Looking for good all-around combo...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by mims2, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. mims2

    mims2 Member

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    I am looking to get a combo amp that will cover all my musical tastes. I play different types of music, but I'm looking for a good clean tone and classic rock overdrive, don't really need anything too over the top. I mainly play strats and teles but occasionally use humbuckers. I need something that don't weight a ton, and is preferably between 18 and 50 watts. I would like to stay away from amps that have too much of an "ice-picky" sound. I love Fender clean tones, but I'm open to anything. I would be interested 2x10 combo, but if not then a 1x12 will do. Any suggestions???
     
  2. semi-hollowbody

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    peavey classic 30 or 50
    fender hrd
     
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    The peavey may be an option. I have a HRD and the clean is "okay" for me but I hate the overdrive. I also forgot to add. My price range is up to around $1400
     
  4. GenoBluzGtr

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    Tone King Meteor II .

    40 watts or 20 watts (1/2 pwr switch) 6V6 tone. 1X12 combo weighs 40 lbs. Sounds HUGE.

    Channel one is Blackface all the way. Rich, lush cleans.
    Channel two is Tweed to Plexi. Not distortion, not even really overdrive, but voiced to allow a good pickup or light pedal to push it into sweet OD.
    Brownface era tremolo (power tube bias vary-type).
    FOUR KNOB Fender-style Reverb. Dwell, Tone, and Separate Mix control per channel.
    Hemp cone speaker, large cab with superb resonance.

    Best all-around combo I have found. It fits both my personalities (BF cleans, best 'verb and trem around, Tweed to Plexi for in your face tones, footswitchable. Great Gig-Rig.
     
  5. KeithC

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    Look at the Gries 35. It's only $1,499.00 and has bright, vol., treble, midrange, bass, reverb and master. Very, very nice blackface style amp.

    www.griesamps.com


    Good luck in your search.
     
  7. tennisplayer

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    I overlooked this amp for a year. Has everything needed. 2 different beautiful Fender cleans (Vibrolux and Bassman) an a very good dual stage gain channel. Bassman channel loves pedals.

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  8. Strat

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    Buy my GIbson GA20RVT - does all that and then some with a sound not heard every day. IT's a good amp and cheap
     
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    Well, as long as we're posting pics...

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    Hey tennisplayer,

    You really need a Tele. :D
     
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    Rivera channel switching combos are nice. Warning: not boooteeek enough for some. Go from Fender Clean to Plexi overdrive nicely.
     
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    Funny you mention that, I was thinking about getting that Baja Tele. What do you think?
     
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    Silverface Fender Pro Reverb with Crunchbox.
    If you want a little more headroom and lows, have a tech
    install a 4 ohm 50 watt Fender Bassman output transformer.
     
  13. Pa'ani

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    Bogner Shiva 2x10 or 1x12 combos
    Brown Note D'Lite 22 or D'Lite 44
    Carr Ramber 1x12
    Pure Sixty Four
     
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    For dual channel amp Budda Superdrive 18 or 30.
    Single channel amp would be Dr. Z Maz Jr. The fender Supersonic is a good lower priced alternative as well.
     
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    zinky.
    the little green velvet one, or the little blue velvet one.
    the most beautuful clean tone you ever heard, overdrive is killer as well , very natural sounding.
     
  17. Bing James

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    I'm selling my Zinky Blue Velvet 25w combo with Tuki cover. Bruce Zinky modded it to my tastes (gave me more bottom end and more sparkle on top end) so this is one of a kind....and he didn't charge me a dime! How's that for customer service. I have no clue what he did, (I'm a player, not a techie) but it sounds great! This amp has killer overdrive as well. Zinky amps have lifetime warranty. I need to sell for other major purchase.
    $900. includes shipping (Paypal only).

    email me for pics: betterdaysmusic@yahoo.com
     
  18. Sunil

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    Heritage Victory combo!! Biggest sounding 1x12 combo I've ever played. Most people who've come to my gigs initially think it's a 2x12. Runs the gamut between Blackface and Tweed tones with shades of Vox AC50. Sounds full and rich at low volumes, has plenty of clean headroom, absolutely loves pedals, beautiful reverb, is extremely versatile thanks to the responsive tone controls and the great extent to which you can taylor the mids and low-mids as well as the overall presence, and weighs in at a mere 42 pounds. The used prices for Heritage amps are amazing deals for what you get. I've had my combo for almost two years and it never ceases to amaze me -- it's a keeper. And I've been through a ton of amps over that time: Demeter, Bogner Shiva 6L6 combo, VHT Deliverance 60, Alessandro Working Dog, Rivera, VHT Pittbull 45, and more. For me, the Victory shines above 'em.

    -- Sunil
     
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    Try a used Egnater TOL 50 ~ $400-$500 (peebay has a 2-12")

    - 2 channels, each w/ ftsw boost, reverb, 10 or 50 watts (works great).

    **When** you buy it, optimize it w/ Weber ceramic California w/Beamblocker. You can thank me later.
     

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