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Old 09-21-2018, 08:11 PM
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Default Amp recommendation - clean tone/pedal platform

Hi,
6 months ago I got a peavey classic 50 for $275
The amp is good. However I rely mostly on pedals and the clean tone of the amp.
So I'm looking to "upgrade" to an amp with awesome clean tone, and that works well with pedals. What amp fits this criteria?
Also the peavey classic 50 is so heavy that its not practical for me to lug around everywhere (around 60-70 lbs), so I'm also looking for a lighter amp for practice and medium sized venues (the amp is mic'd up to a sound system anyway so it's headroom/volume is not high on the priority list).
Any help and amp recommendations is appreciated, and if you need more info, please let me know.
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:46 PM
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The Bugera Infinium v22 combo has a real nice clean tone for about half the price of a Fender. Mine takes pedals in the front end really well. I get complimented on my tone by all the sound guys who want me to leave the amp behind for them. A tube update from stock tubes should occur sooner rather than later, but at $399, you'll have a little left over.

The weight isn't too bad either. Under 50 lbs at least. If budget isn't a concern, I'm sure you could do better l, but this is an amp the I really dig.

It has an effects loop too. Also, there is a switch on the back to go to a lower power setting. Plus, it comes with a footswitch for channel 2 and reverb should you choose to use that. The mid boost is a nice touch too.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:13 AM
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Fender Blues Junior is a great pedal platform and not too heavy.

Are you looking for a Fender 'sparkling' clean or a Marshall clean? That will help with suggestions.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:33 AM
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The two best clean amps I have heard are the Vox AC10 and the Ibanez TSA15
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:37 AM
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Fender Blues Junior is a great pedal platform and not too heavy.

Are you looking for a Fender 'sparkling' clean or a Marshall clean? That will help with suggestions.
Fender preferred
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:57 AM
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Vox MV50 Clean Head with 8 ohm cab. Incredibly clean tone and has a direct line out. No need for a cab unless you want one. Weighs 1.1 lb.

And yeah, VERY loud and true tube tone. Great pedal platform. Several of us on AGF gig with the MV50 variants and we are all very happy with them.

They are pretty incredible - really. Another AGF'er that uses the Clean head referred to it as "scary good".
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:03 AM
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I’m with Drew on this one then, Fender clean tones are great with the Blues Junior. My favourite is the 65 Deluxe. It might “only” be 22 watts or so but it stays clean way up the dial and takes pedals extremely well!
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Another vote for the 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue. Some of the amp guys I chat with on Facebook keep one by their bench just for testing and tuning pedals and other FX units.
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The DV Mark amps are very reasonably priced, light weight, clean and take pedals. Their Little Jazz can be found for $250 to $300. What I especially like is it has an XLR out. When performing in small clubs I use the XLR out into the house’s PA and then point the LJ at me as a monitor.

They make several variants with different speaker configs.
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Fender preferred
You did not mention Budget

I have not played one but I have heard one..... At the upper end price wise $1975 list price would be this amp said to be one of the cleanest and best pedal platforms around
Port City Pearl 50
This is going to be my next amp and in the head version (specifically to cut down on weight)

https://www.portcityamps.com/amplifiers/pearl-head
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princeton reverb. easy to carry and can easily be set up with a mic.

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I started with a Blues Junior and a speaker upgrade, ultimately it was too beamy for me. The Deluxe Reverb Reissue is an absolute dream amp for cleans. At 22 watts it will get really loud. They run around 42 lbs depending on the speaker you put in them. The Princeton Reverb Reissues are sweet and SW and MF have their special edition versions with different colors and 12" speakers. They run around 33lbs. The '65 Black Face reissues with 6V6s have some real chemistry going on (for me at least). The Tele and Gretsch really love 'em.
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The Bugera Infinium V22 combo has a real nice clean tone for about half the price of a Fender. Mine takes pedals in the front end really well. I get complimented on my tone by all the sound guys who want me to leave the amp behind for them. A tube update from stock tubes should occur sooner rather than later, but at $399, you'll have a little left over.

The weight isn't too bad either. Under 50 lbs at least. If budget isn't a concern, I'm sure you could do better, but this is an amp that I really dig.

It has an effects loop too. Also, there is a switch on the back to go to a lower power setting. Plus, it comes with a footswitch for channel 2 and reverb should you choose to use that. The mid boost is a nice touch too.
I've got the first-edition "blue-light" version with the aforementioned tube upgrade (as well as an Eminence Swamp Thang speaker), and I'll vouch for all of the above and then some. In addition to being able to go from Deluxe Reverb to Princeton power levels, there's a broad variety of tones in there that you're not going to get from the Fender camp - from blue-check Ampeg "big clean" to pre-Top Boost Vox AC to "medium-brown" bluesy crunch (you'll need an OD box for heavier stuff, or a Mesa SP-AX7 in V2 if you want to get your Carlos on once in a while) - all at useable volumes; if your taste in speakers runs more to British tones, you can save yourself a bunch of money by leaving the stock Turbosound speaker in place - it's actually quite good, smoother and less edgy to my ears than most of the Celestion lineup, and light years ahead of the speaker fitted to the early versions. It's also deceptively heavy for its size - noticeably heavier than my "blackface" Fender Frontman 212R - but unlike many other comparably-priced rigs it's a consequence of heavy-duty construction (this one uses machine screws where even far higher-priced amps use wood screws). Bottom line: sometimes you just gotta have "that" name (whichever one) on your equipment - and that's OK, since we've all done it at one time or another - but if you're looking for an all-tube amp in this size/power range you can turn a lot of heads (and furrow a lot of brows among owners of pricier rigs) with this $400 tone box...
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