I have 2 amps currently: a Peavey, a tiny practice amp with a 10 inch speaker; my other is an Acoustic head and a twin reverb sized cabinet. The second was my gig amp, and it is on the fritz again. Both are solid state.
I want a tube amp this time, something with that classic, overdriven hot sound, but also with a clean channel. And something I can carry easily. Too old to be dragging big stuff to jams.
My buddy just bought a Blues Jr. that I played the other night for a few hours. It was just too bright–and I tend to like a brighter sound. I tried out a new distortion pedal (MXR Super Badass) and it took a while to find a sound that wasn’t really tinny, and it never sounded good. It was otherwise what I was looking for: very portable, enough volume for a bar, clean and overdrive channels, no computer effects (other than digital reverb). When I want effects, I use a pedal, and even there, I don’t use much (delay, overdrive pedal, distortion).
A friend recommended a Vox AC15, and that has a very cool, chimy sound, but I don’t want that as my “base” sound. Even brighter. Loved the sound of a Burgera V22, but have heard bad reports on quality. But the price was right, anyway.
And, again, I like brighter, but not too bright. I’m not looking for, say, a Marshall sound. I’m a believer that it’s easier to make brighter dark, when you want it, than the reverse.
My go-to guitar is a Stratocaster (surprise). Not really gigging these days, but thinking about getting back into it, and it would be small venues. I’d like to keep it $500 or so, or less. Any suggestions?