I know, this may be a futile quest, but I thought I'd pick everyone's brain...
I'm looking at BlackFace boutiques to get in the ballpark (ok, I want to be on the infield!) of Jerry's tone. My guitar is not a worry (split super II middle; Shep Blue Sky neck; Fralin Unbucker bridge). The thing is, I want to be able to dial in a smooth overdrive ala Dickey (I know, I know, he used Marshall) I have a couple questions:
1) To be able to play small to small/mid size gigs, how many watts do I need to get enough clean headroom for Jerry - is 50W enough or do I need 100W? I'm thinking of making sure the amp I get has a half-power switch. 100W for headroom for Jerry, 50W to push the amp at lower volumes. Is this just way to much for practicing in the garage??
2) Does anyone have experience with getting in the ballpark of Dickey's tone with a Blackface boutique? How do you do it? Clean boost pedals for lower volumes?
3) The contender list at this point...any thoughts are appreciated:Red Plate Astro Dust
(This amp seems to be VERY versatile, my only concern is that is lacks bass/middle/treb pots...they designed it with only one tone pot)Bruno CowtipperTwo Rock Custom Clean
(anyone had experience with the Classic Reverb and Custom Reverb, too?)Fuchs Clean Machine
Thanks and let me know if you think there's no chance of getting a ballpark of Dickey's tone with these