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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by wsaraceni, Jan 4, 2020.
PRS DG30 Custom with the boost on.
Best I've ever played? Played a Jim Kelley at Austin Guitar House last year. Now, I'm a Fender guy, I own some old ones, owned others through the years, played a lot. It sounds like that only better. It was an amazing amp.
Until I looked at the price tag. And then tried to pick it up. lol. I was looking for a 6l6 clean amp that I could actually afford and lift, for gigs. I had been using a SFDR for almost 20 years and a BF pro reverb for 30, great sounding amps. The Kelley just ate them up.
So, I got a Bella. Suhr was making the Kelley RI and maybe some of that sneaked in there, don't know, but it is, as @btjguitarman said, like a BF fender, except about the best one I've ever played.
Honorable mention to a Vibrolux reverb (I think it was a SF but not sure) I got to play with a '60 tele one time. They took in both as a music store I worked at, I was elected to check them out and I got to play spankin' clean country licks for a hour. Man, I almost put both of those on lay away. I still regret those getting away. A lot of old, cool stuff went through that store, those two are the ones I remember most, and the only regrets on not getting.
Agreed. Nobody uses both channels, so for all intents and purposes they are single channel. I pull the V1 tube in my Fender amps, so they are effectively single channel.
Not really in use.
This here for sure. And,
Fender Dual Professional is the other, it does however have a Channel A/B but its 100W clean with all the headroom you can ever ask for.
There is no best.
But, there are other 100 watt Two Rocks other than the Mayer. There's the traditional clean and the classic reverb, and I personally own the Crystal 100.
For me TR and Rockets/DC-30s are just a cut above. Past that you have a ton of good options. I have a 180 watt Blankenship Twinplex and it does the Twin/Showman thing but even louder and even fuller. A JTM 45/100 is the best of the Marshall bunch IMO, and just a stunning clean amp. I like the Bartel amps, I actually went into Austin Guitar House to maybe buy a Bella a while back and came home with the Starwood instead. For me it's a bit quiet though, for a dedicated clean amp.
But I really don't think anything is *quite* as good FOR ME as the Crystal 100. I run mine through Alnico Golds actually, and really like it.
The Carr Rambler, single channel, 28/14watt, high headroom 2X6L6 powered combo - a pedal loving 1X12 combo.
So many good ones out there. I need a clean that will break up a little. I’d definitely go with either the Songwriter or a Jim Kelley. Although those new Fat Jimmy amps have my attention too.
Old Traynor Bassmaster mk2 (YBA1-A), or Custom Special (YBA3??) can do it.
Most with UL output stages are focused that way (Sunn, some Fenders)
But good cleans come from high power, good eq and good speakers.
Many SS bass amps can do it.
Any amp can be spoiled with bad eq settings or harsh speakers.
Outside of that the basic voicing (which is also eq) transient response and overhead are important.
However, there is a range or personal taste that overrides technically good amps.
If you know it when you hear it recommendations are merely vague guidelines.
You really have to try them all. Choosing becomes a challenge.
Carr Mercury V with that 6V6 compression for singlecoils
Swart ST-45 for HB and P90
speakers play a huge part as allways, I like a 2x12
One G12-35XC and one Vintage 30
Either a Tweed Bassman or the old Super Reverb I used to own.
I will say that the clean channel on my Boogie MkIV Simulclass is unreal. I spend most of my time on the lead channel, but every time I go to the clean channel I am amazed. I know it is a channel switcher so not the same as a single channel amp, but man does Boogie have some good clean channels.
Princeton. NR or PR is fine. I just have old ones, no experience with the reissues.
Fargen Blackbird 40 (4 x 6v6)
Another Hiwatt vote here
Only played briefly BUT I would have to second the Port City Pearl 50 or 100
New-era Magnatone Varsity.
Suhr Bella. Incredible amp - tons of clean head room. Designed to be a super clean amp for pedals. It's my primary amp.
I just fired up the Reeves Custom 100 for the first time in a really long time, sure did sound nice with the strat.
Absolutely on the Crystal 100, It has cleans forever.
Suhr Bella Reverb.
And have to mention some vintage: Fender Super Reverb, Vibrolux, and of course Fender Twin.