Which amp to chose?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by jakjar123, Feb 14, 2021.

  1. Bobstephens

    Bobstephens Electromatic

    Feb 14, 2021
    Tehachapi, California
    I play through a Friedman Runt 20 amp and my Gretsch Tennessee sounds fantastic on the clean channel. You mention that you are not interested in distortion, however, on this amp, which has a gain channel, it is very easy to dial in a small amount of gain to make the tone fatten up and color the tone. It is very touch sensitive so that the tone can be very clean with light picking or strumming and get creamy when you dig in a little. It has an effects loop, and if you record or play through a p a system, you can plug in directly without using a microphone.
  2. Trailpro

    Trailpro Electromatic

    Apr 11, 2019
    St Petersburg, FL
    I don't think you can go wrong with the TM but man that's a lot of wattage for general purposes.
  3. hippdog

    hippdog Electromatic

    Jul 23, 2013
    NW Arkansas
    The difficulty with starting an "amp quest" is that it is very similar to a "guitar quest". The options are truly mind-boggling.
    The Fender Deluxe Reverb is one of the world's great amplifiers. You can go through YouTube videos and get a great idea about a variety of amps. You can also research your favorite "clean" guitarist concerning their professional gear.

    Personally, I use a Mesa Boogie Lonestar Special with my Cp Thornton tele. An absolutely fantastic combination.

    After a little research I'd say you can't go wrong with a Fender Blues Jr.
  4. jakjar123

    jakjar123 Electromatic

    Feb 14, 2021
    Yeah I stuck with the TM. It does have an attenuator built in so I keep it at the 0.5 watt setting and that doesn't have a big impact.
  5. jakjar123

    jakjar123 Electromatic

    Feb 14, 2021
    The guitar quest wasn't too hard. Got a Gretsch hollowbody lol. I'm really not into Rock or anything like that. I got a D'angelico once and while it was nice to play I returned it pretty quick. The Gretsch is a different story though. I feel good fingerpicking on it and I like it for blues and jazz. I would mostly play acoustic, but boy do my hands start hurting after a couple of days playing for 5 hours everyday. Guess it's cause I haven't been playing all that long. The Gretsch with 10s, I can fingerpick that all day and nothing hurts. Apart from something like Gibson super 400 I don't like most guitars for Chet Atkins/Merle Travis kind of playing and that's waaaay out of my budget.
  6. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    A Gibson Super 400? Yep, that's quite a guitar. Just love the sound on the '68 Comeback Special. I wish Gretsch did a 24.6" scale Country Club, which would be the closest to the '400's body. One for the Custom Shop (either for the Gibson or the Gretsch) if I ever had the money!

    When I look at some of those great Gibson hollow bodies from the past I think it's a shame the modern line doesn't include any. They seem to have lost their way a bit. I don't buy into there not being a market for them as Gretsch seem to be doing okay. Also, the new top-end Ibanez, recently reviewed on Andertons, sounded great and was complimented on build quality so Ibanez must think there's still a market.
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  7. jakjar123

    jakjar123 Electromatic

    Feb 14, 2021
    Yeah, I'm not sure either. Maybe because it would cost more to make it and then they would put a massive price tag on it. They stopped making all their fully hollow guitars which just seems like a crazy choice to me. The super 400, L5 etc. were all popular. Sure not as big a market as the LP or 335, but still. D'angelico manage it and have a market for them... Epiphone is owned by Gibson and they make the emperor model. Maybe it's their way of experimenting how many people would actually buy them. Too bad they gave Epiphone a bad name, so I'm not sure how the sales for that went, would be great to see some of those vintage models come back.
  8. amp360

    amp360 Gretschie

    Oct 21, 2012
    I have an old Polytone I use when I want that really mellow clean tone. I think I paid $200 for mine and it’s great.
  9. Scott

    Scott Country Gent

    Jun 27, 2008
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Depends on what "era" of Chet's career you're looking to "emulate"(I hate that word, but there it is). If you're looking at his early work there were no Deluxe Reverbs then. Not saying you can't get that tone on a DR but it's not the be all-end all of his tone. That would be in the line of tweed amps...Fender Pro, Deluxe, etc. Definitely not gonna get a Chet tone on a Blues Junior(I tried, didn't work).

    I've seen video of Chet using Deluxe Reverbs, Princeton Reverbs, Twin Reverbs...his last rig was a Music Man with a single 15 and a Boss DD-3 digital delay. Heard that particular setup live and it sounded...like Chet!

    You're more than likely on the right track with the DRTM, especially if you can only get so loud at home. Chet was not about playing loud(read biographies about the man and you'll see).
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