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What's a Good Portable Lightweight 1x12 Guitar Amp

Was thinking of getting a polytone mini-brute to do some jazz gigs but it would be nice to get a 1x12 tube combo that can do rock as well. Any suggestions? Lightweight and portable is the key, have some nice overdrives so an amp that takes pedals well would be great.
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+1 on the Princeton Reverb.
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I used to have a Swart AST Pro that was great also. Really great "modern" rock tones but good, nice mid range for clean humbuckers. My buddy has a Polytone Mini-Brute II and I've played through/listened to those for 20 years. The Princeton is a great amp but it's going to pretty much be the opposite of the Polytone IMO. The Fenders are great highs, nice lows and scooped mids. The Polytone is "all mids and bass, all the time", right? So I'm not sure if that's the tone you want. Should be easy enough to find out - go to any music store and play a Princeton, a Deluxe, a Pro, or a Twin. They're all basically the same circuit (or close enough).

I love the Princeton and think it's a great option but I'm just not sure that it's close to the Polytone (if that's important).

Oh, and what about a Fender Champ?
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I love the Princeton and think it's a great option but I'm just not sure that it's close to the Polytone (if that's important)
Actually no it's not, would actully prefer a more rock n roll amp that also pulls off a decent jazz tone. The Viking and Morgan seem cool but out of my price range at the moment. I think I should revisit the fender combos and run a couple pedals through them to see if it gets me what I need.
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go to any music store and play a Princeton, a Deluxe, a Pro, or a Twin. They're all basically the same circuit (or close enough).

Oh, and what about a Fender Champ?
Princeton and Deluxe are fairly close, being both 2 6V6 based. PRo and Twin are 6L6 based amps and do sound different being more linear and not pushing as easily - enough to be noticably different.

I've been happy running pedals through my Princeton Reverb and have a pretty full chain (see pic). Handles crunch no problem either with these or with a Keeley-modified TS9. Princeton Reverb can get plenty loud, and if you're playing in a club and need more, a E906 or a 57 to the PA and you're good to go.
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You should check out the small Ampeg combos. They take pedals well, have good headroom and look cool to boot!

I got a J-20 reissue - handwired and all.

Not much controls though: volume - tone - tremolo depth - tremolo intensity
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I've got a few Blues Jr's, one of which I've been beating to hell and back since the late 90's. Over 200 gigs under the belt of that one. All tube sockets changed to ceramic in it, but 100% stock otherwise. A great amp that gets little respect, IMO.
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