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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Steerforth, Aug 18, 2020.
Love the look of those amps!
I use a Boss Katana head and it’s pretty great. I also once had a Yamaha THR that was great for bedroom use, in that it had a bass channel.
Not dream amps, but you can get great tones at low volume.
if I were to change anything, I would consider a ToneMaster Twin Reverb. Sounds very close to the tube amp with attenuation and none of the weight.
For bedroom use, or any small space, The TONE KING GREMLIN is fantastic. 8 watts, 12"speaker. Two channels, and a great attenuator. Great clean to amazing overdrive. I love mine.
I actually have a setup under this price range for exactly the purpose you are describing. It works really well, and can also reach plenty of volume if playing in a small live setting.
1) barber gain changer
2) boing reverb pedal
3) peavey Classic 20 mini head
4) 12” cabinet with a greenback
I’ve found this to be a remarkably good setup for the price. I only use the peavey on the clean channel and only the boing pedal for the reverb. The gain changer is just about as perfect a drive pedal as I’ve ever heard.
Recently I also treated myself to a Carr Mercury V (which is an absolutely fantastic amp and can be attenuated down to very low volumes). But it’s way more expensive than the range you mentioned. This other cheaper setup that I mentioned still lives in my bedroom, and it’s a great.
Best amp in my collection is a little Winfield 5 watt tweed champ clone. Made by a member of this site, Zook. Amazing little tone machine. When I go back to gigging, I will definitely use it live. Just throw a mic on it, and boom.
Heres mie, Blues Junior Tweed, and a few cheap pedals, works well at home and can crank it in a rehearsal studio no sweat, all good, i would like more expensive boutique pedals but these will do at the moment, they give me all the grunt required.
Overloud TH-U Full ($320) running on a MacBook Pro, Focusrite 2i2 ($160), Line 6 PowerCab 112+ ($800)
Great sound, infinite tweakability, distortion and harmonics at any volume.
$1280. Assumes that you have a decent laptop.
Right now it's Warmoth Telemaster (tele/jazzmaster hybrid) -> Alter Ego (looper setting) -> Vox Mini5 Rhythm (practice amp)
It's all I need for practicing and making noise.
My Vibro Champ XD, or my Tech 21 Trademark 10. Honorable mention is my early 70's Pignose with a Morley Power Wah Boost. I used to use that as a preamp for my Silverface Twin. It really sizzled. I love low watt amps.
The perfect bedroom rig depends on your style of playing, but these days I’m loving my little ‘70s Fender Vibro Champ. Really compact and light. 5 watts of clean, warm tube tone and easy to overdrive at reasonable volume. Great for Tele and Strat sparkle and chime. I drag my pedal board in and get lost for hours.
This is my current bedroom rig. Sold all my tube amps and going with a Strymon Iridium into a Friedman FRFR or headphones with the Focusrite Solo.
I still use headphones when the wife is home. It's basically my iPhone or Mac into the Kemper for backing tracks and out to the Marshall Woburn II for audio.
I work out of town, an yes it sucks not seeing my wife and kids, but I have this to play with and I am content for now. I brought a few toys with me. A Vox AC4 and a Boss GT-1 and a few guitars. When no neighbors are home it’s only the Vox. When I have company next door, the GT-1 is on to quiet things down. This little amp gets loud. Only thing I need is a sofa for my home away from home. I do have a fold up chair and a mattress though. One day hopefully a sofa.
With limited space in my 32 ft fifth wheel, Tele -> Pedals -> Roland Street EX > Focusrite Scarlett 212;> Mac > Headphones for live recording.
We have an alcove in our bedroom that might have been a huge closet had it been closed off...but then, all the "stuff" wouldn't fit (and it barely does now). I play these when Mrs is not in this end of the house studying. I play the Blackstar stand-alone with a mini-pedal effects and an attenuator...or, the big board through an ABY to the Bugera and Quilter (both at ~1w) with the effects on the Quilter. The Bugera drives the orange cab...the Quilter drives the black/wheat cab and the DV 2x8. The two small amps are 2 of 3 in rotation in the sunroom, where I may play "quietly" when Mrs is hitting the books. I guess under the circumstances "bedroom rig" is a matter of opinion , if not location.
Gibson Les Paul doublecut, faded (2004)
50s neck (slightly larger)
I am not shy about modding guitars but this one is complete stock and a pleasure to play.
Mojotone 5f11 tweed vibrolux (2017)
Built by Mojotone and came with 10" and 12" baffles. I am using a Weber 12a125a speaker.
Also completely stock although I bought the parts to add a bias control and will install it one of these days.
I'm not shy about modding amps either, but I am happy with the 5f11 as it is.
The blonde tolex is very cool looking.
My pedal board is sparse - a Timmy, Topanga and tuner. I rarely use the Topanga - the amp sounds like it already has reverb.
I use a TC electronics Mimic to split all this to a Fender Frontman 65R
Sorry, I win.... straight into a Champ clone.
5 watt Fender Tweed Champ reissue, or a used mid 70s Silverface Champ for about $600. An American Standard Tele (or even a MIM Fender Player Tele), and several Boss pedals for OD, Fuzz, Delay, Chorus, etc. Come to think of it that may cost more than $1000 to $1500, but might be able to get close if good deals were to be had on used gear.