First Strat! Now what amp?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Floopty Doo, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. kjatexas

    kjatexas Strat-Talk Member

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    ‘65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue works for me.
     
  2. SlyStrat

    SlyStrat Strat-Talker

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    Ive owned or played MANY amps in my life.
    The Marshall Studio Vintage is my favorite.
    Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb is excellent.
     
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    roadhog96 Senior Stratmaster

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    This is what you need, 68 Dual Showman Reverb, true Fender tone and a wake up alarm all in one.
     
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    I've been very happy with my Fender CyberTwin SE. You can dial in lots of amp and effect combinations and save them in memory to call them back with just a stomp on a pedal.
     
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    ClosetSciFiGeek Strat-Talk Member

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    You have a great setup. I have the exact same model Strat in the same color and fretboard choice. I like the Elites better than any other model because if you select the neck position on the five way selector and engage the S-1 switch it wires the middle pickup in series and sounds as thick as many humbuckers, but you can just as easily use the next position down on the five way with the S-1 switch disengaged and scoop the kids on your Mesa and get pretty good Sultan's of Swing tone too
     
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    I have the 65’ Deluxe Reverb Reissue, and since it lacks a master volume, in order to get that sweet break-up its gotta be cranked ~7-10 and it starts to really come alive. The draw back is it’s really really loud. So if you’re just doing the bedroom or apartment thing it could be way too loud.
    The Fender Superchamp X2 has an exceptionally good sounding Deluxe reverb voice, but also a bassman, twin, JCM800, Superlead and 5150 in addition to a bunch of other voices plus with a gain and master volume and a clean channel that is just pristine.
    The Marshall 20w Origin also pairs well with the Strat especially if you have a fuzz and reverb pedal.
     
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    I am very happy with my Fillmore 50. Wonderful amp. Great reverb.
     
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    Cali Dude Strat-Talker

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    Except a tweed era Harvard or Deluxe. Just depends upon your taste. I gigged for years with a real'65 deluxe reverb. It was cool. But I ended up trading it for some cash and a tweed Harvard.
     
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    It takes time to get to know what a given setup can do. Try letting go of you favorite amp settings and start anew.
     
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    Katana - INCOMING!!!
     
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  11. Floopty Doo

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    Oh, I have been. And I take notes on different settings. I'm just looking to add to the stable - a nice "intro to Strat" tube amp. Around $1K or less.

    I have one as my "grab & go" amp for garage jams. :) Very nice amp, but I prefer tubes.
     
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  12. bbarott

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    Damn, no kidding. .. where to start. ... really depends on what ya want to play. Me being a classic fender sort of guy these days would go for a vintage bandmaster, bassman or perhaps if I were in a more practical mood a DRRI. A blackface Showman with the single JBL tonering cabinet if I could find one and made a habit out of playing outdoor shows. If you want something a bit more esoteric but really, really nifty and practical I'd be looking hard at a Supro.

    Then there's always a vintage Plexi half stack. Those things have done a bunch of heavy rock and roll lifting for going on 50 years. Robin Trower anyone? Can't beat an AC30 either, they really are the best at what they do. Edge could play any amp on the planet and often does but he is famously partial to his Vox, God only knows how many times that particular amp has been replayed across the world.

    Are you/he a pedal sort of person? Something like a Musicman has the fender vibe but takes pedals better than pretty much anything I've ever played. And of course Mesa, I've long lusted after a Stiletto series combo but would up with an Express instead. Interesting combo, when rendering single coils and dialed for clean my Boogie will generate a really nice Fender chime with just enough of that Mesa buzz to know it ain't a Fender clean.

    Good luck to OP. Yep, sorting through the 'what amp' question is gonna be like drinking from a fire hose.
     
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    Thanks! Been lurking for a while. :)
     
  15. Starbuck

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    Best Strat amp is a great question. The mesa V can do some great sounds with it. Also try a Shur Badger 18 through some Celestion Vintage speakers, or an old Fender Champ vintage silverface. I usually have a pedal like a SLO or a JHS the AT andy timmons to overdrive as needed. Carmen Ghia amp also through Celestion Vintage speakers is awesome with a Strat. There is a huge difference in matching those single coils up with the right pedal and amp. If you get it right, the tone makes you want to play all night cause it sounds so good.
     
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    My nephew has one of those and it’s KILLER. Very unappreciated amps
     
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    Gridlock Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Most of my Strat playing time is through one of my two Fender amps.

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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    AC1EC756-6350-46CB-ACC3-580A53C4BF71.jpeg I’m guessing you’re after something bigger than a 15 watt amp. So take a hard look at a Deluxe Reverb, a Twin Reverb or a bassbreaker or a bassman.

    BUT, any EL 34 amp will sound immaculate when paired with a Strat. I have a Blackstar studio 10 EL 34 amp with an extension cab and it’s heaven when I kick on my Wampler Plexi pedal. Total Hendrix.

    really depends on if you’re going for pristine cleans (fender) or a classic Rock crunchy tone (Marshall, Blackstar)
     
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    This is a no brainer. A Fender amp, period. I bet you are hearing that Fender sound in your head and saying, how do I get “that sound”? There’s a reason why Leo built and voiced amps the way he did, because they brought out the best in his guitars, mainly, a Tele or a Strat.
     
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