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Best amp for da funk?

losangeles33

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I want an amp, a combo, that can go to funky-town with no problem. I don't want a vintage Fender, looking for a more modern amp. New or used doesn't matter but i'd like to keep it under 2k. I love the old fender blackface sound but I haven't been able to capture that in a newer amp, even a new Fender ironically, and I've had two rocks and tone kings and D13 among others.. any suggestions? I'm ready to try-and-buy now!
 

vlammie

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Well, Nile Rodgers uses Peavey Classic 50 4x10's live.
He got them from SRV...

In the studio, lots of the funkateers just use a DI, with little or no amp blended in.


I ordered an Audio Kitchen Big Chopper myself, but that's more expensive than the price you mentioned.

The second channel (with baxandall EQ) is superb for funky cleans though:

 

Leonc

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Look into to Tone Kings. There are a number of models in different tube/speaker/wattage configurations that'll get you great Fender tones clean tones in a somewhat updated package. Great designs and workmanship, killer tones for funk and will be within your price range on the used market. Should be able to pick up a Tone King Comet 40 for under 1500 bucks.
 

majorminor

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I wonder if a Mesa 5:50 Express Plus would get it done. When I think of funk it's not just the obvious clean. It's a certain tight and lean non hairy neutral clean. You also need to be able to hit that low E pretty well before strumming trebles and have the low end stay tight.
 

stratotastic

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Well, Nile Rodgers uses Peavey Classic 50 4x10's live.
This is what I was gonna post. Can't get much more funky than Nile.



But it depends on what you mean by "funk." You certainly don't need a Two-Rock or /13 to do chucka-chicka-chuck stuff.
 

vlammie

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For you geeks, a thing to try if you' re going for that Nile Rodgers sound:

I read somewhere he sometimes uses 2 SM57's on his amp, one slightly further away than the other one.
This creates comb filtering (what you'd usually try to avoid), but this way you get a subtle out-of-phase sound on certain frequencies, which is pretty funky.
Not as drastic as position 2 and 4 on a strat, but that needs to be in position 1 for da funk anyway. :)

But as I said before, Prince and Nile used to track a lot of those classic songs just using a DI, with some EQ and compression from the mixing console.
 

billyguitar

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On the TAMI show James Brown's guitar player had a Gretsch amp! And an L5CES. At Motown the guitar players plugged right into the board, but that's not funk. The guy with Tower of Power, sorry I forget the name, used Silverface Twin Reverbs.
 

doublescale1

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Used Carr Rambler will do you fine - easy to move around and you can dial in high headroom B/F tone for days. Loves pedals too.
 

golfnutt67

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I love the phunk and so does my Fuchs Full House 50 a great clean chanel sweet OD reverb and a loop and a boost for each side right in your price range too. I would highly recommend looking into it as well
 

JackStraw12

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I love the phunk and so does my Fuchs Full House 50 a great clean chanel sweet OD reverb and a loop and a boost for each side right in your price range too. I would highly recommend looking into it as well
I was going to suggest an ODS, great clear clean tones perfect for funky stuff.
 

freaksho

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Funk is in the heart and on the one beat... any tube amp with good clean tone can be funky.
+1 more. any clean that floats your boat. in my case, just about all tube cleans make my ears happy. and some SS too. bottom line: this is one case where there is absolutely no need to get spendy.
 
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