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Favorite Blues amp: Boutique, Vintage, or Modern?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Docgab, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. Docgab

    Docgab Member

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    This may be an old question but I was wondering how many people have found themselves in a similar boat?

    After trying many boutique amps: Matchless, Bad Cat, Carr, Victoria, Kendrick, Top Hat, Dr. Z, and /13 to name a few. I have found myself using a nearly origional '64 Super Reverb and/or an orgional '73 Vibrolux Reverb. I have sold all of the boutiques except for a scripty Top Hat Ambassador 35, (sounds like an early Fender 6v6 on steriods)

    Not to disrespect the boutique amps and the genious of their builders, all of them were good to great in their own way, but I can nail the blues tone in my head with vintage Fenders, an overdrive pedal and my GVCG S-type. With very little knob turning.

    So, what are you blues stringers using?

    I should say that I cut my blues teeth on Albert Collins, Feddie King, Albert King, Buddy Guy and early Clapton to name a few.

    Got tone, now if the old fingers would do their job:D .
     
  2. cbpickin

    cbpickin Tweed Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I have '66 Super Reverb that is a great blues amp, even without a pedal. I was using just a Hotplate with it for a while. Maintenance and weight are two reasons I stopped gigging the SR. I have a Clark Beaufort that I can gig with no pedals and it is amazing tone all night long, just no flexibility, and it needs to be mic'd up most times. But, I could definitely live with it as my only amp with a strat and my SG set up for slide. Tweed deluxe has the most amazing slide tones with those humbuckers.

    I am hoping today my perfect blues amp will arrive. I have a Fargen Blackbird 30 watt, 4x6V6 due for delivery. I like to have some od choices and some vibe, wah, etc. and I am thinking this will be the perfect amp. Not as heavy physically as my Super, but BF type tones with some improvements. Review to follow.
     
  3. big mike

    big mike Moderator - EL34 Emeritas Staff Member

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    Love my Cam 18 with a tele for blues. Nick Greer builds a killer amp.

    Had fun with some fender stuff, my Z and RT are great as well.

    Blues is less about the amp, and more about the emotive playing IMO.
     
  4. opdev

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    All the blues tone I need lives in my Mission 5E3
     
  5. gkoelling

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    Blues is about all I play and as much as I'd love to try a 5E3, I really enjoy my Gries 35. I get sweet singing blues tones from it and have no need for pedals. I've owned a couple Fenders but this amp just nails it for me.


    ....Greg
     
  6. MikeyG

    MikeyG Supporting Member

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    I use a Vibroverb clone. But I'm still gassing for a Super Reverb. I heard a reissue up fairly loud the other day, it was impressive. If I find one locally, I'll probably snag one.

    For a great Fender clean, I don't really need the boutique world. Fenders abound.

    I saw a video clip a while back of someone using a vintage Vox AC30 for blues, and it sounded amazing. It seems the country players use the AC30s more often than blues players, why is that? Scott Henderson used a Matchless DC30 for his Dog Party CD, which is a superb tone.
     
  7. trisonic

    trisonic Member

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    Favourite for Blues?

    Depends on the flavour:

    1. JTM45
    2. Tweed Deluxe
    3. Pro Reverb

    I like AC30's but not for blues, dunno why, really.

    Modern amps:

    1. MP Ganesha!
    2. Carr Rambler
    3. Alessandro Beagle

    My choices are eclectic, they suit me.

    Best, Pete.
     
  8. pbradt

    pbradt Senior Member

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    Same with my Hullett 5E3. Gets no better for the blues, at any price.

    Miraculously enough, my little girl on the amp has recovered. No one can figure out what was wrong with her.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Braciola

    Braciola Silver Supporting Member

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    Played MikeyG's Mesa Lonestar last year and that baby ooozed blues ;)
     
  10. TIG

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    Grosh RetroClassic..wah..microvibe...sparkledrive...Princeton Reverb..running into Avatar 2x12 with G12h&V30..SWEET!!!!
     
  11. MikeyG

    MikeyG Supporting Member

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    That was a great blues amp. If only channel 2 had been better....
     
  12. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    Super Reverb
    Alessandro Beagle
    '54 Deluxe
    Matchless Chieftain

    Gimme any one, and I'm a happy camper.
     
  13. Killa-B

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    My K-Spot is a blues machine, no pedals necessary. Blackface, tweed, and beyond dependent on volume.
     
  14. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    I tend to the vintage myself, although I have a fair amount of "boutique" and a few Modern amps. Tweed or BF Fenders, 60s Marshalls for the blues.
     
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    Regardless of volume limitations? A blackface Pro Reverb or tweed narrow-panel Pro. With volume in mind, a tweed Deluxe, Princeton Reverb with more speaker firepower, or my current favorite, the Victoria Victoriette (get it with 6v6s!)

    I love Voxes, but they can be a little strident and whiny on higher bent notes for my tastes. Also, I'd personally steer away from anything higher than 20ish watts, although there's a low end impact you can get from bigger amps that's tough with smaller amps (not even volume related).
     
  16. opdev

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    Mike

    I go to the JD's jam sometime and I reallyt like the sound ouf your Victoria.

    I am about to put a bigger speaker into my PR.
     
  17. Mr.Hanky

    Mr.Hanky Supporting Member

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    This is really more of a style question then an amp question, cause there are SO many types and styles of blues out there.

    Me, I've always been a LP and Marshall kinda guy, so that is a no brainer.
    And I have a 64 Deluxe Reverb, it just ain't me cup of tea.
    My Germinos on the other hand are perfect.
     
  18. MikeyG

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    Hey!! Welcome!

    I had a fellow blues fan, and TGP member, refer me to your music. I gotta get out and buy some! Great stuff.
     
  19. jspax7

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    My Fuchs ODS 30, with the Jazz switch on, and my Guild Bluesbird gets a great blues tone. I can go from clean to singing by varying my pick attack.

    I continue to be impressed with the versatility of this amp.
     
  20. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    Every amp I have is a blues amp. Here are the top picks (this week):

    '60 Gibson GA40 (jump blues/swing in a box)
    Clark Tyger (clear, singing tone)
    Magnatone Custom M-10A (too odd and cool-sounding to describe quickly)
     

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