#1
I have an Epi Casino. I would like a netter amp than my cube for it. Here's what I want:

Should I get the Super Champ, the Frontman, or a Crate V-Series?

I play Classic Rock (60's-70's), Country, Folk, and Jazz.

I will also be gigging at coffee shops, and a few medium-sized restaurants/bars.

Which would work best for my situation? oh yeah, I also have around $300-400 budget.


the tone I am looking for is more like:

Jefferson Airplane

Eagles

Stones

David Bowie

Emmerson, Lake, and Palmer

Beatles

Chicago


^ more along these lines. I'm concerned mostly about cleans, not gain. In fact I'm disregarding gain completely, since you can't you use it at coffee chop gigs, and the like. Besides, I have a good enough OD pedal (but I'm not going to say which, 'cause y'all will just flame me).

I also will be running my Epiphone Casino through this. So keep that in mind.


so what do y'all suggest?
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#2
the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and the Fender Blues deluxe are great tube amps, and thyre definately big enough for small gigs
problem is, they run around $800 new
but you can probably pick up a used one off craigslist for ~$400-$450

EDIT: They have some of the best cleans ive ever heard, too
#3
I dont know about the champ. DONT get the frontman, i had a 212 and hated it, even with the mass array of effects i had to use or not use. The crate seems to be your best choice, though i havent played one...arent they all tube?
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#4
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the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and the Fender Blues deluxe are great tube amps, and thyre definately big enough for small gigs
problem is, they run around $800 new
but you can probably pick up a used one off craigslist for ~$400-$450

EDIT: They have some of the best cleans ive ever heard, too

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#5
Or even the Fender Blues Junior. Its all tube and has legendary cleans. Plus it'll only set you back ~$400 bucks.
#6
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indeed
my friend has a blues
and im saving up for a hot rod
found a deville 212 on craigslist for $400
need about 200 more
im rather excited
#7
again, out of the 3 THAT I MENTIONED......


NO TRAYNOR, LANEY, CLASSIC 30, OR BLUES JR. !!!!

also again, of the 3, one that wont make the audience say "get a REAL amp"
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#8
maybe epi valve JR and sum sort of blues pedal or sumthing like that
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#9
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again, out of the 3 THAT I MENTIONED......


NO TRAYNOR, LANEY, CLASSIC 30, OR BLUES JR. !!!!


well compared to a blues/hot rod, those amps are piles of ****
get a GOOD tube, its worth it
#10
I was always dissapointed with the hot rods... i mean their cleans were really good, but on everyone that i played they always seemed to be missing something. I wound up getting a Fender "the twin" also known as the red knob twin (but mine has black knobs). Its cleans are far superior and it has a dist. channel that sounds good. Plus it has many tone options...from treble boost and mid cut on clean and every kind of boost on dist. (plus reverb/prescence of course)
EDIT: the amp i mention as well as the others mentioned in this thread will run you more than what you want, so im not trying to get you to purchase either.
Id say go with the crate, but im not sure how sturdy they are...many people say theyll last a loong time others say they had problems from the start. I assume your purchasing new, if so buy the extended warranty if offered-i always do on any new product, not worth the chance of something messing up and you being out of luck.
people with large sig's are clearly compensating for something.
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#11
yes, I know tubes are better. I would use my dad's Ampeg '68 gemini 1x12, but my Casino is too bassy through it. Otherwise I would. Also, I know the ones listed are POS. This isn't a pissing contest. I just want to know, of the 3 listed, which my casino would sound best through...
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#12
hmm...well if your casino is really bassy then maybe one of the fenders is the way to go. Do you have a local music store that you can try any of them out at, if so id recommend taking your guitar in and trying them out (99% of the time they dont mind).
-Though i will tell you that with the frontman i always seemed to get a really dry sound out of it. A chorus effect did help that some but i never really liked it no matter what effects. Some people like it, but i found it lacking. Also my the reverb channel on mine didnt work very well.
EDIT: A simple solution might be purchasing an EQ...you could take out some of that bass and have yourself a nice setup. And if it doesnt work then you could always return it.
people with large sig's are clearly compensating for something.
#13
I've tried both Fenders out. They seemed the same. The Super Champ didn't sound that great. The Frontman sounded better, but it was a bit lacking. 'Course, its only $300, so you get what you pay for.

I REALLY want to get a V-Series. But I'd have to order it in order to try it out. But then to say 'oh never mind' Thats kinda being a dick about it.

I want to get one anyway, but based on reviews and countless threads I've made about em, IDK. They seem good. Too good to be true, always is...

I would but I'm not sure I have enough confidence in it to waste $350 or whatever it is and have it turn as a p.o.s. (as remote as the possibility seems)....

What should I do?
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