Post by just42dave on Jun 18, 2020 10:53:52 GMT -6
Looking for advice choosing a decent ss amp. Something in the 50w range with lots of clean headroom. I have a variety of pedals for overdriven tones. Willing to spend +- $500. Currently playing through a Vox valvetronix 15w amp that I've had for several years. All sources/experiences welcomed, thanks.
Yeah the red knob fenders are great. I have a Deluxe Eighty Five and a Pro 185 (much, much louder). They might need a little maintenance, though.
My current recommendation is the Boss Katana amp line. I have the 50W combo and the 100W head. People generally comment on the positive qualities of the sound, and the 100W can get deafeningly loud, enough to overpower a heavy drummer. I really like them. They are inexpensive and they can do so many tones and effects. Whatever you want. The swiss army knives of modern solid state amps.
I use the 50W katana combo for jamming and smaller rooms. I use the 100W head currently as a "Kemper" or "Iridium" etc. It's my little virtual amp thingy in the current setup. It's a little more satisfying to me than in the box VST amp simulators. Mainly, it's just faster. Just using the Record/Line output.
Friend of mine has a Fender Champion. 40w, SS, 1x12 combo with DSP. It sounds great clean, with plenty of juice. He runs a Fulltone OCD for drive and only uses the DSP for spring reverb. I’ve seen them for as little as $125 plus shipping on Reverb.com. At that price, you could upgrade the speaker (put a WGS Veteran 30 in it) and have a really nice, light combo amp.