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 Post subject: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:36 am 
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Hi all, my first post here so be gentle ;)

I'm going to buy a small amp so I can practice at home. I've been using a POD 2.0 up to now but I'm tired of playing through headphones. So I'm looking to buy something that sounds good at low-ish levels but can be cranked up a bit and fill a small room when needed.

I play a Fireglo 330 and love the clean tone of a Ric so I'd like to get an amp that can get close to that at volumes that won't upset half the street! If it can sound good with a bit of distortion as well then that's a bonus.

I'm coming at this completely open, the only thing I've tried so far is an Orange AD5 and it didn't quite work for me. So any and all suggestions are welcome. Getting that good quality clean tone is the most important thing.

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:10 am 
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I've got one of the small Vox amps (Vox Pathfinder) as my "home" amp and it's a great little practice/rehearsal amp (don't want to wake the neighbors, let alone bug my wife and kids, with the BIG amp!). It can get LOUD but sounds great at lower volumes and gives you the classic Rick sound (if you adjust the settings appropriately) but it can also rock out with other guitars (Rick included).


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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:32 am 
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+1 on the Vox Pathfinder 15R, great for cleans.

I've just picked up a Blackstar HT-1R which seems a good companion for my 350v63. It's a 1 watt tube amp which is fantastic for crunch/distortion as it's very rich in harmonics but there's not much head room for cleans.
I think a clean boost pedal may sort that out.


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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:48 pm 
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Welcome to the RIC Forums. As suggested in previous posts about amp choices for your Rick 330, check out the VOX Pathfinder 15R amp including reverb and tremelo plus hang on to your headphones because it features a headphone output too.


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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:41 am 
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Thanks for the replies. I wouldn't have thought such a cheap amp would be that good. I'll definitely give it a try. Any other suggestions a greatefully recieved.


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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:35 am 
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Fender Princeton Reverb Amp, either the RI or an original. I have an early '70s PRA that has been refurbished and has a Celestion G12M-70 (put in a long time ago by a former owner).


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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:42 pm 
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Howdy,

You may also want to try the VOX smaller battery amps. For practice use, they are great. They also have some effects like compression, etc. Enjoy and welcome to the forum.

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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:06 pm 
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lmsava wrote:
I wouldn't have thought such a cheap amp would be that good. I'll definitely give it a try.


"Test drive" the Pathfinder 15R and compare the sound to other amps to see if the Vox is the amp for your Rick.


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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:46 pm 
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I´d recommend the VOX Lil´ Night Train, the VOX Night Train or the AC4TV.

The Pathfinder is not bad, but a real tubeamp is always better.

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 Post subject: Re: Small amp advice
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doctorno wrote:
I´d recommend the VOX Lil´ Night Train, the VOX Night Train or the AC4TV.

The Pathfinder is not bad, but a real tubeamp is always better.



This is a good suggestion, a tube amp is well worth considering

A small tube amp will give you a lot more warmth, it would really compliment your Rickenbacker. It wouldn't be too loud, or heavy. If your concerned about neighbours, you just need to adjust the volume knob. A small tube amp even at low volumes may give you a fuller more comprehensive sound than a solid state at the same volume.

You might be doing justice to your guitar by at least considering a small tube amp
If you can only get one amp, make it tube

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