Basic food groups wishlist - what's yours?

Ryebosome

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Inspired by a @Warren Mendonsa post about basic food groups, I've been thinking about the stable of tube amps I'd like to collect/pare down to that represents most of the important tonal families.

The self-set rules for this are that I'd like one amp from each of the following categories, real tubes, no modeling:

Fender
Vox
Early Marshall
Late/Modded Marshall
Dumble
Mesa

I already have purchased (not yet in hand) two of these six categories, and I'm casually thinking about the other four down the road. Don't tell my wife!

Fender: Not so sure on this one, maybe a Down Brownie?
Vox: Matchless DC-30 or HC-30
Early Marshall: Metropoulos Super-Plex (arriving within the next month or two)
Late/Modded Marshall: Wizard MC II
Dumble: Fuchs ODS II (arriving within the next few weeks, hopefully)
Mesa: Mark V
 

feet

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Fender: no real need. some kind of black faced one, maybe?
Vox: my ac15hw is doing just fine. maybe i'll step up to the 30?
Early Marshall: bluesbreaker for cleans, super lead as an all arounder.
Late/Modded Marshall: silver jubilee or jcm800kk.
Dumble: no need, no idea.
Mesa: a triple rectifier? i don't know. that's cool, i guess.

you can tell these aren't my food groups :) i'm a vox/marshall/orange/something absurdly brutal/maybe a hiwatt sort of guy
 

sickboy79

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Fender: Blonde or BF Bassman head. I love them both and could go either way.
Vox: Matchless HC-30
Early Marshall: I could go with either a late 70s to early 70s 50w Lead circuit or Bass circuit. I love them both.
Late/Modded Marshall: For Marshall amps themselves: 50w Silver Jubilee, boutique I'd go either Friedman Dirty Shirley or Top Hat Emplexador
D-style: Two Rock Opal
Mesa: Heartbreaker

All the above are heads, not combos. Run into a vintage Marshall cab with GBs, G12H30s, or a combo of the two (Scumback variants of those as well).
 

disaster

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I have the high gain and mid gain Marshalls, Vox, and modern Mesa covered. I’d like the following styles:

Plexi Marshall (Superbass, probably)
Blackface Fender
Tweed Fender
Orange (classic style)
Hiwatt
Silvertone
Mesa Mark series
Ampeg V series
Roland JC
 

MoosBros

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The only amp I'ma gassing for at the moment would be a Swart ST 5w+5w stereo head just because. Replacing the 59 Bassman that I stupidly traded is on the list because it is what it is. I've got a bunch of amps I'll probably not play all that much. I did collect the entire Fender Pawn Shop Series. Ya, I'm weird like that.
 

Gibsonchild

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Fender: Not quite my thing, but almost definitely a Down Brownie if I had to pick one.

Vox: The kid has an AC15, which I freaking love. I will be filling my own Vox-ish needs with another Bad Cat in the near future.

Marshall: My JJ Jr more than meets my Marshall needs. That said, I wouldn’t mind adding something a little more vintage-flavored, but I’m not ready for that rabbit hole yet.

Mesa: DC-3. The most underrated Mesa ever. I’ve had it since the 90s, and it will never leave my side. The Badlander 50 is a very tempting addition, but way down my list of priorities.

Wildcard: Diezel VH2 or VH Mini. Someday.
 

PhilC

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Fender: Vibroverb, Kelley or Two Rock Classic Clean.
Vox: Matchless DC-30 or HC-30
Early Marshall: Suhr SL67 or SL68 or any Germino
Late/Modded Marshall: Wizard MC II or SLO100
Dumble: I'd like to try the Cobra. I had a Two Rock Custom for many years. It was fine. I sold it and haven't really missed the whole Dumble thing.
Mesa: Mark iic+. If I didn't already have that, I'd probably just get a MkIV.
 

David Garner

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Fender: I have a Deluxe Reverb clone and a Down Brownie

Marshall: I have an 18 Watt clone but I’m considering selling it to buy a Yeti

That would then be my only 3 amps. I wouldn’t mind a 5e3 one day to round out the “three Deluxes” thing but I could also do without it.
 

Prince

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Fender: Tone King Imperial MKII
Vox: Matchless DC-30
Early Marshall: Friedman Small Box
Late/Modded Marshall: Friedman BE-100 Deluxe
Dumble: Two Rock Classic Reverb
Mesa: Mark V
High Gain: PRS Archon
 
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Fender: Vibroverb, Kelley or Two Rock Classic Clean.
Vox: Matchless DC-30 or HC-30
Early Marshall: Suhr SL67 or SL68 or any Germino
Late/Modded Marshall: Wizard MC II or SLO100
Dumble: I'd like to try the Cobra. I had a Two Rock Custom for many years. It was fine. I sold it and haven't really missed the whole Dumble thing.
Mesa: Mark iic+. If I didn't already have that, I'd probably just get a MkIV.


I was reading your list and was going "Dang, this guy has good taste", then I saw your username ;-)
 

Highway Man

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I have blackface Fender and vintage Marshall style amps, and I’m really happy. With those and some pedals I can get any sound I need to. However, in an ideal world it would be cool to have:

HiWatt - my heart says a DR103, but that’d be a waste. Probably a DR20, then
Orange - anything with the classic Orange tone.
Vox - AC15 with an alnico blue
Mesa - probably a Rectifier, for me. Paired with the Orange for all heaviness.
Tweed - Bandmaster
‘Improved Fender clean’ - Two-Rock, Milkman, etc.
Soldano - SLO30. The ultimate hot-rodded Marshall. I am a huge fan of Clapton’s Journeyman era tone.
 

LaXu

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I feel that at the moment my Victory VC35 covers the Vox territory extremely well while my Bogner Goldfinger 45 Superlead can do the Fender/Dumble as well as any Marshall tones. The only thing I am missing is the metal amp territory. I've used modelers for that but have been thinking of picking up a used Fryette or Mesa Mark series amp plus a suitable cab (not V30s!).
 

timmytVA

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I'll play.

Fender - Brown Princeton or Deluxe
Vox - Vintage AC30 (note: I have a Victory VC35 Copper that fits this category)
Early Marshall - JTM45 with KT66
Late/Modded Marshall - JMP 50
Dumble - No idea on this one
Mesa - Probably a Dual Recto of some sort
 

Just Mike

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Well, I build amps, so I have;
Fender- a single channel Deluxe with no reverb, but with a tube buffered FX loop
Vox-I'd like a vintage AC-30
Early Marshall-I'd like a JTM45 combo (Bluesbreaker)
Late/Modded Marshall-I have 2 50w Chupas that I built, One is a 2-12 combo that I made out of an old Peavey Classic and the other is a Marshall small box
Dumble-I'd prolly build a 100w ODS
Mesa-I'd like to have a 50w Tremoverb again
 

buddy7168

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I’m mostly a rock player with some heavier stuff mixed in. I kind of think of it like Classic and Modern... but modern for me starts in the late 70s / early 80s haha!

Classic flavors:
- Fender Blackface
- Vox AC30
- Marshall Super Bass
- Marshall Super Lead

Modern flavors:
- Marshall 2203
- Mesa Mark
- Mesa Dual Rectifier

I have a bunch of these but still a few to go!
 

stratzrus

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Fender blackface combos
Fryette 100 watt head
Mesa three channel switcher
Quilter 100 watt 8" speaker

Fractal Audio Axe FX III (gotta have a modeler, sorry)
 




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