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Old 02-19-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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I've just started playing, need a cheap amp for Qotsa sound...

I'm new to the forums here, and new to playing guitar in general. For my 16th birthday, my dad bought me a Schecter C-1 Exotic Star that was supposed to come with a Line 6 120 watt amp. Instead the guy convinced my dad to take a 1st generation Fender G-Dec that sounds like it has something wrong with it. I can't get a job yet, but I really want to play guitar. I'm pretty passionate about it, but I can't get good tones out of the amp for the life of me, which is making me frustrated...is there any cheap amp that can get a good Queens of the Stone Age sound?
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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Peavey Vypyr 30 is about the cheapest you can get. Used they are $100ish
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:35 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Pick up a Joyo Ultimate Octave as well. It's a clone of the Fulltone Ultimate Octave, which I can tell you from experience is basically QOTSA in a box.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:34 AM   #5
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A G-Dec is a pretty good little modeling amp, so read up on it and give it a little more effort.

That said, Homme is known for using old Ampeg and Peavey amps live. But his gear collection is huge and heís a studio geek who records in studios with huge amp collections (find pictures of the amp room from that studio out in Rancho De La Luna). So donít waste much time trying to chase those album tones, itís not gonna happen without a big budget and engineers to help. Whatís really important for QOTSA sounds is being able to pump out those jackhammer uptempo sixteenth note riffs with just a little swing to keep it from sounding monotonous.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:02 AM   #6
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Didn't the lead singer actually use an old Gorilla amp that was mic'd off stage for a while in the beginning. Those are quite cheap if you can find one
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:59 AM   #7
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Hm, thanks for the suggestions...can't find the Gorrila, but the Vypyr seems nice, especially if I can find it for a good price. And the G-Dec has something wrong with it, the problem is noticeable on the acoustic setting.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:15 AM   #8
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Then don't use the acoustic setting...
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