I picked up a Port City Pearl 50W Head used for $700.Im looking for a tube amp, preferably a head , that is low gain and gives great clean tones. Other big positives are fx loop, pedal friendliness, great build quality and high headroom. So far I am not having much luck in finding a product that ticks the boxes without spending a big wad of cash.
The usual suspects , small fender combos, Hot Rod Deluxe / Deville , Blues Deluxe and modern marshalls I have zero interest in as I feel they either don't sound great or the build quality is lacking.
You folks who have a tube amp you bought with the focus on the cleans and how brilliantly they work with the pedals on your board, what did YOU buy ?
There's no comparison between the two in my opinon. And a relatively small jump in price for a way better amp in my opinionThe first victory V40 head was a product I returned for a full refund in 24 hours, imo an absolutely dreadful sounding bass heavy thud of an amp with no top end whatsoever. I understand the V40 deluxe is much better.
Mesa Boogie Lonestar Classic!
I totally hear you on the Hot Rods/Blues being a hard no-go. I kinda hate 'em haha. (Tho I loved my SuperSonic 22, that was damn good)
Anyways, been a Marshall guy my whole musical life. Picked up the LSC a few weeks ago and it is all the things you mentioned. The best damn clean/edge of breakup I've ever experienced this side of my JMP. Build quality might be a little TOO good, holy ballz this 100w 2x12 combo is heavy. I paid $1300 for it used in perfect condition. I'd call that a medium wad of cash, a lot less than I'd call a huge wad of cash, ymmv. A head only would cost less and be lighter. Strongly recommend.
Lonestar Classic + a second Ulbrick Arena 50
Lonestar is my pedal platform amp...though i do like it with just a boost and trem too.
The verb on it is lovely and if you aren't hunting any high gain tones, there's a lot in that amp for any guitarist.
The Arena was to have a second clean platform to push stereo TZF into.
I love this setup. Fuzz into TZF, TZF into separate delays, into separate amps.
Guys, I usually try to suppress my inner pedant, but as a Texan and a proud Mesa owner “Lone Star” is TWO WORDS!!!It's really hard to beat the Lonestar Classic for clean tones.
The drive tones are awesome as well, but if all you need is clean, check out the Lonestar.