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Axle543
08-13-2008, 02:12 PM
Im just curious what you guys would think the best solid state amp would be. Im already a tube amp person and I think my favorite SS is an Orange Crush.

nebiru
08-13-2008, 02:14 PM
I have only heard negative things about those Crush amps.

darkarbiter7
08-13-2008, 02:15 PM
Personal preference.

But, for me, A line 6 vetta.

Also, if the orange crush is your favorite SS amp, you haven't haven't played many.

GITARdud391
08-13-2008, 02:15 PM
The roland cube 60 is pretty good. I almost got but then I got a Fender 65r, best solid state amp I've heard yet.

Minderbinder
08-13-2008, 02:18 PM
Roland Jc-120 is the best I've ever played through

captainoid
08-13-2008, 02:21 PM
The roland cube 60 is pretty good. I almost got but then I got a Fender 65r, best solid state amp I've heard yet.

I really, REALLY hope you're joking.

GITARdud391
08-13-2008, 02:22 PM
^Oh, well I'm not :confused:

caraluzzo
08-13-2008, 02:24 PM
Rg100es.

idonthavefleas
08-13-2008, 02:26 PM
Roland Jc-120 is the best I've ever played through
This, for cleans at least.

Also I'm going to have to go with the Cube 60 too, even though it's technically a modeling amp (right?)

solidsnake15
08-13-2008, 02:37 PM
yeah vetta is as good as solid state gets.

gibder
08-13-2008, 02:54 PM
Randall g2 series

SVStee
08-13-2008, 03:01 PM
An roland JC, but especially the 120

Jestersage
08-13-2008, 03:02 PM
It depends what you want:
portability: Crate CPB150, and possibly upcoming ZT lunchbox
portability that sound good: Fender Ultralight series. That acoustasonic ultralight is basically a miniture PA.
Ultra high gain: Randal RH100. Dimebag actually use it for distortion.

Ghold125
08-13-2008, 03:03 PM
A Line 6 HD147 is pretty sick

Fama
08-13-2008, 03:44 PM
This, for cleans at least.

Also I'm going to have to go with the Cube 60 too, even though it's technically a modeling amp (right?)
Yes, but it's still solid state.

I'd say the Lab Series amps that BB King uses are pretty good.

(Metal)lica
08-13-2008, 03:56 PM
The peavey vypyr when it comes out

the_sg_blues_07
08-13-2008, 03:56 PM
i have a question. Are the orange crush amps bad?

thankyougermany
08-13-2008, 04:08 PM
I liked the Line 6 Flextone. Much better than the Spider....

TNfootballfan62
08-13-2008, 04:14 PM
The peavey vypyr when it comes out

How do you know it's the best SS amp when you haven't even played it or heard it yet? Just out of curiosity....

UpTheIrons!
08-13-2008, 04:26 PM
I like Jazz Chorus amps, and yes, BB King's Lab Series 2x12 is sex. :)

DivADD
08-13-2008, 04:30 PM
How do you know it's the best SS amp when you haven't even played it or heard it yet? Just out of curiosity....

He's falling for hype.

I doubt it will be worse compared to the SS modeling amps in it's price range, but until it comes out for all we know it could be a flop, a level-field competitor, or absolutely destroy the competition.

Sales should be good for them though, people love buying things with more knobs and lights then something the same price with less knobs and lights.

al112987
08-13-2008, 04:32 PM
Blue Tone Pro30

hands down. played briefly on one a few years back, the best solid state amp I've ever heard.

(Metal)lica
08-13-2008, 04:34 PM
How do you know it's the best SS amp when you haven't even played it or heard it yet? Just out of curiosity....


It's called.. Peavey website :p:

TNfootballfan62
08-13-2008, 04:35 PM
^So you know it's a good amp because of Peavey's website? I'm not following you. You haven't played it, right? Then how can you know it's good?

