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Old 10-22-2014, 08:59 PM   #1
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Question In need of good versatile amp ( SS preferably )

Hello I am in need of an amp that can be versatile enough to do anything from crisp clean to crazy OD... Well not to crazy see I play a lot of different styles: country, blues, 70's-80's rock, to some classic black sabbath and Metallica.

You know stuff like acdc, zz top, Skynard, leopard, SRV, buddy guy, etc the list goes on.

I am looking for a SS cause of cost mostly I figured I can get a SS that can get me jamming and close to replicating those sounds even if it does sound a little digital with effects on board cheaper them buying a tube and a whole mess of pedals.

I'm pretty firm on the SS stand point. So please no tube suggestions.

I was really looking at 3 amps but am open to suggestions also only requirements are I need a headphone jack and a aux/mp3 jack.

The 3 I was looking at were the Roland Cube 40GX, The Peavey Vypyr VIP 2, and the Marshall MG30CFX

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Old 10-22-2014, 10:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:32 PM   #3
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:20 PM   #4
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:43 PM   #5
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Look at Vox Valvetronix and Tech21 while you're at it. Maybe some of the older Randall amp, perhaps Carvin solid state.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:03 AM   #6
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Peavey Vypyr Tube. Seriously, the Tube version is not much more expensive than a similarly sized non-tube one, and it sounds infinitely better. Or a Vox Valvetronix. Also has tubes, and is not that expensive, and sounds way better than any solid state you're going to find in the same price range.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:11 AM   #7
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I had a Fender Mustang solid state and I sold it pretty quickly because I personally didn't like how I could hear the digital voicing. However as solid state amps go, it's probably the best and most famous one that people get to practice and have fun jamming with.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:32 AM   #8
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your sleeping?

do you have one for passing out? i need the :zz****edpz:....



OP seriously save your money and don't waste it on a $100 POS.

if you HAVE to get something, i would go for the vypyr.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:49 AM   #9
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If you want a "good versatile amp" that needs to be solid-state and can properly replicate "crisp clean" to blues, to '70s-'80s rock, to Metallica and Black Sabbath territory, in the price range of the amps you mentioned, you're SOL. I'm sure you're annoyed that people are suggesting tube, but you've given us a set of parameters that are extremely difficult to meet without suggesting tube. I guess the Vox VT and the Fender Mustang, as mentioned above, might suit your needs.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:58 AM   #10
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OP what gear do you have? guitars/amps/etc
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:24 AM   #11
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Just my old Epiphone Les Paul I had sold my amps a while ago. But couldn't part with the guitar and want to start playing again so I was just looking for something so I can get to playing again
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:31 AM   #12
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I am also trying to get the solid state for the fact that between my dogs and kids things seem to get knocked over, broken, tinkered with, pissed on etc

just don't want to invest 500 bucks into an amp for it to get ruined.

Plus I only play at home not in a band or anything so I don't want to spend all the money on a tube just for a weekend hobby.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:49 AM   #13
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if you live in the USA, look for a used Line 6 Flextone. These are solid extremely versatile amps that sound very nice that are dirt cheap used.
Here is an example
Flextone III 1x12 for $175 http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-...769-i3995199.gc

This is the Flextone I 1x12 for $99 http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-...464-i3994260.gc


GC shipping is really reasonable (I paid $20ish to ship a 1x12 combo) and you can return it for any reason for 30 days
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:03 AM   #14
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:17 AM   #15
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What about a Line6 POD and just hook it up to some external speakers if you don't want to use headphones?

Or check out a computer program like Peavey Revalver. Their free version comes with a ValveKing Emulation and a tube screamer (Green) which should hit most of the sound you're looking for.

The Rocksmith Video Game Guitar to USB cable is $30 or you may like the game as well for $40 total.

This setup would get you guitar sounds coming out of your TV and computer for super cheap. If you stick with it then get an amp if you ever need one.

I guess my point is that there are so many more less expensive ways than an amp for home practice that actually sound better than a crappy amp at low volumes.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:09 PM   #16
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Peavey Vypyr or some kind of pedal/modeller + Speaker.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:45 PM   #17
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Iím just a hobbyist and havenít been playing that long so take my opinions for what theyíre worth, but I had a new Peavey Vypyr II for a short time and wasnít very impressed. It also died after 40 days but thatís another story. I replaced it with a used Fender Mustang III v.1 and love it! It can do a lot for the money. I recommend trying out a Mustang if there is a shop in your area that sells them. A buddy of mine has a Vox SS and itís also a nice amp.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:50 PM   #18
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Fender Mustangs seem to get a high approval rating from their owners.
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:22 PM   #19
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I looked into the Vox Valvtronix+ series. And they seem to fit the bill so I think I'm gonna give the Vox VT40+ a go
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:29 PM   #20
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Vypyr or go for a Line6 Pod + headphones route. The bean shaped pod is small and can be hid into a closet and you can connect it to your home stereo whenever you crave for a bigger sound. Used Pod 2.0, Pod XT and X3 are cheap and easy to find.
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