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Old 08-03-2015, 09:57 PM   #1
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Amp Shopping on a Budget?

Disclaimer: I am a grad student, which should tell you all you need to know about my budget. I don't have the money for pedals or stomp-boxes, and am looking for something that will work as a catch-all and give me what I want in a private setting, or smaller venue live stuff.

I've gotten a good 10 years out of my Line 6 Spider III but the motherboard has decayed to the point where the thing is unusable for any more than 20 minutes at a time. So, I'm looking for something new.

I've considered the Spider IV, as I've heard mostly good things. However, the digital sound of the thing and the potential for decay (considering the thing's pretty much a computer) leave me reticent. As such, I'm considering treating myself to a better-quality amp without all the built-in effects (I really have no use for anything above 75W, btw) and a Floor Pod PLUS board or something.

With that in mind, does anyone have any recommendations? I play on a PRS SE Custom and mostly do metal and prog, though I enjoy experimenting all across the board.


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Old 08-03-2015, 10:08 PM   #2
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If I was you I'd look into the fender mustang and the peavy vypyr amp models. I have played with em both and they are not bad at all. But the peavy was the best of the 2 for metal imo.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:19 PM   #3
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Vypyr 2 or 3. It has a bunch of effects so you won't need a whole lot of pedals, plus it's idea for metal/rock.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:59 PM   #4
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Spiders are complete garbage. Look for a used Vyper Tube 60.
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Old Yesterday, 07:43 PM   #5
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Vypyr sounds like the way to go, then -- thanks for the feedback so far!
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If you've got (or are going to have) a Pod XT or X3 Live (used they're pretty inexpensive), all you're going to need is a powered speaker. One that I've seen a lot of is a Carvin PM12A, a single 12" speaker, a 1" tweeter and 400W RMS power. It's a bit over $300, a bit under 30 lbs and you can use it as a floor wedge or put it up on a speaker stand, depending on what you need. Don't let the wattage bother you; you're not going to blast anyone's socks off unless you really want to. What you have is a very compact, lightweight rig with a wide range of amp/cab/FX settings (courtesy of the Pod).

The Vyper has a tube power section, but it's solid state in the preamp section, and it weighs right around 65 lbs.
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Vypyr has built quality issues.


It's best to get a fender mustang (highest release number) instead.
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Vypyr has built quality issues.


It's best to get a fender mustang (highest release number) instead.



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Vypyr has built quality issues.

Such as?
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