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Next step up from a Fender Deluxe Reverb in a head form?

trower

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So I'm thinking about an amp that would give me Deluxe cleanness in a head form but a bit more head headroom/thickness. I don't need on board Reverb but a Blackface/Deluxe clean platform. These deluxe's are ground zero for cleanness so I'm leaning toward another Fender. I know there are probibly threads galore, just need your recommendations here please.
 

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The Bandmaster is a great sounding amp but a bit more than one step up from a Deluxe. The Tremolux is tube rectified and operates at the same voltages as a Deluxe.
 

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Do you need or want reverb?

Most Fender heads don't have reverb. If you need reverb the bandmaster reverb is a couple of steps up from a Deluxe reverb, only comes in SF though....
 

trower

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Do you need or want reverb?

Most Fender heads don't have reverb. If you need reverb the bandmaster reverb is a couple of steps up from a Deluxe reverb, only comes in SF though....

Naw, Reverb is optional. I'd actually rather add my own Verb via a pedal. Those Fargens are looking pretty sweet!
 
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I know the OP is looking for a head, but a Vibrolux combo is hard to beat.......

However, I think Fender really found the magic in the 30-45 watt range. Tremolux, Bandmaster, Bassman, Super, Vibrolux - they all sound exceptional. All slightly different, but not a bad one in the bunch.
 

trower

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I know the OP is looking for a head, but a Vibrolux combo is hard to beat.......

However, I think Fender really found the magic in the 30-45 watt range. Tremolux, Bandmaster, Bassman, Super, Vibrolux - they all sound exceptional. All slightly different, but not a bad one in the bunch.
And that is my dilemma :p Ideally I would have a room full of the baby's lined up, My favorite 2x12 cab, My Drummer/Bassist at the ready to tear through "Born Under a Bad Sign" or "Little bit of Sympathy" at a nice club volume! Then I would know :p
 

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I wanted the same thing ( I have a vintage 65 dr). I ended up with a Carr rambler and couldn't be happier.
 

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Try hunting down a Twin Reverb II head. I played through one at a club jam a year ago---an unusual jam, it was at a used instrument shop where you could pick instruments off the wall and plug into the amps on display/sale, and I plugged my Les Paul into a Twin Reverb II head. Absolutely incredible head. Had I not found the Twin Reverb combo I now own, I would have bought that head and tied it to a BandMaster 2x12 cabinet I acquired at about the same time . . .
 

trower

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I wanted the same thing ( I have a vintage 65 dr). I ended up with a Carr rambler and couldn't be happier.
Too bad it doesn't come in a head but it sounds great, I would not be sure I would dig being limited to that 1x12/openback cab dispersion...I'm really attached to my homemade 2x12.
 
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And that is my dilemma :p Ideally I would have a room full of the baby's lined up, My favorite 2x12 cab, My Drummer/Bassist at the ready to tear through "Born Under a Bad Sign" or "Little bit of Sympathy" at a nice club volume! Then I would know :p
In that case, it all boils down to what you can find. Locally (on CL), I see Bassman heads appear most frequently, so that might be a good starting point.
 

trower

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In that case, it all boils down to what you can find. Locally (on CL), I see Bassman heads appear most frequently, so that might be a good starting point.
Agree, I believe their a store up Frisco way with a ton of old amps too...I do see a few bassman's
 




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