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Battle of the Fenders

Ibred

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Hello,
I am looking to get my first tube amp, and I have narrowed it down to three.
Here is my set up:
Guitars: Strat (SSS), SG, Les Paul Junior
Amp: Fender GTX100, I plan to take payday loans online in Michigan for it.
Pedals: Delay, Reverb, misc. OD pedals
I always play at home and on my own. The amp will never be gigged nor played with a drummer. I play 60s and 70s rock and blues 99% of the time (Hendrix, Clapton, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, etc.). I play clean and dirty almost equally, and am not wildly into pedals.
I live in a freestanding house, with the guitar room, which is the only room upstairs, and a very understanding wife. So I can go loud, but within reason. I don’t need bedroom level, but I do need house level. Also, I do not have any interest in building my own amp.
I am interested in the Fender 57 Custom Champ (haven’t played one in person sadly, but I like the sounds I have heard online). Low watt for home use and a great tone.
I am also interested in the Fender 65 Princeton Reverb Bordeaux Reserve (1x12). Played it in person and really liked it. Not my favorite tone of the three (that would be the Deluxe I played), but very close and maybe the most home friendly?
Finally, the Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb with an attenuator bought separately. The least home friendly, but I would buy a power attenuator with it to hopefully make it home friendly. Played it in guitar center and loved the sound of it...it’s just loud. And I am sure in a house, rather than a cavernous Guitar Center, the loudness might be more pronounced.
I am open to other Fender amps, and other versions of these amps. But I am looking to try out a tube amp. Even if I don’t like it, I can return it.
I am honestly stuck on which way to go, as I can make a case for all three options. I tried to give as much information as possible to help guide any advice.
Any input would be greatly appreciated! Have a great day!
 
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toneville

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Hello,
I am looking to get my first tube amp, and I have narrowed it down to three.
Here is my set up:
Guitars: Strat (SSS), SG, Les Paul Junior

I always play at home and on my own. The amp will never be gigged nor played with a drummer. I play 60s and 70s rock and blues 99% of the time (Hendrix, Clapton, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, etc.). I play clean and dirty almost equally, and am not wildly into pedals.
I live in a freestanding house, with the guitar room, which is the only room upstairs, and a very understanding wife. So I can go loud, but within reason. I don’t need bedroom level, but I do need house level. Also, I do not have any interest in building my own amp.

I am open to other Fender amps, and other versions of these amps. But I am looking to try out a tube amp. Even if I don’t like it, I can return it.



To keep things simple and cheap (there is a wife involved), I would recommend the reissue Deluxe Reverb and an Electro Harmonix Soul Food pedal. The soul food can "enbiggen" the sound at a lower volume and add a little grind without needing an attenuator and it's a $90 thrill. The Deluxe has enough balls to handle a jam if it should occur as well. The Soul Food is a clone of the Klon Centaur pedal that has a huge price and following amoung cork-sniffing pedal freaks and is a great go-to when you wish you could get a chance to turn your tube amp up but circumstances don't permit you to crank it to the sweet spot. Do some surfing for reviews and see if this will suit you.
 

JASIII

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Can't go wrong with the Deluxe. It's pretty much the standard. By the description of your situation I doubt you'd even need an attenuator. I have a Deluxe and a bandmate owns a Princeton reissue (which is a good amp also) but the Deluxe just sounds bigger and fuller. All 3 amps you listed are fine choices but personally I'd just go for the Deluxe. All you bases will be covered in any situation.
 

bern1

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It, no drummer: Fender Champ, any version.

You still have all your hearing? You’ll be good.
 

