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Of all amp to get dirt vs. clean amp with pedals to get dirt.

I've been on the tone hunt since my Blackheart blew out in February (and even before that) and at this point I'm almost ready to give up on my theory of the amp being where I should be getting all of my tone from. The kind of tone I'm looking for is light indie/alternative overdrive, similar to Relient K's most recent album, Spoon, Jack's Mannequin, and the like.

What are your thoughts, UG? Is it better, and more practical to get your dirty tones from pedals in front of an amp set up clean, or to use your amp for clean and dirt?
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I always believe in keeping things as simple as possible, so if you can get the tone(s) you want purely through your amp with no other pedals, you should go for it.

I'm not saying that's right or wrong, but it's my opinion.

Aside from what you had before, what other setups have you tried?
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I always believe in keeping things as simple as possible, so if you can get the tone(s) you want purely through your amp with no other pedals, you should go for it.

I'm not saying that's right or wrong, but it's my opinion.

Aside from what you had before, what other setups have you tried?

I've tried the tone through the amp setup before, right now I'm running pedals (not by choice and not well.) I'm just curious what is the more practical solution for an infrequently gigging and (surprise, surprise) broke musician.
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Why not just get an amp that has good cleans and good dirt?
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That sounds like a job for a Peavey JSX.

I personally think that an amp should be able to produce all your base tones on its own, and the pedals are there to tweak the final sound.

That said the concept of tweak is quite wide here. If you're on quite a budget, determine which is more important, the cleans or the drive, then use pedals to sup up the channel which is weaker.
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Why not just get an amp that has good cleans and good dirt?

While I agree, I'm not against boosting the amp with an OD.