What do you think is the Most Versatile tube amp for only use at home?

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  1. OzShadow

    OzShadow Tele-Meister

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    I have a Mustang IIIv2 that does a lot, sounds good, but takes a lot of work to make that happen. It's almost too versatile.

    I am looking into adding a smaller tube amp for use only at home. I would probably add no more than 3 or 4 pedals.

    What do you think would get the widest variety of use with the least fuss? I have been considering a Vox AC10 or 15 and a Blue Junior. I really like the 65 DRRI but it may actually be a bit much for my needs and its probably the best Mustang patch.

    This would never leave home and would be used to play everything from country, to Skynyrd, AC/DC, 90s alternative and even some modern pop/rock.
     
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    Get a Mesa Mk5:25

    Do everything at every volume.
     
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    My suggestion in such cases is always a Super Champ X2, especially as it would never leave home. Yeah, I know, not all-tube. But you’re looking for versatility, and the SCX2 delivers in spades all you’re looking for.
     
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    I feel your pain. I have a mustang with a Swamp Thang speaker. I was happy with it. Spotted a Peavey Bandit for a steal and grabbed it. Suddenly the Mustang sounds muffled and a bit crap. Swooped the Swamp Thang into the Bandit and it sounds awesome! Now thinking about shifting a couple of guitars and buying a high end amp
     
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    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Versatile???
    I think tube amp I think simple.
    Versatile comes from your 3-4 pedals.
    Princeton reverb with a 12" speaker intrigues me.

    I also have a Mustang lllV2.
    My house amp is a 70's vibrochamp.
    I kind of miss reverb, but delay helps.
     
  7. OzShadow

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    I have an older Peavey Envoy already. Very clean SS amp. Love the old Peaveys but it’s time for pure tube as an option.
     
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    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    Anything you want..pick one...and add jazz..thrash & downtune to the list Runt4 (2).jpg Runt4 (2).jpg
     
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    I’m gonna say it before someone else...Twin Reverb.

    Can’t have one of these threads without it!
     
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    I have always liked a good clean tube amp that will break up a little and then I'll do the rest with pedals. Prefer the amp to have good reverb. One green OD pedal, and one brown pedal and a compressor. Noise gate is nice, but not really needed at home.

    whats only home use mean?
     
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  11. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

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    The most versatile amp is one that has excellent cleans and takes pedals well. With that, you can customize any tone that you want.

    Lots of good choices out there for that...Princetons for example.
     
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    Starting saying that a few minutes ago, phone rang before I finished and posted. :)

    Obviously a TR is too big to crank at home, but a good one sounds great at low volume. And the truth is you can't really crank a tube amp at home anyway, even a Champ sometimes. So you pick one that sounds good to you with about a watt going to the speaker and call it good.
     
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    They make excellent "home" amps since they are too damn heavy to carry down a flight of steps. Mine sits in the corner and will likely always be there....it does get played a lot though, still sounds great below 2 on the volume dial.
     
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    I’ve still got my Twin after 45 years. The only place I use it is at home. Works great for home use.

    I gig with an old Deluxe. Works great on stage.

    You just never know, do you?
     
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    Find a used Champ Silverface and add a couple of pedals?
     
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    Probably not a popular choice here ,,but if you ever get a chance to try a Friedman Amp..the cleans are designed to be amazing on their own but also for pedals & the loops are dead even & quiet. And on top of that pick your fav Marshall dirt on the gain channel by model. My Runt 50 can replace every amp i have ever owned and that is a hard thing to say when you have some classics
     
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    Vox AC10C1 should fill the gap and not very expensive either.
     
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    I see a lot of big amps for sale on Craigslist for cheap.
    I recently picked up a Fender Concert Reverb 410 for cheap. It’s a ‘90s reissue so it has a low wattage setting. I think other Fender’s from that that error also have the low wattage switch.
    I see a lot of twins for about what you would pay for a blues junior.
    BJR is a good utility amp. I don’t think it really sounds that special. The Pro Junior sounds amazing, I currently own one and It’s one of my favorite amps ever. You can definitely approximate some AC/DC on the PJ with the volume knob cranked and it sounds massive through a cab.
    I thought the Vox Ac10 sounded small and not pleasant od when you crank it.
    Ac15 is a good sounding amp but weighs probably more than a Deluxe Reverb ri. However, the Vox is made in china and the verb & trem are solid state. Once you play real tube trem or verb on a Fender the Vox will sound really cheap.
    Happy Hunting!
     
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    I just picked up this Princeton Reverb 65 reissue used. Outstanding little home amp and both my Strat and Tele sound great at low volume.


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    Princeton reverb
     
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