Amp for dirty/crunch tone

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Amp for dirty/crunch tone

Postby (greyash) » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:24 pm

Hello forum people!

I have played a Rick 330 with a small Fender amp for some time now and I am absolutely loving the cleans and the fuzz tone. However, I find it very hard to get a good dirty/crunch tone when playing loud - it was especially noticeable when doing early Oasis covers with my mates. I am currently playing through a Fender Superchamp - a 15W combo and as I said, it works beautifully for cleans and when coupled with a Fuzzface.

I have tried a lot of things but I looks like I need another amp for the dirty stuff. Of the ones that I tried I prefered two - Vox AC15/30 and Orange Tiny Terror. Both of them have great tone and are quite easy to use (Tiny Terror seems to be made for a caveman :mrgreen: ).

Do any of you have experience with those amps and a Rick? Which one would you choose? All opinions are welcome! :)
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Re: Amp for dirty/crunch tone

Postby (JakeK) » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:35 pm

No experience with Orange amps (but there are a number of members who do have it), but do have it with the recent Vox AC-15 C1. It's an extremely versatile amp that can cover a lot of styles. One of the useful things about it is that you can have the volume of the input you are plugged into cranked to the max for a powerful dirty tone, but the master volume can be lowered for a sound easier on the ears. When coupled with a Fuzz Face, you'll have a heavenly tone. But be prepared: although it's rated at 15 watts, the Vox is LOUD, even when played clean.
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Re: Amp for dirty/crunch tone

Postby (bitzerguy) » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:02 am

I went Phaez two years ago, and I won't go back. I now have an HRM style (Dumble style)/Hot Cat style 2 channel 50 Watt, a Vox style 18W, and a JTM style 10W with some really cool mid control tricks. All have post phase inverter master volumes that works extremely well. All have a note clarity and harmonic complexity that I have not found in anything else. All are similarly priced to the TT and the AC15. They are particularly great sounding with Higains.

I have 3 Voxes that haven't been gigged in a couple of years, and one that I use for a jam night I help host ( a Valvetronix). For band gigs, Phaez only for me.
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Re: Amp for dirty/crunch tone

Postby (greyash) » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:00 pm

bump for great justice
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Re: Amp for dirty/crunch tone

Postby (jps) » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:43 pm

greyash wrote:bump for great justice

Try cross posting this on the Forum 51 - The Quest For Tone section.
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Re: Amp for dirty/crunch tone

Postby (cestlamort) » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:04 pm

I had a Vox AC15cc1 and liked it so much (after tube and speaker upgrades) that I sold it to get an AC30cc1 (then more tube and speaker upgrades).

I've found both to work extremely well (with a 360 and 330/12).
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Re: Amp for dirty/crunch tone

Postby (collin) » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:21 pm

Don't count out a nice Marshall - the original crunch tone! :)

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That said, I've been pretty impressed with the Orange Tiny Terror. For the price (and mobility!) they are great little amps.
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