Looking for amazing sustain/high gain with incredible tone in a small package

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  1. AJ Love

    AJ Love Senior Member

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    I'd love to find a combo amp, under 40 pounds (preferably 35 pounds or less) that can get into the high gain zone endless sustain type of sound, with top caliber Boutique quality Class A tone

    What should I be looking at?... I'm open to an amp that can go there with a TS-9 in front of it, but it'd be even better if it can do it without pedals

    I'm also open to a head/cabinet 2 piece thang, but my preference is a small combo amp such as a 112 so that I can go right out the door with a guitar in one hand and an amp in the other

    I'm playing blues with single coils, but Hendrix inspired blues... Price is always a consideration but please give me answers as though price were no option (I can always save up)
     
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    Bad Cat Hot Cat 15. I've got one and it's an incredible amp. I've got a 1 X 12 combo and it's a little on the heavy side, so it may exceed your requirements. You could probably check the website to see how much they weigh.

    Definitely worth considering.

    Good luck!
     
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    Zinky Blue Velvet... smokin!
     
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    Epi Valve Jr. Seriously. It's a sustaining od pedal in a box.
     
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    1 x 12 combo and it definitely doesn't need pedals.

    Not cheap, but it is in a class by itself.

    http://www.hitestguitars.com/
     
  7. AJ Love

    AJ Love Senior Member

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    I knew I could rely on you guys for some good suggestions. Keep 'em coming

    I've loved what little I've heard from Bad Cat, especially the Gain channel. Bad Cats are notoriously heavy suckers though... Any idea what your Hot Cat 15 weighs?
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion. The 25 watt combo is 45 pounds, a little heavier than ideal, for me, but certainly worth consideration
     
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    I think a Pritchard Gold Estoc might be just what you're looking for. It's solid state (all analog), but you'd never know it. Check out the discussion of these amps here on The Gear Page....
     
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    Suprised no one's mentioned it already; VHT Pitbull 45 combo w 1x12...
     
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    i'm waiting for this thing:

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    I just built an 1x12 18 watt marshall TMB from a Weber kit for someone. With a ceramic Silver Bell in there it was 34lbs.
     
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    Carr Hammerhead is a good choice. A Matchless Spitfire would be another. And you'll need a Pro Analog Dual Drive to get endless sustain and feedback at will.
     
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    Nope. Try the 20W Custom Dual Channel instead.
     
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    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    I got the first part right, at least. ;)
     
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    + 1...this lttle amp is amazing (and handles pedal really well!)

    ww
     
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    +1 on the Soldano Astroverb - great little amp and pretty light to carry.
     
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    And you want a high gain amp? God bless you, I have no idea how you do it. Don't bar lights and such make your life miserable?
     

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