In your opinion, the Best Pedal platform tube amp is...?

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  1. ChrisMo70

    ChrisMo70 Member

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    There's so many amp/circuit options that it's sometimes mind-boggling. I'm looking for enough clean headroom to compete with a full band for funk/r+b for small to medium venues, and the amp must play well with pedals. Effects loop optional (but i'll hear out any advice/arguments). I guess the main starting points of reference are Fender-style 6L6 and 6V6 circuits, Vox-style EL34 circuits, and Marshall-style KT66/EL34 circuits. I'm not as educated as I'd like to be on this, so be kind if you're going to sharp-shoot my post. Please post your fave pedal platform amps, one low wattage (18-25) and one higher (30 and up). Not looking for any $4k pieces, though I'd spend $2,500 for something I could use for the long haul. Thanks for your responses, let the games begin.
     
  2. pablogu

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    Bogner Shiva!!
    the Best Pedal platform tube amp!!!
    OLD Plexis 1967 jtm
    Germino
    Twin reverb
     
  3. gulliver

    gulliver Supporting Member

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    Fender Prosonic, killer amp for the $700 used range (they don't make them any more).
     
  4. Sean French

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    SF Vibrolux Reverb
    SF Super Reverb
    SF Pro Reverb
    SF Twin Reverb
     
  5. gibson08

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    Spending up to 2500 you can have your pick of some great amps!
    The best pedal platform amps I have owned are a DRRI, Carr Rambler, Bruno UG30, you can not go wrong with any of these amps(IMO).
     
  6. ecbluesman54

    ecbluesman54 Supporting Member

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    Best pedal platform I have had is the Maz 18.
     
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    BF Fender amp. Pick your size.
     
  8. pbmw

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    My first choice would be something like a JTM45 clone. KT66's. Awesome cleans. Great pedal platform. Both of mine are in the 35 or so watt range.
    I'm also really partial to Fenders. A Deluxe is an awesome amp. If you were willing to mic it, a SFPR could be a great thing for a small amp. They have absolutely killer cleans, and take a pedal really well.
    I like JCM Marshalls also. There's lots of stuff out there that you could buy used for a nice deal or there are a lot of small very good builders out there that would be happy to build you your dream amp.
     
  9. remocity

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    These will all fit your needs to a T.
     
  10. localmotion411

    localmotion411 Gold Supporting Member

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    I've owned or tried a TON of amps. Divided by 13 FTR37 is my favorite so far for a do-it-all amp that takes pedals well. Can be very loud, but that equates to stout tone when you roll down the volume on your overdrive pedal.
     
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    A Fender Twin for loud and a Zagray! for not so loud.
     
  12. FFTT

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    Vintage Hiwatt or Reeves

    Think David Gilmour

    Also agree the BF Fenders are great!
     
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    Fender SRRI
    Vox AC15/30
    Marshall JTM45
     
  14. mangoman

    mangoman Gold Supporting Member

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    For inexpensive:
    Fender Princeton or DRRI
    Vox AC 15/30

    For more boutiques
    Most Carr Amps (rambler or slant)
    Dr z Route 66
    divided by 13 FTR
     
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    localmotion411 Gold Supporting Member

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    Forgot to mention the Zagray! I'm currently retubing mine so it's down at the moment, but man is it killer.

    My top three are the FTR37 (#1), Zagray! and 3rd Power British Dream head. I can do a LOT with these three, and they all take pedals very well. They should be great; they were each expensive.
     
  16. aflynt

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    I'd recommend a Blackface or early Silverface Fender Showman. Get a good one and they have a clean sound that makes everything you plug into it sound amazing. You can get that sound out of them at pretty much any volume a working guitarist would need too. From small rooms with volume nazis to large open air stages unmiked they sound consistently great.

    -Aaron
     
  17. saltydogg

    saltydogg Red-Blooded Gold Supporting Member

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    My Germino Monterey (essentially a JTM 45/100 at about 70W) is exceptional at taking all pedals. And, the clean tones produced by 4xKT66's are glorious.

    On the lower watt side, the Tungsten Crema Wheat and the 1974x take pedals well. As do the Louis Electrics.
     
  18. Wombat

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    My first thought exactly. Or if you prefer starting from a 6L6 platform, a Carr Rambler or a Vibrolux would be perfect.
     
  19. amigo30

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    I loved a JTM45 with KT66's as a pedal platform. But then again, I live the JTM45 cleans, not everyone does.
     
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