Inexpensive but good sounding Fender-type amps?

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  1. TimH

    TimH Member

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    Hey Gang,

    I'm a blues and rock player who happens to do most of his gigging at church. I'm looking for a new amp and pretty well know I want a Fender or something similar. If you had say $1000 to buy an amp in the 20-40 watt range from the Fender camp...what would it be? I'm looking at a used DRRI right now which I haven't had enough time with to tell if I like or not...was looking at the Clark Beaufort special...anything else I should look at?
     
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    GenoBluzGtr Supporting Member

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    Alessandro Working Dog. You can get the 40 watt model and the built in attenuator will cut your output down to a minimum of 50 %. It's pretty transparent, as well. Unattenuated it competes mightily with my Super Reverb, and cut down to 50% it is still a bit louder than a Princeton or Blues Jr, about at the level of a DRRI, just not as bright.

    these are great amps that give you from a fenderish sparkling clean to a tweedy crunch all the way to a Marshally grind with no pedals.

    It sounds great a low volumes and high and loves pedals if you need heavier crunch at low volumes.

    Hand wired, point to point, great speaker, silver solder, ceramic tube sockets, great reverb (not as strong as Fender, but subtly awesome), and has very interactive tone controls. No low end fartiness (like a blackface does) and no 'ice pick" highs either.

    Best of all, the build quality is exceptional and the weight is only 36 lbs (1X12).

    Brand new at $1200 - 1400 and used from $750 - 900.
     
  3. TimH

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    they look very cool. I wouldn't buy a new one without trying it first....
     
  4. AaeCee

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    You've already got it Tim! If you can't dial in your DRRI as is, there are plenty of real knowledgable guys here to recommend tube/speaker options to really make it sing. IMO, it's a great, versatile amp that's capable of so much. AC
     
  5. TimH

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    Better than the custom vibrolux?
     
  6. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Need more info. in order to advise. A DRRI is voiced as a blackface, a Beaufort as a tweed. Those are different tones (e.g., the former, e.g., is way more EQ-scooped than the latter).

    Which do you really want?
     
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    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    Just got a Super Reverb '65 Reissue as I prefer the 4x10 sound. There are some clips in this thread. I'm pretty happy with it.
     
  8. TimH

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    I don't think I have enough tweed experience to say...I tend to dig most of the BF inspired amps...my only complaint so far with the DRRI is it doesn't seem to have alot of depth...but I like the low wattage thing in principal.
     
  9. Tag

    Tag Gold Supporting Member

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    Nope. Buy a Fender.
     
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    Check out the Gries Amp. Really nice Blackface style amps with reverb and a master volume. 6l6 and 6v6 amps.

    gep
     
  11. big mike

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    I'm going with Leon. If you want a Fender, the SRRI is damn sweet.
     
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    The CVR breaks up very quickly and is noisy without a few mods...
     
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    In the price range you're considering, +1 to Tag's rec.
     

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