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The best clean tone?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by hi-end, Jan 15, 2002.


  1. hi-end

    hi-end Guest

    Oct 5, 2001
    the east coast
    I just purchased a fender 4x12 and was wondering what brand or model head would be best to get if I am looking for a good clean tone? I rarely use distortion but it would be great if it had descent distortion in case I needed it. I have roughly $500 to work with and am looking used since I have no source of income at the moment. Everyone here seems pretty knowledgeable about just about everything musical so if I could get some suggestions that would be great.
     
  2. It says in your profile that you don't play bass, so i am assuming you want to know which guitar head has a great clean tone. Well, I know more guitar than i do bass, but clean guitar is not what i know well, but ill still try to help.

    Any Fender or Gibson Goldtone tube head will probably have fantastic clean tone. Stay away from the Mesa/Boogie heads (except the Mark IV) and the Peavey 5150, which both are designed for metal and other heavy distortion.

    Since you have only 500 bucks to work with, you might want to consider going for a solidstate amp. I really don't like many solidstate heads, but Fender makes some decent ones. Still, their tube heads are better, much better. It's just the question if you can get them for 500 bucks.

    Sorry I can't help more. I am an expert on electric guitar pickups and heads for metal and punk sounds, but not for clean. But good luck. :cool:
     
  3. Gman

    Gman

    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    I say definately Fender for clean. Fender reverb is un-matched. You should be able to find an old Fender tube head for way less than $500.

    A buddy of mine uses a VOX AC-30 for his clean tone, and it's amazing, but you won't get one for $500.

    :eek:

    Dave
     
  4. hi-end

    hi-end Guest

    Oct 5, 2001
    the east coast
    I was looking at a Marshall G100R 100 watt head on ebay and thinking of getting it but heard from some people that it did not have a good clean tone. The bass player of my band keeps telling me that if I am getting a marshall I should get a JCM900. I found a couple of them within my price range and was wondering if anyone knows what its clean tone is like.
     
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Weren't you banned a few months ago, hi-end?
     
  6. hi-end

    hi-end Guest

    Oct 5, 2001
    the east coast
    Yes I was banned. I guess they are giving me a second chance which I am VERY excited about. I didnt post those pictures anyway. Read my sig.
     
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Actually, it was racist remarks. Obscene pictures would not have been as bad.
     
  8. hi-end

    hi-end Guest

    Oct 5, 2001
    the east coast
    If I had known that my younger brother would be in
    a lot more trouble. I know that he posted some pornography that he found on my computer. I couldn't get him in much trouble for that since I did have it on my computer in the first place. I was not aware that he said anything that would make you think he was racist. You gotta understand this kid is 13 years old and he doesn't really know how meaningful his words can be.
     
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Oh, man, wouldn't you love to see what your brother posted in your name. Multiple posts in all caps in various forums using derogatory names for one specific race of people. Glad to know it was not you, but it still makes you look bad. Your brother deserved a whooping and no internet access for a year.
     
  10. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    I think a Marshall JCM900 would be really good. Anyone agree? I dont know much about guitar stuff.
     
  11. I think that JCM900 would be good.. no, great for distortion. He wants clean. I'd say good ole' fender blackface... *drool*. hm... you seem to want a stack... almost all the fenders that i know about are combo's.

    The JC-120 would have been a GREAT clean amp... but its a combo 2x12...

    Try out hiwatt... i've never played one, but i hear you can get amazing clean tones... as well as distorted... be ready to pay top dollar though.



    p.s stick with tubes... stay away from almost all digital modeling amps (imho they all sound like crap... fender cyber twin isnt crap, but doesnt respond quite like tubes imho) and various s.s. stuff.
     
  12. Get a Fender Dual Showman. Basically a Twin Reverb in head form. The late 70's models with the master volume and ultra-linear transformer will stay clean amost all the way up.

    Otherwise, look for an Ampeg V-4. Or maybe one of those Marshall Mosfet lead 100's. They go for pretty cheap on Ebay.