Suggestions for Amps with a Naturally ‘Darker Tone’, please

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by kdines, Jun 20, 2021.

  1. kdines

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    Dear All - I am just not a fan of treble in general or the ‘sharpness’ you can sometimes get at the ‘front of the note’. I hope that makes sense! I have a Morgan MVP23 which I really like as the attack is very smooth but it lacks the strong bottom end of my Victory Sheriff and matching cabinet (but which has a sharper note attack which I don’t quite like). I know, I know - first world problems and all that! My tone settings tend to be the opposite of what I typically see people using - my treble is around 10 o’clock and my bass is around 2:30 o’clock. So, while I can definitely dial in sounds more to my liking especially with a light overdrive pedal, I was wondering whether anybody has recommendations for an amp that just has an intrinsically warmer, ‘darker’ sound. I’m hoping that one of the Fender ToneMaster amps will work out for me - probably the Twin Reverb but really interested in your collective experience.

    Many thanks and take care.
     
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    Maybe a fender frontman. I had to buy pedals to bring out the high end on my 25r.
     
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    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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    My fender blues deluxe has a great warm sound. The first time I used it I seriously thought there was a bass player in the room because of the low end presence.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Twin Reverbs are anything BUT dark.
     
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    Yeah - I thought this might be the case but thought the twin speakers would possibly help. I’m sure it can sound ‘warmer’ but perhaps with more extreme settings of the tone controls.
     
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    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    Mesa Boogie comes to mind.
     
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    Fender Bassbreaker - the prince of darkness.
     
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    This one is probably not what you are looking for but I got into a dark mood just looking at the Fender Excelsior and down right depressed after playing it.
    Very Dark

    Excelsior-large.jpg
     
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    My Blackstars have a nice clean tone. Not as sharp or piercing as some Fenders

    My HK Tubemiester 36 has my favorite cleans an great high gain as well.

    Whats your budget ?
     
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    I don't know if this is the right time, but I've seen references to '5v3' along with other such 5XXs. Could one educate me on what they are?
     
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    Hi - thanks for your message. I’d probably be OK with up to $2K for something that checked the boxes!
     
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    Oooh - good idea. I’m actually going home soon to see my folks (first time in 18 months...) and my brother will also be down. He’s a far better player than I but he’s going to bring his Bassbreaker 15 down with him! Good opportunity to really try it out.
     
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    You can turn any amp into a smooth darker player in a matter of minutes by just for example installing a model BP122 12” bass driver made by Eminence.
    This drivers frequency range only goes up to 2.3k, not 5.5k or more as most standard guitar drivers do.

    They also make many 10” drivers that will fit the bill.
    These types of Bass drivers are a tad less efficient though so you have to open up the amp louder which may not be a bad thing since you will get output stage clipping at a lower volume level.
     
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    I agree, and nicely put:thumb:
     
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    With that kind of budget your options are wide open. It really just boils down to how much amp do you need.

    New or used ? Head and cab or combo ? Pedals too ? No matter what you decide you can pretty well fit your needs and have money left over
     
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