#1
Im looking for a new amp for under 500$ because my current amp sucks(fender frontman 25w). I have a fender standard stratocaster. I want to get good cleans like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay along with decent distortion. If an amp only has good cleans could I just get a pedal for distortion and be set? Any suggestions??
#3
used Carvin x100b's have some pretty awesome chimey cleans but for RHCP I'd be inclined to go with a fender.

As for distortion, I wouldn't rely only on a pedal on the clean channel. I think you can get a footswitch for Hot Rod Deluxes to switch to the drive channel, which if it isn't enough you can add an overdrive pedal on top of.
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#4
I have a Fender Hot Rod Deville that is great for clean tones. I have the four ten inch speaker one which is actually way too loud for me, but they make a 2 x12inch speaker one that you could find used for under $500.
#5
Vox AC15 for sure. Great overdrive, amazing cleans. Sure it wont be amazingly loud for bigger gigs but dont forget about mic-ing the darn thing!
#6
Fender HRD, Orange Tiny Terror, Peavey Windsor, Peavey Classic 30, Roland JC-120, used Mesa (not a Recto)

I would go Fender or JC-120.
#8
The Classic 30 is a good British-voiced amp so it should do very well for RHCP stuff, not sure about Coldplay though. If I were to take a shot in the dark I'd say the guitarist uses Voxes (a tone which the Classic 30 can nail) but he could use Fenders.

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Quote by bulletrocks522
Fender HRD, Orange Tiny Terror, Peavey Windsor, Peavey Classic 30, Roland JC-120, used Mesa (not a Recto)

I would go Fender or JC-120.

lol no. No clean headroom at all
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#10
Peavey Classic 30, Fender HRD, Vox AC15
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I would go with a Roland JC-120.
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Quote by bulletrocks522
Fender HRD, Orange Tiny Terror, Peavey Windsor, Peavey Classic 30, Roland JC-120, used Mesa (not a Recto)

I would go Fender or JC-120.


I've got the windsor and you really can't say good and clean in the same sentence.
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I've got the windsor and you really can't say good and clean in the same sentence.

Turn down your preamp vol and roll back your guitar vol. It actually cleans up pretty nice.
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Turn down your preamp vol and roll back your guitar vol. It actually cleans up pretty nice.


Ah, Yeah, but i think your definition of good cleans and mine are probably 2 different things.
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Quote by The Fret-Dancer
Vox AC15 for sure. Great overdrive, amazing cleans. Sure it wont be amazingly loud for bigger gigs but dont forget about mic-ing the darn thing!


A Vox's cleans kinda sound like most tube amp's clean when pushed to the point of breakup. It's a completely different kind of jangly sound thats unique, but I'm not sure thats what the OP is looking for.
#16
Get a used Hot Rod Deluxe if you can. They're really, really good.
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#18
fender hot rod deville sounds like you hands down.

the 410 will have a woodier tone and the 212 will be a bit thumpier and a little heavier.

both are nice amps, and a band that played at my bar swore by them. 1 guy had a 212 and the other a 410. have to say id go for the 410.

i have a fm25r for practice. they really are not that bad, are they?
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Get a used Hot Rod Deluxe if you can. They're really, really good.


Hell yea'.

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#20
Anything with the word "Fender" on it that doesn't have the word "Frontman" on it is a straight pass to pretty cleans.
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#21
Quote by bulletrocks522
Fender HRD, Orange Tiny Terror, Peavey Windsor, Peavey Classic 30, Roland JC-120, used Mesa (not a Recto)

I would go Fender or JC-120.



the hot rod deluxe's drive is so mediocre its very upsetting you will need a pedal

the tiny terror sounds great with break up but cleans are lacking and its also is over priced

havent played the windsor

i'd reccommend the classic 30

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Quote by timzee117
the hot rod deluxe's drive is so mediocre its very upsetting you will need a pedal

the tiny terror sounds great with break up but cleans are lacking and its also is over priced

havent played the windsor

i'd reccommend the classic 30


HRD Drive isn't meant for things people always want it for. It really ain't that bad!! The drive on a Laney I tried was carp.
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HRD Drive isn't meant for things people always want it for. It really ain't that bad!! The drive on a Laney I tried was carp.

that would depend heavily on the Laney you tried.
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#24
Just got home from guitar center with a used Fender Blues Jr.! Got it for 375$ and it looks new so it was a great deal. Thanks for the recommendations, this amp is sweet.
#25
Good job
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I agree completely with the Blues Jr. and JC


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#27
its great, can't believe how much better it is than solid states! now I see why people recommend tubes so much.
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Just got home from guitar center with a used Fender Blues Jr.! Got it for 375$ and it looks new so it was a great deal. Thanks for the recommendations, this amp is sweet.


Good job mate, the BJr is a real sweetheart. I had one and if you wanted cleans you got it.

If you want dirt get a dirty pedal. That's what I did on my BJr and works beautifully.

Check out what tubes you got in that BJr, if they're Groove tubes they were stock. Mine were Groove red labels meaning they were early breakup tubes. I didn't want early breakup so I replaced them with Mullard Reissues (Russian made) and they sounded much better.

I retubed my BH Handsome Devil with the Mullard RIs. They're pretty good tubes.
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#29
fender hot rod or a mesa DC. both have awesome cleans and wrok really well with pedals. or you can buy a chorus pedal.
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#30
Get a Fender- pretty much anything Hot Rod Deluxe on up will work great. They are way more reliable and better for service (if you ever need it) than a majority of others in the price range. Maybe get a pedal too

Edit- Blues Jr is awesome too. Good pick up!