County Guitar Pickers what amp and pedal you using

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  1. woodylong

    woodylong Supporting Member

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    I'm shopping for amp that I can get some good clean tones and cut through the mix in county band. I would like to keep the price $800 tops. I have been looking at Fender hotrod series.
     
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    The Hot Rod Fenders will be loud, but might not cut through like you want. Deluxe Reverb (RI) is a nice choice as well.
    Modern country actually tends toward the Vox tones (think B. Paisley's Dr Z)
     
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    A used Deluxe Reverb is in your budget. That's what I would get if I was limited to $800. I have a few amps, but am using a Deluxe Reverb head now.
     
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    I bought my Dr. Z Carmen Ghia for $850 used. I use a Barber Tone Press, Carl Martin AC-Tone, SD Deja Vu Delay, and an EH Holy Grail Reverb. I have a few other pedals but those are main ones I've used for the country bands I've played with.
     
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    I am using a Kustom '36 Coupe (6L6 and 12AX7) loaded with JJ's. I use a Keeley modded Compressor, a Barber Direct Drive for light drive, a Wampler Sovereign for heavier drive, a Flashback x 4 delay, and a Boss Feedbacker for lead boost. This rig covers a LOT of ground in today's country.

    A Fender Tele "Esquire", a Les Paul, and an Ibanez Roadstar II are the weapons of choice.
     
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    I'm not in a "country" band per se, but we do play some country-sounding songs and I get a lot of country-influenced tones.

    I actually like using my Vox modelling amp. I like it because it can get models of lightly overdriven Fender amps as well as a great-sounding AC30 model. I get Fendery twang and Voxy twang for different songs.

    I also use it with a BOSS multifx pedal with a compressor/sustainer. With four parameters on that compressor it gives me a lot of versatility.
     
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    Used a HR for many years, you could also get a Silverface for that price range. I think the HR Deluxe has great cleans to build on.
     
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    Wouldn't an HRD cut through more than a DRRI? I've had both and while I prefer the DRRI any possible day of the week, the HRD was a VERY loud amp. It's running 40 watts and can take your eardrums out. I personally hated it for anything overdriven, but the clean sound was usable.
     
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    Just like ol BadAssBill above me here, I used the HR Deluxe for a lot of years with great success. There are some really great clean tones in them. For pedals (essentials only) mine are a good compressor, delay, and a couple of OD's. My favorite two are the Metal Pedals Pro Country and the Option 5 Destination Overdrive. Also really like the Eden Nashville Boost.
     
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    I'm using a VVT Lindy Fralin with 1x15, Origin Effects Sliderig(sometimes swap for Xotic SP comp on a pedaltrain mini for smaller gigs), Wampler Brent Mason V2, Wampler Sovereign.

    For 800 bucks you can get all kinds of great clean amps. Throw a good comp and a drive pedal or two in front and you're done!
     
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    I played a country gig tonight. I used a Zinky Blue Velvet.
     
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    I use a Bogner Goldfinger, but we rock the country.
     
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    I don't disagree. They are loud. I gigged with a outlaw country band. Singer used a Blues Deluxe and I used either a Maz Jr or SF Princeton. He was loud but sunk into the mix. My Princeton had a sparkly cut that sat on top when needed. The Maz was just... Well, if the OP can swing it- would be a great choice.
     
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    +1, On the Kustom '36 Coupe. I also had a '72 Hardtop, with Tremolo. But, they even MIC'ed the drums for home practice, so the '36 Coupe was loud enough. I always use a Zoom MFX pedal for Tape Echo, Chorus, Compression and Tremolo. I'm now playing Rockabilly and Modern Praise at a lower volume, and have switched to a Vox TB18C1.
     
  16. woodylong

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    Some good info here
     
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    The new 68 silver face Princeton is the way to go. Country tones for days, just a tele straight in. Don't question it, just go get one!
     
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    You need 2 things. A blackface Princeton/deluxe/vibrolux and a TELE.
     
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    I use a BF Bassman, but think the Vibrolux Reverb is just about the perfect gigging amp. Big enough(*), small enough, more muscular than a DR at lower volumes.

    I have been preaching the Zvex Box of Rock and distortron for years, and have seen them on quite a few pro boards in the last few years. The most useable/realistic dirt i've heard. I just leave it on most of the time and use my guitar volume. So cool even lil joe uses one. The boost is great, too.
     
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    I recently started playing in a red dirt band and am using my Fender Prosonic combo....on the drive channel. I've got the gain on about 1 1/2 - 2 and use my guitar's volume to clean up. Occasionally I'll go to the clean channel, but not very much. Works very well.
     

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