Hot_Snake

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Late 50’s Gibson GA5 Skylark. Really fun for home playing.
replace the speaker with a Jupiter if you want higher volume and less speaker breakup.
If you have a higher budget an old Fender tweed deluxe (5D3 or 5E3). Originals Jensen are less efficient than modern speakers, it will help to be able to get power amp distortion at a lower volume.
 

rshanksdolores

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Hello,
I am looking to get my first tube amp, and I have narrowed it down to three.
Here is my set up:
Guitars: Strat (SSS), SG, Les Paul Junior
Amp: Fender GTX100, I plan to take loan FitMyMoney for it.
Pedals: Delay, Reverb, misc. OD pedals
I always play at home and on my own. The amp will never be gigged nor played with a drummer. I play 60s and 70s rock and blues 99% of the time (Hendrix, Clapton, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, etc.). I play clean and dirty almost equally, and am not wildly into pedals.
I live in a freestanding house, with the guitar room, which is the only room upstairs, and a very understanding wife. So I can go loud, but within reason. I don’t need bedroom level, but I do need house level. Also, I do not have any interest in building my own amp.
I am interested in the Fender 57 Custom Champ (haven’t played one in person sadly, but I like the sounds I have heard online). Low watt for home use and a great tone.
I am also interested in the Fender 65 Princeton Reverb Bordeaux Reserve (1x12). Played it in person and really liked it. Not my favorite tone of the three (that would be the Deluxe I played), but very close and maybe the most home friendly?
Finally, the Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb with an attenuator bought separately. The least home friendly, but I would buy a power attenuator with it to hopefully make it home friendly. Played it in guitar center and loved the sound of it...it’s just loud. And I am sure in a house, rather than a cavernous Guitar Center, the loudness might be more pronounced.
I am open to other Fender amps, and other versions of these amps. But I am looking to try out a tube amp. Even if I don’t like it, I can return it.
I am honestly stuck on which way to go, as I can make a case for all three options. I tried to give as much information as possible to help guide any advice.
Any input would be greatly appreciated! Have a great day!
Good luck with your purchase
I think Jupiter really good option
 
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renderit

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If you don't have a Deluxe you need a Deluxe.

Most tube amps can be played at low volume.

I play my Clark Bassman 40 watt (1960 model) more than anything else and usually at less than half way up (which is still pretty loud).

As a matter of fact, none of the classic tube amps was intended to be played flat out and most sound absolutely fantastic at low volume.

Just like stereo systems the high wattage was to give you more volume BEFORE breaking up.

You can simulate breakup pretty good with any number of pedals out there.

Also give some consideration to any number of LOAD devices rather than attenuators.

They are less tone robbing (though some attenuators are pretty good) and give you the option of going through headphones while kicking butt.

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dean foote

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What you should get is a Fender Pro Junior IV. Jeff Beck travels with 2 of them. Beautiful tweed amp with 15 watts.
$675 at Sweetwater. You won't be sorry.
Fender
 

jb_abides

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Of the ones listed, especially given your willingness attenuate, I second @renderit veto for the Deluxe. Tone you want, ability to tame loudness, and versatility to use in another situation if that ever comes in picture. Win all around.

(y)
 

IMMUSICRULZ

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I think you should get some Laney amps as well as a Fender Showman amp from the pre-CBS era of Fender.

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath used several Laney amps during the recording sessions for Paranoid.
 

Any Name You Wish

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For the type of music you play, I would get a Fender '59 Bassman re-issue, preferably an older one with the blue Jensens (not special design). Put a Fender re-issue reverb head in front of it to get more versatility. If you want tube break up at lower volumes you can get an OD pedal with a tube in it, or ..... get a Champ re-issue (I use Victoria 5112) and use an ABY switch to combine the Champ with the Bassman for more bite at lower volumes. This kind of set-up will work at home, at jamming/rehearsal with drummer, and gigs. You will need A/C in that upstairs room in summer with all the tubes glowing:)
 

charliechitlins

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I think a 1x8 or 1x10 combo is a dinky amp with a dinky sound.
They can be made to sound huge IN THE STUDIO, all mic'ed up, etc.
A 1x12 (some kind of Deluxe-like machine) is nice.
In my opinion, something with a 4x10 is always the way to go.
The giant, girthy sounds that come out of this configuration are out of reach for single speaker combos.
It may seem like overkill, but it's not.
These fill the room in such a way that you can play at fairly low volume and don't even need much distortion to make things sound big and full.
That being said, it's a great time to buy a Super Reverb.
12-1500 for beauties.
 
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