suggest the best clean tone amp

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  1. idnotbe

    idnotbe Supporting Member

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    i haven't find THE clean tone amp yet.

    the amp i am searching is...

    - clean fendery tone - crystal clear, large head room, high definition tone
    - i am NOT searching for the thick / overdrive sound like... robben ford or larry carlton
    - the brand is important for the potential reselling
    - i care the internal build quality
    - the 2nd gain channel is ok
    - i prefer a small size amp
    - HEAD, not combo
    - 15 ~ 35 watt

    i owned Two Rock Studio Pro 22, Studio Pro 35, Senson 22 with G12-65 speakers.
    Two Rock or the other dumble inspired amps seem thick for me.
    they are good for the robben ford tone... but not my taste.

    i didn't tested Two Rock Crystal yet.
    according to youtube videos, it seems more fendery.

    matchless or hughes & kettner seem attractive to me.
    but didn't face them yet.

    fender... my stereo type of fender is the old one.
    so, i want to try the newer boutique one.


    anyway... can u suggest the amp??
     
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  2. Gridlock

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    A Fender Twin Reverb, best cleans I've ever heard.
     
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    If I were after crystal clear with large headroom, I'd be looking at 50 or 100 Watts.

    As stated above, maybe for a good fendery clean, you should really consider a Fender twin (although I'm not sure of the head options there).

    I would personally go for a Mesa Lonestar Classic, which has my personal favourite cleans out of what I've seen/heard to date.
     
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    Bad Cat or Matchless 40-50 watter

    Germino JTM45

    Gries 35

    Reeves Custom Jimmy 50

    Reeves Space Cowboy 50

    Reeves Custom 50 (DR-504)

    I own a Custom Jimmy 50
    This is THE Amp that will go from very clean to great natural OD
    at much more ear/club friendly volumes

    The Custom Jimmy 50 is also available with London Power Scaling.
     
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  5. sleewell

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    Fuchs clean machine or ods or tds
     
  6. kimock

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    Because clean tone is guitar, not amp specific.
    First you needs clean guitar.
     
  7. hardys

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    I was looking at the Two Rock Studio & Studio Pro models about a year ago, and also found them too dark. Look at the Blackface Fender clone builders like Clark, Vintage Sound, Gries & Allen. A Vibrolux clone would be my choice for what you describe. A Fargen Black Bird also would work. I believe all of these builders will build a head.

    All of these are made by hand & impeccably built. You could also look at some vintage Blackk & Silver face Vibroluxs.
     
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    That would be a very nice sound. +1
     
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    A Fender Twin Reverb - Yes, this will get you there.
     
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    A Fender Twin Reverb and a Fender Eric Johnson strat.
     
  13. Benny

    Benny Gold Supporting Member

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    Since Mr. Kimock has already stressed the importance of the guitar itself for clean guitar sounds, I'll stick with amps.

    Since it sounds like a second/gain channel is not important to you, I'd suggest a blackface-era Fender Bandmaster. I think it will check your boxes:
    - Clean tone with good headroom
    - Fender tone - it's a Fender
    - It's in a medium-sized head
    - It's handwired, and built well enough to survive 50 years so far
    - The prices on these are fairly stable if you need to resell.
    - I honestly forget if these are 35 or 40 or 45 watts, but close to your requested wattage range, nonetheless.

    These are fairly tweakable amps - you and your tech might adjust some circuit values to your taste, and while I think they have enough low end, some folks have put in a larger output transformer for more/different low end.

    Potential downsides - stock versions of these amps don't have a midrange control, reverb, an effects loop, or an impedance selector switch. That said, the two-channel design lets you do my favorite trick for reverb and delay: Plug the guitar into "Normal" channel input 1, run a cable from Normal input 2 to your delay/reverb, output from the delay/reverb into Vibrato input 1. Now your volume and tone controls on the vibrato channel control the amount and tone of the wet stuff.
     
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    Does this mandate the single coil?
     
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    If you want a Fender-y clean tone around 30 something watts in a head format than maybe pickup a Fender Bandmaster head.
     
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    If you are looking for better clean tone than a Two Rock thats gonna be a tuff one. Head scratcher for sure. :huh
     
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    The pickups are secondary to things like body/neck wood, and scale length. Also how your guitar is set up plays an important part in getting the clean tone description you mentioned. A brighter tone wood matched with heavy strings set with medium to high action will enhance that clean tone you're looking for.

    Honestly, the Two Rocks you mentioned offer up some of the best cleans you can buy. I think maybe you should evaluate your guitar and how it's set up instead of finding another amp.
     
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    mesa lonestar classic, fender, any redplate
     
  19. aleiberman

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    Fender Pro Reverb is an excellent choice.
     
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    Carr 6v is everything you're asking for.
     
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