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73171
11-14-2011, 06:49 AM
...Looking for a cheap small jazz amp just for fun....not looking to spend big $$$, but up to $400 is ok.


Roland cube 80?
Fender Mustang III?
Fender Frontman 212?

....looking for BIG bass response and smooth midrange/treble...



(I know about Evans, Hendrickson, & Jazzkat, but that's too much $$$)

doc
11-14-2011, 07:49 AM
My cheapie jazz amp is a Peavey Backstage Plus (45 watts) with a Lil Buddy speaker and the ICs changed out to Burr Brown OPA2134s. Nothin special, but sounds real nice for jazz. Reliable as a hammer.

Brien
11-14-2011, 08:33 AM
Haven't tried the Mustang, but the Cube fits the bill.

magilla
11-14-2011, 10:04 AM
Used Blues Jr - $300 all day long.

If you're set on solid state, the Cube is okay.

Your best bet if you want warm tone and a little headroom would be to hunt down a used Music Man. The RD50 50 Watt 1x12 would fit the bill. Pretty light, too. Other options as well. Great amps to be had for little money.

Sandy Cheeks
11-14-2011, 10:14 AM
My first choice would be just to peruse the used amp selection in your area, but in a new amp, check out the 1x15" Ibanez Wholetone (http://www.ibanez.com/Electronics/model-WT80) -- it's sort of a more affordable Polytone, and that 15" speaker will deliver the tone you're looking for.

http://resources.ibanez.com/resourceservicehost/images/Ibanez/web/electronics/products/WT80.gif

Maruuk
11-14-2011, 12:40 PM
I've heard a lot of jazz guys like that cheap little Kustom Tube 12 with the 12AX7...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61uPKkehwWL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
Super light and has a warm, clean jazz vibe. Kind of a sleeper, appears to be a cheap crap practice amp but actually sounds way better than the specs. The Celestion in there gets top reviews. I assume the 12AX7 is a dual-use preamp/phase-inverter element.

petermelton
11-14-2011, 02:26 PM
I use a blues jr. Works well for me. I almost went with the cube but I'm a tube guy.

Carl_Tone
11-14-2011, 11:06 PM
Pignose tube amps

G40V or G60VR

Twelvebar
11-15-2011, 02:00 AM
Two cube 30's in stereo for me. Cheap yet awesome.

Jef Bardsley
11-15-2011, 03:15 AM
The little Roland does a killer JC imitation. (Why are we not surprised by this?) Lots of classic jazz tones there.

dconeill
11-28-2011, 03:12 PM
Peavey Bandit.

Or a bass amp. Bass amps work very well for jazz guitar.

kirkham13
11-28-2011, 03:20 PM
I like the mustang III but anything will work- I like the idea of having a 15 inch as well.

MartinPiana
11-29-2011, 11:23 AM
I upgraded my Cube 30 to a Cube 60 - $200 used. Great for practice and gigging. My Benedetto archtop w/ floating pup sounds super clean and multidimensional to it, and it handles the M9 stombox modeler very well too. I have a modded Blues Jr. too, which I like for electric guitars - but it doesn't do the archtop well, while the Cube handles the semi hollow and solids well.

StevenStrat
11-29-2011, 11:28 AM
look for a vintage (analog) roland cube. Will probably be quite cheap, and will FAR exceed the new digital cubes.

all the jazz cats grab for the vintage cube, while we have a fender vibrolux, blackstar ht5, fender mustang and cube 30x available as well.

slap dat
11-29-2011, 11:34 AM
I would personally recommend a used Blues Jr, but I saw a guy this past weekend playing jazz on a 335 through a Roland Cube with some sort of digital effects processor and it sounded very good.

sksmith66
11-29-2011, 12:09 PM
roland jc-120 can be easily found for under $400 used. great jazz amp. no way I'd use a blues jr for traditional jazz sounds (wes montgomery, grant green, etc). not saying it can't be done. just way low on the list of what I'd grab for those tones.

msr13
01-19-2012, 05:32 PM
I am very impressed with the Fishman Loudbox Artist.

MartinPiana
01-19-2012, 06:03 PM
Cube 60 for my archtop.
BillM/C-Rex Blues Junior for the others. Gorgeous acoustic archtop tone sucks thru the BJ, but the other guitars sound very good including the Eastman thinline.

I've heard very good things about the Fishman Loudbox - would like to try that with the archtop.

JohnSS
01-20-2012, 10:04 AM
I think a used Peavey Bandit or a Cube will be the easiest to find. A Peavey 60 watt bass combo would probably also do the trick for under $150.

charley
01-20-2012, 10:44 AM
ZT Club, Used Polytone, Crate Powerblock?

Rick0
01-20-2012, 10:59 AM
I heard John McLaughlin playing through a Cube and it sounded pretty good to me.

pbmw
01-20-2012, 11:22 AM
Loudbox is a great choice.
I have a G50 Two Ten Yamaha that also sounds great.

ChorusCrackpot
01-21-2012, 04:50 AM
The Cube80 would be fine.

jwoertz
01-21-2012, 05:13 AM
I've owned both the Mustang III and the Roland Cube 80X. I would choose the Roland any day for Jazz.

onemind
01-21-2012, 07:10 AM
I have an SWR Strawberry Blonde I'm not using at all but I think it would make a darn good Jazz Amp, nice reverb, tweeter, etc.

Pinelake
01-21-2012, 09:00 AM
I play jazz quite a bit. My favorite amp is my Rivera Venus 5, but that doesn't fit the $$$ range you mentioned. For really small venues I use my Fender Frontman 65r 112. With my Les Paul going through it, it gets good mid range and bass. I use a delay pedal instead of the amp reverb. Even the dirty channel is not bad iwth my LP. Always heard great things about a Roland Cube too, but never tried one.

cratz2
01-21-2012, 09:28 AM
I have a Yamaha G100-112 that gives up lots of great tones. A solid clean tone and on the Gain channel, with the gain set to about half (this is not dirty at all, really) you can have a bit of complexity. We had a few back in high school jazz band and I always thought they sounded much better than the JC120s we also had. It's not a lightweight amp if that's a concern.

I've only played through them briefly, but the older Cube 60 is probably the Cube model I'd go for.

Crocker
01-21-2012, 10:21 AM
I tried one of these and enjoyed it a lot. Still looking for a way to afford it.

My first choice would be just to peruse the used amp selection in your area, but in a new amp, check out the 1x15" Ibanez Wholetone (http://www.ibanez.com/Electronics/model-WT80) -- it's sort of a more affordable Polytone, and that 15" speaker will deliver the tone you're looking for.

http://resources.ibanez.com/resourceservicehost/images/Ibanez/web/electronics/products/WT80.gif

TDJMB
01-21-2012, 12:34 PM
On a whim, I picked up a Fishman Loudbox Mini. It sounds great with both the archtop and humbuckers. Of course, this is clean & low volume. Less than $300.