Recommendations for an amp for new country/rock?

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  1. MojoDoc

    MojoDoc TDPRI Member

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    Hi folks,

    I auditioned for a rhythm guitar spot with a rockin' new country band last weekend and got the job.

    Who can help me with an amp recommendation that would be suited to this style of music? We've got a fantastic female lead vocalist and we play Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Gretchen Wilson, Sugarland, etc.

    I need to cover everything from a clean, acoustic-like rhythm (Miranda's Baggage Claim) to a more heavy rockin' sound (Last Name by Carrie Underwood or All Jacked Up by Gretchen Wilson).

    Here are the ground rules.

    1. No more than 50 pounds (I'm not a young man any more)
    2. No more than 40 watts (we won't be playing anywhere big)
    3. No more than $1000 (wish I could spend more but there's no way)
    4. Prefer built-in reverb (or at least an effects loop)
    5. Channel switching is fine (but not required as long as the amp takes pedals well).

    Thoughts/recommendations?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. MojoDoc

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    PS - if it matters, my main guitar is an LP Studio 50's tribute with P90s but I'm also thinking about either a Blueshawk or a Reverend Charger with P90s (figuring that the varitone or the bass contour knob will be me a little more versatility).

    Thanks again!
     
  3. akukulich

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    If you can locate a used Working Dog Rottweiler, that would be a pretty good way to go. I think it would hit all your requirements. No channel switching, but it takes pedals well.
     
  4. vincent

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    The Genz Benz Black Pearl 30 can cover a lot of ground. It has a active 5-way voicing switch that allows you to go from fender-ish to ac30 to marshall-ish tones. The five way voicing is not footswitchable but you could set it clean and get the extra dirt with a pedal or two. You can find used ones for reasonable prices if you look around.
     
  5. musicmatty

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    I would give the Fender Mustang 2, some serious consdideration. Its under $300. new I believe...40watts with every built in effect you could ever want/need...so No added gear is needed for you to carry. The fizz issues that once plagued these cool amps, is a thing of the past.

    I wouldn't buy any amp, without trying them out first to see if you like the sound.
     
  6. Jim Dep

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    Peavey Delta Blues (2x10 or 1x15), or Peavey Classic 30 with the 1x12. Both of these amps are rated at 30w output. Both of these amp sound good at both low and high volume.
    The DB's and Classic 30's are a lot of amp for the money. The Delta Blues has built in tremolo along with the spring reverb and a slightly larger cab than the Classic 30. Both have spring reverbs and effects loops. Better bangs for the buck than these two available? I haven't seen one.

    I'd also look into the Fender Mustang II like what Matty was saying, but I've never used one. Matty makes them sound good.:)
     
  7. Del Pickup

    Del Pickup Poster Extraordinaire

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    Try an Ampeg GVT 15 combo.

    I have the head which I use through a 2 x 10 cab and it's a brilliant combination. Only one channel but with the gain and volume controls you can nice lovely Fendery cleans and pumping up the gain can get you into gritty Marshall-ish tones.

    Although only 15W it's plenty loud enough for small-medium sized gigs.

    Certainly worth considering.
     
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    A used 70s Silverface Deluxe Reverb amp.

    Or a newer '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue (DRRI).

    /end of thread
     
  9. Timbertea

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    I'll put in a vote for a Delta Blues 115 or 2x10. Its based on the classic 30 circuit, and if you don't need the tremolo the classic 30 is another way to go. At concert volume these definitely deliver the goods, and they don't sound too bad in the house either (though I still think an attenuator is a nice toy to have with it for getting that sweet spot with a little less db's).
     
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    Reverend hellhound.
     
  11. JamonHamon

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    Its a Amp thats no longer made, Roland "Bluescube 60" its very cheap
     
  12. Delta Blues

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    Delta Blues 1x15" will do all that.
     
  13. Che_Guitarra

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    I'll second this. A simple, reliable workhorse, with killer tone.
     
  14. Lunchie

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    The 50 lbs. thing is what is hanging me up...

    I would suggest the Blues Deluxe, its less then half of your budget if you are willing to buy used. It takes pedals great and has an effects loop. Has a very nice clean channel and a great dirt channel with decent reverb. However, I think its going to not meet the 50 lb. criteria.
     
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    DRRI or Classic30 or Hellhound
     
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    it's a nice amp. By the way, Fargens are really light. I expect the amp above to be 40lbs, exactly.
     
  19. Tle4

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    For 1k you could he a whole country setup...

    Vox ac15c1
    boss compressor
    boss dd-3 delay
    Fultone OCD

    ...and you will be se for anything they throw at you

    Egnator Tweaker is a nice versatile light amp also. No reverb but has a loop
     
  20. deadicated

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    Another vote for the DB115. Great bang for the buck along with being tried and tested by many. Try one and see for yourself.
     
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