Recommendation please: Small, low-watt head with great cleans.

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  1. ftbtx

    ftbtx Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    So any good recommendations? Have to stay under $500.

    Thanks and happy Thanksgiving!
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    VHT Special 6.

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    Thanks, I'll check it out. Was just looking at the Ibanez TSA15H, but the more options the better. Appreciate it!
     
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    Super Champ XD maybe?
     
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    super low wattage amps arent really known for their awesome clean tones, but yeah, the VHT is a good one. i have a buddy at ST who uses the combo.
     
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    Thanks, I'll take a look.
     
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    Egnater Tweaker 15w. I play one.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    Does it have to be a head?

    I have a few friends that own the little Fender Super Champ XD combos (15 watt 1x10") and besides the ' amp voicings" and Effects, the amp has a very nice dedicated ' Fender clean' channel ( if you like Fender clean, smiley face EQ + Reverb,not upper mid-range muscular like some other ' clean')
    - just a fan, wish I owned one!

    Around $300, I think?
     
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  11. ftbtx

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    I was looking for a head, because I will be keeping some of my cabs, too much of a pain to sell online. I will check that out though, many thanks.
     
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    Vox MV50 Clean. I still shake my head when I play it and look over at how small it is. Huge and great sound from something that weighs about 1 pound.
     
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    it works for hanna

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    two minutes in he stops being chatty cathy and actually plays the darn thing in this video



    your mileage may vary
     
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    IMO, it depends on what you mean by "great cleans." If you play with a fairly trebly tone, you can get a good sound out of a vast number of different low or even mini-wattage options. If you are like me, and want a clean tone that also has a full, tight low end -- and I mean low end, not just mostly the overtones suggesting low end -- then it takes lots more watts to produce that tone, even at minimal volume. I have a 1 watt Blackstar HT1 which with its single preamp tube and 8" speaker handles my Tele stuff really nicely... but cannot deal whatsoever with my LP or anything where I want to drive a full range of frequencies. My best low-wattage amp is a heavily modified Pro Junior which has a much bigger OT added and other mods that turn it into a different tone producer than the original, and that gives a beautiful full range sound at low volume. I also found that an amp like the Mesa F50 (or similar) that is overpowering in terms of max volume can sound beautifully clean across the full range of frequencies thanks to the combination of overbuilt power and master volume. The deal for me is that it takes lots more power to produce low frequencies, so having the wattage (doesn't take a ton, but does take more than most provide) to do that combined with the ability to limit total volume is what works... for me. Some people find a low wattage amp that just yields the right tone for them, and they don't have to get so complicated! Good luck.
     
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    Mark DV head, regular $399, I paid $320 with a coupon the 50W heads are less at about $250 and close to $200 with a coupon.
    You want lower power... don't turn it up.

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    Optional carrying case

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    Or it fits in my cabinet.

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    my ac4c112 has nice cleanish tones if i crank the volume, turn the gain down, and back off the guitar volume a bit.
     
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    Another Vote for the VHT Special 6 or Special 6 Ultra
    Why ???
    Amazing build Quality , awesome potential tones, loves pedals !!!
    These amps are built just like a Fender from the 50's and 60's and will most likely still be playing 30-40 years from now.
     
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