My dream amp: does it exist?

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  1. GibsonLives

    GibsonLives Supporting Member

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    I've done a ton of research looking for the amp of my dreams to no avail. Maybe I'm just too picky and/or unrealistic, but I suppose it can't hurt to try. Maybe someone here can help me, and I'd be much appreciative for any and all suggestions. Without further ado, here 'goes:

    SPECS: I'm looking for no more than a 1x12 combo, all-valve, relatively small and lightweight (ideally under 40lbs.). I really don't need more than 20 watts, but if it is more, I can deal with it. Two footswitchable channels with spring reverb (the 'verb does NOT need to be footswitchable).

    TONE: I love cleans that are CLEAN (think Fenderish), with a big, full bottom end and crystal highs; something with is not too bright or shrill, with a decent amount of clean headroom. As for dirts, I dig high-gain with a lot of mids; more of a creamy '60s-'70s overdrive than a scooped-mids metal sound. Again, creamy is the key word. Not that I expect a single amp to do all (or necessarily any) of this, but think Hendrix, Queen, Trower, etc. If it's also capable of crunch a la AC/DC, so much the better, but it's not necessary. I want very fluid, mid-rangy OD, and lots of it.

    PRICE: I hate to put a cap on cost here, as it may inhibit my search, and I'd at least like to know what's out there, but since I live in the real world, and don't have endless funds to pour into a new amp, I'll say two grand is probably a fair ceiling, though if anyone knows of an amp which is more, but which really fits all my criteria well, please feel free to name it.

    GEAR: I'll be using either the '74 Les Paul Custom I recently purchased or one of my three Strats (I've got a stock Plus, a stock '82 Dan Smith, and an '81 - '70s-era - with DiMarzio Area model pickups), and though I'd obviously love something which sounds great with ALL guitars, that's not always realistic, so if the amp prefers either single or humbuckers, please just let me know.

    Okay, I know I've just asked a lot, but if anyone has played (or even owns) a sweet combo with all or even most of these features, I would be grateful to hear from you. Thanks in advance :).

    Steve

    P.S.: If no such amp exists, feel free to tell me I'm crazy; I've been called worse lol.
     
  2. spakuloid

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    My Fuchs ODS 30 does all that.
     
  3. JZWest

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    I don't get this 1x12 thing.
     
  4. spakuloid

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    What don't you get?
     
  5. DrOctagon

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    I'm not sure if all of those things exist in one amp but what I would (and plan to) do is get a good Fender amp (for the Fenderish cleans) and get a Vox or a Marshall for the creamy overdrive and use an A/B/Y box to switch between or blend together if you need to. You may do well with just a great Fender amp and some good OD pedals. You could do all of that for under two grand.
     
  6. ripoffriffs

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    Check out the new Fuchs Blackjack Mk II
     
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    That seriously sounds like a Peavey Classic 30 and a good overdrive/boost.


    dk
     
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    I've never played one so I can't really recommend it, but I'd at least look into the Tone King Imperial.
     
  9. GibsonLives

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    Thanks, all. I'm currently doing the amp + pedals thing (SFPR with either a Plimsoul or a Wampler Ecstasy), and while I do dig it, I was kinda looing for an "everything in one box" approach...which, again, may or may not exist. I'll check out the Fuchs and Tone King. Meanwhile, keep any and all suggestions coming! :D
    Steve
     
  10. Onioner

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    Funny. When I think of creamy od, I think of blackface.

    Check out the Phaez Corona. You'd have to build it into a combo, but that could be easily done. Regardless, seemd like a good modern take on a blackface could fit the bill.
     
  11. ianb

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    I think you might want to check out the RedPlate Blackloop, although it doesn't have reverb, or the Blackverb, which does, but is above your budget.
     
  12. bilbal

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    aside from the 1x12 and the 20 watt thing, it sounds like my Mad Professor MP101. The MV is the best Ive ever had.
     
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    I've got a Peavey Delta Blues, 1x15, 30 watts...prisitine clean...this is your amp!!
     
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    I agree with the Fuchs ODS
     
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    this man is talking about a MAZ JR , if i may be so bold!
     
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    oops, i didn't read the two channels part. but still, in a 1/12 20w combo that sounds so good its hard to beat the maz jr or sr. all you need is a good dirt box and you pretty much have a clean to mean without the pedal, and a really mean with the pedal. Great amps.
     
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    I know you are in the states but there is an Aussie made amp that fits the bill to a tee except for the price.

    Reynolds JFR25. 25 watts Switchable down to 6 watts. Has spring reverb, 1x12 or 1x10.

    Pete Reynolds the maker is considered a genius even amongst other amp makers down here. I would have one but the wait is 9months plus.

    Another Australian amp that could do it is the George Evans Sonique 30a.

    Or the MI Audio Iron Duke but it is a head and 50 watts but is switchable.
     
  18. GibsonLives

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    Thanks so much, everyone. Well, I checked out the Fuchs ODS, and loved it...and then, I did a little poking around on the Fuchs site, and I (think I might have) found exactly what I'm looking for in the Blackjack 21 MkII, a 1x12, 21-watt combo with two footswitchable channels AND a footswitchable gain-boost, reverb (digital as opposed to spring, which I'm not entirely sure how I feel about...but I sounds really sweet in videos lol), weighing in at 30lbs., and it'll only set me back $1750, well within my proposed budget. Of course, what ultimately opened my ears were the tones - admittedly only heard on Youtube, and I most likely will not be able to try before I buy, but such is life. The cleans sound crystalline, the dirt is exquisitely creamy, and can do everything from light hair to molten high-gain. The addition of the gain boost option (which, from what I've read, is internally adjustable via a trim-pot), puts four separate tones/gain stages at your toe-tips, since the boost will work on either channel. I seriously see myself picking one of these up relatively soon, possibly early spring. I know there are other threads on the Blackjack (in fact, I've been reading them), but if anyone reading here has had experience with either the Blackjack MkII speciffically or the revised Casino Series generally, please chime in. I'm also interested in how the Blackjack stacks up against the ODS. Thanks again.
    Steve
     
  19. dumbell78

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    Might be worth a shot to get in touch with Phaez amps. I have been back and forth with him via email regarding a future amp that I may need. Kind of similar to you in that I want something particular to my specific needs. Randy has been very helpful to me, and I havent even ordered the amp yet.
     
  20. levous

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    The more research I do, the more I think a Fuchs is my next amp. Hopefully I can hold off for a while. (I should have listened to the Dr.)
     

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