#1
Hey, I am looking for a nice versatile tube combo my hearts sort of set on a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III but I want to know if you guys can recommend me anything similar or better.

I need something very versatile as I play anything from Jazz to Metal needing both super clean and very distorted sounds and everything in between. A footswitch is necessary too as I will be using it for live use where my little Blackstar HT-1 although Mic'ed up it copes with gigs I can't switch sounds on the fly so it's fairly limited plus it would be more ideal to have a larger combo.

Willing to spend around £600 so fire away.
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#2
The Fender HRDiii doesnt have a great dirt channel which isnt a problem if youre getting all you dirt from pedals. Makes a good clean platform.

Have you looked at a Marshall DSL? Nice cleans on that and has about as much gain on tap as about 9/10 people would need, depending on your definition of "metal"
#3
Yeah Metal is a broad term these days, without knowing what you play, we can't really recommend anything!
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#4
Okay thanks I'll check out the Marshall. Yeah sorry for the vagueness, fairly classic Metal and Prog really. The heaviest I probably play is Dream Theater, Metallica etc and that's not very often the majorty of my playing is Jazz, Funk, Blues stuff. Good cleans are probably the most import so long as I have high gain for solo's which can come from pedals.
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#5
Yep. Have a look into a used Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50. That should get you where you need to be, especially with an o/d pedal. Does blues and hard rock without breaking a sweat. Can get em for about £300-£350. Thats for the head.

You should be able to grab a Harley Benton 212 cab with V30s in for £100 used too if youre patient.

You can get the DSL as a combo too if youd prefer. Not sure how much they generally go for

EDIT: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Marshall-JCM-2000-DSL-401-Valve-Amp-/221486956678?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3391a6c086#ht_253wt_959
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#6
How about a 70's silver-face Fender Twin? Loud as feck, takes pedals well, clean as a whistle. The master volume ones seem to go for much less money than the non-master ones
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#7
The Peavey Classic 50 is an option. Amazing amps that can be found for shamefully cheap used for what you get out of them, I guess it's the Peavey logo on it. The clan sounds are great and it can touch on metal sounds (I never go that high though) and a tube screamer type pedal will always help to push it.
#8
What type of channel setup do you like? Like, separate EQ, multiple channels, etc.?
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#9
Hot Rod is a great versatile amp. The DSLs are also very good. The DSL might be better because it does have a decent dirt channel as well. I like the Fenders OD, but it won't be as good as the marshall for the things you described. You could also check out Traynor if they are available over there.
#10
Fender Twins have a lot of headroom. If you're looking for something with less headroom, distorts well etc. Look at a 1990 Fender Vibroverb RI (1963).
#11
DSL is really the best option here. The combos aren't as good. I'd go for one of the older JCM2000 ones.
It'll do your clean sounds and your distortion tones equally well and you won't have to rely on pedals for your metal sounds like you would on a clean amp like the Fender.
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Would love one but I don't have that sort of cash ha ha.

Cheers for the suggestions I'll go check out the JCM DSL and play a few other things.
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#15
maybe an engl screamer? might be a bit over, though.
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#16
I'd consider a JSX.
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#17
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maybe an engl screamer? might be a bit over, though.


Can easily get one of those for less than 600.
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#18
yeah used, but i didn't know if he was willing to go used
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