(Metal)lica
08-13-2008, 04:41 PM
Based off features and the tone from the videos it sounds great, and its not a bad price either.

darkarbiter7
08-13-2008, 04:44 PM
I'm with kyle on this one. You can't possibly say that the vypyrs will be the best SS amps because they're not even out yet! And even then, I doubt they will be the best. Although they will probably be better than spiders and MGs.

solidsnake15
08-14-2008, 02:24 AM
I'm with kyle on this one. You can't possibly say that the vypyrs will be the best SS amps because they're not even out yet! And even then, I doubt they will be the best. Although they will probably be better than spiders and MGs.

exactly but over half the people here have never played half the stuff they recommend or have opinions on. They just assume it. Like everyone that says "go get a used 5150" Half of them have never even played one but they assume because its tube and affordable then it's got to be the right choice and so many people come on here regretting listening to it!

dullsilver_mike
08-14-2008, 02:29 AM
Probably a boutique bass amp ;) Or of mass-production brands I actually know probably an eden, or aguilar.

metzguitarist
08-14-2008, 02:53 AM
Randall Rg100SC Baby!

Ventor
08-14-2008, 03:32 AM
I'd go for a Randall RG100 or an old Marshall Valvestate (8000 series)

311ZOSOVHJH
08-14-2008, 03:47 AM
Im just curious what you guys would think the best solid state amp would be. Im already a tube amp person and I think my favorite SS is an Orange Crush.
Sorry man, but this is gay.

'best solid state amp would be' ......- for what? For you? For us? For someone else?

Depends right? Best is relative.

I like oranges and apples.

brianthemayan
08-14-2008, 07:08 AM
Yes, but it's still solid state.



:facepalm: no.

Its a modeling amp. Do we really have to do this again?

A modeling amp is not a SS amp. Totally different thing.


I've played through a Roland JC and thought it was pretty good.... as is a Peavy Bandit, for SS amps.

UpTheIrons!
08-14-2008, 07:09 AM
A modelling amp uses solid state technology.

brianthemayan
08-14-2008, 07:16 AM
OK, so I'm gonna stop the "modeling is SS" argument now. This is from a past thread... this should clear any doubts up... sorry its so long, but this topic really galls me....



Ok. You don't have to take my word for it. Take the professionals word for it. Here are some interesting links for you to review.

Keep in mind that I do not debate that Modeling amps are based on SS parts, or in the case of the Spider Valve tube parts, but they are neither, and are in a class of their own.

from this link: http://www.sweetwater.com/shop/guitars/guitar-amps/buying-guide.php you can read this:

Types Of Amplifiers
There are four types of guitar amplifiers: Solid-state (analog), Tube, Modeling (digital), and Hybrids.

Solid-state Amps: These amps are called solid-state because they use transistors for their preamp and power sections instead of tubes. They are very reliable and seldom need repairs. They often have a very clean tone, although many come with "distortion" channels also. These amps are popular with players looking for a sturdy, reliable touring amp.

Tube Amps: Tube amps preferred by many guitarists for their warm, fat tone and "organic" distortion. Tube amps usually sound louder than solid-state amps of the same wattage and have a definite "feel" that you don't get from solid-state amps. Most tube amps have separate channels that can switch from clean to distorted tones instantly. Tube performance can deteriorate over time, so tubes need changing occasionally.

Modeling Amps (Digital Amps): Modeling amps use digital processors to simulate the sound of old-fashioned tube technology. Using software that "models" the sound of tube amplifiers (and cabinets), these amps put the sound of numerous amps in one box. Modeling amps are programmable, and often have built-in digital effects such as delay, chorus, etc. Some include digital or analog outputs with speaker simulation for going direct into a recording interface or PA system.

