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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.
    The artist formerly known as "A-hole".



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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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