So what amp do you run with your Gretsches?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by budglo, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

    Feb 26, 2019
    Im still a newbie when it comes to Gretsches , but I am a Fender tube guy with pretty much all my guitars . Currently I have a 68 Princeton Custom and a 65 DRRI with a p12q speaker in it . I like to run my 2 strats, 335 and my Gretsch thru mostly the drri , but the Gretsch sounds plenty good with the 68 Princeton Custom as well.

    I also have a Marshall dsl , but the only thing I like with it are my 335 and occasionally my Lester. What do you guys prefer to run your Gretsches through?
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  2. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    I only have one AC30. I don't need any others. But...

    I do think about getting a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe or Blues Jr. Still, there are about a half a dozen guitars/basses on my list before another amp. Unless I win the lottery.
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  3. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    If you speak about band and stage use, for the Gretsch this combination works well for me, giving a deep, large tone :


    With my ES-335TD, I switch to this :


    That said, IMHO, a Gretsch will always sound great in any good - or at least decent - amplifier. I never had bad surprises...

  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
  5. I'll be payin' attention to what ya' all are matching up with ,. . . tubes, solid state, pedals, distortion . . .
    . . . it all for when I will be movin' up from the Vox Pathfinder practice amp.
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  6. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

    Feb 26, 2019
    If you like the Voxy sound the AC 15 is pretty reasonable in price . I was in a band with another guitar player and he had one . He got great tones . I’ve seen those for 400 used.
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  7. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Normally a 1969 Fender Vibrolux but when I have houseguests who overstay their welcome, a 1974 Fender Twin.
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  8. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Amps i currently own:
    Fender, 71 Pro Reverb
    Blues junior iii tweed ( a tad modified)
    Champ 600
    Peavey classic 30 w hellatone speaker and a few mods in the circuit. All compliment the Gretsch
  9. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Same here for about 10 years. Of all the non-Vox amps I've owned, the one that stood out most to me was a blonde/blackface '64 Fender Bandmaster. Fablulously bright and twangy cleans.
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  10. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb, 1965 Vox AC30, & 1965 Ampeg Gemini I.
    1965 was a great year for guitar amps.
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  11. O Riley

    O Riley Gretschie

    Whatever's closest.
    Plug in a Gretsch, and the world is a better place.
    Peace and love and good happiness things.
  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    '77 Fender Deluxe Reverb and/or a Vox AC15 (my favorite).

    I also use a Fender Champ 600 or my pair of '49 David Bogen PA heads.
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  13. sleeperNY

    sleeperNY Gretschie

    Jun 18, 2008
    central NY
    I played for years with Twin Reverb amps. I had at least 1 of every model they made back in the 70's and 80's except the Super Six. I now have a 65 Twin custom 15 and a 65 PRRI with a 12" speaker. My other amp is a Peavey Delta Blues with a 15" speaker. I don't play out much any more so that is why the PRRI.

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  14. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    I've got two amps, and all my Gretsches sound outstanding through them.

    Cave Valley Amps single ended Plexi head through a Vox 1-12" cab. Clark reverb tank. 20190108_163243.jpg

    Vox AC10C1VS

    Don't let the size of the little AC10 fool you. Great vox tones and big sound with a 10", and it can get LOUD too if needed.
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  15. GAMBLER1234

    GAMBLER1234 Gretschie

    Jan 18, 2018
    Henderson Nevada
    Twin Reissue

    Mesa Express 550+

    Super Champ XD
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  16. GAMBLER1234

    GAMBLER1234 Gretschie

    Jan 18, 2018
    Henderson Nevada
    Gretsch through a Twin. I go that route as well. Heaven in a box.
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  17. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I'm a Crate man from way back.
    But, i settle for Magnatone, Roland and Peavey:D
    Oh yeah, Supro too.
    Ima get me a Ampeg soon's in the tea leaves.
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  18. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I have two different sizes of Peavey triple XXX and a JSX both sound great with my Penguin, the little Micro Dark and Joyo AtomiC and Nighttrain sound great but currently my favorite is the Nocturne Baby Blondeshell. If I decide to move amps this one will stay.
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  19. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I am a latecomer to Gretsch and electric. I have a Vox AC15 for loud enough Gretsch sound, and a Fender Champ 25 for quieter practice and experimenting with variations. I don’t perform, and I don’t live in an apartment, so these two are just right for me (and my neighbors.)
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  20. MattMcEwen

    MattMcEwen Gretschie

    Mar 23, 2018
    Switch the number 30 for 15, and I’d post the exact same thing.
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