Please give me some advice - got some GAS.
About a year ago I bought a Rectoverb 25 combo. I loved it at first, and I still consider it to be a good amplifier, but in retrospect I have to admit that it wasn't what I'm looking for.
I used to be in a small teenage band in the nineties, mostly having fun - not being any good ... Since then I haven't been playing for years. But since a year or two I have begun to play again, and I 've come to realise that my musical taste has moved a bit from mainly grunge and a bit of metal to the more bluesy stuff, clean sounds, even some jazzy tunes.
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Long story short: the Rectoverb 25 is a bit too aggressive for my taste.
Since I'm still mostly having fun instead of being any good - "but I'm trying, Ringo - I'm trying ..." - I only play at home at neighbour-friendly volumes, and I can 't justify having more than one amp, or buying a ton of pedals. That will not be changing, since I have no interest in starting a band or gigging.
So I'm considering selling the Rectoverb 25 and buying something else. There are three contenders:
- Mesa Lonestar Special combo
- Mesa Royal Atlantic RA100 combo
- a Fender, like a Deluxe Reverb '59 reissue or something like it
I 've checked out all three, and I'm leaning towards the RA100. It just seems like a great bluesy & versatile amp to me, capable of more gainy grunge stuff too, but sounding far less aggressive and in-your-face than the Rectoverb 25. And I'm especially drawn to it 's power soaks, allowing me to put the power section to work for a nice breakup at "home-volumes". Maybe above all, I couldn't seem to dial in a single bad sound, while testing it at the shop: as if it 's dummy-proof.
I liked the Lonestar Special too, but I found it far less dummy-proof when dialling in tones, and it also seems less versatile to me. Also, it does not have the power soaks...
The 59riDR was nice too, but I can't cranck it up enough at home to get it breaking up, so that would mean buying some extra pedals, having to mess around with cables, etc. ...
Budget-wise they are for sale in the above order: Lonestar Special being the most expensive (100%), then RA100 (70%) and last the DR (61%).
I suspect the RA100 to be the best way to go and being the best bargain currently.
Am I correct? What would you advise? Is the RA100 the best choice for nice crisp cleans, over bluesy breackup, to higher gain -but not too aggressive- sounds? Or will it always be too aggressive for SRV, JimiH, and the likes?
Thanks in advance.