Ideal off-the-shelf combo gigging amp for big warm clean and more


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Looking for an off the shelf amp that has big warm fendery cleans as the ideal gigging amp. If it had a second channel for dist... that is okay. I would like all the ideal stuff...

- like a virtual 40 watts of warm (no ice pick) fender-like cleans
- smaller and more lightweight
- sounds good at low volume and high volume
- second channel or distortion is totally optional
- less than 6 tubes (for low maintenance cost)

How would you rate these???

- Rivera Doce Clubster 25 (perfect size... loud enough and organic cleans?)
- Mesa Boogie 5:50 (too heavy? 55 - 60 lbs?)
- Supersonic (too many tubes)
- Bassman Ltd (have had... okay after replacing speakers but would like 2 10s or 1 12) for smaller size/lighter weight
- DRRI (a big following but... even if mic'ed will it really do warm cleans and handle real rock... does the low end tighten up with a new spkr?)
- what else?


Kustom Coupe 36. Bogner Shiva on a budget. IMHO, it's one of the best combos out there now.


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You're describing a Carr Rambler. Exactly what you're looking for at 38 lbs. with wonderful, warm cleans, awesome reverb, tremolo, triode and pentode settings ... and it's awesome with pedals. For a great sounding, lightweight, simple rig, just add a few pedals of your choice. I love the Barber Burn Unit EQ which give you two channels of overdrive from a clean boost, to crunch to singing, violin leads.

Definitely check it out.


Have you ever checked out a Dr Z Galaxie? I have one (1x12 combo) and it's a fantastic amp. It's not heavy to lug, it's built extremely well and has 2 channels. Channel one gives warm, sweet, tweed Fender type sounds and channel two rips! Great higher gain tone. It's my all time favorite amp.


MB Lone Star Special combo or Supersonic.
The LSS has more features, fan, tweakability...
Just A/B those two and have some fun.


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I wouldnt worry or limit myself with the amount of tubes.Most are pre amp tubes and once youve got a decent set of pre amp tubes they will last years.Bob


I have a DRRI and had a YCV 40. The DRRI will benefit greatly with a better speaker and tube swap. You can use a ABY box and run your distortion box chain into the regular channel for a lead channel. The DRRI does start to distort at 6 but an efficient speaker could give really good volume for a club. A SRRI would be a better choice but it does weigh more and costs a few hundred more. The Traynor has cleans that are comparable to the Fenders if you leave the reverb off. The reverb while not hideous is not match for the Fenders. The Traynor is 40watts and 6L6 so it has a lot of very clean volume and it sounds good as it distorts. The Traynor lead channel is capable of delivering a generic rock crunch tone that is acceptable for a lot of things. Singing leads - not. The Traynor boost is just a 20db clean boost - it's loud! Biggest plus for the Traynor? Dirt cheap and reasonable quality although typical of all PCB amps although a better than any in that price range.

I'd choose the SRRI and get a dolly.
Other amps? No experience.
the Kustom Coupe 36 has sweet cleans that exactly fit your description.

12AX7's in the pre, 6L6's in the power, and 36 watts with plenty of headroom.

not to mention the dirty channel, a huge bonus. gets classic rock to 80's metal pretty easy.

try one out, you will be suprised.


I loved my Tweed Bassman RI for the cleans. It was between that and an AC30 for me. You really need to hear it with your own axe.


I just picked up a Hughes and Kettner Duotone combo. Channel one has amazing cleans that will stay clean as loud as you or the crowd can stand it. Superb reverb, rivals that of my twin, cavernous is how Id describe it. Channel 2 has everything from a nice crunch to full out heavy gain. 50 watts, 1x12, about 45 lbs.

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