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Old Yesterday, 11:58 PM   #1
WildMiles96
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Pot First Gigging Amp

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I've recorded a few songs and gotten a drummer to play with, so before we start playing shows I'd like to get a new amp. We play modern hard rock/metal; Chevelle, 10 Years, Tool etc. So, I'm looking for something loud enough to play over drums, but I use my own distortion, so finding a good amp distortion isn't a necessity.

I've been thinking something like a 50watt with a single 12" speaker, or maybe even a 120watt 2x12 if I can find a good deal. Budget isn't really an issue, but I'm not looking for an Orange or Mesa and spending 800 for a single 12" speaker setup. Something more along the 3-$500 range? Maybe a 60watt by Peavey will fit my needs?

I don't have a preference for solid state or tube, but I don't want a line6 and don't like modeling amps in general, too synthetic sounding imo. I also don't really like marshall's, call me crazy but I don't like their sound and think they're overrated.

I play a PRS SE 245 and a Schecter Omen Extreme which I keep in drop C if that helps anything. Thanks for your input
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If you're talking about amps, then $800 for a 1x12" combo can be pretty little money y' know.
Also more speaker isn't necessarily better than one speaker - more speakers are heavy, and during gigs you will not need them 'cause they can mic up one speaker alone.

I'd try and see if you can find a used rectoverb or single/dual recto for around your budget.
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I would suggest looking into the Peavey XXX or Ultra series combo amps - they are U.S. made unlike the newer 6505 combo (not that the 6505 combo amps aren't nice in their own right). The prices on them have been going up and they are getting harder to find, but they can still be found in the range you're looking at. They have fantastic overdrive channels, and the clean channel takes pedals pretty nicely. You also have the benefit of an effects loop, three independent channels on the xxx, spring reverb, and some other niceties. The Ultra has a shared EQ for the gain channels. I know you like your pedal set up, but having the flexibility of using an amps overdrive isn't something that should be overlooked when paying money for an amp. Get the most for your money, don't compromise, and don't assume you'll never need a particular channel on an amp.
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I would suggest looking into the Peavey XXX or Ultra series combo amps - they are U.S. made unlike the newer 6505 combo (not that the 6505 combo amps aren't nice in their own right). The prices on them have been going up and they are getting harder to find, but they can still be found in the range you're looking at. They have fantastic overdrive channels, and the clean channel takes pedals pretty nicely. You also have the benefit of an effects loop, three independent channels on the xxx, spring reverb, and some other niceties. The Ultra has a shared EQ for the gain channels. I know you like your pedal set up, but having the flexibility of using an amps overdrive isn't something that should be overlooked when paying money for an amp. Get the most for your money, don't compromise, and don't assume you'll never need a particular channel on an amp.


totally agree. the fact that my main amp is a Peavey Ultra 2x12 only has a little (ok a lot) to do with it. getting an amp with good distortion should be a priority since you play stuff that requiers it. belive me it will sound better than your pedals. just get an overdrive and let the amp do the heavy lifting.
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Old Today, 08:51 PM   #8
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I've honestly never been a fan of the whole head/cab setup. Seems like too much work when you can find a nice combo amp, and usually cheaper. Maybe I'm just being lazy, or haven't found one a like yet.
How would something like a Randall RG80 be? Or a Peavey Bandit?
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Combos are no easier to move around because they weigh so damn much.

RG's and Bandits will work but they don't sound that good.
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If you don't care about the amp distortion, just get a used Peavey ValveKing 112 or 212 combo and be done with it. $130 - $400 depending on the deal you can find.
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Thinking maybe the ValveKing now, or maybe a Bugera 6260, I saw several mixed reviews on Bugera's though
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You do know that Bugeras are Behringer don't you? Behringer are the epitome of "cheap and nasty." The Valveking isn't one of Peavey's better amps but it's still miles ahead of Bugera for build quality. Bugeras are ok if it's just for home but I wouldn't trust one if you are lugging it around to gigs.
Seriously, look for a used Ultra/XXX/JSX. Those are good Peaveys.
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