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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.

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

  1. Fender vibro champ - original black or silverface

    12 vote(s)
    27.9%
  2. Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb (current model)

    14 vote(s)
    32.6%
  3. Milkman Sound

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    0.0%
  4. Swart

    4 vote(s)
    9.3%
  5. Tyler

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    2.3%
  6. Allen

    3 vote(s)
    7.0%
  7. Vintage Sound

    1 vote(s)
    2.3%
  8. Fender Blues Junior IV

    3 vote(s)
    7.0%
  9. Boss Katana

    10 vote(s)
    23.3%
  10. Kemper Profiler

    8 vote(s)
    18.6%
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  1. Vintage_Vibe

    Vintage_Vibe Strat-Talk Member

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    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.
    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/guita.../’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
    https://milkmansound.com/collections/amplifiers


    Swart - STR tremolo or AST
    http://swartamps.com/amplifiers.htm


    Tyler JT14 or PT14
    https://tyleramps.com/jt14


    Allen Sweet Spot or Chihuahua
    http://www.allenamps.com/sweetspot.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9jy2UsQu6M

    Vintage Sound 15 or 20
    http://vintagesoundamps.com/amps/tweed-series/


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

    Fender Blues Junior IV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb4VuwoTooc

    Boss Katana
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILAdY9sJvv8

    Kemper Profiler
    https://www.kemper-amps.com/products/profiler/line-up
     
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  2. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

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    H&K Tubemeister 18
     
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  3. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

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    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.
     
  4. Mr. Lumbergh

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

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    A small practice amp and pedals. You're asking for a unicorn.
     
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  5. RPKennedy

    RPKennedy Senior Stratmaster

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    Your poll did not provide a choice for "Other" :D
     
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  6. problem-child

    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

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    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.
     
  7. Vintage_Vibe

    Vintage_Vibe Strat-Talk Member

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    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

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    The newer Fender Super Champ XD/X2 is a very fun amp for not a ton of money:thumb:
     
  9. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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

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    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.
     
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    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster

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    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...
     
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  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    When you find one let us know, it will probably be found next to the holy grail and a mermaid riding on a unicorn.
     
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  14. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

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    Oh, the visions I have in my head
     
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  15. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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.

    https://www.cornellamps.com/product-page/romany-12

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


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  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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

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    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.

    :cool:
     
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  18. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

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    They are great lil bedroom amps for sure and take pedals well.
     
  19. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster

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    Sounds incredible!
     
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  20. guitarface

    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

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    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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