#1
Hi all

Me again, the rockabilly pest haha. Just one final question about getting my perfect rockabilly sound, I've got the DD3 delay pedal, I'm gonna buy me a Gretsch Guitar (eventually) but for now I'm gonna buy a tremolo bar for my Tele to use for now and eventually as Gretsch backup. I have been recommended and read in loads of articles that the best amp for the genre would be a Fender Bassman, but these are out of my price range by a few hundred pounds. The Vox AC30 is beautiful, it sounds nice but I honestly want something even slightly lighter and I'm loving the look of the Fender, so I'm hoping to get about £500 for the Vox and then I can maybe get another £200 towards an amp so what are my alternatives to the Bassman? Would a fender blues Deluxe do the job? or should I hold out until a Bassman comes for sale on EBay cheaper please?

Thanks for all the advice on this and all my other posts lovely guitar people, I love this website!!
#2
A few options:
The AC15 is great and depending on how much clean volume you need, plenty loud for a lot of people.
They did make a 1x12 AC30 for a few years, the AC30CC1, if you're lucky enough to find one.
Bassman is a solid bet for rockabilly for sure.

Blues Deluxe or Hot Rod Deluxe are also totally good, a little more smooth and not quite as twangy as a bassman but with a Gretsch you're not going to have any trouble getting what you need out of any decent Fender amp.
#3
Any vintage voiced amp should do the trick. The relevant questions would involve availability, price & reliability. Normally, I'd recommend Carvins alongside Vox & Fenders. But Carvins aren't so common or inexpensive outside the USA.

One amp that DOES score well in all 3 categories would be the Peavey Delta Blues 115. Here's Darrel Highham- about as good a modern rockabilly guitar hero as there is- talking about his:



https://reverb.com/marketplace/amps/guitar-combos?query=peavey+delta+blues+115&product_type=amps&category=guitar-combos&sort=price%7Casc
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#4
Oh...my...god he is furking awesome!! Can't believe I've not seen him before, I wonder if he will be on at Viva Las Vegas festival in Vegas next April, I'm going and I can't wait!! 4 days of Rockabilly heaven in the desert.

Oh yeh and the amp is pretty damnperfect too, I think that's the one for me, that or the blues deluxe or hot rod deluxe.

Thanks a lot, I've now got choice of 4 amps to look for new or second hand, so exciting.
#5
I'd be suprised if he weren't there. He's not with Imelda May anymore- they divorced, so he also left the band- but if you see Katmen on the bill, that's his band with Imelda May bassist Al Gare and Slim Jim Phantom...
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#6
I think Musicman and Roland Jazz Chorus would also do well for this if you want to try solid state amps. I almost hate myself for recommending this as it is very overpriced modeling amp but the Roland Blues Cube might be the tone that you're after.