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Budget friendly small tube combo for my guitarist... advice please!

Ishouldbeking

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I, the bass player, am keeping an eye out for a good, portable tube combo my guitarist can use mainly for clean rhythm parts... think 60's pop/folk/rock stuff ala Belle and Sebastian. At the moment he's borrowing a Peavey Classic 50 410... which is great, if a little bit overkill for most of the shows we play. We have the cab mic'd 90% of the time, so we're thinking something a bit smaller, lighter, and that would take up less space in a van/trunk would be convenient, especially since we could always use the Classic 50 for a bigger show. An overdrive channel would be ideal for those occasional rockin parts, but it's not completely essential.

The budget, unfortunately is on the low side (cursed economy!)... think around $800 (or less!), or maybe something a little pricier that could be had for around that price used.

What I've come up with so far that fit the price/size/weight needs:

*Fender Hot Rod Deluxe / Blues Deluxe / '65 Deluxe Reissue
*Vibrolux (thinking the 210 might come closer to the 410 sound?)
*Kustom '36 Coupe
*Peavey Custom 30
*Peavey Delta Blues 210
*Rivera Pubster / Clubster 45
*Traynor YCV40 / YCV40WR / YCV50BLUE

Thoughts, opinions, and recommendations are all welcome but keep in mind we're not snobbish about tone... not looking for the end-all be-all tube combo, just something decent that sounds good. Thanks!
 
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Vox AC30CC2! They can be had, even though it doesn't say it on their website, at Best Buy for $839.99. I bought one last month because I couldn't pass up the deal. Best 2x12 combo I've ever owned.
 

Ishouldbeking

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Oh i should say, since part of what we're looking for is a smaller amp, pretty much leaning towards a 1x12 or a 2x10 combo. but thanks for the advice!
 
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Yeah, that AC30 gets pretty loud, but still a deal for that price. The MV works really well on it. Should be able to get an AC15 way in that price range, that's a 15 watt 1x12.
 

Bob V

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The Peavey Delta blues 210 is not a small cabinet. The Classic 30 or equivalent 1x12 might be the ticket for portability and still have a range of tones you're used to from the Classic 50.
 

NortheastHick

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I would say the classic 30 is a great amp, however the op did say clean was important and the c30 does not have a lot of clean headroom. A fender, either a reissue or hotrod series is a good clean amp, and is a great platform for pedals too.
 

Geetarpicker

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I'd go with the '65 Fender reissue Deluxe reverb. Should be WELL within your budget, if you buy used and there are a ton of them out there. Also tons of pedals seemed to be fine tuned for these amps (and blackface Fenders in general) so your options are plentiful.
 

BPSUL

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You said he likes the classic 50 right?


Tell him to buy a Classic 30 or 20 and spend the other $400 on a new guitar or pedals!
 




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