Say you don't need a tube amp with crushing gain but rather beautiful cleans instead ?

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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1439
    Line 6 Spider

    'Clean' Channel for cleans. 

    'Insane' channel for crushing gain....
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 4198

    I've not tried one but the Carr Rambler is lauded.

    By Jove!

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 26820
    Line 6 Spider

    'Clean' Channel for cleans. 

    'Insane' channel for crushing gain....
    Doesn't have an FX loop, which I've always thought was a major weak point.

    (I know... but I had to say it anyway ;).)
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  • BluesyDaveBluesyDave Frets: 246
    Get a 94 Twin and a head unit, put the chassis in the that and presto.  
    No Darling....I've had that ages.
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  • Victory V40 - awesome clean amp
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  • MikeBMikeB Frets: 37
    Mesa Lonestar would be my choice. The special version would give you some options with the lower watt modes. 
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 5715
    I am thinking about building a 50w tweed low power twin, this might be ideal for you, maybe even in a head/combo format.

    The 30w Vox thing is lovelly too, I like my Zwreck type amp allot for home playing, but it gets loud and dirty very fast

    Depends on how clean you want it
    Definitely not Hank Marvin clean, far too hifi for me, when Jeff Healey plays the clean intro to blue jean blues and starts the solo by turning up the volume control and then finishes it by turning it up more and kicking on the wah......it just doesn't get any better. Snowy Whites bird of paradise clean tone is awesome inspiring too, I just wish he had used single coils instead of a Gibson.
    The Jeff Healey example you give is not a clean tone, it's actually a pretty high gain tone with that sparkle you get when you have a treble boost (or a bright switch) before the distortion. 

    You will never get that out of a "clean" amp. 
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  • TelejesterTelejester Frets: 502
    Rocker said:
    Don't think about a JC120, very artificial and false 'clean' sound to my ears. A Dennis Cornell valve amp will give you as much clean sound as you want (at lowish volume). Turn it up for a little breakup - and don't forget to use  the volume control on your guitar.
    The Cornell 18/20 I tried in music shop was astonishing, but could it be used indoors ?
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  • VoxmanVoxman Frets: 1685
    edited October 27
    Laney VC30 - lovely chimey, glassy cleans.  Massively under-rated amps (you'll struggle to find anything but good reviews) , stupidly discontinued by Laney - comes in 2x12, 1x12 and 2x10 flavours (mine's the 2x10 combo with Jensen C10Q16's - slightly toppier & more vintage sound - nice  change from bass heavy 2x12's, and cuts through the mix like butter - plus it's smaller and lighter! - best kept secret of the range). 

    Takes pedals beautifully.  Mine has a parallel FX loop and accutronic spring reverb - later ones have a series FX loop and digital reverb. (The parallel can easily be converted to series)
    I started out with nothing..... but I've still got most of it left (Seasick Steve)
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 1844

    I've not tried one but the Carr Rambler is lauded.

    Do they have FX loop’s? 

    I tried one a while ago, convinced befire I did that I’d end up selling everything and getting one, but preferred my Princeton.  The Carr sounded a bit clinical, although I didn’t go too loud.  Actually it was a nice clean tone, but not as warm as the Princeton.  I could imagine with a Strat, you could nail the SRV Little Wing tone - it was robust and clear.  
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  • rlwrlw Frets: 1282
    Blues Cube - bugger the valves
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  • exocetexocet Frets: 399
    edited October 28
    Hot Rod Deluxe....cheap as chips (2nd hand).
    The clean is very decent. Some may scoff at my next statement but I've had a Mesa Lonestar Classic and I'm quite happy with the HRD. The drive however is an acquired taste...im going to mod mine to make it more useable (the drive is too bass light for my tastes, easily fixed though). 
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  • vizviz Frets: 4348
    edited October 28
    You're not going to believe me but Carvin Legacy for the best cleans around. Or Carvin Belair / Nomad / X100B / etc. 
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3063
    Roland Cube - find Chapper's mystery amp videos on YouTube