Hybrid Amps: Combining the best of each type of amp into one package, these amps use an actual tube in conjunction with the solid state power section of their amps. Marshall Valvestate amps use tubes in the preamp section and solid state circuitry in the power section to create a tube tone without requiring the use of power tubes.

further, you can read these links to see how the amps are described/marketed/categorized by their manufacturers:

Line 6 Vetta (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document?doc_id=88974)
Line 6 HD 147 (http://www.amazon.com/Line-300-Watt-Digital-Modeling-Head/dp/B000JKR7ZM)
Hughes & Kettner (http://www.harmony-central.com/Events/MusikMesse99/Hughes_and_Kettner/Zentera.html)
Spider Valve (http://www.electric-guitar-review.com/2007/08/28/line-6-bogner-unveil-hybrid-tubedigital-modeling-amplifier/)

here is an article talking about the types of amps comparing them (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document?doc_id=91939&src=3SOSWXXA)

Point being guys, all these amps perform different functions and have different purposes. The reason that there is the differentiation is so that we can quickly understand what the desired results of the amps are. It matters not what powers the digital modeling amp, in terms of describing it AS a Digital Modeling amp. You *could* call them SS, you *could* call them tube, but both of these classifications are wrong.
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UpTheIrons!
08-14-2008, 07:21 AM
Solid state = semiconductors, and as you said, solid state amps use transistors. Digital stuff uses semiconductors as well, like ICs.

LP_CL
08-14-2008, 07:55 AM
Roland cube, peavey bandit
/thread.

EDIT: i checked out that vypyr amp, and it really looks like it could be an amazing amp.

ChrisN
08-14-2008, 08:20 AM
Roland Jc-120 is the best I've ever played throughLikewise.

I'm actually considering selling mine though; I really don't use it enough.

TNfootballfan62
08-14-2008, 09:28 AM
You can't possibly say that the vypyrs will be the best SS amps because they're not even out yet!

:cheers: for being logical!

:p:

gregs1020
08-14-2008, 09:32 AM
I'm with kyle on this one. .
+ 3 at this point? My math in the morning sucks.

Edit: CourderoyEW's JC sounded pretty wicked in his clips, had me screaming "fender tube" in the comparison thread... But I'm a cleans-*****...

TNfootballfan62
08-14-2008, 09:35 AM
^It's the thought that counts. ;)

:cheers:

solidsnake15
08-14-2008, 11:32 AM
Who really cares... If we want to get technical we can divide solid state into 4 different types and then divide those up. When people include digital amps in the solid state category it makes sense.

667
08-14-2008, 11:43 AM
I like oranges and apples.

Why do you like the Oranges?
I've never heard of Apples.

The Picker
08-14-2008, 11:49 AM
I have heard that Fender Princeton Chorus (I think this is the name) are supposed to be some of the warmest sounding SS amps around. They're no longer in production though, so I haven't tried one.

And I played an MG, it wasn't actually that bad. :-/

stujomo
08-14-2008, 12:42 PM
Solidstate refers to the components used (solid state components) A roland cube 60 is a solid state amp. It may be a modeler but it is solidstate. A peavey bandit is also solid state so is a jazz chorus. Whether it is right or wrong to call a cube 60 a solid amp would be a matter of personal opinion. A modeler is a better description of what the amp is. Now if I was to build a tube amp that is capable of sounding like a fender, a peavey, a marshall and a vox it would be a tube amp but would it not also be a modeler because it emulates other amps.

-jeff-
08-14-2008, 01:15 PM
Jazz Chorus FTW

rwalby9
08-14-2008, 01:56 PM
Personal preference.

But, for me, A line 6 vetta.

Also, if the orange crush is your favorite SS amp, you haven't haven't played many.
+1 to all of this

Mike!
08-14-2008, 02:18 PM
The roland JC-120.

/thread.

i_am_metalhead
08-14-2008, 02:36 PM
Randall RG100. Randall SS amps blow all other SS amps clean out of the water.

Mike!
08-14-2008, 02:55 PM
Randall RG100. Randall SS amps blow all other SS amps clean out of the water.

Well, in terms of distortion, sure. But for cleans, the JC owns all.

It's like comparing Marshall distortion to fender distortion. No contest.
But when you compare Fender cleans to Marshall cleans, no contest either.

DESTROYER5000
03-04-2013, 01:53 PM
I like the early peavey envoy 110's

TNfootballfan62
03-04-2013, 01:54 PM
2008? Man, that's pre-mod days for me.