#1
I have a HWY1 Telecaster and I'm in the market for a tube amp that can play indie rock/pop along the lines of http://www.myspace.com/boris
http://www.myspace.com/agreatbigpileofleaves . I'm looking to spend around $400 to $800. I'm mainly looking for tone, I don't need too much wattage because I don't plan on gigging or anything. (Mostly bedroom practice/jam sessions/recordings). I'd also like some portability, a 55 pound amp is no fun to lug around.

I've considered the following.

-Vox AC15
-Fender Blues Jr
-Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (Iffy, I'm really scared of it's size/weight)
-Peavey Delta Blues
-Peavey Classic 30
-Traynor YC's
-Palomino V3212


Any suggestions would be help/nice. THanks.
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fender hot rod deluxe.
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#4
Eh, I've heard bad things about the AC15 (that it's nothing like the AC30) plus it's quite pricey for a 15 watter. The only one within my price range is $600 Vox AC15CC1. Which fender would you think is best?
#5
GEt the classic 30. It's a great Amp.
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ts, if you're just using it for bedroom practicing, then go for the fender blues junior. it's great.
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#8
All right, since I can't load myspace music, could you tell me what kind of tones you want? Cleans: bright, middy, or dark? Dirty: smooth, gritty, low-gain/high-gain, etc.?
I'd recommend the peavey classic since it's the most versatile, but a Fender is slightly better if you're using just clean tones.
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#9
Cleans are undeniably bright, bubbly and twangy. Dirty tones are smooth and lo-gain. I could find youtube videos if that helps.
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Cleans are undeniably bright, bubbly and twangy. Dirty tones are smooth and lo-gain. I could find youtube videos if that helps.

you just described a fender tube amp.
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#12
Yeah, if you want bright cleans, get a fender.
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So a Deluxe seems to be in my best interest?

The overdrive on that amp just plain sucks. I would go with the Classic 30. Similar cleans with much better OD.
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#15
I would narrow it down to

Traynor YCV
Peavey Classic 30
Vox AC15

Just because it doesnt sound like the AC30, doesnt mean its not good lol.

Go and try those out, pick one you like.
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Peavey Delta Blues
Traynor YCV40
Peavey Classic 30

One of those would be fine.

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Just because it doesnt sound like the AC30, doesnt mean its not good lol.

Go and try those out, pick one you like.

The Vox AC15 is a waste of money, and nothing like the AC30.
And that DOES mean it's not good. Why that amount of money for an amp that's ****ty?

I have some clips of the Traynor YCV40 in my profile. Check the track "Mixolydian" for an idea of how the lead tone is. I use KT77 tubes in mine, though.
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forsakn, anything else negative on the Vox AC15? Aside from its obviously inflated price and lack of features. I guess it's sweet looks and brand recognition account for its price tag?

I'm actually leaning towards a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (I'm seeing anywhere from $350-500) because simply... they are much easier to find used. I really like the Traynor but I have only come across a single YC40 while searching through various classifieds.
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Peavey Delta Blues
Traynor YCV40
Peavey Classic 30

One of those would be fine.


The Vox AC15 is a waste of money, and nothing like the AC30.
And that DOES mean it's not good. Why that amount of money for an amp that's ****ty?

I have some clips of the Traynor YCV40 in my profile. Check the track "Mixolydian" for an idea of how the lead tone is. I use KT77 tubes in mine, though.


The Peavey Delta Blues is more like an AC30 than the AC15. It's a great amp, and would probably be my first choice for you and your budget. The 1x15 model is the better one, IMHO. It's a little heavy, but not much more so than the Fender Hot Rod.

The Hot Rod's okay if you're sticking exclusively to the clean channel, but you can do better.

I'd also suggest you keep your eyes open for a used Fender Deluxe Reverb. They fall right into your price range and make excellent indie/recording amps.
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You're getting the best advice here:

The Peavey Delta Blues is more like an AC30 than the AC15. It's a great amp, and would probably be my first choice for you and your budget. The 1x15 model is the better one, IMHO. It's a little heavy, but not much more so than the Fender Hot Rod.

The Hot Rod's okay if you're sticking exclusively to the clean channel, but you can do better.

I'd also suggest you keep your eyes open for a used Fender Deluxe Reverb. They fall right into your price range and make excellent indie/recording amps.


I'm looking to buy used and save money. I'm willing to spend up to $800 but it's very unlikely that I'll do so unless theres something that I just have to have. The problem with the Delta Blues is that it's near impossible to find a serviceable used one, otherwise I'd as well put it on the top of my list.

I'll be in clean or lo gain so the Hot Rod's notoriously bad distortion shouldn't be an issue. Plus I'm sure I could buy pedals to remedy it if I ever end up switching over and playing some rock. The thing about Hot Rod's is they are so readily available, I have a plethora of choices just within 10 miles of my house.

As for the Deluxe Reverb, it sounds like the perfect amp. But I don't think I'm ready to splurge on a $900 dollar amp (probably around $700 used) unless the cleans are significantly INSANELY better than the Deluxe.

Oh I am so confused.
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As for the Deluxe Reverb, it sounds like the perfect amp. But I don't think I'm ready to splurge on a $900 dollar amp (probably around $700 used) unless the cleans are significantly INSANELY better than the Deluxe.


They are. The reverb and tremolo are incredible, too.

I've seen 'em a lot cheaper than $700, too. Bought one last year for $400, so you should be able to find one in the $500 range, at least. It'll take some looking around.
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#22
Also keep in mind the peavey classic 50 you can find one around 550 used in mint to very good condition. I think you would be really happy with the C50, C30, or the delta blues. With your budget you could also look into an AC30 used, they are hard to find, but should be able to find a decent one for around 800 dollars. Personally I would go with any of the classic peaveys unless you can find a used AC30 in your price range.