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Recommend a solid state amp please?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by andrew00, May 17, 2019.

  1. andrew00

    andrew00 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey, I'm looking for a solid state amp. It'll be my main amp, so I'm looking for something decent. Solid state because I live in an apartment and need something I can play at low volumes and with headphones.

    My ideal tone is a clean tone that nail this sort of sound -

    This is a Modern Lovers song I love, it's clean but expressive, both in the main song, but also in the chorus.

    Jonathan Richman used a Strat, and I think going into a Deluxe silverface or something similar, so my brain is saying that's the sort of sound we're looking for?

    I'm looking at the Blues Cube series. Perhaps the hot or the stage with the UBTC capsule?

    Can anyone help me get there please? Thanks!
     
  2. nederemer

    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    line 6 HX stomp. You'll need a powered speaker though.
     
  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fender, Boss, Yamaha all good modelling amps.
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    These days you can run tube amps at low volume too. Most ~5w tube amps come with an attenuator, and many have headphone jacks. On a .1w setting you can crank all the way up and you're still no louder than normal TV watching volume.


    The Modern Lovers tone--in your example--is pretty heavy on reverb. I'm guessing that's a spring reverb, and the song is entirely on the bridge pickup--and there's a boost to the gain for the guitar solo stuff. If there are any other effects I can't tell they're there.
     
  5. BigNorm

    BigNorm Senior Stratmaster

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    Peavey bandit red stripe made in USA...add a chorus pedal and you're in it. You will find one of these amp used for around $200 ( and less )... and they are solid like tanks and very reliable. I played live for 10 years with one of those....and still have it for backup. Read the review on you tube... This amp was choosen in the top five best solid state amp of all time.
     
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    Fender Mustang III v2 delivers sounds from sparkling clean to dirty and everything in between at any volume you want. 100 presets...but make your own since the factory presets are way over effected. Got mine used for 150 bucks...less than the cost of a pedal! But caution...If computers or smart phones confuse you it's not the amp for you since it is a little computerish. Totally thrilled with mine!
     
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    I like the Roland solid state amps, so the Blues Cube might be a good option. The only solid state amp I own is the Roland Micro Cube. Fun little amp with several effects and I can run it on batteries.
     
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    Boss Katana. They sound great, have built in attenuation, and can get LOUD
     
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    Jimi Lightning Senior Stratmaster

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    I quite agree it’s an awesome and versatile amp. Love mine.
    But 1 small point as a I don’t know about the rest of the world but here in Ontario they are hard to find and mine cost me a 6 hour round trip drive and $300. When a I picked it up.
    Well worth it IMHO as it gets more use that my stack, Marshall, Beckmar Vox or cube.
     
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  10. GaryCorby

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    You have a zillion good options.

    You can get an interface box and stick it on your computer, get some amp modeling software and then listen through headphones or decent speakers. Great option if you also want to record.

    Just about every multi-FX box on the planet these days includes an amp modeler. Take your pick. As per above you'll need powered speakers or headphones.

    Take your pick of the Roland Cubes.

    Roland Jazz Chorus is outrageously good. And expensive new. And heavy. But outrageously good.

    Fender Princeton Chorus used is a half-sized Roland Jazz Chorus for about one tenth the price.

    All the lunchbox amps will do the job. See Yamaha THR10 et al.
     
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    Fender Champion 40, as your criterion is simple, clean tone. No fuss amp, jingly, pristine fender clean tone is what you will get.
     
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    When I got back into playing I got a VOX Mini3 v2. Great Fender modeling on the 2x12 setting, sounds exactly like my old 80's 2x12, has a line in for a mic, mp3 player, plenty of decent built-in effects etc. I paid $150 for it new. Plenty loud/quiet for apartment playing.
     
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    I've heard good things about the Tech 21 Trademark 60 1x12.
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    Great amps, but getting rather hard to find.
     
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    Quilter amplifiers. I made the change four years ago and I doubt I ever buy another tube amp again.
     
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    I second the Quilter recommendation. Quilter makes some very nice amps.
     
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    Another vote for Quilter if your looking for a Fender like chime.
     
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    Quilter is great. If you are looking for low volume, look into the Blackstar Fly 3.
     
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