What amp do you recommend for Fender guitars?

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  1. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Senior Stratmaster

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    A Dumble.
     
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    dscottyg Strat-Talker

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    It’s a HOT 10-in. Speaker I got in 1997. I just think there are amps out there that would sound better. I replied on the Tele site too, so others can see.
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    dscottyg Strat-Talker

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    Even this from 1997?
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I really like Quilter amps, I've used them for a few years and I'm now on my second one. The first was an Overdrive 200, a 200 watt head. I sold it a while ago when I got the new Aviator Cub combo.





     
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    oatsoda Puck of Paradox

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    So you got that thing in 1997, and now it’s 24 years later, and something has changed to make you think you might play outside the house, yes?

    That’s a cool thing to have that feeling, and I hope it happens for you, because playing for people is fun.

    Pretty much any amp with a line out will work for you. Nice if you can decide if lining it out kills the speaker or not, so you can use it for a monitor if one is not provided. Most amps do not have this function built in, but it can be fairly easily modified to do this by ant competent tech.

    I like the Fender Princeton Reverb.

    Have fun!
     
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  7. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Super. I have several amps I play at home, but the ones I'd probably take for playing out would be my Quilter (201 Tone Block) and/or DV Mark DV Micro 60 Jazz with some combination of cabinets (I have three 1x12s with different neo speakers and a 2x8 neo cab). Small, light, solid state, take pedals well...good playability (if a word?) across the volume spectrum. Quilter and DV Mark make many different models to suit particular tastes. I probably have about $1500 in the aforementioned amps/cabs...the only things I didn't buy at hard discounts were two of the neo speakers.

    I have a Blackstar HT40 Club that is a very flexible amp and plenty capable of holding a room...I use an attenuator on it in the house---loud. There are several models now depending on your likes. Mine is an EL34. Last time I looked, they could be had used for <$500.

    I have a Monoprice Stage (f)Right 15/1w 611815 amp that is a very nice amp to see what tubes are about...EL84, and the tubes are easy to reach for experimentation. 15w may be a limiting factor for you playing out, but you could mike it (no line out)...the 1w setting is great for in the house. Typically <$300 new.

    On my wish list (no hands on experience) are the Princeton Reverb and a couple of the Marshall 20w heads (pick the sound you like). Many folks like the Katana series amps...you might take a look at those as well.

    When I look at combos, I lean towards those with 12" speakers (but own 10" and 8" as well). Since you've mentioned no budget and are in the hunt for "different" from your old amp, I'd mention that one could easily purchase two or three pretty nice (and different sounding) amps for $1500-2000...that's been sort of my approach to all this.

    Happy hunting!
     
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    chas3rd Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Suhr Badger recommended for ALL guitars…
     
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    Sorry to disagree but there is a big difference between the two regarding the care and feeding of one versus the other not to mention all the nuances that different tubes can make. Those factors don’t come into play with a solid state amp. Yeah, sound is important. But what you want to devote time, thought, and money to is also important.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    No need to be sorry. We just value different things.
     
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    Ed Storer Strat-O-Master

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    I'd recommend a Dr. Z MAZ 18. See if you can try one before you decide. The Dr has said that the amp is a great match with a Strat. I know that it works well with almost
    anything, and I have SS (thinline t-style), SSS 1982 USA Fender Bullet with DiMarzio Velvets, HH Custom Telecaster FMT HH, and HSH 1981 EBMM Silhouette with stock DiMarzio's.

    They all sound excellent through the MAZ, but the Bullet really loves that amp.
     
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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    A Deluxe Reverb is always a good choice.
     
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    Gridlock Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I always go with a vintage hand-wired BF or SF Fender amp with Reverb to use with my Fender guitars. Prices are still decent on vintage Fender amps, and replacement parts a readily available to get the working as new or to restore.

    Pick the amp size and wattage to fit your needs and I prefer one that is tube rectified.

    My current two Fender amps.

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    Chicago Matt Strat-O-Master

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    There are a lot of good amps. But after a lot of years doing this I've decided that the amps that were designed with the guitars are my favorites, be it tweed, brownface, or blackface. They go with the guitars like ham and eggs.
     
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    My favorite was my Supersonic 22.
     
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    Blackface Princeton
     
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    Fender '65 Twin Reverb 2x12-inch 85-watt Tube Combo Amp
     

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    datsunrobbie Strat-Talk Member

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    Fender Cyber Twin SE. Master volume lets it work at home as well as at gigs. Built-in effects sound good and it like pedals.
     
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    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    Fender amps of course. If someone wants a hotrodded fender, mesa boogie.
     
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    Just what you want for a coffee house, a twin reverb :rolleyes:
     
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