#1
Here's the deal, I need a bedroom amp that is low on wattage but high in tone. I do not need something to play with a drummer or gig with, just something to play in my room and along to some tracks.

I have to have a good CLEAN sound, I am not a fan of the bright-fender clean. I need a warm, smooth clean. I would also appreciate a smooth overdrive sound, something like a Ceriatone Overtone driven sound. I like my sound with a lot of low end and usually have my Bass tone knob cranked. This amp would be going into a Fulltone OCD but feel free to mention any other pedals that work well with a specific amp.

I currently play through a Gibson SG with high output DiMarzio's (super distortion and humbucker from hell) and am looking to soon pickup a Les Paul styled guitar in which case I will be putting vintage output pickups in my SG.

My current amps that I am selling are a Hughes and Kettner Switchblade 50 and a halfstack Orange Tiny Terror. The switchblade was too loud and the tiny terror not versatile enough. My tastes in music have changed a lot and I am not looking for a change in equipment. I like to play blues (clapton, srv, trower, moore), rock (ac/dc, cream, guns n' roses, zz top) and clean jazzy-scale based non-sense. I do have my metal, shredded moments and might pickup a maxon od808 to curb that.


tl;dr

I want a studio volume amp that provides a very warm clean and smooth overdrive.

BUDGET: I am trying not to spend over $1000 dollars and as for used amps, I live in California, USA and would be using the SF Bay Area Craigslist.

Thanks for the help.
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#2
vox ac4 tv 4 watts that can be switched down to 1/4, very good cleans, although it only has three knobs, so an eq pedal would be needed.
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#4
^ I'm looking for something a lot more versatile and nicer sounding.

Amps I do not want:
Egnater Rebel 20 or 30 (tried today, very muddy)
Fender Blues Jr. (it really wasn't all the hype made it out to be )
Tiny Terror (not versatile enough, lacking cleans)
peavey classic 30 (fizzy overdrive in my opinion)
Vox ac4 (doesn't have a versatile eq)

Amps I'm interested in:
Vox AC15 w/ AlNiCo Blue
Blackstar HT-5 (hey, it got some killer reviews)
Supro Taurus
Soldano Astroverb (the demos I just heard were unbelievable, a bit out of my budget though)


EDIT: to the ac4
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#5
Cornford Harlequin
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#6
Blackstar HT-5.
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#8
If you can find one used (although it's doubtful), a 65 Amps combo with the new master switch (basically a power scale). Another possibility if it's cheap enough be the Peavey Studio Special.

Also, look into the low wattage Cornells like the Romany and Plexi Seven.
#9
Super Champ XD. Plenty of tone options. MF has some kind of Fender call in sale right now. You should be able to get the SCXD with footswitch for no more than $300.
#12
Cornford Harlequin? Not sure if they can be found for <$1000, though.

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#14
Overdrive-Zvex Nano
Cleans-Jazz Chorus

If you go used, you can get both for under $1000. Even if you get the Nano new, you can still probably do it
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#16
Quote by Gibshall
^ I'm looking for something a lot more versatile and nicer sounding.

Amps I do not want:
Egnater Rebel 20 or 30 (tried today, very muddy)
Fender Blues Jr. (it really wasn't all the hype made it out to be )
Tiny Terror (not versatile enough, lacking cleans)
peavey classic 30 (fizzy overdrive in my opinion)
Vox ac4 (doesn't have a versatile eq)

Amps I'm interested in:
Vox AC15 w/ AlNiCo Blue
Blackstar HT-5 (hey, it got some killer reviews)
Supro Taurus
Soldano Astroverb (the demos I just heard were unbelievable, a bit out of my budget though)


EDIT: to the ac4

i highly recommend the rebel. great, versatile amp. get a good cab and you're set.
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#17
Fender Princeton recording amp, it has a built-in attenuator and killer cleans, but I've heard good things about the breakup (although you have an OCD already, so whatever haha). I know they're over a grand new, but there's a used one at my local store for $750, so it should be easy enough to find one.
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#18
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#19
A podxt or PodX3? They are great for recording and you can get whatever tone you are after.
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#20
I'm not looking to record, but thanks for these suggestions.
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#21
Quote by Jhachey22
i highly recommend the rebel. great, versatile amp. get a good cab and you're set.

+1

The Rebel is alot less muddy with a better cab, trust me

Also these come to mind-

Blackstar HT5
Marshall Studio 15
Vox AC15

-Gibson LP VM
-Silvertone Kentucky Blue
-MXR CC Delay
-Ibanez TS-9
-Egnater Rebel 20
-Avatar 1x12

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#22
laney lionheart has amazing cleans but im not sure what the overdrive is like

EDIT: apparently the overdrive is pretty good although it doesnt have enough gain for modern metal
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#23
Quote by Gibshall
I'm not looking to record, but thanks for these suggestions.

Yeah, don't write off the Princeton because it has 'recording' in its name. It would probably hold up pretty well in a club situation.
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#24
Quote by Eggmond
laney lionheart has amazing cleans but im not sure what the overdrive is like

Or the new Laney Cub. They arent out yet, but the you tube video demo of them is pretty raw and sounds nice
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#26
Another +1 on the Studio 15. Great cleans, built in mini attenuator, sounds like an 800 when you turn the gain up. Awesome little amp.
Another option would be the Egnator Rebel 20, but the OD on that isn't as solid as the marshall.
#27
I'm really liking the Cornford Harlequin demos, to get one under $1000 I'd need to ship from the UK probably. How are the cleans though?
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