Best Amp for Small Gigs

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  1. Deathmagnetic

    Deathmagnetic Member

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    Hey guys,

    whats your reccommendation for a 1 x 12 or 2 x 12 amp for small gigs...

    playin stuff like van halen to shinedown to zz top

    looking for something that wont break my back but yet sounds nice and full


    thanks !!

    Joe
     
  2. GCDEF

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    ^^^^^
    Excellent recommendation!!
     
  4. SharkAtl

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    Mesa Express 5:25 would be a great choice.
     
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    Carr Mercury and Suhr Badger 18 are both excellent choices but more $$.
     
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    Well you might not believe that a silverface champ will work but I have one that is ballsy and holds its own with a bass, singer and drums. the person I bought it from had the caps upgraded in quality but not in values so I am sure that helps. What really helps is the change I made to the speaker. I threw out the crappy 8" that came with it and built a cabnit out of old pine and put in 2 10 inch Enimence legend speakers in it. The volume increased greatly and the bottom end is now pretty big and the baffel board is 3/4 pine to so it is stiff enough to tighten up the bass. I do not use any dirt pedals just the volume turned to 10. The only problem is the lack of headroom, I cannot be loud and clean at the same time. It is not an amp for larger gigs but for small ones it is great. I use it for a couple of ZZtop tunes (Tush and Waitin' on the Bus) and it gets the right tone for that with a Les Paul and p-90's but for Van Halen you'll need a dirt pedal to get that nasty.

    Here are some pictures from another form I posted a while back: http://www.heritageownersclub.com/forums/topic/12984-rebirth-of-a-champ/page__fromsearch__1
     
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  8. C-4

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    With a small amp, I would want as much versatility as possible.

    Unless I was willing to haul around a p-board and other gear, I would audition a Vox VT80+.

    I use Diezel amps for my work, but when a stage is too small for my regular gear, I go small, yet versatile with that amp.

    It is easy, fast, and the tones are not terrible at all, but actually good. It can deliver 120 watts if needed, but sounds really good at any volume.
     
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    I don't know what the "best" small amp is but I recently got a Traynor YGL-1 that can do US or British tones well, has a tone stack bypass, is built in North America and can be had new for about $650. I'm not aware of anything else with the same bang for the buck.
     
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    any amp with the vol turned down a bit
     
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    Mesa Express amps.
     
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    I disagree. I like the right tool for the job (for me). Nothing like an amp in the sweet spot no matter what your volume is.

    I used to play a Savage Macht 12 with a boost in front of it. It sounded amazing and it was loud and light (should have never traded that amp). Reeves makes some cool stuff in that range as well. I love my Matchless Nighthawk as well.
     
  13. Thinline_slim

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    Honestly, I would go at all those genres with an Orange Tiny Terror. I love mine and with the right combination of pedals you can cover a lot of ground that isn't clean.


    Seriously, why hasn't anyone invented a "clean" pedal for dirty amps? You could call it Mr Clean or Box-of-Clorox and make a fortune!
     
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    It may be impossible without cutting volume.
     
  16. schwa

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    VH and ZZ played NMV Marshalls, so I am thinking

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    I'm surprised these aren't more popular. Fits in your trunk, NMV Marshall goodness, and almost as loud as their bigger brothers. Less headroom, but I haven't found that to be an issue.
     
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    I think every guitarist that plays in a "classic rock" cover band should seriously check out the Fuchs Blackjack 21 MkII. I'm fortunate enough to be the proud new owner of one, and IMO, it is the perfect amp in every way for this application.:aok
     
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    I most definitely agree with Schwa. The Marshall 2061X + 2061CX are brilliant for this IMHO. As stated, it can be quite loud. However, mine - I found this out on TGP - can be sort of 'attenuated' by plugging into the Bass channel while setting the Lead channel's tone & volume to 5. The Bass channel then becomes the 'softer' side of the Lead channel; this can be most useful when playing small gigs.

    This is the amp I've always been looking for sound wise, and the size/weight is great. And doesn't it look great?
     
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