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Old 04-20-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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What Amp?

I'm looking for a great amp head.

Budget: 1500 USD (give or take)

Favorite bands/guitarists: John Frusciante and Jerry Cantrell. I don't like popular "hard rock" like papa roach and 3 days grace. I like Foo Fighters, RHCP, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age and the like.

I'd prefer a new product, but I don't mind going used.

Must be gig-worthy but added props for switchable wattage type features

Closest city would be Lubbock or Amarillo, Texas

Must have an FX loop

I'm going to work my ass off this summer for a Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat so I'll be playing that through a Polytune, Volume, Dyna Comp, and TS-9 into the amp with a Deluxe Memory Man and Phase 90 in the FX loop

I'm going for more of a Silver Jubilee type crunch rather than crushing amounts of gain.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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Used Rockerverb 50 would be my recommendation.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:30 PM   #3
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The Rockerverb 50 seems like a solid choice. I mentioned the Silver Jubilee because it's something John Frusciante has used and after hearing a youtube demo of one I was definitely impressed. I want the focus of the amp to be clean/crunch. High gain territory is not mandatory. Must take pedals well.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:59 AM   #4
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I own a RV 50 and i think its very capable of doing what you're looking for. It wont nail the exact Silver Jubilee tone but then again thats one legendary amp to begin with lol.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:17 AM   #5
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JCM2000 DSL50/100
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Mesa Mark IV
Peavey JSX

These are the ones I'd start looking at
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:23 PM   #6
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Peavey JSX seems a little noisy and too extreme for what I want. I like the sound of the Rockerverb 50 from playing one once.

How does the mark iv do with clean to crunch?
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:27 PM   #7
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Peavey JSX seems a little noisy and too extreme for what I want. I like the sound of the Rockerverb 50 from playing one once.

How does the mark iv do with clean to crunch?

The JSX is probably one of the more versatile amps that you can get for a diecent price.

The RV50 is deff a good amp.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:25 PM   #8
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I don't need a lot of versatility, I just want a great crunchy foundation that I can build my sound from. I can always use an overdrive for boosting.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:22 PM   #10
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You might want to take a look at Marshall's Vintage Modern amplifiers.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:24 AM   #11
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Splawn Quick Rod. one of the best pissed off marshall tones out there for a reasonable price. you can find a used one in budget. large scope of potential gain, it has three "gears" which essentially are just additional gain stages.

i have a Pro Mod and Nitro and i love them,

built by a small shop in the US (Dallas, North Carolina). good guys, if you have a problem you can call them and speak to Scott (engineer).

not too many companies that will allow to talk to the lead engineer if something isn't right.

talk to 311. he is the guy who turned me on to them.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:29 AM   #12
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Splawn Quickrod or Nitro. Maybe look into a used Bogner Shiva.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:06 PM   #13
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+1 to Splawn

The Quick Rod in particular should handle every thing you need nicely. They start out around $1,000 used but lately I've noticed the used prices are climbing.


There is a Fender SuperSonic 60, Catagory 5 and a Laney GH50 on your craigslist. I'd check those out even though you are not interested in purchasing right this minute. People love to talk about their amps and they often know others in your area selling amps etc. It is a great way to meet people, network a bit and learn about other amps you may not have otherwise.


Also, I got a bit confused by this

"Favorite bands/guitarists: John Frusciante and Jerry Cantrell. I don't like popular "hard rock" like papa roach and 3 days grace. I like Foo Fighters, RHCP, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age and the like."
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:31 PM   #14
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There is a Fender SuperSonic 60, Catagory 5 and a Laney GH50 on your craigslist.

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I'll check on those. I've played the SuperSonic 60 numerous times, but never really been super impressed by it.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:06 PM   #15
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I would give a look at some used Mesas (Electra Dyne, Stiletto, and maybe even a Lone Star). They're not high gain by any means, but will give you a great clean and crunch tones. Built like tanks too.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:24 PM   #16
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Depends, would you rather go British or American tone?
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:36 AM   #17
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from the demos i have heard, i like the shiva a lot. probably would be a good way to go in addtion to other things already mentioned.

so British or American voicing?

but i will say if you want a 'pissed off marshall' tone, the splawn QR would be the best and cheapest way to get there.
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