What’s your favorite reliable combo amp for <$1K?

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  1. 0utputXfmr

    0utputXfmr Tele-Meister

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    Take this with a grain of salt, because it's the only amp I own (though I have played through plenty of others), but I find a lot to like about my Traynor YCV-40. "Blackface" style clean channel, hot-rodded gain channel (think Marshall JCM 800), and a real spring reverb (though I hear there are some better reverb out there). Built in Canada and still retails for ~$750.

    My only issue with it is that it's way too loud for my apartment!
     
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    One of the reasons a Boss Katana would meet your requirements is the output power can be adjusted to 0.5 watts or 50 W or 100 W. They also have master volumes. I usually play mine at 0.5 watts and it sounds great. I haven't tried mine at "Cut through the mix" volumes but others say they sound great loud too.
     
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    Marshall DSL40CR
     
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    You can find a Fender Bassman 59 for less than 1K in your country... nothing, NOTHING beats a Bassman, period. Not even time.

    You can add a Master volume for few bucks, a Tubescreamer and the only thing you will need is a tuner
     
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  5. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

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    Marshall DSL40CR is an incredibly good sounding, versatile amp.

    4 great, touch sensitive channels, (real tube dirt too - you will not need any dirt pedals), reverb and an emulated out for recording. Lovely Marshall cleans and crunch.

    Two master volumes with nice tapers and a half power switch for home playing.

    Get the six button foot switch for maximum versatility.

    The crunch channel is outstanding and you can boost / OD it and not need to switch the two ultra high gain channels on for the styles you describe.
     
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    milocj Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Good sell has some nice, easy to handle 1x12 combos if you're looking to stay with the Vox style of tone. You should be able to land one for around $1k used.
     
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    Ditto.

    It's not bad by itself but really shines when you pair its clean channel with a modeling unit.
     
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    I've got a PRII modified to sound like a Deluxe Reverb if you're interested. The last of the Fullerton hand wired amps. It's got a full size reverb tank, and it was recapped (all new electrolytics) about 5-6 years. New Tung Sol preamp tubes with an NOS 12AT7 JAN reverb driver, and JJ 6V6S output tubes.
     
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    Katana 50 or 100, PRRI and DRRI. All sound good.
     
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    Peavey Bandit. Way under $1000
     
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    I have Pubster 45,amazing amps!

    Im a died in the wool Fender guy to
    A guy i work with is an amazing session jazz player(ole timer) and turned me on to them
    I played his 175 and 335 thru his Venus and Fandango and was blown away
    I bought the pubster off him little after when he said he was selling it,,$500,,what a steal speaker wasnt even broke in
    Matter of fact he has a Fifty Five twelve for sale right now still has the tags on it $600
    Im tryn to stay away
     
  13. lazybones

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    Traynor Traynor Traynor!
     
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    Old Traynor YGM something...Guitar Mate.
    Great grab- n- go for short sheckels.
    SF Super Reverbs are still under a grand.
    One of the best club amps in the history of mankind for under a grand.
    Did I mention that they're under a grand?
    Only a tweed Bassman MIGHT be better, but you'd need some outboard reverb and another 5-7k dollars.
     
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    I'll second this. I built my Mission kit for $800 six or seven years ago. It's never caused me a problem, and is a beautiful sounding amp. The only mods I made were smaller coupling caps and a grid stopper. Cost a few dollars and 30 minutes.

    It sounds like this:
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cLjYTaCZa7w8cQG2vi3Kci216XgwBeeU
     
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  16. Henry Mars

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    Traynor YCV40WR and Traynor YCV50 ..... then there is all of my Peavey stuff which is still ticking after 40 - 45yrs
     
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    Marshall Origin20 combo
    (louder 5E3 like)
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions all. Any love for either the Blues Deluxe RI or the new Hot Rod Deluxe mkIV?
     
  19. blowtorch

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    Have you modded yours? I was playing mine just yesterday, and it reminded me of why I hardly ever play it. It just sounds kinda raspy and harsh to me, raw in a not cool way. And I am not a guy who needs everything to sound smooth, not by any means, but still...

    I'm frustrated with my Excelsior, because I want to love it, but I just don't
     
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  20. KC

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    as this thread has shown, you have a lot of options here! when I first read the original post, I though just buy a Blues Junior and get it over with, and I might still stand by that, though the Origin 20c combo has taken over that role in my playing life. I've had the BJr for 15 years or so trouble free and used the heck out of it. Origin is kind of an unknown quantity for reliability.

    I'm going to go way out on a limb here and suggest the Bad Cat USA Player Cub, which you can get in a 1x12 combo for under $1200. I mean, if you've got the money, this is a lifetime amp, that will handle any playing situation you throw at it. If you like AC15-type sounds, this will get you there in gold-plated fashion.
     
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