Lightweight, low-power combo amps

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  1. MrSpud

    MrSpud Member

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    I'm looking for a small, lightweight (under 30 pound), low power (~15W) combo amp (1x12) to tote around for jams and practice sessions.

    I prefer tubes over SS and lean towards a Fender or Vox vibe rather than a Marshall/Mesa high-gain sound. Onboard spring reverb would be nice-to-have. Musically, I play classic rock and blues.

    Reading the TGP forums, I've looked at some of the boutique brands, but their 15W amps are heavy at about 45-50 pounds (Vox hand-wired AC15, Matchless Lightning/Spitfire 1x12, etc).

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. phoghat

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    Look at the Valvetrain stuff. Lots of models that fit your criteria.
     
  3. Mattbedrock

    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd go Vibro Champ or Princeton. I have both and love 'em.
     
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    Laney LC15 king of the grab and go.

    RRC
     
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    Really digging my Princeton Reverb reissue. Can be found used for $600.
     
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    dshobe Rocky Mountain Way Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes. Can't go wrong witha PRRI. Lush verb and an awesome trem to boot! Love mine!
     
  7. dinglehopper

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    If you're looking for the clean side of fender, the PR's great. If you're looking more for the gritty/dirty side of fender, a 5e3 is super light and sounds great (esp. for classic rock and blues). no reverb, so you'll need a pedal - but the PR is going to need a distortion/overdrive for dirt.
     
  8. Rick360

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    Howdy,

    Mattbedrock said it: SF Champ/Vibro Champ or Princeton.

    I must say that I was disappointed with a '65 Princeton I owned a few years ago. It's clean tones weren't inspiring, it's trem rather bland compared to my Vibro Champ and it just didn't want to overdrive, even with my 335. It was a 12 watt, 10-inch speaker grab & go combo amp, though and there is something to be said for that.
     
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    Stulce SA-10c

    Very AC15 voiced, 8-10wts, 1x12 combo and very light.

    Great amps
     
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    Your search has ended.

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  11. ElDiabloAmps

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    Dinglehopper's right. 5E3's (Tweed Deluxe circuit) are often quite light and sound great! Have you considered a Louis Electric Buster. It's 20W and 25 lbs. If you're looking for built-in reverb, Swart sells the STR-Tweed which is 5 W and 29 lbs.

    Good luck with your search!!
     
  12. guitarjazz

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    Mesa Subway Rocket. It has a ten but I've been gigging with one for ten years. Great great amp.
     
  13. stratus

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    Crema Wheat will get you there, but in the tweed mode.
     
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    You described the Nolatone Rotten Johnny to a T. It'll do marshal but I'm loving it for Fender to Voxy overdriven tones all at 28 lbs
     
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    Samamp VAC23 super lightweight, great tones, loves pedals, can be as loud or as quiet as you want.
     
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    Egnater Tweaker 15
     
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    Princeton Reissue sounds great.
     
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  19. MrSpud

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    Hey guys,

    Thanks for all the great suggestions... I'm going to track these down and give a serious listen.

    Much appreciated!
     

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