Craving clean tonez

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  1. MichaelAndrew3435

    MichaelAndrew3435 Premium Member

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    I go through phases like most of us. Lately, I've been craving a squeaky clean tone with great reverb. I'm thinking Fender. I have a 68' custom PRRI 12 watt combo and it's a nice little amp, but I've been missing my old DRRI a lot lately. I wish I didn't sell it. I see now that they make a USA handwired DRRI.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/64CustDeluxe

    The reverb on my DRRI was better, probably because it's a bigger amp. I also liked the bright channel and extra clean headroom too. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
     
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  2. cherrysunburst00

    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    Too bad you need reverb. I would have recommended the Carr Raleigh. Often extolled for its clean tones. And a flip of a switch away for overdrive.

     
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    Bogner Shiva 6L6 Reverb Head or Combo (if you’re a weightlifter).

    :cheers2:
     
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    Stuff Senior Member

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    I feel you. Had the same craving, and it didn't go away for me.

    The handwired DRRI sounds very nice. My local store has one in cream tolex that just sounds divine at gigging volumes. It's been there over a year, and the Jensen's nicely broken in too.

    Curious to see what you end up doing about your craving :)
     
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    You might as well get that hand wired DRRI, we’re not going to stop you.
     
  6. mmd

    mmd Senior Member

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    Squeaky clean with great reverb???? Dude, that's the Twin Reverb!!! Or the Roland JC120 (though a bit too sterile for me). Sadly, the wattage gives the headroom for the cleanest of the clean, lol....

    But, you can't go wrong with the Deluxe Reverb.....
     
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    Building off what mmd said, If you want clean headroom for miles, with an OD Channel, Reverb, (OD & Reverb Foot switchable), FX loop and takes pedals really well in a 1X12 combo format, look for an original Roland Cube 60. 60 watts of clean headroom! And MIJ in the eraly 80s. We're talkin somewhere between where the atmosphere ends and the moon's orbit clean headroom!

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    Fender is the obvious choice, but you'll need pedals for any kind of drive at reasonable volume. Another great option is the Mesa Express Series - both the older Express and the "Plus" series offer up beautiful clean tones - some of the best I have ever heard. I have both a 5:25 and a 5:25 Plus, and the cleans are glorious.

    My point is, there's nothing wrong with a Fender, but if you want some versatility, check out the Express. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
     
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    I can vouch for the cleans on the Mesa Express. I owned a 5:50 for a while....should have kept it. But the cleans were superb. They do something a Fender amp don't do. Not better or worse, Just different

     
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    Hmmm I wonder how well Bogner does built-in Reverb. I actually like the cleans a lot on my ATMA, but I need a pedal for the reverb and it’s just not the same as the real thing.

    I also need that UA OX Load Box before I buy anything else. I’m going to wait until the day after my credit card statement closes with a $0 balance, then buy it so I have 60 days to pay it all off with no interest :).
     
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    The Reverb is awesome..................one of the best there is IMHO.

    :cheers2:
     
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    I've got the Mark V Combo amp and I gotta say, I get KILLER cleans out it.

    (damn - now I have that Killer Queen song in my head.)
     
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    Tonez? Really?
     
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    I will amend my previous statement - a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe / Deville will get you a nice blend of beautiful "Fender" style cleans and some fantastic mid-gain crunch sounds. I heard a Hot Rod Deluxe III recently in a shop, and it sounded amazing with single coils and humbuckers. For some reason, when you said "Fender Cleans" I immediately thought of a Deluxe Reverb or a Twin - older style non-master volume Fenders. I realize you're not asking for crunch sounds, but the HRD or a Mesa Express will get you that style of bouncy, squishy cleans. The Mesa Mark V also has a range of clean tones - compared to the Express, they're a bit brighter and some are a bit more in the tight, pristine clean metal camp as opposed to the squishier, vintage Fender clean tone.
     
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    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    Twin Reverbs are $6-700 all day.
    Fat, delicious cleans.
    There's an ultralinear one on my local CL asking 500.
    For 900-1000, you can have a Super Reverb which, IMO, is second only to a tweed Bassman.
     
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    What is the lowest wattage for a Fender Bassman or Super Reverb? I’m still considering the handwired DRRI but $2,500 might be a bit much. There’s also the regular DRRI that goes for more than 50% less.
     
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    Fender Deluxe Reverb. There's a reason 1/2 the pedal demos on the internet go through this amp. Stellar cleans and a really nice reverb.
     
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    Lower wattage = less headroom.

    Lowest Bassman in your price range seems to be 50w. Should still be able to get great cleans from a SF or BF, though.
     
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    50 Watts would be doable IF I had some type of high-end, badass attenuator (like the UA OX Loadbox). Do they come in 1x12’s? Extra headroom is preferred, but 50 Watts might be more than I’d ever need. Always good to keep my options open though.
     
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