Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Alchemist XP, Nov 21, 2018.
The Vox AC30
The Silvertone 1484
Mesa Boogie amps have fantastic cleans. If you play them through some american voiced speakers instead of celestions it's blackface tone for days
I had a Black Cat 30R that had really nice cleans but I sold it because the overdrive just wasn't happening for me.
Apparently I heard there is a “low gain mod” that Bad Cat can do for it, but I never tried it. As righteous as the clean tones were, I always wish it had about half of the gain on tap. Different strokes for different folks, but regardless the Hot Cat 30R is a hell of an amp.
Fryette Deliverance 60.
Add my to the group mentioned the SLO. It's famed for the overdrive channel. It seems like a lot of people completely miss how great the rhythm channel sounds and even more never back off enough to set it up for a good clean. Run that clean with some single coils into it and it's really great, something unexpected it seems.
Mesa rectoverb 25 combo, great cleans and great reverb
My Marshall 4203 Artist (30 watt combo) has a nice clean sound. But better to my ears are my Bad Cat Black Cat 30 and Bad Cat Hot Cat 30. Both BC’s can produce nice cleans from either channel. The tone controls give way more flexibility in tones than any other amp I have owned. They act similar to a parametric EQ rather than just Bass, Mid and Treble controls.
IMO, this circuit has some of the best clean tones ever!
That's what I bought my LA100BL for, but mine came slightly modded (cathode cap not soldered in) and the clean sound is so gorgeous that I tend to leave the volume low and get distortion out of pedals. Still is nice to crank it to 10 with an attenuator now and then, but mostly I play it clean with modulation.
Line 6 Amplifi 150
I also find very good cleans in the Rectoverb 25.
5150! They laughed. "Clean channel!?,....ha! No way! "
Not true. Beautiful tube clean, loud, no problem.
Every Carol Ann I have owned has had a fantastic clean Channel.
Orange rockerverbs had surprisingly good clean channels.
I was also surprised by the Mesa mini rectifier clean Channel.
I also agree about the Fryette Deliverance.
Reeves custom 50 Jimmy PS. The only one of the above that I have left. Terrific clean sounds but I expected that.
My 1989 Peavey Triumph 60 Ultra Gain head has a beautiful clean channel. I use it exclusively on the clean side running my board straight in. The amp's response to my ODs is excellent in every way. Fantastic tone!
I agree with the Landry underestimation. I've had a couple of G3s and both had incredible clean channels. Since I play quite a bit of R&B/Funk/Soul, it's essential that my clean channel be on par with the Fender camp amps, and the Landry delivers!
I also have to commend the clean channel on the Friedman BE-50. With it's full spectrum EQ, and the amps global Resonance and Depth features, it's a very full bodied, bouncy and resonant Fendery clean that might surprise some folks.
I am an amateur, play for my own enjoyment guitarist. I've owned many amps, just to hear them in person. I bought a '73 Marshall 1959 just because I wanted to experience a 100w Marshall first hand. I got it to hear that Marshall grind at house shaking levels.
I was not disappointed. But I was surprised at how much I loved the pristine cleans when the volume pot was between 1 and 2. And surprised at how freaking loud the amp was at that level. Great amp that I feel honored to have had the chance to experience with all the pots dimed. Wow.