Fender Blackface + More Meat and Muscle = What Amp??

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  1. tfunster

    tfunster Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for an amp, around 25-40 watts, that sounds like a more muscular/beefy 60's Fender Blackface style amp - with no plinkiness or ice pick high end, and takes pedal like a champ. Being less than 50 lbs is a plus too. Don't care too much about onboard reverb or trem, but wouldn't turn down an amp if it has it.

    What amp am I looking for? Morgan RCA 35? Allen Encore? DR Z EZG50?
    Or, do I get something like a vintage Vibrolux Reverb and have a tech tune it?
     
  2. jonnytexas

    jonnytexas Supporting Member

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    Neither of my blackfaces have any plinkiness or ice pick. My buddy and bandmate picked up a Tone King Imperial about a year ago and its clean channel is very nice and responds well to pedals. A vintage Vibrolux would be my choice over any newer amp, but I have the vintage bug.
     
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    Port city pearl.
     
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    tfunster Gold Supporting Member

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    I actually owned a CDS2 for a while (which is very similar to a RP40), and it was a great amp, but had a bit too many "bells and whistles" for my taste. It also sounded a bit small due to the cabinet size.
     
  7. bratch

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    The good news for you is that this is how almost all boutique 'fender'-style amps sound.
     
  8. Not Through Yet

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    Suhr Bella?

    Friedman Betty?
     
  9. Ridgeback

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    The EZG 50 pretty much fits your description. Super reverb on seroids. Haven't tried the others mentioned
     
  10. GuitarPlaynTaylor

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    All you have to do is boost the bass on a vintage fender and turn off bright switch... On my pro reverb with the bass and treble around 5-6 it's plenty warm. I prefer the treble around 7 though to cut :)
     
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    The Pros are the warmest of the BF Fender amps, with the Princeton coming second.
     
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    Definitely check out the Amplified Nation Wonderland. It's 100w, but may be exactly what you're looking for. I love mine.
     
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    I would also suggest the Carr Slant 6v - not because I own it, but because it fits everything you're looking for. It's a bit over 50 lbs though, at least my 1x12 with the Kingpin in itis
     
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    Considering I'm a huge Jackson ampworks fan and on a kick of theirs right now: mcfly or Fullerton would absolutely fit the bill.
     
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    some good suggestions here. I'll add. Alessandro - Working Dog - Boxer
     
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    Fargen Blackbird. Fits exactly what you're looking for.
     
  18. mountain blues

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    Just what I was going to say.
     
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    Right on mountain blues! I had the 40 watt. Blackface inspired. No ice pick at all. Beefy. All well built and affordable. And Ben was always great to deal with. Hard to go wrong.
     

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