What Bedroom Amp Has it ALL!

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  1. ClosetSciFiGeek

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    Looking for an amplifier that has it all, preferably a tube amplifier, that is 5W or less (less is better-5W is still pretty loud out of a 12" speaker) and has all of the following if it exists:

    1) A good effects loop for modulation effects

    2) A real EQ section (bass/mid/treble)

    3) Great cleans

    4) Great overdrive without deafening me (not looking to play metal merely some reasonable overdrive)

    5) Tremelo with speed and intensity

    6) Reverb, preferably a real spring reverb not some digital reverb

    When I am not playing my classical guitar (this is like eating my veggies) I play a Squier Classic Vibe Custom Telecaster (this is like eating dessert) with a four-way switch. Love to play Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Rolling Stones, The Police etc...
     
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    How much are you willing to spend?
     
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    Get a Mustang. Hypnotize yourself into believing it has tubes.


    There's a meme in there.
     
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    Vox AC4 with a pedalboard
     
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    Boogie MK5:25 with a tremolo pedal - run it a lower power then take it out and own the stage too.
     
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    Price not really a problem if it is really good. I already have a Fender Mustang III V2 that I got used for a song and I agree I do like it a lot, but I also have a Mojotone 5E3 that has tubes, but can get a little loud and it doesn't have a real EQ, effects loop, etc..
     
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    The guy on youtube that does exceptional Beatle videos uses a Vox AD15VT.
    And his tone is off the charts good.
    Yes I was stunned.
     
  8. ClosetSciFiGeek

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    Maybe I am making something out of nothing, but it seems like most amp makers these days are building to a price point and they skimp on some stuff that I want. For instance, Blackstar makes the HT-1R in the right power output range, but it has digital reverb, limited EQ, no effects loop. Fender make the 68 Princeton Reverb Reissue(haven't played one, but suspect it would be too loud once I get the drive I am looking for), Marshall makes the DSL5 that looks pretty interesting (have to go find one to play through), the Mesa 5:25 Express is a pretty good suggestion. That wasn't on my radar.
     
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    Most tiny amps are seen as being targetted at a lower cost point, so the features aren't really there. If you want tiny and features, you will likely need to have a custom put together, or possibly have something modified for what you're looking for.
     
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    Is there anything out there like a Fender VibroChamp with an added master volume, spring reverb, and effects loop? Could you modify a DIY VibroChamp to have these features?
     
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    Don't think you can get everything you want in a 5 watt tube amp, but the Victoria Regal II comes close - reverb and tremolo, but only bass and treble eq and no effects loop. Swart has similar amp. I can't think of any non-boutique 5-watters with those features.
     
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    The Laney L5T has everything on the list except tremolo. I LOVE my Laney.
     
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    NO bedroom amp has it all, but my Mesa Express 5:50 2x12 gets pretty damn close.

    In the 5 watt mode, the tone is still awesome, and the master volume doesn't kill your tone at low levels. Plus, the effects loops is fantastic. Really love this amp.

    IMO, a sub-15w amp will be a compromise in some way or another, be it the transformers, cabinet size, lack of features, etc. For example, while my AC4 sounded great, it was pushing only one EL84, which sounds fairly different than my AC15 pushing two (the former having less bass and headroom).

    Very few 'bedroom' amps will have everything you're asking for, save for boutique or custom order.
     
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    So far the Laney 5 watter has my vote.
     
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    That was my first impression too. I don't know of a single low watt amp that has all of the features the OP listed. Some will get close however and then you'd need a trem pedal or it wouldn't have an effects loop.

    When someone posts a wish list that says "All" of the following it's almost a lead pipe cinch one doesn't exist or if it does we're talking thousands of dollars for a small amp which is why I asked about a price limit.
     
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    So "All" is actually a negotiable term right?
     
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  20. ClosetSciFiGeek

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    Absolutely negotiable. I think using a trem pedal in the effects loop is the easiest to achieve.
     
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