Best amp under $1000 for fenderish tones

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  1. coolhand78

    coolhand78 Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for another amp to pair with my vibroverb, but dont
    have a lot of money to spend, I'm looking for the best amp under a $1000
    that has fendery, or even jtm45 type tones...

    i'd prefer a combo with decent speakers and preferably ptp handwired but
    if the amp sounds good enough i'm not particularly concerned... and something other than a 15", maybe 2x10" or 1x12" or even 4x10"...

    any suggestions?
     
  2. sixty2strat

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    get and old BF bassman,....3 years ago got a 66 for 350 and a clean cab with mystry speakers for 250.00. got 2 Canibis rexs for 79.00
     
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    Look at Gries and Dr. Z
     
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    you can get a vintage showman head for well under a grand. awesome head with tons of clean headroom. a twin in a head minus the reverb...
     
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    i'm gonna look into both the bassman and the showman... i live in australia
    but if i can find a good one and someone who is willing to ship i'll snap one up...
     
  8. soundbee

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    Check out a used 59' Bassmanr RI. It's where Marshall started and makes an excellent complement to a blackface style amp - especially when played together... mmmmmm!
    The amp has a very organic 3d quality. I believe SRV started to use during some of his last appearances (David Letterman, I think). Still the amp is extremely flexible for many styles and takes pedals like a champ.

    I have an older one that came w/ a SS rectifier plug (which I actually like better - tighter bass) and blue frame speakers that breakup just nice. No lacquer tweed but that was taken care of easily enough.

    For a long time I used this amp my core tone and y'd into a blackface (DRRI or vibroclone) that was used for effects (reverb, vibe, delay). Sort of a quasi-stereo approach. Yum!!!!
     
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    +1. I love mine and it would make a nice contrast to your Vibroverb. It's also surprisingly light and compact for a 4x10 combo. Rich, swirly, 3D tone and very good crunch when turned up.

     
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    Why not get a Fender. $1000 is plenty to pick up an old one.
     
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    Seriously look at this Frenzel Deluxe Plus amp. It is PTP, under $1000 for a 1x12 combo or head, combines a bunch of features from different Fender amps, so isn't really a take on a Deluxe for the most part, plus has a separate input for a more JTM45 type sound.

    http://www.frenzeltubeamps.com/id13.html
     
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    I'm a big fan of the Rivera M-series (channel 2) for fenderish tones. In fact, to my ears, it often does better blackface tones than a real Fender.


    Rivera M-series amps are way undervalued in the used amp marketplace.
     

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