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  • Best Plexi toanz for under $500 used?

    Any recommendations for a low watt amp (30w or lower) that can get ballpark Plexi tones? This is for playing at home.

    Was considering a Class 5 but wanted to see if there’s anything out there that uses EL34s.

    Thank you.


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  • #2
    Look for the lower wattage JCM TSL combos, played on the clean channel. Best Marshall "clean to crunch" tone since the Plexi, IMO. I regret selling my 122 (though I never used the red channel, and didn't use the Crunch channel that often).
    Last edited by ItsaBass; 09-06-2020, 05:15 PM.
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    • #3
      Maybe a Picovalve if you can find one used?
      Not sure how plexi it sounds, I've never played a real one. The Picovalve does have the ability to run an EL34, it's got a pre-gain and master volumes and a 2/5 wattage switch. I think that the wattage switch changes it from triode to pentode in the power tube.

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      Last edited by Demanic; 09-06-2020, 04:50 PM.

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      • #4
        Get this one used

        https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KZQND6..._NyyvFb4XBYM5G

        Oh this one should get you there

        https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...watt-tube-head
        Last edited by ehdwuld; 09-06-2020, 05:09 PM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
          Um, op said 30watts or lower.
          Not that that doesn't look like a decent amp for the money.

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          • #6
            I'd get a clean amp with the Tech 21 Hot Rod Plexi pedal.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mincer View Post
              I'd get a clean amp with the Tech 21 Hot Rod Plexi pedal.
              Question... how does that compare to the Dirty Little Secret? I have access to one that I can borrow. Thanks


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Demanic View Post
                Um, op said 30watts or lower.
                Not that that doesn't look like a decent amp for the money.

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                Well the they both use a triode switch that cuts the power to 60 watts on ten

                I would suppose that 30 watts could be easily achieved with, I dunno, maybe the volume knob? But I'm just guessing

                yeah I totally missed the 30 watt thing
                my bad
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BenPerkins View Post

                  Question... how does that compare to the Dirty Little Secret? I have access to one that I can borrow. Thanks


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                  Never tried the DLS. The demos sound great, though. I'd suppose that is another way to get to Plexi-land.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post

                    Well the they both use a triode switch that cuts the power to 60 watts on ten

                    I would suppose that 30 watts could be easily achieved with, I dunno, maybe the volume knob? But I'm just guessing

                    yeah I totally missed the 30 watt thing
                    my bad
                    No biggie. 60 watts is still quite loud. Even 20 watts can be too loud in a small room.

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                    • #11
                      ^^ Yeah, my amps 20 watts are "too loud for the livingroom, but too weak for a full band" XD

                      I enjoy it still. Doesn't sound much like a Plexi, unfortunately...
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                      • #12
                        How about a VOX AC15? Not a Marshall but all tube and when cranked a very cool British tone. There's 77 of them on Reverb.com right now starting at about $480.
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                        • #13
                          Or maybe something like this? https://reverb.com/p/marshall-origin...ble-power-2018

                          Don't know anything about them. Just throwing out ideas.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lewguitar View Post
                            How about a VOX AC15? Not a Marshall but all tube and when cranked a very cool British tone. There's 77 of them on Reverb.com right now starting at about $480.
                            Not a huge Vox guy, but that's a great price.

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                            • #15
                              The problem with 'authentic plexi tone' is that outside a pedal setup its night on impossible to get save for a cranked amp.
                              There is the Marshall Studio Vintage of course......not sure what those are going for where the OP is. But that actually is a plexi styled setup and the clips sound awesome. SPL in the room could be absurdly high to get there though.

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