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  • Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

    I've been looking for a new tube amp. I live about 150 miles away from a music store, so I can't just go try one out. I need something loud enough to play over drums. I play mainly blues, 70s classic rock and just a little metal. My main guitars are SGs and a Strat. I really would like to have reverb and a gain foot switch. I've been looking at the Fender Bassbreaker 30r, but I've heard people really bragging on Blackstar amps. Thanks for any help.

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    Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

    I do a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Probably -if you need a bunch of gain and switching.
    ďFor me, when everything goes wrong Ė thatís when adventure starts.Ē Yvonne Chouinard

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      Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

      Marshall DSL40
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        Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

        Fender bassbreaker 30r
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        • #5
          Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

          Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
          Marshall DSL40
          Does the footswitch work the gain on the DSL 40?

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          • #6
            Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

            Originally posted by gsammo79 View Post
            Fender bassbreaker 30r
            How are you liking the bassbreaker? Does it seem to take pedals well and does it have a decent sounding gain channel? Thanks

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            • #7
              Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

              Originally posted by smitty302 View Post
              Does the footswitch work the gain on the DSL 40?
              If it has a tubescreamer attached to that switch


              Heck I dont know
              I ain't got one
              But it's a 1x12 ... so check
              Its 40 watts of tube, to keep up with a drummer....check
              It's a Marshall, for 80s and 90s sounds......check

              Two channels
              Add pedals to taste
              EHD
              Just here surfing Guitar Pron
              RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
              SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
              Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
              Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
              Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
              Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
              GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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              • #8
                Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

                [QUOTE=ehdwuld;4343571]If it has a tubescreamer attached to that switch


                Okay I guess the DSL40 doesn't have gain then?

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                • #9
                  Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

                  I know that you said "new", but you can find used Friedman Runt 20s for about that price range, and they sound far better than anything mentioned so far in this thread. Though they don't come with built-in reverb. Also look into the PRS MT15 and H&K Grandmeister.
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                    Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

                    [QUOTE=smitty302;4343587]
                    Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
                    If it has a tubescreamer attached to that switch


                    Okay I guess the DSL40 doesn't have gain then?
                    I was trying to be funny

                    As I said I don't have one
                    But most two channel amps switch between the clean and dirty sides

                    I would imagine that by definition that would switch the gain

                    It really depends on how much Gain you expect
                    With a pedal you can probably get whatever you want
                    EHD
                    Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                    RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                    SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                    Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                    Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                    Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                    Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                    GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

                      I've kinda got it narrowed down to a Bassbreaker 30r, Blackstar ht40 or a Marshall DSL 40. It took a long time to save up the money so I really want to get what's best for the music I play. Which is blues, classic rock a little metal and very little cleans. Playing through Strats and SGs.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

                        Maybe this helps...
                        About 4-5 years ago a guitar friend called and was having kind of an open jam at his gig. He had a bunch of musicians all coming down and we all got up and played.
                        Anyway, he told me to just bring a guitar. When I got there he had the DSL40 for me to play through. I thought it sounded fantastic. I left that night thinking that maybe Iíd like to buy one at some point.
                        Fast forward to a couple of months ago. The singer in my band decided to buy one and since we rehearse at my house he brought the amp here. I changed and biased the power tubes for him and of course Iíve played the amp several times. Iíve noticed that the low end farts out. Itís not the speaker (70/80) because I ran it through my 2x12 and it farts there too. And my speakers can handle my Quickrod without a problem.
                        Yes, you can dial the bass and resonance controls back and lower the gain and it will clean up but, I feel like I should be able to set the controls wherever I want without having to compromise so the amp works ok. It was making this farting before I changed tubes too, so it isnít that. The tube swap helped a little bit didnít cure it. This amp it the earlier DSL40C and not the later CR version. There are actually threads about this on the Marshall forum. Donít get me wrong, the amp sounds good, but I feel that you may have to compromise for it to sound good.

                        I own a Blackstar Studio HT-20 head. Very similar to the 40W combo. And Iíve used the combo a couple of times in the past as well. I feel like it is a superior amp where I can use any setting I want without compromise.
                        However, Iíd suggest playing through these amps if possible before making a decision. Your own ears are the deciding factor.

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                          Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

                          [QUOTE=smitty302;4343587]
                          Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
                          If it has a tubescreamer attached to that switch


                          Okay I guess the DSL40 doesn't have gain then?
                          Actually it has tons of gain. There are two channels, Classic (low gain) and Ultra (high gain) that are foot switchable. Each channel has two gain modes. The Classic Ch lowest gain is clean clean. It runs through a fixed Fender black face tone stack built into the signal path in this mode. The other mode is crunch. The classic channel crunch mode really takes boost pedals well. Many only use the crunch mode with pedals all the time as a one channel amp. The Ultra channel has Lead 1 and Lead 2. Lead 1 has plenty of gain for classic rock and 80's metal. Lead 2 probably has too much gain for many applications, but it's there if needed.

                          Last year Marshall redid the DSL40 calling it the DSL40CR. On the CR there is a foot switchable extra master volume, and the modes can be switched within channels with a midi controller if needed. The entry level speaker was also upgraded to the Celestion V type.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

                            [QUOTE=Lake Placid Blues;4344556]
                            Originally posted by smitty302 View Post

                            Actually it has tons of gain. There are two channels, Classic (low gain) and Ultra (high gain) that are foot switchable. Each channel has two gain modes. The Classic Ch lowest gain is clean clean. It runs through a fixed Fender black face tone stack built into the signal path in this mode. The other mode is crunch. The classic channel crunch mode really takes boost pedals well. Many only use the crunch mode with pedals all the time as a one channel amp. The Ultra channel has Lead 1 and Lead 2. Lead 1 has plenty of gain for classic rock and 80's metal. Lead 2 probably has too much gain for many applications, but it's there if needed.

                            Last year Marshall redid the DSL40 calling it the DSL40CR. On the CR there is a foot switchable extra master volume, and the modes can be switched within channels with a midi controller if needed. The entry level speaker was also upgraded to the Celestion V type.
                            From what I understand, the farty issue has been addressed as well.

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                              Re: Looking for a new 1x12 tube amp under $1000. Any thoughts?

                              [QUOTE=Gtrjunior;4344562]
                              Originally posted by Lake Placid Blues View Post

                              From what I understand, the farty issue has been addressed as well.
                              What is that farty issue?
                              That amp is in my top 3 to purchase

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