Which amps really shine with a Strat.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by bigjoeblue, Mar 12, 2006.


  1. bigjoeblue

    bigjoeblue Member

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    I've found that I love EL34's with Humbuckers. However it seems I keep wanting something a little more with the Strat. I'd like to find a tone somewhere between Joe Bonamassa and Robben Ford (like I'm really gonna' find it in one amp) Since you guys get to sample a lot more amps than I do, I'd like to hear which amps were really SPECIAL with a Strat type guitar. Gotta' have great cleans and a thick growel when pushed. I'm real currious about Two Rocks, Bruno UG30, Kingsley, Fuchs, and Peters but I'd like to hear about anything that totally impressed you. Thanks a lot
     
  2. Hipster Dofus

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    There are many, but I love the Maz jr.
     
  3. Luke V

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    Check out Orange amps. The Rocker series in particular. I have a 30w class A el34 Rocker. It sounds nice and fat with a Strat.
     
  4. Jet Rink

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    Marshall baby.

    Jet
     
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    Two Rock, no ifs ands or buts about it, there unstoppable, but there expencive
     
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    My Egnater 50 and 100 watt amps match well with "vintage" Kinman equipped Strats---clean and dirty.

    Sometimes Egnater amps are said to be "smooth" or darker, but not with a vintage-sounding Strat-type. Jeff R.
     
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    +1 for the Dr Z Maz jr..........also make sure you play a "59 Bassman RI LTD...(must be the LTD version).
     
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    Correct!
     
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    Fender Bassman 59 LTD...makes a strat shine...so natural and organic sounding...awesome tone and a price that won't kill you...
     
  10. Teleman

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    +2 on the Dr. Z Maz 18 Jr. Makes a strat sing!!
     
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    A good BFSR comes immediately to mind. I think that's a hard amp to beat for strat. Others that have impressed me for strat tone: several early 70's SFTRs, a SFVR, Bruno CT 45, Matchless Chieftan, and surprisingly enough, my '60 Gibson GA40 (not much clean, but a whole lot of hot, stinging overdrive.)
     
  12. bigjoeblue

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    What makes it so apealing. I liked the Rt66 but I'm looking for something magical on the clean end an meaner, but at gigable levels. Is the Jr loud enough? Will it still give me beautiful cleans live? Thanks
     
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    I did like the Rocker. We have them at the store where I work. But it dosen't get the clean I'm looking for. Great amp though.
     
  14. stratofied

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    For clean to medium gain I love the Bruno UG 30R with a strat.
     
  15. bigjoeblue

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    Which one? Are they all differently voiced?
     
  16. bigjoeblue

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    That too excites me. How did it like pedals?
     
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    +3 My Maz jr. 18 2x10 sounds great, however so does my Bad Cat Hot Cat 1x12
     
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    It takes pedals very well. Right now I use a Tim, Zendrive and Eternity all sound great.
     
  19. 8lbs8k

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    My favorite crunch rhythm strat amp has to be an early Marshall Super Bass (el34s). I love the way the notes gel/mush together on chords.

    Favorite dirty lead strat amp: Germino Rock Grinder (kt66s). A little more midrange and a more detailed top. Softer attack from the tube rectifier. Takes pedals really well.

    My favorite strat clean is without question the Fender Princeton Reverb (6v6). Very different from a Twin reverb sound. The softest clean ever. Mellow and sustaining and beautiful. Goose the front with a Fulldrive and you have an amazing sustaining cleanish tone for single note lines. Something about that softness makes for a less broken-up lead tone. Love it. Of course, it's really quiet, but you could always mic it.
     
  20. Tag

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    Both the Bruno UG 30 and Cowtipper 45 are as good as it gets.
     

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