$900 Budget, best amp for singing leads?

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  1. BMX

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    Still trying to decide on my next amp. I've already got Fender (many) and Marshall (DSL50) covered. I was thinking maybe a Mesa head next but haven't really found a model that matches what I want. The closest I've found is the Mesa 5:50+.

    I'm tempted on a used Mark IV but it seems like overkill to get a 90 watt head and then play it on half power. I've looked at the Mark V 25 and 35 but don't think I want el84s for this amp. The rectoverb 25 was great and did the singing leads thing but not what I wanted. I don't play a lot of modern or metal but I like hard straight ahead rock/crunch. I was going to get an EVH 5153 50 watt but when I listened to Youtube videos it sounded too similar to my DSL50.

    1. I don't want more than 50 watts
    2. Head only
    3. $900 or less used
    4. Prefer 2x6L6

    Any other ideas other than Mesa 5:50+? Would a Mesa Rectoverb 50 be too modern sounding?

    Cabinet would be a closed back 2x12 with Creambacks.
     
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    Carvin X100B Series IV. It's 100W but it has a 100/50/25% power switch. ~$600 brand new.
     
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  5. plextasy

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    Mark III or IV. IV is perfect for this, given that you like the character and voicing. Run it at 45w..sings all day.
     
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    Jet City JCA50H with a retube?
     
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    How about a PRS Archon? I'm seeing heads going for 900 these days used
     
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    I wouldn't give up yet on the EVH 5153. I really think it offers a different flavor of high gain tone. Definitely worth playing one in person before making a final decision.
     
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  9. Flyin' Brian

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    What is the definition of a singing lead?
     
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    my definition of singing lead is a 5E3. They can be had with 6l6s for you budget. They arent for everyone though. but they so sing
     
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    Maybe just throw a Dover drive in front of one of your existing amps.
     
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  12. lowpaygigs

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    You keep a dsl and flip a mesa rectoverb? Clearly, we know what tone means to you! (Chill DSL defenders.)
     
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    Build your own 50 Watt Plexi from Metro!
     
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    I agree with the pedal suggestions. However, if you are dead set on a new amp....Budda SD30, 18, or 45. The 18 and 30 are el84s though, but the 45 is not. I have the 30 and it is outstanding.
     
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    Mesa Mark III is close. Simul-class is a nice lower-power option.
     
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    Upon reading the title, 5E3 is the amp that came to my mind as well. OP's got Fender circuits… but maybe not the right one ;)
     
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    If you like the 5e3 you will love the night train.

    The bright channel is a vox meets 5e3 with tons of harmonic spongeeness. And the girth channel is like a trainwreck tone. Really nice sustaining Marshall vibe.

    Best sounding "inexpensive" amp I own. I use it all the time. They make the 15 and 50 watt version.
     
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    This

    Also you can find a used Soldano HR50 for that price point
     
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    Reeves Custom 12 with or without power scaling.

    Rocking little amp, top quality turret board hand wired, made in USA.
     

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