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ULTIMATE low watt amp with ALL the FENDER tones, sounds and features

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Vintage_Vibe, Oct 11, 2018 at 10:49 PM.


Ultimate low watt amp with all the tones, sounds and features

  1. Fender vibro champ - original black or silverface

    6 vote(s)
  2. Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb (current model)

    9 vote(s)
  3. Milkman Sound

    0 vote(s)
  4. Swart

    1 vote(s)
  5. Tyler

    0 vote(s)
  6. Allen

    1 vote(s)
  7. Vintage Sound

    0 vote(s)
  8. Fender Blues Junior IV

    0 vote(s)
  9. Boss Katana

    7 vote(s)
  10. Kemper Profiler

    8 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Vintage_Vibe

    Vintage_Vibe Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 28, 2018
    Looking for one amp that does't cut any corners, does "all of the vintage fender sounds" and is low watt.

    Most resources online about lower watt, "bedroom" or "practice" amps put a heavy emphasis on low prices, which is ok but I'm looking for something that I can buy once and have all of the sounds.
    • Tube
    • Low watt for bedroom/home use
    • Reverb + Tremolo but in some cases just one of them is acceptable
    • Can deliver all of the sounds we love from vintage Fender blackface models
    • Optional: Multiple tone circuits (example: Mesa Boogie Mark V 25 can change amp circuits with toggle switches, or the Fender 68 Custom Reverb silverface that has the bassman side and the reverb side)

    Fender Vibro Champ - original. Lacks reverb.

    Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb - Wanted this, but afraid it's prob just too darn loud. Love how it has the bassman circuit on one side.’68-custom-deluxe-reverb/product-227400.html

    Milkman Sound - 5W Half Pint looked promising but I've read it stays too clean at higher volumes for some

    Swart - STR tremolo or AST

    Tyler JT14 or PT14

    Allen Sweet Spot or Chihuahua

    Vintage Sound 15 or 20

    I have to throw these in for a little more variety and controversy :)

    Fender Blues Junior IV

    Boss Katana

    Kemper Profiler
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  2. Jason99

    Jason99 Strat-O-Master

    Mar 26, 2014
    Los Angeles

  3. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    You aren't asking for much are you?

    Based upon the criteria set forth...Kemper Rack Profiler into a 2-10 or 1-12 cab.

    I settled for a Buger T5. Price had little to do with it. It sounds quite beyond what it sells for. But it doesn't meet your requirements.

    So yeah, Kemper.
    Elvie, JustABluesGuy and sam_in_cali like this.

  4. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    A small practice amp and pedals. You're asking for a unicorn.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018 at 11:21 PM
    irie, Miotch, rafasounds and 2 others like this.

  5. RPKennedy

    RPKennedy Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 27, 2013
    Oconomowoc, WI
    Your poll did not provide a choice for "Other" :D

  6. problem-child

    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Left Coast, USA
    No bells or whistles, but the Princeton Reverb fits the bill otherwise. It's on my shortlist of what amp to buy next and I'm a bedroom player exclusively. Well, when I'm not on the couch unplugged.
    ryapou, Wayne and fattboyzz like this.

  7. Vintage_Vibe

    Vintage_Vibe Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 28, 2018
    That's me! I play my electrics unplugged more than plugged in. I intend to change that with the purchase of this amp.

    Those Carr amps sound incredible. I've never heard of them before but the Skylark has moved into my top considerations. Thanks!

  8. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    The newer Fender Super Champ XD/X2 is a very fun amp for not a ton of money:thumb:
    archetype, RadioFM74 and fattboyzz like this.

  9. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Being relistic here given the option you gave and to come in before you have all the "MY KATANA SOUNDS BETTER THAN TOOBZ" Clan....

    Go for the 68 Custom.

    Its going to get you the 70s tone and the 50s early 60s with the bassman circuit on the bassman side.

    Bowtiq crap aside....Check out the 68 custom. Its going to hit all the Fender Vintage marks IMO.

    Goodluck OP

  10. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 4, 2016
    Most amps that do clean well, dont do metal well. most amps that do metal well, dont often do clean well An amp that does any ONE thing well, is rarely inexpensive
    Amps that do EVERYTHING well have less in common with amps than they do with PCs and are NEVER inexpensive.

    This is why I use a PC for recording and I am a band that has a somewhat narrow genre it sticks to.

  11. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    They are very proud of those Milkman amps judging by their prices. WOW!

  12. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2016
    New Zealand
    Mesa - great cleans all day long plus cna metal it up when required... maybe a 5:25 add a cab clone and get headphone practice capability and recording...
    Fender Phil and TheDuck like this.

  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    When you find one let us know, it will probably be found next to the holy grail and a mermaid riding on a unicorn.
    TheDuck and henderman like this.

  14. Jason99

    Jason99 Strat-O-Master

    Mar 26, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Oh, the visions I have in my head
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  15. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Another ST poll with no choice of "other"....

    Cornell. He's the English Leo Fender. The Romany range is based on early Champ circuitry but with switchable power to avoid the evils of a master tone control as well as excellent tube reverb. I have the Romany Plus, the current version seems to be the Romany 12.

    Switchable from 10 watts down to 0.05 watts, this amp is magnificent.

    Elvie, ryapou, Sarnodude and 2 others like this.

  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    I've seen pictures of your amp before, but had never seen the specs. That's a cracker.
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  17. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    It is. You know how rare it is for me to buy anything new or pay that much for something I hardly use outside the house, but I met a fellow Tokai fan who let me play his. I was blown away.

    Since Denis Cornell lives in Southend On Sea, it's easy to drive down there & pick one up from the man himself, for a small discount. He's fascinating. He talks at great length about the difference between Fender & Vox amps, stresses the importance of a single ended design, talks about Class A amps & other stuff like that. I think I understood maybe 10% of what he told me, but that 10% was fascinating. And when the main valve needed changing, he told me to take it back & he'd do it for me, just for the cost of the valve. So I got my amp checked over again free by it's designer.

    And he made an amp for Wilko Johnson (fellow Essex boy) so we know he's cool. And he owns a Tokai Goldstar for demonstration purposes.

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  18. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 24, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    They are great lil bedroom amps for sure and take pedals well.

  19. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 3, 2015
    Victoria 5112.
    Sounds incredible!
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  20. guitarface

    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 11, 2012
    New York
    I have a problem with the premise. All the tones, all the features? The best amps are one trick ponies.

    But there's still plenty of good stuff out there. Boss katana 50 won't hold anyone back.
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