#1
Short and sweet, I have a Blues Junior, but it's been maddening lately - It eats through tubes quickly, it only seems to have four settings volume-wise(Off, whisper, loud, and more loud), and it seems to enjoy hopping from whisper to more loud without a single glance at the master control. And so, as much as I've been needing to put some pickups into my Carvin that aren't as bland as the stock pickups, as they say,



Looking for:

30W at loudest - If I'm at a gig it's a smaller venue or they have a PA, it's mainly going to be used at home for practice and recording. Bonus if it has switchable wattage/built-in attenuation.
Controllable volume - A big thing I didn't like about my amp was the aforementioned difficulty controlling volume.
Tube or solid-state - I like the sound of tubes, but they're unreliable, as soon as solid-state sounds like tube I'm jumping ship, if you have one that works, let me know
Must take pedals well - I like my pedals. A lot.
Must have a good clean tone - Mainly in my amps I look for a good clean canvas to draw on with the pedals. I need it to either be a good clean amp, or be footswitchable with multiple channels.
$500 max.

Currently looking at a Blackheart Handsome Devil and a Jet City 20-watt, any suggestions/opinions/anything else?
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#2
I'm gonna have to recommend sticking with your amp for cleans. The JCA20h has gorgeous cleans just not as good at gig volumes . Regarding your current amp going through tubes quickly it could be biased too hot. If you want to attempt to fix that 311 has a fantastic tutorial on his profile.
Last edited by dannycasevnx at Apr 1, 2011,
#3
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#4
And just WHAT happened to only using The Room quotes today?

OT: I think you'd like the Jet City. Clips I've heard so far sound awesome.
#5
Sorry that amp is not working for you man. I remember when you got that

Oh well, they have had their issues. Have you tried any of the new HRD from Fender yet? The volume taper has been fixed and and the drive is better imo. I actually liek the Bugera V22 too. I own a Blackheart so I recommend that too. Not a personal fan of the Jet Citys but it should suite you as well. The new JCA2112 is two channel.

otherwise, you know the drill


http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/msg/2299917050.html BJ III
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2299331433.html Music Man
http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/msg/2296807189.html Stereo Chorus - I think it is good?
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2298368191.html Jazz Chorus
http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/msg/2298309595.html AC15
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/msg/2298279982.html Is this single channel?
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2297876009.html I know I know
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2297597213.html yep
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2296673832.html do it
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2296511065.html cleeeeeeans
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2295620089.html 2 channel
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2295265201.html Matrix Claw has one I think
http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/msg/2295144761.html cleeeeeeans
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2289371495.html Be a Rebel, nice amp
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/msg/2288792166.html Super 60
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2287599115.html over budget
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2286110812.html

danny although I don't think you bias a BJ the same way
#6
Quote by dannycasevnx
I'm gonna have to recommend sticking with your amp for cleans. The JCA20h has gorgeous cleans just not as good at gig volumes . Regarding your current amp going through tubes quickly it could be biased too hot. If you want to attempt to fix that 311 has a fantastic tutorial on his profile.


Unfortunately, I have zero positive electronics experience, I'm not very confident in my wiring abilities, especially when I have a gig next month.

Quote by TheAbsentOne
And just WHAT happened to only using The Room quotes today?

OT: I think you'd like the Jet City. Clips I've heard so far sound awesome.


I tried, but they were tearing me apart. I was so hysterical, it was all I could do to keep the stupid ones in my pocket.

One for the JC then.

Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
Sorry that amp is not working for you man. I remember when you got that

Oh well, they have had their issues. Have you tried any of the new HRD from Fender yet? The volume taper has been fixed and and the drive is better imo. I actually liek the Bugera V22 too. I own a Blackheart so I recommend that too. Not a personal fan of the Jet Citys but it should suite you as well. The new JCA2112 is two channel.

otherwise, you know the drill


http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/msg/2299917050.html BJ III
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2299331433.html Music Man
http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/msg/2296807189.html Stereo Chorus - I think it is good?
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2298368191.html Jazz Chorus
http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/msg/2298309595.html AC15
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/msg/2298279982.html Is this single channel?
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2297876009.html I know I know
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2297597213.html yep
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2296673832.html do it
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2296511065.html cleeeeeeans
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2295620089.html 2 channel
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2295265201.html Matrix Claw has one I think
http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/msg/2295144761.html cleeeeeeans
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2289371495.html Be a Rebel, nice amp
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/msg/2288792166.html Super 60
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/msg/2287599115.html over budget
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/2286110812.html

danny although I don't think you bias a BJ the same way


Yeah, it's a sad day, given it was my first tube amp, but at least I got two records out of it. Haven't tried the new HRD's, the only store that has them around here is GC, and after the last time I went there, I'd prefer not to go back. I'll look into it though, as I liked it tonally, so if it has more gain and better volume control, that'd be great.

I've shied away from Bugera since they're by Behringer, who I've had consistently poor experiences with, how are they, anyway? And if you own a Blackheart, could you give an owner's account of where it's strong, where it isn't, etc.?

Also, I live in Boston now?
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#7
Yeah, I'd give the HRD III a chance - even if it means going back to GC. I like the BJ and HRD for what they are but always shy'd away due to some of the issues you've had. If you like the tone - check em'

I'm not a huge Bugera fan but the 6262, 1990 and V22 I've played had pretty good tone. Outside of some of their QC issues I think they are at LEAST worth the money. Whether or not they are worth gigging with is something else. The V22 is pretty cheap and they've fixed the heat sink problem. Keep in mind, you only have a $500 budget.

I have no clue where you are but I saw Maryland and instead of typing in Baltimore like I wanted to I typed in Boston Oh well, I'm drunk. You get the idea
#9
^ those are all good choices.

funny - i think i saw all of those on the Boston list too

Necro needs cleans it seams primarily so that is what I would focus on. not sure if those will do that well.


Sorry, on the Blackheart question you had - generally I find them of above average construction and tone for the money. I really would have no hesitation in getting one if it had a clean channel. Also not sure on 15w for gigging but you seem to more on top of that than me.

mine is the 1 watter.

killer ant
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