Best 1x12 Combo for ZZ Tops sound with LP?

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  1. John Barber

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    Looking for a combo 1x12 or 2x12 with my Les Paul that will get me the best Billy Gibbons sound? Thanks
     
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    Early 60s brown Deluxe 6G3 will get you very, very far down the Reverends tonal path..
     
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    My 8 watt 1x12 Carr Mercury really does the Gibbons thing well!
     
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    Friedman Dirty Shirley will do that. Nice effects loop too.
     
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    ZZ were using Tech21 TM60's on tour not that long ago.
     
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    He was endorsing Crate V30s some time back and they do his sound pretty well.
     
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    Early ZZ was the Brown Deluxe, like LeonC posted in the first reply to the OP.

    What you see on stage these days are props. Billy's real rig is back stage and has nothing to do with the stage props.
     
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    You can't go wrong with a 5F1 tweed Champ or a 5E3 Deluxe.
     
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    I've always been able to get the closest to those early Billy G. tones using a plexi or early metal panel Marshall of some sort. Haven't played one, but I would think one of those 18 watt HW Marshall combo's would be worth looking into - the 1973X 2x12 or the 1974X 1x12 - especially if you don't need all the volume.
     
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    Wait, didn't he use one of those Legend amps in the crate box cabinet to get some of his early sound? Yeah, that's the ticket!
     
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    This might give you some insight:

     
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    Interesting that everyone suggests small fenders. Billy always sounded like a marshall guy to me, and his rig in the vid is marshall based.

    To my ears its not a terribly hard sound to get regardless. On recordings he layers a lot, which might be why we perceive it as a complex tone. I think the nuances of it have more to do with his playing style.
     
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    Pretty much any 18W Marshall will make you happy.
     
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    I'm going to echo the Tungsten Crema Wheat suggestion. I plug an R7 straight in and get those older ZZ tones.
     
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    I know one, but it ain't too cheap. I just got a Naylor 1x12 combo and it's very much the old Marshall crunchy tone. I think I was playing some ZZ type riffs when I first plugged in, as the tone just invites that kinda thing. it just does what I always wanted my Marshalls to do. Woody kinda crunch. Has more gain to go into Van Halen, Queen kinda territory too. It's like my favorite Marshall tones, weird that it's not a Marshall.

    I give lessons at a shop, and for the last two weeks, I've had all kinds of people knockin' on my door askin' what amp I'm using. They say man, it sounds GOOD.
    No amp is perfect for everyone, but this one is for me. It's small enough I can use it in my office/studio where space is a premium, and also has a great sound at low volumes, yet is very powerful for some gigs.

    But you don't have to take my word, this is from an old Guitar Player review:
    "Lots of old-Marshall-from-Texas presence, sweetness, and grit... ride your axe's volume for lead and rhythm... cuts through bass and drums like a Rambo knife through an overripe kiwi... more than get you money's worth here."
     
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    A 6G3 will get you in the ballpark of a cranked Plexi but in a 20-watt, 1x12 size factor.
     
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    New Magnatone Varsity and a Les Paul nails the first four albums or so.
     

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