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Old 09-14-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Combo guitar amp on a budget

Hey everyone!

Iím looking to buy a combo guitar amp and my budget is $250. I know that isnít much but Iím in college and donít have a lot of cash to spare. I have a MIM Fender Strat. I also have a Peavey Vypyr 15 and Iím not crazy about it. The sound doesnít bug me but I really donít want a modeling amp at all. I want something more simplistic. Iím totally open to buying a used amp. Iíd really rather not buy a China made amp, but Iím not completely against it. I play mostly alternative but Iíd like to have a fairly versatile amp. I wonít be playing metal. I will be using this amp for bedroom jamming and small gigs. Iíd like a 12Ē speaker and as long as it is loud enough to play in bars and small theaters, wattage doesnít matter to me. I have no real brand preference but I am fond of Peavey, Fender, and Vox sound. Also, I definitely want to be able to use a footswitch with it.

I am open to all advice and thank you guys so much in advance for sharing your amp knowledge with me!
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:43 AM   #2
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You could get a used AC15C1. Although Vox's these days are made in China - don't let that put you off because it has to be one of the best decisions Vox has made. The English ones were insanely unreliable.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:39 AM   #3
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Anything that cheap is made in China. So much stuff comes from China nowadays. I wouldn't care that much about where it was made. Chinese people can make good stuff but of course the cheaper the stuff, the worse QC it usually has. But yeah, I wouldn't worry about Chinese made stuff. I have had two Chinese made guitars (Epiphone LP that I sold and my Tokai bass) and neither have had any problems.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:51 AM   #4
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The only USA made combo that fits what you are asking is either a used Peavey VTM 1x12 combo (if you can find one) or a Peavey Ultra 1x12 combo

look here they had a Peavey Ultra 1x12 combo for $219 the other day www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:37 AM   #5
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Thank you everyone for the advice! I really appreciate the help.
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