Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Bloozman, Mar 8, 2006.
My vote goes to the Vibro King.
What about a Twin??
That too. Tweeds will have the least, BF's in the middle but in a more raw way and SF's will be very clean up high, almost hi-fi which to some people means sterile. My '69 Twin is blackfaced and I love it but I do like the early SF tones a lot too.
What type of music are you playing?
Or a JC120, or an Ampeg V4 or a Bruno UG30, or a Gibson GA79RVT... There's a lot of clean amps, any other guidance to what you're looking for?
Or a Groove Tubes Soul O 45.
Vibroking---no NFB loop (a Zinky trademark), a stated '60 watts' into 3 alnico 10's, not much clean headroom there.
Vibrolux---35 watt small OT into light duty 10's...ditto.
Bassman---strong 40 watts into 4 10's, pic of this litter for cleans
I have a '65 Showman that sounds SWEET into my Bogner 2x12.
Im leaning towards the 100 watt Twin...Lotta blues players use it
High Power Tweed Twin for the most clean
65 Dual Showman into a Bob Burt 2 X 12...awesome clean with touch dynamics.
Get a Fender.
Stop telling people about the Soul-O 45. There's only about 400 of them out there...and I still want one!
Peavey Stereo Chorus 212
ampeg v9 (the guitar version of the svt)
I would love to hear one in person i bet it would literally blow me away
I've heard the hiwatt 200 - sounds great clean AND overdriven
Think we really need some more criteria to go on.
Style of music.
What KIND of clean?
What levels of volume are we talking about?
As far as "what kind of clean", it IS hard to describe. Best to use some examples we all might know. I mean, a clean sound like Hendrix had on the jam "Voodoo Child" (at times..in the recording) that to me is one of the most beautiful cleans I know of...I heard it was a Bassman.
OR like Mark Knopfler gets? Or BB Kings old sound? Or...
Personally, just for balance somone here mentioned they thought this clean was too wimpy...that it got too lost in the mix, but the Carvin MTS3212/MTS3200 (one is combo, the other a head) as well as the smaller Carvin Vintage 33, have spectacular cleans that to my ears are MUCH cleaner than Fenders cleanest tube amp I ever heard. That said, I want a BASSMAN!! I have an MTS3212, and a Vintage33 and while I love them, and they STAY clean way high up in volume...and take pedals damned well, and I cut through the mix fine, I still love the shimmer and glass like qualities of those amps, but I still want whatever you would describe the bassman as having. I can't describe it well, but is just has this presence and sweetness of tone that contrasts with my very clean Carvins.
So while I love the Carvins...they can lean towards a little sterile-like sounding.
Another low wattage excellent, mellow, clean I like is the Peavey Classic 30.
I have a Hot Rod DeVille I like alot but, and I love it's clean channel, I still wouldn't descibe it as all that clean.
But...there is no such thing as clean really. I mean, an electric guitar sound like itself only when unplugged. The pickups and amp together decide what it sounds like "clean" (i.e. not overdriven, not fuzzed, phased, flanged, delayed, wah'ed, etc.) and even then...a tube amp compresses I think even when it is not driven into overdrive...by latency and ramp times, etc.
SO...what is clean?
The best Fender blackface clean I have ever heard was the new Heritage Patriot. This amp would turn the heads of the Cowtipper lovers here!