#1
Hey all --

As of yesterday I'm looking into getting a head and a half stack. I have a '73 silverface Twin now, but I'm looking to go bigger. I'm a huge fan of how it sounds, so I would love to get something similar to that. I asked my amp tech yesterday, and he said if I was looking to stay in Fender territory that he recommends a Bassman 100, Showman, or Musicman 130.

As far as style of music that I play, this is a similar guitar tone to mine. eqKWQW-K_oA

I like to keep my amp completely clean, and get all my effects from a fuzz pedal. What I need is a lot of ultra clean volume that takes effects well. I need a nice full sound, with a good amount of low end.

All suggestions are welcome! Obviously like I said I would like to stay in the Fender family, but feel free to suggest other things if you think they would be a better fit.

Thank you!
#2
Matchless Chieftain would do that and probably even one or two better than a Fender.
The Marshall Plexi head also has surprisingly good spankly clean that might be worth checking out. I had the 50 watter point-to-point reissue in the studio and it was a great amp.
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Matchless Chieftain would do that and probably even one or two better than a Fender.
The Marshall Plexi head also has surprisingly good spankly clean that might be worth checking out. I had the 50 watter point-to-point reissue in the studio and it was a great amp.


I think I need to go above 100 watts, so I don't think the Chieftain would work.
#4
A bit of an odd duck but some players have used Roland 120 Jazz Chorus for this kind of job. Mesa, Friedman amps might be worth a look as well or a 100 watt Marshall 1959SLP, which is usually bought for its crunch and the jumper trick, but also has a fearsome clean channel.
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BiedermannnOver 100W? Do you know how loud 100W is?
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i like mine. you can find them really cheap too.

i also like my Rivera for cleans. they are probably one of the best clean tones i have ever had.
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#7
i used a Bassman 100 head back in the day and that would work for what you want. I ran mine for metal using a RAT pedal and a tubescreamer for the dirt. no loop was the only drawback.
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i like mine. you can find them really cheap too.

i also like my Rivera for cleans. they are probably one of the best clean tones i have ever had.


I really envy you.

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i used a Bassman 100 head back in the day and that would work for what you want. I ran mine for metal using a RAT pedal and a tubescreamer for the dirt. no loop was the only drawback.


Chances are right now between the Musicman and Bassman 100 I'll just get whatever pops up first for a more reasonable price in my budget.
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I really envy you.


Chances are right now between the Musicman and Bassman 100 I'll just get whatever pops up first for a more reasonable price in my budget.


MM is a good option however they aren't all tube if that makes a difference.
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I really envy you.

Chances are right now between the Musicman and Bassman 100 I'll just get whatever pops up first for a more reasonable price in my budget.


that is what i did.

the HD130 is great, it nails it for me. i snagged it for $300ish on CL a few years ago.

the RD100 was a cooler story though, i paid $360. i bought it from the ORIGINAL owner, he had the receipt, all hang tags, envelope with the manual in, etc. it never even left the house, bone stock, mint. to put the icing on the cake, the tubes in it are NOS Sylvania 6L6GC's (https://tubedepot.com/products/sylvania-6l6gc?gclid=Cj0KEQjw4fy_BRCX7b6rq_WZgI0BEiQAl78nd4jKjvTYiSm9ePBEwFx34Na1_TMkfDixNuAD55cRH4IaAsj38P8HAQ ), which have been pulled for safe keeping. i threw some cheap tubes in there (JJ's) and i love it.

there is on on GC for $400 ATM.
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MM is a good option however they aren't all tube if that makes a difference.


+1 that is true. i should have mentioned that.
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#12
If you like the Twin, there are several amps that have nearly the same circuit from that era of Fender but in other configurations. As far as I know, the Dual Showman Reverb, the Super Reverb, and the Super Six Reverb (I think there may even be a couple others) for a period during the 70s were all pretty much the exact same circuit as the Twin, just with different speaker configurations.

The DSR was the head format, might try and find one of those.

Failing that, the Music Man amps are awesome. I might not go Bassman as it isn't quite the same "pristine" sound the Twin is known for. It still sounds great, but when I think Bassman I think more of broken up, slightly dirty sound. Up to how you set it and how you play of course, but that's just what I associate them with.
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#13
For super sparkly clean- Music Man. I had an RD50 and for chick'n pick'n it was unrivaled. I never got that "clean with a bit of hair on it" that I get with my Super Reverb so the RD has moved on.

Super Showman, Bassman 100, Mesa Mk series all do world-class clean tone with tons of headroom. Make you deaf real quick headroom.
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It still sounds great, but when I think Bassman I think more of broken up, slightly dirty sound. Up to how you set it and how you play of course, but that's just what I associate them with.



Does the Bassman break up early? That is pretty much what I don't want.
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Eeeh not necessarily but when you compare it to a Twin, the cleanest of all cleans...

My main point was that Bassman is a different flavor of Fender, still distinctly Fender and famous in its own right, but Twin it is not.
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