Blues amp for a Strat?

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  1. RhytmEarl

    RhytmEarl Member

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    If you were gonna buy an amp specifically for a Strat and to play blues with, what would you buy?

    I'm talking medium mild over driven tones, more Magic Sam or Buddy Guy than Gary Moore.

    I'm leaning towards a Blackface Fender which I'm fairly familiar with but you guys here own and operate a lot of amps I've never played.

    And just for fun let's pretend price is almost no object. Dumbles and Trainwrecks are out but almost everything else is "in".
     
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    +1000!

    Even Buddy himself recently mentioned that after all these years of trying all the crazy gadgets and new gear... he went into the studio for his latest album (tea - something...) and plugged a 62 strat into a 59 bassman...and he said... thats it. All this time his original setup from the 60s was the sound he loved.

    keep it simple. i think a strat into a bassman is some of the best blues sounds you can ever achieve.
     
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    Yes, though it has enough gain to be a rock amp also.

    A nice old Ampeg Gemini 1

    A 6l6 equipped Valco amp

    Tweed amps

    Louis Electric amp (check out the website. They have a video and clips).

    mid 50's two tone Gibsons (make sure you have a good amp tech. these don't hold up as well as tweed Fenders)



    there is a ton more. i've kept suggestions to an "American" sound
     
  6. Young Angus

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    Komet 60's are fantastic for blues, control everything from your volume knob and pick attack and the response is fantastic!

    Don't need no gadgets with this amp...just good hands ;)
     
  7. RhytmEarl

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    Why the 10/20 and not the 9/15?

    I've never heard either amp but I'm intrigued by the buzz around them.
     
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    I personally love the Matchless Chieftain.
     
  9. mad dog

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    If I had to buy another strat-friendly amp right now, it'd probably be a tweed deluxe or pro. So far, here's the short list of amps that excel with my strat, blues and otherwise:

    BFDR (but of course)
    BFSR (perfect, or pretty close)
    Gibson GA40 (not close, perfect)
    Several old ampegs (RR, Gem I, Mercury M-12)
    Sano 250R (ampeg like, with 7591 tubes, what a sweet strat sound)
    Various twin reverbs (70s SF so far my favorites, best with a clean boost)
    Bruno CT 45 (another perfect, or pretty close, especially with clean boost)
     
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    While the Komet 60 is the best amp I've ever played, if I were to play straight blues, I'd probably lean towards a Clark Tyger or Victoria 35310 (Fender 3X10 Tweed Bandmaster style amps). The Fender Bassman reissue is a great amp but they can be a little too loose on the bottom. The Fender Super Reverb is the classic blues amp but it can be too loud at smaller venue's by the time it hits its sweet spot....which is why I lean towards the Clark & Vicky. The Fender Vibro King is also a decent blues amp (breaks up fairly early for 60 watts) but it feels a little stiff and weighs a ton.
     
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    Chieftain, and older SFDR (silverface Del.Rev). Guess you'll need two amps.
     
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    THD Flexi-50! Set up the gain you want, then use the guitar's volume control to go from clean to gain. Plug straight in - you will be addicted! :)
     
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    tweed bassman, black or silverface bassman, deluxe reverb, vibrolux reverb, pro reverb, super reverb, early ampegs. all depends on what features are important (reverb or tremolo? 1x12, 2x10, 4x10, 2x12?) Pesonally, I'd go for a 4x10 bassman or super if you can handle the size/portability issues.​
     
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    I'd also start in the tweed family. One of my favorite amps is a Victoria tweed Deluxe. It is small, but don't be fooled -- I've gigged with it many times. I'm also quite partial to a tweed Super (2x10, and a bit more powerful than a Deluxe). I really enjoy how the smaller tweeds shine when they are pushed near their limits with a Tele or Strat.
     
  15. pbradt

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    Depends on the size you need.

    Basement, living toom player - Tweed Champ.

    Club gigs - 5E3 Deluxe

    Anything bigger than clubs - 5F6A Bassman.
     
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    I borrowed a Komet 60 for two band rehearsals about a year ago. Fantastic amp. But WAY too loud for my needs. I think it's the ultimate rock amp if you can handle the volume. As a good friend with great ears described it "This is the amp Eddie Van Halen SHOULD be using".
     
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    Vickys are great, but if you know your way around a soldering iron, you can build the same amp for a lot less money.
     
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    +1 for the Bassman. Love mine, won't part with it, ever.
     
  19. RhytmEarl

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    I know which end not to hold but that's about it for me. :D

    A LONG time ago I made a concious decision not to get too deep into amp repair. I read a quote from a piano player who had done the piano technician thing. He said now he spent all his time tuning a tweaking his (acoustic) grand and not enough time actually playing the damn thing.

    That struck me and stuck with me. I've learned enough about tubes and tweaks to do the easy stuff and I've been lucky enough to have some good friends who can delve deep into amp innards if I really need a repair.
     
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    Dr Z Maz Jr. 1x12. Plug in and play.
     

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