Bedroom volume amp paired with HS Filtertrons?

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  1. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Electromatic

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    May 18, 2020
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    Hey guys, thought I would pick your Gretschy brains.

    I'm in the market for a new amp, anywhere from $500 to maybe $1000 at most. Playing a G5420T with HS Filters currently.

    BUT 99.9% of the time it's going to be just me playing in the house, at reasonable volume. It doesn't have to be whisper quiet, but not enough to shake the house (playing in the basement).

    I've had a Fender Mustang for a while, which has been okay. Volume is fine, it took a lot of tweaking to find a tone I like. Basically I use the Deluxe Reverb on it and play with the advanced bias settings and such, and also crank the mids (only available through the software interface).

    With the Mustang I still find myself compensating with mid-boosting preamp pedals. But the tweed/blonde models don't sound so great to me (Bassman, etc), although of course the real deal tweed/blonde amps have a great sound.

    Typically I almost always play clean with just a bit of breakup. I've been considering the following:

    1) Fender Blues Junior IV (I've heard IV has improved clean tone, less boxy)
    2) Super Champ X2, possibly the head with a 12" cab
    3) Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb

    I know the second two options can sound good at low volume, not sure about the Blues Junior.

    The Tonemaster has some really good power level switching options that seem ideal for home use, and I like the simple interface, but again I'd probably be compensating a lot for lack of mids with pedals.

    Right now I'm playing a mix of rockabilly and jazz and a bit of 50s country.

    Typically I like Fender sounds more than something like Vox or Marshall.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!
     
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  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Try out a Princeton Reverb.
     
  3. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    The Fender Deluxe Reverb Tone Master does sound like it fits the bill for what you’re after.
    I’m very pleased with mine. The built in attenuator is like notched master volume.
    Can go from getting a great sound at bedroom levels right up to full gig volume at the full 22watts. Light as a feather to carry & XLR for recording/PA.
    I’ve also got a Tweed Blues Junior III which I love. I gigged this amp for nearly 2 years & never thought it sounded boxy mic’d or un mic’d..
     
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  4. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Electromatic

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    May 18, 2020
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    Thanks for your thoughts! Would you say the Blues Junior does well at bedroom volumes, or is it too loud for that?
     
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  5. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Electromatic

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    May 18, 2020
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    Thanks, I'll do some research!

    Edit: sounds pretty good here!

     
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  6. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    You can get a pretty good sound at bedroom level with the Blues Jnr.. But cranked to get natural amp break up/overdrive they do get pretty loud.
    A nice clean sound. I’ve still got mine & it’s a keeper..
     
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  7. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Electromatic

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    May 18, 2020
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    Thanks, good to know. Sounds like it would be pretty decent at home, but perhaps never used to its full potential?
     
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  8. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    Sure! These little 15watters are loud!!!
     
  9. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Electromatic

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  10. BohemianLikeMe

    BohemianLikeMe Gretschie

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    This would be my vote, especially since I’d imagine the newer quasi-reissues go for around OP’s budget. The vintage modified new ones also break up way sooner, if you want something that gets dirty too.
     
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  11. afire

    afire Country Gent

    I thought Princeton Reverb was a good suggestion too.
     
  12. ZackyDog

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  13. BohemianLikeMe

    BohemianLikeMe Gretschie

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    I’ve got one, and I gotta say, it’s been struggling a bit with my newly acquired 6120 (NGD thread soon!) but that might be user error, since I’ve never had a guitar that’s as particular about pickup height as this one. :D
     
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  14. BFTmarshall

    BFTmarshall Gretschie

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  15. afire

    afire Country Gent

    That was the first thing that popped into my head, but the amps listed by the OP suggest (to me, anyway) that he's looking for a little more power.
     
  16. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Electromatic

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    May 18, 2020
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    Not so much more power, I just prefer a Fender-esque tonality.
     
  17. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Electromatic

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    May 18, 2020
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  18. BohemianLikeMe

    BohemianLikeMe Gretschie

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    I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure they’re mostly the same amp, just with some circuit tweaks to make the 15watt 12” one put out a bit more headroom.
     
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  19. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Gretschie

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    I had a tweed blues Jr III and it was perfect at low volume, I almost want to get one again because it has master volume and a fat boost switch. I now have a 68 custom Princeton which is in a different league but has to be cranked to get any dirt. I vote blues Jr for you!
     
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  20. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Gretschie

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    On second thought, though, you said you only play with a little bit of dirt so I’d actually say go for the Princeton. It’s honestly my favorite amp I’ve ever had, especially paired with my Duo Jet. It does get LOUD! Don’t be fooled by it only being 12 watts
     
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