best small fender tube amp

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  1. parkerbro

    parkerbro Supporting Member

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    i have a fender blues jr. which i like very much but would like to try something else. i primarily play at home so don't need a large amp. any suggestions?
     
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    ...pro junior - a tone monster.
     
  3. Legendofamind7

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    I love my 71 vibro champ, awesome breakup to give you beautiful bluesy overdriven tones.
     
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    Any kind of Champ really, depending on your budget: the tweed Champ is a classic, but a silverface Champ would sound great too.

    For something a little different, I have a brownface Princeton I really like - beautiful sparkling tone. Nice bias vary tremolo, too.
     
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    some kind of Champ! Start browsin' fleabay.
     
  6. opdev

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    I think a BJ is much better than a champ :)

    Seriously, champs are pretty limited. I think the BJ is a great home amp.

    The best sounding small fender tweed sound IMHO is a tweed princeton.

    If you want more of a clean sound, get a Princeton Reverb.
     
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    Blackface Princeton Reverb, Pro Jr.
     
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    Princeton Reverb
     
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    A '62-'64 6G2 Princeton like this one:

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    One of the best small amps I've ever tried/owned. Great cleans, thick and nasty overdrive, killer swampy tremolo.
     
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    I like BJ's too (couldn't resist) :jo
     
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    ...i grew to hate mine. i could never get it to sound like an amp, much less a tube amp. and that after having one of the top fender amp guys in toronto tweak it several times.

    -dh
     
  12. ChrisP

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    or get a silverface and have dave allen mod it.

    YUM YUM
     
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    I've used this in my studio for jamming, for low volume practice,and for small club gigs where I miced it up. I put it on an amp stand and face it back at me like a monitor. All the Fender tone you want in a nice portable package.
     
  14. jonny guitar

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    I have owned both. The champ is pure tone and responds very well to pedals if you are looking for variety. The BJ's tone is great for a couple of blues sounds and that is it. I don't find its sound nearly as versatile as a champs because it always has that mushy, though forgiving, sound underneath that can't be dialed out. The couple of sounds it has I really like and frankly, I can just rip when I play through on but I tire rapidly of the tone.

    My SF Champ with a couple of pedals in front of it is darn near the perfect home amp (though I prefer my Univalve to it).
     
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    Man, is that ever sweet! BTW, your guitars are all backwards.
     
  16. Sparky6string

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    I agree. No offence to Blues Junior owners, and if you love that amp more power to you, but I've never played through an amp that I connected with less. I love my SF Champ, but I think probably a better home amp would be a Micro Cube, Trademark 10 or that little Vox modeling amp. Cranking any tube amp no matter how small is gonna be loud, but the SS ones can give you awesome cranked tone at low levels.

    That said I like throwing a pedal in front of my Champ also. :D
     
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    '76 V-Champ with Gerald Weber tweed mod, JJ tubes, Weber 10" speaker into a THD Hotplate. Sometimes into my 2x12 or 4x12 cabs. Sounds killer
    with my p90 LP faded.
    Had a Blues Jr with a Greenback and new JJ tubes...sold it....no second thoughts after modding my Vibrochamp.
     
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    Are any of these amps that your all sugesting avalible new/today?
     
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    I have a BF Champ and a SF Music Master Bass Amp and IMHO they both blow away the Blues Jr.
     
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    best small fender tube amp
    i have a fender blues jr. which i like very much but would like to try something else. i primarily play at home so don't need a large amp. any suggestions?

    Where does he say that he's looking for a NEW amp, or how much he want's to pay for the amp,or did I MISS something.Key question is "Best small Fender tube amp".
     

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