Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Gardendale, Alabama
Re: Amps with the best clean tone
Don't get me wrong, the JC-120 has AMAZING clean tones - that is what it is precisely designed for; the best jazz cleans on earth, and it does preserve your pick attack and articulation, and dynamics in the same respects a tube amp would too; with rediculous warmth; but it isn't a tube amp.
On the subject of the Carvin amps. I've only briefly owned a Legacy, and it wasn't really my cats meow (just not my tone...i'm a Mesa high gainer), but yes, obviously a 100 watt amp is going to be louder on the power end, but tone wise, a 50 watt is going to drive the power section a little harder and give you a little more natural distortion from the power section (a very desirable trait in many situations, especially studio), but obviously the 100 watt will have ultra-headroom. That's the tradeoff. Carvin's have beautiful clean tones. Very sparkly, transparent, and incredibly responsive. What you'd expect from a top of the line amp.