What amps are recommended for Strats?

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  1. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Senior Stratmaster

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    As my fellow Strat-Talkers made clear, there is no generally accepted answer. I have four amps at home – a 5F1 clone, a brown Deluxe, a black Tremolux and an old dinosaur of a '46 Epiphone. My strats sound wonderful through all of them – different, but wonderful.

    As to which one to buy. Given the usage you intend to make, I'd go for something 15-22W, grab'n'go. Which flavor – only you can tell. What's your budget, how loud are your coffee/bar gigs, and what music do you play with your strat(s)?
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    F1A58DDC-BE47-4EE5-8FD8-DD33C8EC70C8.jpeg Strat through a Marshall or a blackface fender amp
     
  3. FireFunkRevival

    FireFunkRevival Strat-O-Master

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    Fender blues deluxe or deluxe Jr. Both really nice amps.
     
  4. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yep. The key is to know what you’re getting into. A fender amp isn’t the same across the board. There are tons of variations. You’ve got to figure out what you play and what you wanna sound like. Then research amps that will lend themselves to that style.
     
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    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member

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    A strat sounds great through my other amps but I gotta say there's something magical about the sound and the dynamics through my little homemade 5f2a clone.
     
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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    You’ll love it , and $114 for 5watts or $250 for 15 watts. C7D4BB56-8D47-449B-B528-7749E17A780B.jpeg
     
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    But there's a bunch of modeling amps out there.
    And they all offer a ton of sounds.
     
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    Watchdogg Strat-Talk Member

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    For vesatility from black face clean to marshally a modified Fender Super Sonic 22 with a Celestion 30.
    For Fender clean bliss, a silverface 1978 Deluxe Reverb for reverb and trem atmospheric tones
     
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    Cali Dude Senior Stratmaster

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    Cool Prosonic. I used to gig with one back in the late 90s-early 2000s. Great amp!
     
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    CattleDog73 Strat-Talker

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    Agree, with both. They get way more usage than my tube amps.

    Also - my favorite Les Paul tone may be Layla, and Clapton lit up a poor little Champ for that so I really don’t buy into ‘ideal’ amp and guitar pairings, enjoy the variety available these days!
     
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    arct Strat-O-Master

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    Me too. 97 to 2006 or so. Hands down best no pedals amp I ever had the pleasure of using. But alas, too loud, too much for what gigging started becoming and has remained. I had an Oregon Zinky. I miss it.

    rct
     
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  13. jd35801

    jd35801 Strat-Talker

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    Lots of great recommendations from lots of very smart folks here!
    For home practice I often use a Line 6 Stomp and headphones so my family doesn't shoot me. My main gig amp is a BF Deluxe Reverb, but lately I'm becoming very fond of the "tweed sounds," like a Tweed Deluxe.
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    I thought it was more about headroom, assuming we're talking about tube amps. Fenders have more, Vox and Marshall have less. Thus Fenders sound "vintage American clean", Vox more "British invasion crunchy" and Marshall gets into the overdriven 70s-80s sound. That's what I feel is the gist of all that I've read. I'm not really speaking from experience.

    But the truth lies in the pedals.
     
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    Rudedawg Senior Stratmaster

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    I mostly use Fender amps because I like the modeling and foot controllable capabilities of my old Cyber Twin SE's but occasionally play thru a not so massive Marshall while at the computer learning new songs.:rolleyes: :whistling:
    Pair of Strats 1.jpg

    marshall and strat.jpg
     
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    omahaaudio Senior Stratmaster

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    Marshalls. It worked for Hendrix.
     
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    Muddyriver25 Strat-Talk Member

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    Honestly man I grabbed a 5150 6L6 50 watt combo and I’m completely blown away by it. From the bright and clean tones of channel 1 right to Eddie’s “brown sound” of Chanel 3 and everything in between my next I would like a twin reverb but it all depends on what your looking for. I stand behind that 5150 tho I’m very please with that amplifier if your looking for that Marshall plexi you’ll get it from this amp at least IMO
     
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    ProfBeaubien Strat-Talk Member

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    For clean playing style, nothing sound better than a Fender guitar with Fender Amp.
    Like Fender Stratocaster+Deluxe Reverb (or Princeton).

    Crunch Style : VOX AC30.

    For Heavy gain stuff... Whatever you like.
     
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    Can't go wrong with Orange
     
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    surfnturf Strat-Talker

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    Strats sound good through just about anything. Strat + Fender Bassman is a personal fave, but they also rock of course through Marshalls and blackface amps. Depends on what you're going for!
     
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