Thinking about a 2nd amp

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So, I have two AC15's that I'm happy with but I'm thinking about selling one of them and getting a different combo amp to expand my tonal palette. I'm considering perhaps a Deluxe Reverb or a DSL40CR. Which one of these offers the broadest horizon beyond what I already have with the AC15. We play a wide variety of rock (no metal) and I mostly use Les Pauls and the occasional Tele or Casino.
 

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I run a two amp setup with a Bad Cat Cub (based off a Matchless Lightning, which is based off a Vox) and a Deluxe Reverb. The DR is much brighter, cuts better and takes a wider array of pedals better. The Cub sounds more full and rich (people like to use "3D" to describe their sound), takes up more space in the mix and is louder. They sound great together, really compliment each other well. I also like to play rhythm on the Cub then switch to the DR for leads and solos (it just needs to be turned up more). It's a great combination.
 

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You can connect 2 amps together with a stereo pedal if you want to use them as an always on together pair.....its a great way of filling out frequencies that 1 amp doesn't quite do. The stereo effect is quite cool too.
 

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Deluxe Reverb will give you “that sound” in terms of a sparkly, clean Fender with slightly scooped mids and mild compression and it will sound great with the guitars you have. The reverb is pretty perfect IMHO. At 22 watts it does need to be cranked up quite a bit before it starts to break up - generally too loud for most bar gigs - but it’s a great clean platform for overdrive pedals. Very reliable and consistent sounding from gig to gig. Hope this helps!
 
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Much appreciation for everyones comments. Most have chimed in about the DR and I understand it's a great combo. And it's worth noting that no one has referenced the DSL40CR. But considering that I have the AC15, I am hoping to get a feel for which amp provides the least redundancy to the AC15 and EXPANDS upon what I already have. Maybe a long shot, but does anyone have experience with each?
 

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Much appreciation for everyones comments. Most have chimed in about the DR and I understand it's a great combo. And it's worth noting that no one has referenced the DSL40CR. But considering that I have the AC15, I am hoping to get a feel for which amp provides the least redundancy to the AC15 and EXPANDS upon what I already have. Maybe a long shot, but does anyone have experience with each?
I've played a DLS100 at a gig twice, and I own a Deluxe Reverb and used to own an AC30. My singer uses an AC15 with a Telecaster. Honestly, I don't think the AC15 is redundant with either of them. The question is whether you want Marshall crunch as a primary feature, or a good clean base that will get you those tones with a MIAB pedal (I recommend the Skreddy Hybrid Fuzz Driver, though not technically a MIAB, it covers those tones well). If the former, get the Marshall. If the latter, get the Deluxe.

The Deluxe Reverb will be a lot more versatile, though the DSL does have a nice clean channel. Generally, I used the one I used on the green channel with some AC/DC crunch dialed in and used pedals to boost and the volume knob and my right hand to clean up. Which is what I do with the Deluxe Reverb too, except the crunch is coming from the pedal instead of the amp.

I'll add to the mix, if you can get a good Brown Deluxe clone in the same price range (there was one on Reverb for around $1000), it sort of works as the best of both worlds in my mind. It gets you all the Marshall crunch you want with a Les Paul, and sweet, sweet Fender cleans with a Strat. In fact, it's the best Strat amp I've ever played. Then again, it's really the best amp I've ever played. Mine is a clone and weighs about 30 pounds and is not much bigger than a Blues Jr. Perfect gigging amp, and with the right speaker it's not too loud for home use either.
 
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I would check out the 2554, the meanest combo marshall put out in the later years.

Cranked the clean channel is some of the sweetest thickest cleans on the edge of breakup you will ever hear.

Lead, with the master dimed and with the lead master adjustong volumes, it is the best mv marshall i have ever played.

Goes into very high gain as well.

Only issue/benefit is that the tone stack is so sensitive, its the only marshall that i need to mark my settings on.

Got it in a trade for a Boogie a couple months back, have been grinning ear to ear since, dont let the diodes fool you, this little beast is among the best that marshall has put out.
 

