- Dec 30, 2008
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I have 6 different amps: Marshall studio 20 with cab, PRS Sonzera 20 combo, fender Princeton reverb combo, Orange 20, Vox AC15 handwired, and a Mesa Boogie Recto-verb 25. I do live gigs. No1) Go with a tube amp as they are powerful enough. No2) you do NOT need anything over 25 watt if it is a tube amp, and No 3) make sure it has 2 independent channels. ( or use a small pedal board if you don’t have 2 channels. I gig with the Mesa Recto Verb. It also has an attenuator taking it from 25 watt to 10 watt. I primarily play my GLP. The Mesa new is $1500. Worth every penny. Unfortunately they weight in around the 45lb mark. However. The Mesa has a clean channel that is clear crisp and warm and lives pedals. The gain channel can crunch with the best. KEY FEATURE:?? Channel is switchable by the foot pedal that comes with it. These two channels are INDEPENDENT. You can have wanted to 25 white with whatever settings you want and then you can flip to the other channel and have it at 10 watch if you want and whatever settings you want they are totally independent of each other. The PRS Sonzera 20 is very similar to the Mesa. Hope this info helpsCan't go wrong with a Gorilla .
As does the Fender Princeton reverb! He is correct. Can’t go wrong with one of these. However, the Mesa has a bit more versatility where the FDR does not. It does have 2 channels however…. Not really independent and no gain. Just saying. But he is correct amazing amps very PEDAL friendlyThis is like asking what beer tastes best. Ask 10 different people and you'll get 10 different answers. I personally tend to favor British style amps with Les Pauls, but to each his own. But if you want maximum flexibility you can't go wrong with a clean platform like a Deluxe Reverb and some pedals. A DR sounds awesome on its own but it's also kinda like a blank slate - just add whatever pedals you like to achieve whatever different musical styles you need.