Lightweight, low-power combo amps

MrSpud

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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!
 

Mattbedrock

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I'd go Vibro Champ or Princeton. I have both and love 'em.
 

dshobe

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Really digging my Princeton Reverb reissue. Can be found used for $600.

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

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.
 

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.
 

BEACHBUM

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Your search has ended.

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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!!
 

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.
 

Crash-VR

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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
 

Soothsayer

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Samamp VAC23 super lightweight, great tones, loves pedals, can be as loud or as quiet as you want.
 

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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