Fender Blues Junior NOS vs Ibanez TSA15HPosted by AA7 on 4/1/13 at 10:49 pm
Alright, so I'm selling my current setup (EC-1000 and Peavey 5150) and going in a completely different direction. I already have a Fender Classic '72 Thinline and can't decide what amp to get. I've narrowed it down to one of these two. Ideally I would get an Orange or Egnator but don't feel like spending that kind of money.
I'm going to run it through a CMatMods Signa Drive Overdrive pedal, so cleans are going to be my main focus. I also don't need a lot of volume since I should be mic'd all the time.
I've researched but I keep flipping back and forth. What say ye, Music Board?
re: Fender Blues Junior NOS vs Ibanez TSA15HPosted by CourseyCorridor on 4/2/13 at 12:16 pm to AA7
Maybe get an orange off Craigslist?
For a strat, any good tube amp will do you though. I can't offer a specific opinion here. Don't know if I've ever heard the Ibanez amp, at least not while I was aware that something was being played through it...
For me, though, GC is like Barnes and Noble in that I browse, but rarely buy in-store. I go there to get a feel for instruments, to mess with things, then I go find them on CL or somewhere like that. So many people get to itch to play, then life hits them and they dump their stuff for cheap that I don't tend to buy anything new.
I have a Ceriatone Overtone Special. It is a Dumble Overtone clone. If you don't know what a Dumble is, take the time to read up. The amp was about a 1k total and worth every penny. That being said, Get a Peavy Delta Blues. Seriously. Those amps rock and I'm a fender guy.
Play any amp you come across in your price/wattage/tube complement range and let your ears tell you what's up. Lot's of sleeper amps out there that deserve a look.
The Fender Super Champs do cleans well and are generally cheaper than the BJs. Old Music Man amps are great too, but have pretty much been discovered and aren't as affordable as some others. Check ebay or craigslist for an old Peavey Bravo--they get rave reviews.
I had my mind set on a Classic 30 and went and auditioned a Crate Vintage Club 30 on a lark that someone was selling on craigslist. Ended up buying the Crate because it sounded so good. Best $150 I ever spent.