Solid State with a 12" speaker?

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  1. Rob TeleMan

    Rob TeleMan Tele-Meister

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    I normally play thru a Fender Deluxe tube amp, and am thinking of purchasing a solid state amp as a back up. I've had amps with 10" speakers, both tube & solid state, and find I just don't care for the sound of a single 10" speaker. So I'd like something with a 12" speaker & enough power to keep up with the 22 "tube watts" that my Deluxe pumps out. Also it would be great if it didn't weigh too much. New or used; I'm open for suggestions. Thanks!
     
  2. Mojohand40

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    Find a older, used Fender Dyna-Touch III Princeton 650. 65 watts thru a 12" Celestian speaker.
    I love mine, YMMV.
    I've used it for twangy teles, pedal steel, archtop hollowbodys, everything.
    Very versatile. The DSP effects aren't great, but the delay and reverb aren't bad at all, and in fact I never really felt the need for a separate delay or reverb box. (but have bought several over the years anyway). Has several eq settings (contours?),, not amp modeling.
    Most times I run straight into it, no effects at all, just the on-board stuff and it sounds great. Very versatile.
    I wouldn't trade mine.
    Again, YMMV, you might want to try it before you buy it, might not be everybodys cup of tea.
     
  3. DOGMA Dunn

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    A Hughes & Kettner Triplex should have the volume to blend. They have great clean sounds and good bottom for a solid state, and one of the main selling points of the amp was it's light weight due to the Solid state's small power transformers and 12" celestion speaker. They are rare and hard to find but sell used for about $200, and about the same size as a Tweed deluxe. If you like tweed tone a tweed deluxe clone with a solid pine cabinet is a 23-25lbs tone monster, but that's all tube.
     
  4. BigDaddyLH

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    The easier one to find, new or used, would be a Roland Cube.
     
  5. Jack Knife

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    Double post.
     
  6. Jack Knife

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    I like a lot of the Fender SS amps. The cleans are nice but the OD sounds tend to not do it for me. Personal experience and recommendations:

    Stage 100
    Yale Reverb (hard to find)
    Sidekick Reverb 65 (really hard to find)
    Princeton 65 FM
     
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    I used to have a Fender Stage amp that sounded incredible with a particular MIM tele I had. This rig sounded so good, a friend from work bought it all at a price I could not refuse for his gifted son.
     
  8. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

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    My pick would be a Tech 21 Trademark 60. Great gigging amp.
     
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    Peavey Bandit.
     
  10. Marky D.

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    +1 on the Trademark 60.. a less expensive option would be an old Peavey Special 130
     
  11. stantheman

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    Roland Cube no bout a doubt it.
    Since discovering Roland Cubes, er 'scuse me for a minute - JakeDogJakeDogJakeDogJakeDog!!! - thanks Jake Bruddah!

    Anyways...since being turned onto Roland Cubes the decades-old lust for a Polytone MiniBrute II has evaporated.
    The Roland Cube quite simply makes perfect sense. :cool:
     
  12. BradL

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    Wow, for some reason I had in mind the OP was only looking for Fender amps. I''d totally recommend the Peavey Studio Pro or Bandit red stripe amps, too. Great sounding amps!
     
  14. rsclosson

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    +1
     
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    I just got a M III and really dig it. I keep my Dec '64 Princeton Reverb in the road case now and my red knob twin reverb in the closet covered up.

    No matter what you buy, be sure you can take it back if you don't like it.
     
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    Peavey Bandit 65 !
     
  17. Mike H.

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    It's hard to go wrong with any version of a Peavey Bandit.
    I don't know about the build quality on the newer ones, but the old Solo Series from the 80's are indestructible.
     
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    From my personal experience I'd add my endorsement to both the Tech 21 Trademark 60 and the Roland Cube 60. The TM60 has terrific sounds and character, is very well-built and has the advantage (if it's of importance) of being USA-made; also the company has a great reputation for customer service if and when required. The Cube is physically small, fairly light, inexpensive to buy, adequately loud and sounds fine. I have no qualms about gigging with one or other of them all the time.

    From Fender's SS range the Deluxe 112 Plus or the later Deluxe 90 would also be worth a look.

    Though they're not to my personal taste, Peavey Bandits and Specials come in for a lot of praise here too.
     
  19. RockerDuck

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    For a backup, just get one of those SS Fenders, Fm series or Mustangs.
     
  20. RawjerLee

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    SS? I think the Mustang 3 would fit your preference - it's cheap and has the effect interface on the amp instead of on the computer program (unlike the Mustang 1 and 2)
     
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