Anyone using a Fender GT40?

BlueDecay13

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I’ve just received a used SE245 and I currently have a tiny Blackstar HT1R 1W tube amp.

It’s got a great sound but it’s very simple in terms of tone (1 EQ knob, gain, Reverb).

I’m thinking about getting a small modelling amp ( the smaller the better as it stays under a side table in the living room) and I’ve seen the Fender GT40.

Has anyone used one?

I know modelling amps aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but this is just for home use.
 

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Haven't tried the Fender, but I have a Yamaha THR-5. The Yamaha THR series are great little amps and definitely very inspiring to play as Wedge said.
 

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Had one. Sounds just OK, found the Yamaha THR much more inspiring to play, sounded less ‘small and boxy’ than the GT40. Haven’t tried other small amps but wasn’t a fan of the GT.

Haven't tried the Fender, but I have a Yamaha THR-5. The Yamaha THR series are great little amps and definitely very inspiring to play as Wedge said.

I'm with these two; the Yamaha THRs are fantastic. The new THR-II looks amazing. Lots of updated features on it. Little pricey though.
 

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Where does the Vox VT20X (or it's bigger siblings) fall in the ranks? I really like the THR, but it's hard to ignore the VT20X when I can get one for under $100 on CL.
I haven't played one and have only previously enjoyed all tube amps. I sold all of my tube amps when I moved into a condo. Will I be inspired by the Vox in my condo?
 

BlueDecay13

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II’ve not looked at the Vox, but if it’s on the same area cost wise it’s probably worth considering.
 

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I was going to suggest a Boss Katana, but it sounds like you need something with a smaller footprint. Have you looked at the Blackstar ID Core 20 V2? Might fit the bill for you.

In terms of being "inspired", I think these little modeling amps get you fantastic tones at low volumes, but I doubt you'll feel the same inspiration you'd get from a higher quality amp with a 12" speaker pushing a lot of air around the room. :)
 

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I was going to suggest a Boss Katana, but it sounds like you need something with a smaller footprint. Have you looked at the Blackstar ID Core 20 V2? Might fit the bill for you.

In terms of being "inspired", I think these little modeling amps get you fantastic tones at low volumes, but I doubt you'll feel the same inspiration you'd get from a higher quality amp with a 12" speaker pushing a lot of air around the room. :)
I would love a Katana but you’re right, size is unfortunately a big issue and this literally needs to fit under a very small table!

I didn’t know Blackstar did a modelling anp, I’ll check it out!
 

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I was searching for something similar last year and would suggest trying out the Katana air, Yamaha THR10 and VOX adio GT, all have a very small footprint and decent tones at low volume. You may be underwhelmed in a large open space but they do come into their own at home use. I think the Yamaha sounds a bit better than the Katana but ymmv. These would all provide more tonal options than your current rig if that is what you are after, have you considered just adding a multi-effect unit like a Zoom G3Nx to your HT-1?
 
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