The wife is letting me buy a Fender amp. So....

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Fred Rogers, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Fred Rogers

    Fred Rogers Tele-Afflicted

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    Here's the deal. The wife gets somewhat annoyed if I buy new gear. If I come home with something out of our budget she isn't happy. However, if we go on a weekend trip together, she'll let me splurge a little at their local music shop.

    We are going away in a couple of weeks and I scoped out this guitar shop's website. I would like to buy another Fender amp, but I'm at the mercy of what they have in stock. I want something with really clean tones. Here are their used choices:


    '65 Re-issue Super Reverb

    1975 Twin Reverb
    Silverface, Master Volume (push-pull)

    1987 "The Twin"

    1968 Band-Master head

    Fender ProSonic



    What would you buy?
     
  2. backline

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    For a few reasons.....The 1968 BM Head is 2x the amp of any other on your list.
    best
     
  3. black_doug

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    Depends on what I was going to use it for - in a band, at church, a jam session, or playing at home for myself.
     
  4. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The SF Twin because I am in the market for on also and they sound so good.
     
  5. Fred Rogers

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    Can I get almost "Twin like" clean tones with a Band-Master?


    Small gigs mostly.
     
  6. toxpert

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    Yes...you can get clean sounds and you'll have to push the volume to get any breakup.

    This is a 6L6 amp...these get LOUD. In the settings you describe, IMHO you will be frustrated with having to keep the volume from getting too loud.

    If you are wanting Fender clean sound in the settings you describe, I would look for a 6V6 powered amp.
     
  7. Tidepoolbay

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    I am so glad your wife is allowing you to purchase an amplifier.
     
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    This is why I am single.
     
  9. go49ners

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    I know not everyone can say this, but for me being married to my wife is far superior than any piece of gear. It helps that I am sensitive to our budget and she is supportive of my playing. Once you pit them AGAINST your hobby your in trouble!

    To answer the question... Get a 6v6 amp and you really can't go wrong...
     
  10. greggorypeccary

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    I'd say the opposite. If you want Twin-like cleans than 6L6 is the way to go. I play a 69 Bassman head and never have to worry about cleans.

    Amps are only too loud if you turn the volume control too far clockwise. :D
     
  11. waparker4

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    The band master or the twin
     
  12. joeford

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    the bandmaster head will look like a less intrusive buy and make her think you got less than you did... might keep you out of trouble...

    on the other hand, those reissue reverbs are pretty fantastic amps for the money... and would definitely sound great at smaller gig volumes
     
  13. black_doug

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    If you don't care about weight get the '65 Re-issue Super Reverb. There's just something I love about most 10" speakers in a fender.
     
  14. Skub

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    I'd buy the one that annoyed her the most,ditch her,then buy the one I wanted.

    What is this,marriage counseling? :eek:
     
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    +1, although I don't own a Twin.
     
  16. Jim Dep

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    You are getting paid for these gigs? Then what you buy are tools for the trade and it's not a hobby, IMHO. It pays for itself right? The better you sound, the more marketable you and your band are. I never viewed music as a part time job. It was my occupational identity and still is.

    It's like that old taped interview with the Doors;

    Reporter: What is your name?
    Ray : Ray Manserek
    Your Occupation?
    Ray: Organist

    Reporter (to Jim Morrison): What is your name?
    Jim: uh.......Jim
    Your occupation?
    Jim: Looks at the camera and smiles

    I've been married almost 30 years and was a full time musician for 20 years, music being my contributing income for much or those married years, therefor I was only restricted by our budget, which wasn't that great, averaging it out over many years. Some years were lean and some good.

    I bought the equipment that I needed, nothing extravagant. I wasn't' into being a collector, these were my tools.

    I can't play out anymore so therefor music doesn't generate any income. My equipment is made up of a few things left I've had for almost 40 years, and used stuff I find at pawn shops, Craig's List, Ebay, or used stuff from music stores, all good deals bought for cheap.

    I'm at the point where I can't add anything without selling something. I don't have the money or the room.

    Recently I sold a 2x12 Marshall combo on CL and now own a Fender Mustang III. I got the Fender brand new for $200 so I came out ahead $$ on the deal.

    The Marshall was overkill for playing at home and I'm thrilled so far with the Mustang III.
    I would have a blast gigging with such a versatile and good sounding amp.

    If I didn't sell something else of greater or equal value first, it wouldn't have been fair to my wife to make this kind of a purchase, without it being able to generate income. Since I guess all this stuff now supports a "hobby", she should be able to spend the same amount for herself. We don't have the money to spoil ourselves. That's the way I see it anyway and it makes for a good balance.

    Good luck and I hope you enjoy your new amp.
    Why are you restricted to that one music store?
     
  17. hotrodkid

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    Tough list for "small gigs". I would say get the one you like regardless. None are really great for your intended application.

    My vote:

    1. BM head for cool factor, tone and collectability.

    2. "The Twin" for modern features and reasonable volume levels (but I'd have to get somebody to carry that 75lb beast around!:lol:

    Good luck.
     
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    The term "blackmail" comes to mind. :rolleyes:
     
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    1. Bandmaster Head

    2. '75 Twin Reverb

    3. Super Reverb RI
     
  20. adjason

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    Of course try them out if possible. I'd get the bandmaster or the twin though. I sold a 76 twin and have a 68 bandmaster. Both great amps-kind of depends upon what speaker cab comes with the bandmaster. You don't want to lug one of the original huge 212's to a gig.
     
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