    I also like the cleans on the cheapo Marshall MG 100HD

    Avoid Blues Junior - vile cleans you can barely dial in.
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • TelejesterTelejester Frets: 502
    Jalapeno said:
    Roland Cube - find Chapper's mystery amp videos on YouTube

    I also like the cleans on the cheapo Marshall MG 100HD

    Avoid Blues Junior - vile cleans you can barely dial in.
    Wouldn't take a blues jr if it was being given away
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  • Bad Cat Black Cat 30 with a K Master

    Or, just get a Princeton. 
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 3215
    rlw said:
    Blues Cube - bugger the valves
    The 60w Artist (?) one I had was surprisingly good. Highly recommended.
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  • olafgartenolafgarten Frets: 1234
    What sort of venues are you playing? The Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb is a great amp. 
    If only it had an FX loop

    If you are playing clean an FX Loop isn't very important. 
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  • bazxkrbazxkr Frets: 356
    edited October 29
    Fender Supersonic...beautiful cleans on both blackface & bassman setting and go to the burn channel and gain on tap will surprise you too. Built in reverb and FX loop. Get the 100w and power to 25w if you need to tame it...but the smaller 22w probably has more than enough poke but I've not heard one in the flesh. Under rated amps these
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 7779
    Bad Cat Black Cat 30 with a K Master

    Or, just get a Princeton. 
    Yup. My pick is the 15W Cub IIIR, but it's basically the 1/4 of the same amp (half the channels, half the power). A simply brilliant amplifier. 
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  • thebreezethebreeze Frets: 732
    Tone King do sublime cleans imo.  You might find a Metropolitan head somewhere.  You can attenuate both channels.  I've recently bought an early Imperial.  Absolutely awesome clean-wise.  In fact everything about it is the best I've heard - reverb, tremolo and it's light too.  Not a head and no loop though.
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 3643
    Ceriatone HRM50
    or a Two Rock Studio 50, which is basically the same sound
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  • timbuk02timbuk02 Frets: 12
    Voxman said:
    Laney VC30 - lovely chimey, glassy cleans.  Massively under-rated amps (you'll struggle to find anything but good reviews) , stupidly discontinued by Laney - comes in 2x12, 1x12 and 2x10 flavours (mine's the 2x10 combo with Jensen C10Q16's - slightly toppier & more vintage sound - nice  change from bass heavy 2x12's, and cuts through the mix like butter - plus it's smaller and lighter! - best kept secret of the range). 

    Takes pedals beautifully.  Mine has a parallel FX loop and accutronic spring reverb - later ones have a series FX loop and digital reverb. (The parallel can easily be converted to series)
    Read this thread with much interest, so am pleased to see the above^ for my humble VC15's (and wallet's) sake.
    Been thinking the Quilter 101 Reverb looks good for cleans and simplicity of set up, but can't justify another amp
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  • My Wolftone W20 would be ideal - vox like cleans and takes pedals really well but sadly doesn't have an FX loop




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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 1993
    Princeton will do it all unless you have to fill a football stadium.
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  • TelejesterTelejester Frets: 502
    ESBlonde said:
    Princeton will do it all unless you have to fill a football stadium.
    But so many incidents of a princeton farting out like a chav who has eaten a chimichanga
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  • Not when they're clean they don't. They only fart out when pushed. 

    Along those lines, the Louis Electric Columbia has SUBLIME cleans and less fartage for the wattage. 
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  • GadgetGadget Frets: 318
    Carr Slant 6V?
    I think, therefore.... I... ummmm........
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 6879
    edited October 31
    BazP said:
    +1 for the Vox route - set the amp for crunch and then roll back the guitar volume for lovely cleans with rich harmonics or dig in for some dirt
    Why not try one of those little Voxes with the new-fangled valve in the front and the class D amplifier at the back?

    edit: https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/vox-mv50-ac-acoustic-mini-amplifier-head

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