#1
Ok Folks,
I need some opinions from y'all. Looking to buy a new tube amp.so....... What in your considered opinions, coming from your experience and knowledge would be the best tube amp to use for playing the country / rock of today. Currently using a Marshall VS100.

I know of a few amps from years gone by that are great but without a serious search and probable large repair bills they wouldn't be probably as good as some of todays amps for versitility and handling the demands of todays music.

Anyway, I do appreciate your help in this. I have been partial to Marshall amps in the past and I mainly play a Gibson LP, a Fender Tele., and a Taylor GS8 / ES.

MacChlerich
#3
what's your budget?
an obvious choice would be to go with something like a fender, the superchamp has plenty of models which will allow you to play the country music whilst allowing you to play rock aswell.
#4
Bugera V55, it destroys Fender's HRD in both cleans and overdrive (imo)...
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#7
Blues junior!!! Can pull those off nicely in my opinion
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#8
Dr Z amps are what brad paisley use
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#9
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Bugera V55, it destroys Fender's HRD in both cleans and overdrive (imo)...



this, check out the youtube video of the tone king comparing it to the hrd. Seriously, i ordered it before the video finished
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#10
Twin Reverb. And pile on the reverb. Sheesh, I hate country.
And yeah, the Tele has enough lack of sustain, unlike the LP.
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#11
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#12
Dr Z or an old Fender Vibrolux or Deluxe Reverb? A newer Fender reissue if you're on a budget.

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And yeah, the Tele has enough lack of sustain, unlike the LP.



What does that even mean?
#13
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The OP also didn't post a budget, and considering he's upgrading from a Valvestate, I assume his budget isn't that huge.

If it is... Dumble Overdrive Special.
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#15
fender twin reverb, fender supersonic, marshall dsl, bogner shiva
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#16
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The OP also didn't post a budget, and considering he's upgrading from a Valvestate, I assume his budget isn't that huge.

If it is... Dumble Overdrive Special.


Why not let him get a Trainwreck, a Dumble, a Splawn, a Bogner Ecstacy, a Mesa Dual and another Trainwreck, and ABCDEF them

But if your buget is around 500, i'd say get a Fender Blues JR and an OD for that twangy sound.
#17
Reeves Custom 50 gets the job done for me...

But if you have a budget of around 600, I have a Twin Reverb I am desperately trying to get rid of. PM me?
#18
Dr. Z FTW. and yes im obviously a fan boy

but no really, it does all of my country for me and then some.
A bit pricey, though. you should post a budget.

Also, like a lot of people have said, Fender Twin Reverb.

if your budget is above 2k look into Matchless or Dr. Z.

Other than that I would trust Colin's advice the most on this one.
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#19
Okay, I am finally able to sit down and type this out:

The definitive list of amps that are GREAT for country music:

Peavey:
Classic Series, Windsor
--the Classic series can get right twangy and deliver a very traditional country sound; however, do not discount the Windsor if you are going for a heavier, Marshall based modern country sound

Crate:
V5, V18, V33
--endorsed by the Reverend Billy Gibbons. 'nuff said

Blackstar HT5
--not much this little amp can't do. A bit on the heavier/modern side, but it can get a pretty sweet twang

Fender:
all models
--used for years by legendary country guitarists such as Atkins, Gatton, Mason, and Gill, Fenders defined the Nashville sound

Vox
AC15, AC30
-- chimy, punchy, twangy. Used by the Stones (who are very country influenced), the Byrds (Gram Parsons, the legendary country singer fronted the Byrds for a time), Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban

Marshall
JCM800, JTM45, Plexi, JVM

Mesa/Boogie
Lonestar Classic and Special, Heartbreaker, Maverick, Mark I and II
--they're basically revved up Fender designs, so obviously you can go country with them. On the heavier side, Jason Aldean's guitarists are using Rectifiers

Hiwatt
Custom 50 and Custom 100
--kinda like a Fender with better "blossom" and definition when the volume is up. Keith Urban is currently using Hiwatts

Reeves
Custom 50 and Custom 100
--vintage Hiwatt clones. Plus I use a Custom 50, so it is obviously the shizz.

Dr. Z
Carmen Ghia, Maserati, RT 66, Prescription ES, Stang Ray, Maz JR/SR
--basically they're tweaked Marshalls and Voxes. They get a little heavier than a traditional Vox and are less powerful than a Marshall, so the tube saturate earlier. Brad Paisley uses Zs and even helped design the Prescription ES. Some models were also partially designed by the legendary Ken Fischer

Fuchs
Andy's modded Fenders, any model but the Viper
--Excellent D-style amps, but with their own flavor. Brent Mason uses them live (among many others)

Matchless
Thunder, Lightning, Phoenix, Chieftain, DC30
--tweaked AC30s basically. Keith Urban used them for a while

Bruno
all models
--replicas of classic Fender, Marshall, and Vox designs

I don't have much (or any, in some cases) experience with these brands, but they might be worth a look:

Roccaforte
Komet
Three Monkeys
Swart
JMI
Mad Professor
Suhr
PRS (yes, THAT PRS)
Top Hat
Metropolis
Bugera (apparently they have a plexi style amp?)
Diezel (well, maybe just the Einstein. Richie Sambora is currently touring with a Herbert, though)

I would highly recommend a compression pedal (along with the amp) to get the Nashville sound.
#20
^That has to be one of the most informative gear recommendation posts lately

I tried a PRS a couple weeks ago. It had a lovely clean sound. And ill agree with the compressor recommendation.
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#21
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Bugera (apparently they have a plexi style amp?)


They have both Plexi (1960) and Bassman-styled (V series) amps, which is why I recommended the Bugera V55.
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#22
i play country and rock and a mix of the two and use a Fender Supersonic its good for country/Rock/Jazz or whatever i use the vibrolux channel
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