Loop. Instead of inserting FX between the pre-amp and power amp, the TSA15H FX Loop inserts between the Tube Screamer and the pre-amp. Nonetheless, its very functional.
     
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    +1 on this. While not a tube amp you can get some nice "tubey" sounds out of it. Without a doubt the best tone I've ever heard out of a solid state amp. Plus you'll have some $$$ left over.
     
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    I've heard people say that it sounds a lot like a Princeton non reverb. Never having played a Princeton, I can't confirm or deny this, but it does sound very "fendery" to me.
     
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    Hi,

    I own both a SCX2 and a THR10 (blues version). Both are very good.

    The SCX2 has a whole array of Fender sounds (clean and less so). It has a USB out, so you can record easily with it and play it through headphones (and a computer). It is NOT "all-tube", not even on channel one. The signal always goes through the DSP. But this should not deter you. It sounds great, at all volume levels, and you can even (borderline) gig it. All in all, great little amp and massive bang for the buck.

    The THR is more of a practice/travel amp. Easier to use for silent practice and home playing (direct headphones out, with an aux in). Plenty of nice sounds. Smaller footprint. I feel it's a bit less of an "amp", but if you're playing at home only it's an attractive option.

    You can't go wrong with either!
     
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    Cry once, nothing else will come close. Not sure how much crunch your going to get out of a Princeton without a pedal. The right pedal its heaven.
     
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    Have a SC X2 and love it, but felt the need to upgrade the speaker. Just bought an all tube combo (traynor ygl1) and find it covers fender tone well enough but still keep my x2 around and use it
     
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    I know that the tube vs SS is debated here but for only home playing a good Peavey Studio pro or banit would serve your tone quest well.... And much cheaper... They are not digital they are all analog. I have a tweed deluxe and I won't hesitate to use my studio pro to gig with. Just giving options.....
     
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    Thanks for all the good info here.
    Has got me thinking that I did not realise there are many more alternatives out there.

    I had a look at the Ibanez TSA15H. Looks very interesting and a good demo here:

    Would love a Mesa but out of reach. I keep looking on ebay a lot.
    The Yamaha THR caught my eye I must admit.
    I looked at the Blackstar HT1R - not sure about the overall volume. Maybe not loud enough for jamming?
    I'll go and have a play with the Vox AC10, but my experience with Vox is that the P90's don't sound too great. But I bought my Tele playing through a Vox AC15-it was the cleans when strumming that sold the guitar.
    BTW: I was looking at Aussie amps and found the Vase Amp site.
    Here is a link to a demo with a Tele:

    Out of my budget unfortunately.
     
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    I have a Vibro Champ XD, the 5w 6v6 for the bedroom. Love this thing man! Whole lotta amp for the $150 the go far used... Ive used a bigger speaker and also used the direct out straight into a pa with results you cannot beat for the price of admission. Light as a feather and you can leave your board at home, the effects are good.
     
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    Out of the fred4321 list the Pro Jr.
    (but I recommend the Boss Katana 50 !)
     
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    My mate has recently started stocking Strauss amps. They are Chinese copies of popular tube designs, imported by Jade. I don't know anything about them except that they are very inexpensive by our standards. If you can find any near you they might be worth a look, but I would also do some internet research on them re reliability etc.
     
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    The TSA sounds great! Dude should roll the volume down between changing settings . I love my Pathfinder BTW....
     
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    I know you are looking for cleans, but it's too bad he didn't demo any dirt pedals with the TSA15, just to show how well it takes them.

    And with the head (Instead of the combo he demoed) you get to choose your own speaker, allowing you to shape the sound exactly to your prefernce rather than whatever happens to be in the combo. The head has the most speaker out options of any of my amps, or any amp I've seen.

    I'm not trying to sell you on it, but the video just caused me think of these things. If you can you should play one. You can't go wrong for the price if cleans, or a clean pedal platform is what you want and won't be playing with a drummer.
     
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    There is one from here in the states thats sadly local pick up for $150. If I find one near by im gonna buy it and run them in stereo.
     
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    Pull up the Artist Guitars website and have a look at their Tweedtone20R. I got one a few weeks ago and love it. It is a Blues Junior clone but with a lot more capability because of the two channels and graphic equaliser. They have a video clip which is pretty close to the real sound I get on my one.
     
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