bang for buck blues amp?

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  1. raildog

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    list me 5 please, are there any marshalls in there?Scott
     
  2. gkoelling

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    18 watt

    DRRI

    used Gries 20 or 35

    Tweed Deluxe
     
  3. jpage

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    price range?
     
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    $300 to $800 used prices
     
  5. jpage

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    How much power do you need? Head alone at that $ enough or would you need a cab too?
     
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    18 watts max home use as well as some open jams,
     
  7. wyatt

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    Ampeg J12T RI

    Older Crate Vintage Club series

    You can easily work a Tweed Deluxe clone in that price range.

    SF Princeton Reverb

    If you have a speaker cab, a used Dr. Z Carmen Ghia
     
  8. jpage

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  9. gulliver

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    I think any tube amp with decent headroom can be a great blues amp ... the clean channel on my Marshall JCM800 2205 is awesome with pedals. The key is pedals and a good speaker. I was using the typical celestions for heavy blues speakers, but found a cheap Fender Eminence from a Blues Jr blows them away for blues IMHO ... I'm now investigating other fender style speakers. For pedals, I really like the original Monte Allums modded TS-9 ... very liquid like a Zen but thicker. I mostly stack an overdrive with a light fuzz and set the amp up so it's getting pushed to early break up ... sounds great.
     
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    The only one I have any experience with is a Blues Deluxe.Name says it all.I'm sure there are other opinons,but this baby really does it all for ME.There are alot of good options,go play something:dude,thats how you will know what works for you.Good luck,new amps are always fun!!!
     
  11. FenderBigot

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    Any small wattage Fender tube amp should cover your needs... it all depends on whether you're using pedals or not as some models take pedals better than others. IMHO, best bang for your buck would be a US made Blues Deluxe or even a Blues Jr.
     
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    5E3 (Tweed Deluxe) There several top notch kits out there, Mission Amps is just one. There might even be some builders that would build you one for under $1000.

    Allen Accomplice kit (based on a Fender Deluxe Reverb). Superb directions. If you can solder you can build it. At about $1000. it's a little above your max but what's 200 bucks? LOL!

    I second the Dr.Z Carmen Ghia too. Great sounding amp at a great price.


    Tom
     

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