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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by adrianb, Nov 10, 2019.
Mesa Mark IIB
Answering this question would be much easier if the OP posted clips of the sound he was going for. For instance, I really like the sound of a Strat going through a Marshall Jubilee but I know it’s not for everyone.
That said, you really can’t go wrong with a Fender guitar through a Fender tube amp.
Fender HR deville (4x10)
For a noob; start out trying a strat through a Princeton Reverb (PRRI or custom 68) or any Fender amp has the capability to provide a "blackface" tone--deluxe, Super, Twin or even some of the modeling amps that can provide it. If you can afford PRRI or DRRI, I would start there.
Roland Jc-120 or any Fender of the Reverb family
I found that glassy/biting tone not in a particular amp, but with a particular pedal - a Fuzz Face, of all things. Plug a Strat into a (preferably germanium) Fuzz Face, and roll the volume off until it's clean. It's a magical cleaner-than-clean tone, and you'll immediately hear how Hendrix got his sound on songs like Little Wing. I take no credit for discovering this! I got it from a Pete Thorn video where he talked about it, tried it myself, and found the clean Strat tone I'd never been able to get before. It's both brighter and warmer than a full-volume "clean" amp sound.
An original Blackface Super Reverb with Alnico CTS was the best I ever used.
haven't played tons of amps but by far the fuchs tds had the best cleans i have ever heard.
For me Best clean amp for strat is a Bassman 1960 original
I've owned a lot of amps in my life, including several 70s-era Fender DRs and PRs and damned near every amp Mesa ever made, but the two I still have today in my old age that I play with my strats and teles are a Swart Space Tone Tremolo and a Valvetech Amplifier Company VAC-50. Don't even think of looking for anything else now; haven't for ages...
I use a Mesa Mark V on channel 1 in Tweed mode. I plug the head into a vintage style 1x12 with an EVM 12L and my Strat just sings with every note. I've even had sound guys compliment my tone.
Fender cleans are brittle to my ears, go with a Vox circuit for great clean tones that chime. I love the neck pickup through a Vox circuit, you will be pleased as hell.
Dr. Z amps make reasonably weighted amps with EL84s that copy Vox flavor very well, the Maz 18 is killer.
Many fine suggestions already. End of the day you want a bright, clean amp, probably 50W or more for head-room. (My Friedmans both do great for strat cleans, but most Fender amps will do fine). Preferably something with a presence knob.
I would just say that the speaker/cabinet selection is going to be a key part of the equation too. I wouldn't go any darker than a Celestion greenback and to me, a Celestion Alnico can't be beat.
Some good speaker suggestions:
*Alnico Creams (90w each)
*Alnico Golds (50W each)
*Scumback H series
Probably a semi-open back cabinet serves best.
OP, I received some great (and more focused) suggestions when I posted a few clips of my playing - in my instance I was looking for a step up from what I had.
Alternatively even a clip of someone else with a sound you are looking for would increase the focus of what people suggest. Otherwise it is hard to guess what you like.
Posters here are generally happy to listen and happy to share IME, especially when given really useful information about your goal.
Edit: budget is also helpul info. As would info about where you use it / volume / venue etc.
"Spank", to me implies "Sparkly" and makes think Black/Silver Face.
"Chimey" makes me think Vox and variants.
"Steely" check out Robert Cray playing Clubmans.
"Warm" moves me to JTM/Tweeds.
You gotta play them.
MIG 50 or '59 bassman, vol between 3/4.5, is basically a perfect single-coil clean engine. it is so loud–but it is also about the richest, deepest, roundest, most dimensional "clean" i've found.
Deluxe Reverb, vol 3-4.5, is also spectacular. a lot glassier, less "depth," but whoa.
dr z z-lux
dr z z-plus
fender twin , super reverb , lots of different fenders
very subjective but a Bogner Shiva EL34 is nice! or a matchless independence