#1
So my gf's mother plays guitar, and she has an amazing selection. (fender strat 92, 2 Taylors 2000+ euro's, godin and a few more.

What she does need is a new amp. She currently plays either through computer FX or through an AER amp. While the AER amp (ss) is one of the nicest neutral amps I heard (amazing for acoustic/semi acoustic amplification) Her strat for instance sounds too clean and flat through it no richness in the highs and far too little dynamic response.

The amp imo actually neglects all the nice features the strat has.

So what does she want?

She likes the sound of Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, George Benson, but she said herself she is not sure if it's the gear sound or the playing that she likes. I agreed with this.

She really wants a nice clean tone,

She plays no metal, and the most gain would probably be classic rock sounds, if she touches the drive part at all. (more of a rhythm/fingerstyle kind of player).

Personally I think she should buy a nice small tube amp, and use a pedal for grit in the future. Only for home use, and preferably not too big.


She does seem like more of a bluesy clean tone (slight grit, american voiced), but this is just my observation and might be off.

A one channel amp might be ideal actually, and I do want basic EQ due to her having quite tonally different axes, just to make sure we could get rid of low end if we wanted for example. Reverb option on it would be nice as well.

Budget? Well it seems unlimited since she bought most of her expensive guitars quite impulsive. Though she did that because she really felt connection with it, and she's quite picky.

I personally do not want to suggest an expensive amp, so under 150-200 euro's please.

I'm not sure if she'd go used. Her strat is 2nd hand for example, but she has played it. She definitely needs to try something out before buying, and if she likes it it doesn't matter if it has aids or w/e.

TLDR;
Style (clean sounds) more towards bluesy/american cleans, but she might like something totally else. she will be using 95% clean though. So single channel would be okay, drive would be nice add.
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Budget below 150 - 200 euro's. However do you know something that is really good price/quality then a 100 or so more wouldn't be a problem.
Preference
Cleans all the way, not a problem if it has more channels, but it should not influence the price too much since she would only use drive twice a month.

Oh and not to loud and to big and heavy. She's not 20 anymore, and she often brings gear up/down stairs. This would seriously turn her off of playing it.

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Quote by xxdarrenxx
Her strat for instance sounds too clean and flat through it no richness in the highs and far too little dynamic response.

The amp imo actually neglects all the nice features the strat has.


Quote by xxdarrenxx
Budget below 150 - 200 euro's. However do you know something that is really good price/quality then a 100 or so more wouldn't be a problem.


I'm afraid those 2 wont mix well.
I think you'd have to look at something more expensive than that to achieve sparkly and rich cleans.

I wont leave a suggestion for an amp, as I am not really too familiar with the type of amps you'd be looking for...but I am sure the budget needs to come up significantly.
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I'm afraid those 2 wont mix well.
I think you'd have to look at something more expensive than that to achieve sparkly and rich cleans.

I wont leave a suggestion for an amp, as I am not really too familiar with the type of amps you'd be looking for...but I am sure the budget needs to come up significantly.


+1

If she has spent so much on the guitars, I'm wondering why're you asking for an el cheapo amp. Granted that technique will influence your tone, but getting an amp that doesn't match up to the full potential of your gear is negating your original objective (which was to maximise the potential of gear she already owns).

If she has such nice guitars, and insists on trying the amp, why are you looking for amps which will impede the full potential of the guitar. If she has so many nice guitars, I think you should be looking in the range of Two-Rocks or Dr Zs.
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Up for the two rock, or maybe a bassman.

If you seriously don't wanna spand money, have a look at the BH5/BH15 by blackheart.
The cleans are nice indeed for the price, but she'll most likely want to achieve a better sound.
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#6
Fender Blues Jr?
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Bugera V22 is worth a look.
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#8
Vox AC4 perhaps?

Small, portable, voxy clean tone. Has tubes. Also, purty vintage stylings.
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#9
vht special 6 maybe

fame tube 5- available from musicstore- basically a glorified fender champion 600, and there's an upgraded version available with a better jensen speaker and upgraded tubes. I don't like musicstore, but that would work.
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#10
I found she did not know what she wanted for in an amp, so that's why I didn't want to suggest a super expensive amp.

Playing an amp not really designed for electric I found was on the other (bad) side of the spectrum, cause it does not bring out anything of the guitar.

I dare to say even guitar rig brings out more of the electric then the AER amp.

I thought a small one ch. tube amp would be nice, and in the end she chooses w/e likes, which might very well be in the 1000's, I just wanted some suggestions.

To the other people thanks for the suggestions I will write them down.

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Get a Fender BLues Deluxe Reissue. Nice cleans, not too pricey.
Gear:

Gibson 2005 Les Paul Standard
Fender Road Worn Strat w/ Noiseless pickups
Marshall JCM 2000 401C
Marshall Vintage Modern 2266
Marshall 1960A cab (Dave Hill from Slade's old cab)
Ibanez TS9DX
EHX Little Big Muff
Freshman Acoustic