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David, thanks. That's exactly the kind of feedback I'm looking for.
I've played a DLS100 at a gig twice, and I own a Deluxe Reverb and used to own an AC30. My singer uses an AC15 with a Telecaster. Honestly, I don't think the AC15 is redundant with either of them. The question is whether you want Marshall crunch as a primary feature, or a good clean base that will get you those tones with a MIAB pedal (I recommend the Skreddy Hybrid Fuzz Driver, though not technically a MIAB, it covers those tones well). If the former, get the Marshall. If the latter, get the Deluxe.

The Deluxe Reverb will be a lot more versatile, though the DSL does have a nice clean channel. Generally, I used the one I used on the green channel with some AC/DC crunch dialed in and used pedals to boost and the volume knob and my right hand to clean up. Which is what I do with the Deluxe Reverb too, except the crunch is coming from the pedal instead of the amp.

I'll add to the mix, if you can get a good Brown Deluxe clone in the same price range (there was one on Reverb for around $1000), it sort of works as the best of both worlds in my mind. It gets you all the Marshall crunch you want with a Les Paul, and sweet, sweet Fender cleans with a Strat. In fact, it's the best Strat amp I've ever played. Then again, it's really the best amp I've ever played. Mine is a clone and weighs about 30 pounds and is not much bigger than a Blues Jr. Perfect gigging amp, and with the right speaker it's not too loud for home use either.
David, thanks. That's exactly the kind of feedback I'm looking for.
I have the Sweetwater exclusive Fender Princeton Reverb with a 12" Eminence speaker. It has plenty of power. Sounds incredible. EQ, reverb and tremelo are top notch. And it's the size of a Blues Junior, rather than the size of a Deluxe Reverb. I couldn't be happier with it.
 

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Why do you have two AC15s?

The Brown Deluxe seems to be the flavor of the month, it's all I hear about these days for some reason (the Down Brownie mostly).

I don't have any recommendation, but if you're between the Deluxe Reverb and DSL, I'd just say that you need to go play some. They're extremely popular and will be found in almost any guitar shop, so just go check them out and see what you think.
 

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Why do you have two AC15s?

The Brown Deluxe seems to be the flavor of the month, it's all I hear about these days for some reason (the Down Brownie mostly).
The reason is because it’s unreal. Amazing. Best amp I’ve ever owned by a mile.

It‘s old school though. It does one thing (classic rock) incredibly well. It isn’t going to cover every base.
 

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what base wont a brown deluxe cover? perfect cleans, nice breakup when pegged and anything else you want with a pedal. great cabinet size. i havent been near a re issue but the original brown deluxes are about as good as it gets. and fwiw i have almost every model fender. isnt the vox class A ? any fender will be different. randomly...i played through a blackstar 40 and the crunch tone and for leads really surprised me, and their cheap
 

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what base wont a brown deluxe cover? perfect cleans, nice breakup when pegged and anything else you want with a pedal. great cabinet size. i havent been near a re issue but the original brown deluxes are about as good as it gets. and fwiw i have almost every model fender. isnt the vox class A ? any fender will be different. randomly...i played through a blackstar 40 and the crunch tone and for leads really surprised me, and their cheap
It’s hardly ideal for metal, but granted — with a pedal you can get early metal, stoner, even 80s metal. But the more gain you need the less ideal it is.

It’s also not ideal for jazz or anything where you have to have pristine cleans at high volume like old style country or Western swing. Headroom is very, very low with these amps.

Don’t get me wrong — I love mine and it is ideal for what I do. But what I do is heavy on classic rock and at most 80s metal tones, with little need for dead clean or super high gain. I swap the LP for a Strat to get clean and it doesn’t bother me if it breaks up a little at gig volume.
 

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Possibly a used Mesa express( or lone star)? It would certainly give you something different, and flexible...
 

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You can connect 2 amps together with a stereo pedal if you want to use them as an always on together pair.....its a great way of filling out frequencies that 1 amp doesn't quite do. The stereo effect is quite cool too.
Wow that is a very cool idea!
 


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