#1
My mom and I are gonna get my dad a new Fender amp since his vintage Peavey tube amp is on the fritz and it's near his birthday. We can get a killer deal on fender products so that's why we decided on this brand. We're looking for an amp in the $800-$2000 range (before the discount). My dad is a semi-professional blues/classic rock muscian who will gig with this about 2-4 times a month. I know he will prefer a tube model as well. Any suggestions?
#4
A Fender Supersonic

Its like a Twin Reverb with an overdrive channel

AMAZING amp!

Very Versatile.
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#6
If you decide to buy an overdrive pedal too for the more classic rock kinda stuff, take a look at a Fulltone OCD
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or you can just get the twin reverb + an OD pedal like the maxon OD 808
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'65 Super Reverb Reissue. Loud, clean, beautiful reverb, and great overdrive when cranked.

The '57 Deluxe is also very good, but will not stay clean when playing with a band. I would pick this one for playing with a Telecaster. The Super Reverb can't be beat when used with a strat.

The Twin Reverb is simply too loud.
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Cool amp, but not for your dad.

How big are the gigs he's playing? What artists does he cover?

The Twin is a really loud amp, and not what I would be looking for, myself, either.

I'd suggest either the 59 Bassman or the Super Reverb. Both are high quality, gigging amps. The Bassman is a bare bones amp that's all about the tone, while the Super Reverb -while tonefully sweet itself- also offers up some excellent reverb and tremolo effects that your dad might enjoy. I'd probably lean towards the Super.
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Cool amp, but not for your dad.

How big are the gigs he's playing? What artists does he cover?

The Twin is a really loud amp, and not what I would be looking for, myself, either.

I'd suggest either the 59 Bassman or the Super Reverb. Both are high quality, gigging amps. The Bassman is a bare bones amp that's all about the tone, while the Super Reverb -while tonefully sweet itself- also offers up some excellent reverb and tremolo effects that your dad might enjoy. I'd probably lean towards the Super.




I can't say I'm a big fan of the Bassmans overdrive, though. It's got a bit of a brittle, fizzy thing going on. Great cleans, though.
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Quote by slatsmania
Cool amp, but not for your dad.

How big are the gigs he's playing? What artists does he cover?

The Twin is a really loud amp, and not what I would be looking for, myself, either.

I'd suggest either the 59 Bassman or the Super Reverb. Both are high quality, gigging amps. The Bassman is a bare bones amp that's all about the tone, while the Super Reverb -while tonefully sweet itself- also offers up some excellent reverb and tremolo effects that your dad might enjoy. I'd probably lean towards the Super.


He plays a lot of different venues such as clubs,mid to larger bars, and he plays fairs and festivals in the summers also. As far as artists I know he plays a lot of SRV, Johnny Winter, Clapton and that sort of guitar driven blues. He plays in a 4 piece band (drums, bass, guitar, sax). Also, if he's playing weddings and such he'll play classic rock like the Stones. I hope that helps. If you need more info I could call him tomarrow (I live in a different state - he lives in Alaska) and get back to you. I'll look into the super reverb. Thanks for the help so far.
#14
The Super Reverb would still be the winner. If you want to pump him for info, get the exact model of the amp he's currently using, and find out if he mics it for shows. If he's playing festivals, it's possible that he might prefer the Twin Reverb.
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Quote by slatsmania
The Super Reverb would still be the winner. If you want to pump him for info, get the exact model of the amp he's currently using, and find out if he mics it for shows. If he's playing festivals, it's possible that he might prefer the Twin Reverb.

I can't be positive at this juncture but I'm pretty sure at larger fair shows and festivals his amp is miced because it would be hard for anything short of a wall of speakers to be loud enough to sound right and they usually record the shows.
#16
I say super reverb because i own one and i love the tone. However i havent tried any of the other suggested ones
#17
No body says you can't turn a twin down. A twin does sound great at lower volumes also.
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#18
With 2 grand to spend DO NOT get a new fender amp. Forget the discount, you can get vintage blackface gear for that much dough, '64 bassmans run only $600 for a 50W handwired head, and will sound at least 2x as good as anything fender makes now.

http://cgi.ebay.com/65-blackface-fender-twin-reverb-vintage_W0QQitemZ120227590818QQihZ002QQcategoryZ38074QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

There, 1700 for a 1965 Twin Reverb, your dad will own this for the rest of his life and then pass it on to you.

Believe me, I owned an American Made '96 Blues Deville, then a $1500 Pro Tube Twin, and those amps both pale in comparison to my '77 deluxe, which is a toy compared to a blackface twin.

Go vintage, your dad will thank you for not getting him an amp made from circuit boards and plywood.

edit:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-1965-Blackface-Super-Reverb-Amp-VINTAGE_W0QQitemZ180218965455QQihZ008QQcategoryZ38074QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/FENDER-BASSMAN-BLACKFACE-1966_W0QQitemZ180218857814QQihZ008QQcategoryZ121157QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-Tremolux-vintage-1965-Blackface_W0QQitemZ330215218866QQihZ014QQcategoryZ38074QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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Pretty odd that a 65 Super Reverb will sell for 800, he is either waiting for more bids or if he does sell for 800 there is something wrong with it. Ive seen the silverface models (which are not considered as good) sell for 1500-1800.
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Blackface amps go for under a grand all the time, not to mention the guy said he had 2 grand to spend.
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