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    Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    I'm in the market for a vintage 15-20W amp and need help working out what to get! I'm a blues/blues rock player and already have a 1957 Fender Deluxe...so have the narrow panel tweed deluxe covered!

    My short list:

    Brownface Deluxe (to similar to the tweed Deluxe?)
    Late 50s Gibson GA-40
    Watkins V front Dominator
    Vox AC15

    Anything else I should think about? What do people think?

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Oh yeah..... I had a 57 tweed deluxe. Was`nt
    really powerful enough .Almost though. The vintage amp I own
    that sounds great is a 1961 Vibrolux. 30watts
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim's Guitars View Post
    I'm in the market for a vintage 15-20W amp and need help working out what to get! I'm a blues/blues rock player and already have a 1957 Fender Deluxe...so have the narrow panel tweed deluxe covered!

    My short list:

    Brownface Deluxe (to similar to the tweed Deluxe?)
    Late 50s Gibson GA-40
    Watkins V front Dominator
    Vox AC15

    Anything else I should think about? What do people think?
    Tremolux.

    Here's one from a very reputable seller:


    https://reverb.com/item/2550369-fend...amp-1957-tweed

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Friedman Runt 20...lots of good things going on with this amp.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Gibson GA-2RT.

    16 watts, reverb, tremolo....and half way between an 18 watt and a tweed deluxe.

    Best $1,100 I spent on an amp.
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    I *think* OP is looking for an actual vintage amp yes?

    I'd go with a Vox, even a US made TO or a Marshall 20 watt.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim's Guitars View Post

    My short list:

    Brownface Deluxe (to similar to the tweed Deluxe?)
    Late 50s Gibson GA-40
    Watkins V front Dominator
    Vox AC15
    I think you'd be happy with any of your choices, but personally it's hard to go past a Brownface Deluxe, they're just such sweet little amps.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Thanks all! I'm also leaning towards the brownface deulxe!

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Many, many years ago, one of my friends handed me a '57 LP Jr that was plugged into a brown Deluxe!

    That night cost me thousands of dollars!
    Game on!

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by akstrat61 View Post
    Many, many years ago, one of my friends handed me a '57 LP Jr that was plugged into a brown Deluxe!

    That night cost me thousands of dollars!
    akstrat61, I know exactly what you mean there, I have that very setup and it is quite potent and memorable.

    To the OP's point, I have both a narrow panel 5E3 tweed deluxe (albeit a clone) and a 62 brown deluxe and can attest that these two amps are different enough from each other to warrant owning both. The 62 will cut through in a band setting in ways the tweed will not. Both great amps!

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim's Guitars View Post
    I'm in the market for a vintage 15-20W amp and need help working out what to get! I'm a blues/blues rock player and already have a 1957 Fender Deluxe...so have the narrow panel tweed deluxe covered!

    My short list:

    Brownface Deluxe (to similar to the tweed Deluxe?)
    Late 50s Gibson GA-40
    Watkins V front Dominator
    Vox AC15

    Anything else I should think about? What do people think?
    I've had all of these amps except the GA-40. The Brown Deluxe & the AC15 are the ones I kept. The Watkins was cool, but didn't hold up as well as the AC15.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    maybe a Marshall 18-watter?
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by jrgtr42 View Post
    maybe a Marshall 18-watter?
    They are great, but hard to find at a reasonable price point....and real. Would love one though!

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim's Guitars View Post
    They are great, but hard to find at a reasonable price point....and real. Would love one though!
    That's a good point. Maybe a clone would work out though. They are out there for relatively reasonable prices.
    To me, having the Fender like you already do, one of the obvious choices for something different may be a Marshall.
    Any of the others on the list are great amps. Personally (and this is just me) I would skip the brown Deluxe. Even though it's a different design than the Tweed, it's still a Fender Deluxe.
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Marshall 2061

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Traynor YGM-3 (GuitarMate Reverb)
    Reverb and Tremolo, sonic bliss with the right speaker, for under $500

    "...this thing is a destroyer of planets, a tonal doom-bringer, a wooden warrior from another dimension." Frutiger

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Marshall 1958x
    He was a sonic disaster, thinking hours of practice would make up for stock pickups, poorly carved top and The wrong glue !

