small amp-suggestions?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by lessthan3, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. lessthan3

    lessthan3 Member

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    i want a small tube amp, easy for me to carry around (under 40 lbs?), good cleans, sounds nice when put with an OD pedal, maybe a good reverb. i have a tele, fralin PUs, would like the amp to be under 600. these are needed
    good extras would be: 2 good channels...i guess thats it, lol.
    narrowed it down to

    fender blues junior
    peavey classic 30
    peavey delta blues

    are there any other options? i dont want an ac15.
    ive heard of orange tiny terror?

    ...this isnt too original is it :D
     
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  2. reo73

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    I have a Mesa F-30 that I like a lot and fits your requirements.
     
  3. FenderStrat

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    Try the Laney VC15. 15 watts, sounds great at low volume and has great distortion/overdrive.
     
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    :yawns: I have owned both the BJ and C30 in the past and sold both. Either one is a decent entry level tube amp. BJ is lighter and easier to carry around. I got one because I could fit it in a suitcase and take it on a plane as checked baggage. C30 weighs more than the BJ. It is much more versatile though: two channels, master volume on the drive channel, more clean headroom, better reverb, fx loop.
     
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    I had a Blues Jr. for a very short time; couldn't bond with it no matter how hard I tried. I had a Peavey C-30 and it was not bad.

    You have a lot of choices for the description you give. I'll just toss out a Fender Deluxe Reverb re-issue. I have one and love it!

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    They can be found used for ~$600. Oops, what do you play, single coils or humbuckers? The DRRI works better for me with my Strat and Tele.

    p.s. I had a Tiny Terror and sold it. One trick pony, IMO, great for classic rock overdrive, not great for cleans.
     
  7. lessthan3

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    the goodsell i have seen, but it only has one tone knob. and id like for this amp to be cheaper, under 600. maybe the goodsell will be my second amp, i know butch walker & michael guy chislett use them
    i have a tele by the way
     
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    I'd recommend the Classic 30, under $600, light, good cleans, good amount of clean headroom, usable overdive channel and takes pedals nicely. Great value.
     
  9. lessthan3

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    anyone else know anything? especially about the laney...
     
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    A Blues Junior is a good option if you swap out the stock speaker for an Eminence Texas Heat to give it a little more clarity and low end.
     
  11. derekd

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    Check out this month's issue of GP, they do a review of several small tube amps. Some way cool stuff there.
     
  12. Deadduck

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    The Tiny Terror is a great little rock amp. It doesn't have reverb and it doesn't have a lot of headroom, but a lower gain preamp tube in V1 will help some in this regard. Its mainly a rock amp, can do a good Voxy semi-clean, and has a great OD sound, very smooth. It has the option of 7 or 15 watts, which makes it easy to get a good tone at lower volumes.

    The Tiny Terror an amp that you have to play like an instrument. It's very intereactive with the guitars volume and tone controls. I can get pretty good "hairy" cleans by rolling back the volume control on my Tele or P90 equipped Casino.
    It comes in a head or combo. Some pretty good deals can be had on a used head. The combo is new, so there might not be many of those on the used market yet.

    If you want a good clean sound, the Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue is a great amp, and if you look around you might be able to get a used one around $600-$650. It can get pretty loud at 22 watts, has the classic Fender reverb, and tremelo. Mine does pretty good with pedals, but I mainly run it relatively clean.

    I own both a Tiny Terror and a Deluxe Reverb, and sometimes run them both with an A/B/Y switch.

    The Blues Jr. isn't bad, but it seems like it needs a larger cabinet for it's 12" speaker. Sounds kind boxy. Reverb is pretty good. I had one but never bonded with it. Lot of people like them though.

    The Peavey amps are a little more powerful at 30 watts, and in the case of the Delta Blues, pretty heavy. The Delta Blues has a good tremelo, and both have reverb. Both are channel switchers. I had a Delta Blues 1x15, and it was a decent reliable amp, but like the Blues Jr. I just never bonded with it. It did sound pretty good with a Tele though. Like most things Peavey they are reliable and a good value. Made in the US, which is great.
     
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    Traynor YCV 15WR
    If you can handle around 45 pounds and want more haedroom checkout the Traynor YCV 40 WR.
    I'm afraid I have never played the Laney.
     
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    +100 great lil amps for the used price!

     
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    Love the peavey classic series. Maybe love even more the crate V series. Ignore the crate name and try a palomino v16 or V32. Also a v15112 or v30. Good cleans and snarling overdrive.
     
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    anybody konw anything else about the delta blues (i dont think i need tremolo in a amp)? and what about the traynor/deluxereverb vs the BJ or the c30?
     
  17. FenderStrat

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    The Laney is 15 watts. It has two channels that are foot switchable. It has reverb and a jack for an extension cab. The cleans are very nice and the overdrive is great. It is very usable even when dimed. The heaviest the distortion gets is probably early 80's Ozzy, definitely with a boost pedal in front. I am deciding now between the Laney VC15 and the Kustom 36 Coupe.
     
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  18. lessthan3

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    they have wheels, looks pretty heavy. heard it was really good though
    epiphone valve? i went to a local store and the guy there said that was probably the best for price.
     
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    +1 on the Traynor YCV series.
     
  20. mgarrison99

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    Check out Carvin. They are great little amps
    Vintage 16
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    They also make a Vintage 33, which might be the right fit for you, and you can get one for right at $300. Great Fender clean tones and it takes pedals very well:
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