Low Wattage Tube Jazz Amp Recommendation

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  1. scottrolf

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    I’m looking for a “quality” low wattage small all tube jazz amp to be used for my L-5 and ES-335.

    Single channel single 12” tweed type would be great.
    Tone must be clean, clean, clean.

    Recommendations?

    Thanks
     
  2. odourboy

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    I recommend you consider a solid state jazz amp.
     
  3. Aslan

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    Julian Lange uses a tweed Fender Champ, many classic jazz recording were done on Tweed Fender Deluxe amps.
     
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    Budget, please? Good jazz amps are $300 - 3000 ...
     
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    Under 2k
     
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    Actually, I have a Henriksen 312 Jazz Amp and although it sounds very clean, there’s something also too sterile about it.
     
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    25W model is cheapest or you can get the 100W and it it can be dropped way to 22W.
     
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    Fender Bassbreaker 15. I found this video of some jazz-lite



    which I think gives a pretty good idea of the tonality of the amp. It sounds to me like he's using the middle gain setting as you can hear a little grit, but it also has a lower gain setting that's ultra clean. Great sounding amps - absolutely nothing sterile about them.
     
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  11. es137p

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    your describing a Victoria Ivy League, 5F10 clone. Clean tweed, will break up when cranked, but much cleaner and tighter than tweed deluxe.
     
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    Fair enough. My Rivera R30 has tons of clean headroom, and would be my choice for clean jazz. Discontinued though. Maybe look into a one of their small combos like the Suprema Jazz Recording (to name just one of several small Riveras).
     
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    Two Rock Studio Pro 35 can be a great jazz amp. I have played tons of jazz with this amp, both with ES-335 but also archtops. Not that heavy (42 pounds), beautiful clean, nice reverb, and can be a great rock/blues amp as this amp is considered to be one of the best pedal platform amps around.

    If you are patient, you can find them used for just under $2000.

    But honestly, many jazz players today play solid state amps. I used to own an Evans JE200 and this is a killer jazz amp. Beauty of solid state that it is like 29 pounds.
     
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    I mean, if I was looking for an amp to play jazz with the guitars you are mentioning, I would be looking at a Polytone or Lab Series L5/L7.



     
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    Second this. It was my first thought until the OP posted his budget. But any good D-style amp should fit the bill. Great cleans and headroom. :agree
     
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    Rather than anything tweed, I’d say look at some early 60s brown Fenders... a little warmer and fatter than the later black & silvers, but cleaner than most of the tweed lineup. A brown Princeton would prob suit you well.
     
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    There’s nothing sterile about the Quilters..... and I’m a tube amp player mostly....
     
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    You really just have to play them and see what works for you.

    I prefer small but full-ish size amps... Tweed Deluxe, Carmen Ghia, etc... a Deluxe Reverb or Vibrolux with the right pedal.

    Lange gets great tones but I 100% prefer my 100W Yamaha G100 112 to my boutique 1x12 Tweed Champ clone, esp for cleans at lower volumes.

    Having said that, what I really prefer for warmish clean to almost clean tones is either a Butah, Les Lius or Sweeg Honey into the Bkackface or Silverface of your choice. I love that big, bold Fender clean, but I prefer something warm and fatten in up just a bit.

    I like all three pedals with single coils though the Les Lius gets relatively dirty pretth quickly with most humbuckers, vintage-ish ones as well.

    I also really like the Tweed Bamdmaster 3x10 though I've only played modern boutique offerings.

    I liked my Tweed Deluxe clone and I tried many different tube combos and different speakers but I like just a bit more volume at times without breaking up quite as much.
     

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