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    How about a Supro Comet? I like the 6 watt option on this one.
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by montesada View Post
    Traynor YGM-3 (GuitarMate Reverb)
    Reverb and Tremolo, sonic bliss with the right speaker, for under $500
    Yep. They sound great with overdrive, distortion and fuzz pedals, too. Unfortunately, they're the weight and size of a 40 watt amp.

    Here's mine-

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Xpensive Wino View Post
    Tremolux.
    I was about to poast the exact same thing. In my studio I don't use many heads, but the one head I have had in here forever is a BF Tremolux I bought in maybe 1990.


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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    I have a '62 Deluxe and love it. Not going cheap these days. F-Hole's comment about that Gibson amp has me curious...
    "That's what I love, man, to hear that backbeat popping, that damn bass plonkin' down. Jesus God!"-Duane Allman

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by mistersnappy View Post
    F-Hole's comment about that Gibson amp has me curious...
    Cool, I thought I was whistling into the wind.......
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by F-Hole View Post
    Cool, I thought I was whistling into the wind.......
    Gibson GA18T - 14watts but plenty loud enough for small to middle sized venues. My 59 is main gigging amp. Great tone and tremolo and works great with vintage Fender and Gibson guitars.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Vintage and not. Reworked Octal. You pick the coverings, head or combo format. 60 year old iron, chassis. Vintage glass. Awesome tones. Inexpensive. My favorite of ALL my amps. Period. At Mars Specialist.



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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Have you looked into old Ampegs? Gemini 1 and 2. Jet. Reverbrocket. Great sounding old amps at low prices.
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    The all tube 60s Vox Cambridge reverb is a great amp. Tube rectified, 2 EL84s, reverb and tremolo. Stock with a 10", I put a Celestion Blue 12". Love it.

    I also love my GDS 18 Watt clone, 1959 Rickenbacker M-11 (very similar to Fender Deluxe) and Princeton Reverb!

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Heritage 80 View Post
    Have you looked into old Ampegs? Gemini 1 and 2. Jet. Reverbrocket. Great sounding old amps at low prices.
    I've got a '63 Jet. It's a cool little amp.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h151/Leftyelmo/vox%202_zpspdtrewln.jpg
    I love vintage amps, and I've had a few, mostly Fenders. Here is a recent purchase, a 1966 Vox Berkeley Super Reverb Twin. 17 watts, all tube, awesome tone.

    Edit: I've been posting pics on this Forum for years, can't imagine why I can't anymore.
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    This forum has never allowed posting pictures to the forum. You have to host them somewhere, then use the link in img code.

    I'm pretty sure the Vox Berkeley is the piggyback version of the Cambridge Reverb (I mentioned above)

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilko View Post
    This forum has never allowed posting pictures to the forum. You have to host them somewhere, then use the link in img code.

    I'm pretty sure the Vox Berkeley is the piggyback version of the Cambridge Reverb (I mentioned above)
    I think they do now.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by crashbelt View Post
    Gibson GA18T - 14watts but plenty loud enough for small to middle sized venues. My 59 is main gigging amp. Great tone and tremolo and works great with vintage Fender and Gibson guitars.

    Do you have any experience of the GA18T vs a GA40?

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by renderit View Post
    I think they do now.
    It's automated, but you still need a URL.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    I've always linked from a Photobucket account. The URL even appears in the block, but the pic doesn't appear. It's the same procedure that has worked for me countless times here. It works at MLP and Lefty Frets where I'm also a member.
    Last edited by Steve Craw; 04-06-17 at 02:45 AM.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Craw View Post
    I've always linked from a Photobucket account. The URL even appears in the block, but the pic doesn't appear. It's the same procedure that has worked for me countless times here. It works at MLP and Lefty Frets where I'm also a member.
    Let's see if it works for someone else.

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Craw View Post
    I've always linked from a Photobucket account. The URL even appears in the block, but the pic doesn't appear. It's the same procedure that has worked for me countless times here. It works at MLP and Lefty Frets where I'm also a member.

    Well crap. SPecially if you can't show us cool pics. I wonder what the prob is...

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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Pre 1964 Supro Supreme with 2 6973 power tubes. Totally different animal.
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    Re: Vintage 15-20W amp ideas

    Thanks, Don.
    Last edited by Steve Craw; 04-08-17 at 10:32 AM.

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