#1
So I just bought a brand new Fender Deluxe HSS Stratocaster, but still need to upgrade my amp. I'm looking for a good tube amp that will be good with my strat for blues and rock tones. My price range is 500-1000 dollars. Any ideas?
#2
fender blues deluxe ? combo, 1x12, sounds good, saw some go for 600-700$CAN used.
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#3
Marshall JCM2000 DSL or Class 5 combo
Mesa Caliber or F Series
Egnater Tweaker
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

Just a small list of readily available amps.
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fender blues deluxe ? combo, 1x12, sounds good, saw some go for 600-700$CAN used.
Yeah I got one for $350 (USD). Awesome deal.
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Blues and rock tones like what? Name some bands/artists. John Mayer's tone, for example, is very different from Rory Gallagher's.
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Blues and rock tones like what? Name some bands/artists. John Mayer's tone, for example, is very different from Rory Gallagher's.

He speaks the truth. The Fender HRD is a good choice. The Blues Deluxe as well. They both have some of the best cleans I've ever heard for a sub $1,000 amp.
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I play a lot of bluesy stuff like Clapton, Mayer, Stevie Ray, Hendrix, etc. and the rock music I mostly play is Incubus, Tool, RHCP, Zepp, Modest Mouse (if you consider this rock), etc. I don't really play any super heavy metal.
#9
a used fender 65 twin reverb reissue.
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I play a lot of bluesy stuff like Clapton, Mayer, Stevie Ray, Hendrix, etc. and the rock music I mostly play is Incubus, Tool, RHCP, Zepp, Modest Mouse (if you consider this rock), etc. I don't really play any super heavy metal.

In that case, both the Blues Deluxe and Hot Rod Deluxe sound like they'd be right up your alley.
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For your bluesy stuff, yes a Fender amp is an ideal match, especially a Twin Reverb. Fantastic tone if for your new strat. You can pull off some great sounding stuff. However, Fender amps really suck at hard rock. They are just not built for Tool or Incubus. Yes You can pull off some rock with a Fender amp, but think Tom Petty, not Tom Morello. The best amp for both the blues world and rock world is simply a Marshall. And don't go cheap on it. Search eBay and Craigslist for a decent used one. Well worth the money. Do some research to decide which model is best for you.
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#12
Fender Blues or Pro Jr. Power amp distortion is a staple of the blues rock sound. turn it up to 10 and throw an OD in thurr.
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#13
if you haven't gotten an amp already i thought it would be a very big thing to point out that your not gonna get a very good tool sound with a strat no matter what.
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if you haven't gotten an amp already i thought it would be a very big thing to point out that your not gonna get a very good tool sound with a strat no matter what.


No matter what? I'm in a death metal band and own a stock single coil 06 American Standard Strat running through a Peavey 6505 Head and Mesa Recto 2x12 cab... I gig regularly with it, and let me tell you, it can actually keep up with my passive pickuped HH guitars. I even recorded a few riffs for a single my band was recording not too long ago with it, so I'm sure TS can manage to get some Tool tone if he chooses an appropriate amp. Amps play a huge role when it comes to tone, and strats are versatile guitars.

Now back on topic. Personally, although it might be hard, I would try and find a used Mesa F series. It produces great tone and sounds great overdriven as well as clean.
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In that case, both the Blues Deluxe and Hot Rod Deluxe sound like they'd be right up your alley.

They're mostly not Fender tones, except SRV, Mayer (to some extend) and maybe Modest Mouse, never heard of them.
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No matter what? I'm in a death metal band and own a stock single coil 06 American Standard Strat running through a Peavey 6505 Head and Mesa Recto 2x12 cab... I gig regularly with it, and let me tell you, it can actually keep up with my passive pickuped HH guitars. I even recorded a few riffs for a single my band was recording not too long ago with it, so I'm sure TS can manage to get some Tool tone if he chooses an appropriate amp. Amps play a huge role when it comes to tone, and strats are versatile guitars.


Ok that was kind of hastely put, I'm saying if he wants a Tool sound along with a good blues sound he really shouldn't be looking for 1 amp, I really doubt that theres gonna be an amp that will push a strat to Tool and still be able to do John Mayer. Sorry about that, I should've worded that differently.
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They're mostly not Fender tones, except SRV, Mayer (to some extend) and maybe Modest Mouse, never heard of them.

Well unless he buys a Fender and a Marshall he's not going to nail everything he's looking for perfectly. That being said, a Fender will cover SRV, Clapton, Mayer, Hendrix, Modest Mouse, and RHCP pretty well. It may not be what THEY used but it will work. And you've never heard of Modest Mouse
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#18
traynor ycv40, maybe? it's still pretty fendery on the clean channel (granted, the fender has the edge there), but the overdrive channel is a lot nicer than the fender hot rods'. Would be worth considering, at any rate, considering the range of tones you need.
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traynor ycv40, maybe? it's still pretty fendery on the clean channel (granted, the fender has the edge there), but the overdrive channel is a lot nicer than the fender hot rods'. Would be worth considering, at any rate, considering the range of tones you need.

These are indeed very good amps. A bit hard to come by though. At least in the states.
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The fenders are good for nearly everything... but Tool kinda throws a wrench in there. Too much gain for a fender. I second the YCV40.
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#21
I wouldn't reccomend a Mesa F series for blues personally.

If I played that sort of music, I'd get a used Fender Twin with a good dist pedal.
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The fenders are good for nearly everything... but Tool kinda throws a wrench in there. Too much gain for a fender. I second the YCV40.

Tool is pretty hard to duplicate with any amp. Adam Jones plays through a Mesa, a Diezel, and some sort of Marshall Bass head. Not exactly a simple rig.
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These are indeed very good amps. A bit hard to come by though. At least in the states.


i thought they were fairly common in the states, but i could be wrong. worth a try if one can be found, kind of thing.

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I second the YCV40.


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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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