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Best 1X12 combo you actually would use.....

westex

Disgruntled Optimist
Gold Supporting Member
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Try this one......If you wanted a used combo with a 1X12 (or better) that had plenty of headroom (more than enough to keep up with a drummer, bass, other guitar) has a great clean sound, all tube, and works great with pedals, for less than say $800 used. Wht would that be? A couple of my picks:

Mesa Boogie DC-5: Helluva nice loud, deep, clean channel with a bonus rectifier like dirty channel (that I would probably never use). Built like a tank.

Fender Blues Deville: A LOUD 4X10 Bassman circuit amp that, with some judicious tube changing, can get some decent clean tones all for about 500 bucks.

Rivera 55 and related combos. Fender AND marshall sounds in a 1X12.

Some of the Peavey classic tube combos.

Others? :YinYang

Wes
 

oxtone

Member
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I've been looking for a hand-wired 1x12 combo, and so far, the Carr Rambler is winning the test! Wow - great warm, "organic" tone, and it sounds great with my Tonebone Classic pedal. It's expensive ($2,000), however.

I've had a PV Classic 30 since '94, and it's been in the repair shop at least 5 times. It's a decent little amp, but a poor design internally. It has three circuit boards connected at right angles by about 30 tiny wires that have a propensity to break just 5 minutes before a gig!!

So, I want to jettison the PV, and get a solidly made, hand-wired 1x12 combo. Gonna go try a used Groove Tubes Soul-O 45 today.
 

B Vance

Member
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2,014
westex said:
Try this one......If you wanted a used combo with a 1X12 (or better) that had plenty of headroom (more than enough to keep up with a drummer, bass, other guitar) has a great clean sound, all tube, and works great with pedals, for less than say $800 used. Wht would that be? A couple of my picks:

Mesa Boogie DC-5: Helluva nice loud, deep, clean channel with a bonus rectifier like dirty channel (that I would probably never use). Built like a tank.

Fender Blues Deville: A LOUD 4X10 Bassman circuit amp that, with some judicious tube changing, can get some decent clean tones all for about 500 bucks.

Rivera 55 and related combos. Fender AND marshall sounds in a 1X12.

Some of the Peavey classic tube combos.

Others? :YinYang

Wes
Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, hands down.
 

Luke V

Silver Supporting Member
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2,407
Orange Rocker 30 combo. Very thick tone and the master volume sounds great. No attenuator needed. :)
Just noticed you said under $800. I don't think you can find one that cheap, or I'd have another one.
 

Kinkirsi

Member
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oxtone said:
I've been looking for a hand-wired 1x12 combo, and so far, the Carr Rambler is winning the test! Wow - great warm, "organic" tone, and it sounds great with my Tonebone Classic pedal. It's expensive ($2,000), however.

I've had a PV Classic 30 since '94, and it's been in the repair shop at least 5 times. It's a decent little amp, but a poor design internally. It has three circuit boards connected at right angles by about 30 tiny wires that have a propensity to break just 5 minutes before a gig!!

So, I want to jettison the PV, and get a solidly made, hand-wired 1x12 combo. Gonna go try a used Groove Tubes Soul-O 45 today.
Isn't the bass on the Rambler a little flubby when the Rambler is pushed?
 

jerseydrew

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1,520
I have a Boogie DC-3 combo. I've sold a few amps over the years, but I'll never sell this one. It does everything.
 

cnardone

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2,100
Alessandro working dog line. Just a little more than that new, used probably right in you range. THey don't show up often used though.
 

Norjef

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1,163
Keep your eye open for a Sundown 1-12" 50 or 100 watt combo--very dynamic. You can minimize the small cab middy sound if you install EVM 12-L and Weber Beamblocker. Jeff R.

I've done 2-3 wildly-varied gigs per week with this and pdlbrd for years.
 
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what I would do...

buy this amp
http://cgi.ebay.com/Mullard-EF86-Marsland-Mercury-Magnetics-XFMR-tube-amp_W0QQitemZ7377097527QQcategoryZ38075QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

...and put it in a 1x12 combo box from Weber or Mojo, pretty close at least to your price range. Not affiliated whatsoever, but I have one of Mike Whitney's amps (nmv version of this one) and they totally kick ass, meticulously hand built, marshall tone out the wazzoo. Just IMO (!!), things like the mesa or hellhound or rivera will sound like toys in comparison.
 

Slick51

Colonel Curmudgeon
Gold Supporting Member
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522
+1 for the Rivera R55/12. One just sold here for $450 shipped, too. I have one with a matching Los Lobottom Sub 1 (300 watt 1xJBL 12" spkr) subwoofer, and the pair sounds like a 4x12, but you can carry the whole rig to the car in one load with no helpers!

Hard to beat that amp below $800. Others great amps I've used at that price point include the VHT 50/12 (both EL84 and EL34 versions) and a modded Carvin BelAir.

slick51
 

Leonc

Wild Gear Hearder
Platinum Supporting Member
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I'd have no problems at all finding some excellent tones for less then 800 using any of these amps and a pedal or two:
  • Ampeg Gemini (the 12" version)
  • Ampeg ReverbeRocket II
  • Fender Blues JR (or was it the HRDeville...got 'em mixed up in my tiny brain)
  • Peavey Classic 30
  • Reverend Hellhound
 

mcormier

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Luke V said:
Orange Rocker 30 combo. Very thick tone and the master volume sounds great. No attenuator needed. :)
Just noticed you said under $800. I don't think you can find one that cheap, or I'd have another one.
+1!:JAM:AOK
 
H

hemlock

VHT Pitbull 45. could use maybe a bit more in the clean headroom department, but try one and see. Excellent amps.
 

Stevo57

Gold Supporting Member
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3,571
Hemlock beat me to it, but for features and tone, I don't think you can beat a Pittbull. Quite a few have sold here on the Emporium for $850.
 

Heritage

Member
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845
I've never played a more awesome 1x12 combo than my Mazerati 1x12 combo. Mine came loaded new with a V30 and it works great. This amp has nuts AND balls. I've never heard a 1x12 combo that can hang like this one. It excels with both my Lentz S and my 04 R8 w/Seths.

Scott
 




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