Hey everyone, new poster here, but I've been creeping for a while and know that you guys can help me with my AC-related needs. I've worked my a** off to graduate college without debt, I've decided to reward myself by making an investment and upgrading to a grownup, man-amp. I've done some serious shopping and played countless amps, and decided a handwired, 15 watt, AC-styled combo is perfect for my needs. I haven't played an unmic'd gig in years, I'm looking for power tube breakup at relatively low volume levels, and looking for a full-spectrum response and definition. I play rock and even poppy stuff, but I play with a variety of groups and appreciate versatility. I'm chopping with a Parker Fly Deluxe as my main axe, but use my G&L Legacy and a guitar I built that is essentially a PRS Mira with mods.
However, I'm not concerned with chasing a Beatles-esque jangle or vintage tone from yesteryear; I want a more tonally-modern amp capable of medium amounts of gain and a nice Matchless-esque overdrive bloom. The nice overdrive bloom is key. The AC15s look and sound so damn pretty, but from what I've listened to, I'm concerned that the AC15HW1 or (1X) might have too much high end and a weak low-mid/bass response and a little less gain than I'd like on tap. Then again, all the demos I've seen with this model are blues, country, or just badly EQ'd gain monkeys, so I don't have a point of reference for this model's tonal range. Is this accurate? I'm leaning in this direction but have reservations.
1) I've had my eye on the AC15HW1X for some time now, but I haven't had the chance to play or even hear this particular model live myself (but I'm very familiar with AC's in general), and I'm wondering if you guys think it would suit my needs.
2) What alternate amps would you recommend that I look at that fit this description?
3) Would I be better off spending a bit more and picking up an AC-styled boutique amp like a Matchless Lightning or Top Hat Club Royale, and how would these compare tonally to an AC15HW1 (with either speaker)?
And before you say get a bunch of amps... I'm graduating with a degree in education. I'm not going to make s*** and will definitely not have the funds for a stable of amps for quite some time ;) I know I can always mod, but I'd rather make the right purchase the first time around. Thanks for the help!