Low power combo for low volume blues gigs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by JimEff, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. JimEff

    JimEff Member

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    I'm looking for an inexpensive low-power combo for very low volume blues gigs. Not bedroom volume, but pretty low. Cocktail lounge type volumes where the audience doesn't have to scream at each other to converse. $300 - $500. No pedals, no pods, no attenuators. Just a grab 'n go plug-straight-in combo. SRV-ish tones would be a good guideline but I don't care about nailing the SRV tone.

    I tried the Vox AC4 and didn't like it but it had been used and abused on the GC showroom floor.

    The VHT Special 6 Ultra looks interesting but I can't find one to demo and I think it might be geared more towards hard rock. But maybe the lesser gain settings can get a nice bluesy overdrive?

    Any comments about the VHT, or other suggestions?
     
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    Pedals required, no?
     
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    No, it's great for plugging straight in and you can get light to heavier breakup/overdrive from 3 and up on the volume, with humbuckers, then use the guitar's volume/tone knobs. I generally keep my C5 set to 6, BMT full, and roll my guitar's volume knob for varying levels of grit and gain. You should definitely play around with one in a music store, check it out.
     
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    I just got a Fender Vibro-Champ XD. I'm actually in the car on my way back from Sam Ash with it in the trunk. I play blues and it's a loud 5 watts with tube amplifier section and a surprisingly good DSP effects bank that's not like a computer. Some of the 16 voicings aren't great but the stock blackface is great for blues. I got mine for $150 on clearance brand new.
     

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