Shopping for a baby amp

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  1. Mr Perch

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    I have a 50 lb. tube amp that I use for gigs and it is completely satisfying. But I want an amp that I can take to jam sessions and rehearsals that is small, small enough to carry with one hand so I can carry my guitar in the other.

    I have been using an Acoustic G20, and I actually like it a lot. It is a solid state amp that you can buy for peanuts, but it has a surprisingly tube-like response, both on the clean channel and the overdrive channel. It doesn't have the clarity and definition of a tube amp, but it has a bit of that "sag." But I recently upgraded to a fully hollow guitar, and suddenly the G20 doesn't seem to have enough headroom to handle the tone produced by the hollow axe. Also, at some of the louder jam sessions, the 20 solid state watts weren't quite enough to be heard. Acoustic makes a G35, and that is an option I am considering, but I wanted to activate the wisdom of crowds by posting here.

    I am interested in some of the minuscule but powerful amps that are out there. I can't afford the DV Mark Little Jazz or the Quilter Micropro, and from what I have seen on YouTube, they both sound rather sterile and dry. I can afford the ZT Lunchbox Junior, but I have seen some comments indicating that it can sound nasty.

    I had a Polytone Minibrute back in the day, and that was a good amp. I could look for an old one, since apparently they aren't made any more. The Roland Cube seems to have a similar tone, and that is definitely an option. But it would be cool to get an even smaller amp if it sounds decent.
     
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    The Roland cubes are really nice but if you want bare bones tube, I’d look at the Vox ac4tv. I have run and it’s really simple but a built in selectable power rating from 1/4 watt to 4 watts.
     
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    Somehow I don't think that 4 watts is enough to keep up with 5 or so other players at a jam session.
     
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    Find a Quilter Aviator 1x8 combo. They're out of production, but can be found second hand.

    Great little amp and plenty loud for band practices and small-room gigs.
     
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    Tonemaster Deluxe!! They’re light, but still bulkier and probably more dough than you’re wanting to dish out.
     
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    It’s going to be hard to find a loud amp with 5 or so guitar players. Especially one you can carry with one hand. Maybe a blue junior?
     
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    Not 5 guitar players. That would be too much of a good thing. Five other musicians.
     
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    Oh, oops, yeah that would be a good time! I went through this same situation. Boat anchor for my main amp, so a little amp that still sounded great but was manageable to carry. There was no drummer at the time so the Vox ac4 could handle it. It’s actually pretty loud for the 4 watt tube power.
     
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    I just picked up a Supro 1606 Super. It's a 5-watt powerhouse. One ECC83 and one 6L6 tube. Capable of being pretty darn loud, it's only got a volume knob; I had to buy an attenuator so I could get some overdrive at bedroom volumes. The tone is superb, cranked up the overdrive gives what (to me) sounds like AC/DC crunch, and it's a great pedal platform. Prices are pretty reasonable.
     
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    Rivera-era Fender Super Champ.
     
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    Had one for many years. It's a great recommendation.
     
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    Although I haven't played one, I'm interested in the Pignose G40V.
    As I understand it, it's virtually a 5F6A Bassman circuit in a 1x10 combo.
     
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    That new Champ XD?
    That sounds like a perfect solution.
    And the new Joyo is like 20 Watts.

    If You buy a Peavey - it’ll become Your gigging amplifier...
    I have seen this movie many many times and there are many many Gentlemen on this forum who can also relate.

    The underrated Blue Collar Peavey is a contender on every
    level.

    Best of Luck.
     
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    What's wrong with the usual suspects? Blues Jr., Pro Jr., Princeton, Vox AC10, Blues Cube, Katana. Superchamp XD. A million choices. What's your budget and most important tone you need to get?
     
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    Princeton Reverb. I can't think of a better amp for Jazz Guitar.
     
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    If you want tiny and powerful, ZT Lunchbox. I use mine all the time at loud jams, and it holds up very well. It sounds decent too, and plays well with pedals. I like it because you can use it as is, or you can hook it up to an external cab for even more loud.
     
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    I tried a ZT Lunchbox a few years ago and it had a pretty punchy, not bland, clean tone with the new Fender Duo-Sonic I was goofing with. I tried an altered tuning I like where the low E goes down to C, and it seemed to have no trouble making clean, crisp notes with good attack down there. Headroom did not seem to be a problem.
     
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    I still prefer a Princeton Reverb for most things.

    For light I would look at a Mark DV or a Quilter head and a small cabinet with a neo magnet 12", very lightweight.

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    Champ or Princeton (clone) with an upgraded efficient speaker and thrown in a couple of pedals...one being a parametric eq.
     
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