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Old 09-02-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Budget Pop Punk Amp?

As of now I have a Roland Cube 30x, and I was wondering about getting an upgrade. I would like an tube amp that would be good for Pop Punk and Hardcore. I defiantly will not be gigging any time soon, and want this amp to be portable. (To play in my bedroom and at friends houses). I know this amp wont sound like an Orange or Mesa Dual Rec, so I am ok with it being on the lower end tube amp.

Budget: I know its cheap, but I would like the amp to be in the $300 dollar range.

Genres: Pop Punk and Hardcore (Four Year Strong, A Day to Remember, Saves the Day, The Swellers, Pierce the Veil, etc)

New Or Used: I dont really care, as long as the amp is in decent condition.

For home/friends houses

Current Gear: I am modding an old dean strat (should be done within a few months) but as of now I am playing an Ibanez AX-120. I also have a Roland Cube 30x, as mentioned above.

I dont need the amp right now, so I can spend a little while looking on craigslist. I just want to have it by the end of the year.

I am planning on this being a tube amp, but if you guys know of a good solid state that is pretty good, I will look into it.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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Try and find a Peavey Ultra Combo
like this one here
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peavey-Ultr...a#ht_500wt_1184
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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I think the best option for you would be to get a used orange tiny terror and add a overdrive/distortion for the hardcore. I'm no expert but when I tried one of these it felt like A day to remember was the sort of band it could be used for.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I will look into those!
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #5
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:12 PM   #6
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Wait for a used Fender Blues Jr. on craigslist and crank that shit until it's ready to explode. Or if that's too loud, get a decent overdrive to boost it.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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Wait for a used Fender Blues Jr. on craigslist and crank that shit until it's ready to explode. Or if that's too loud, get a decent overdrive to boost it.

No, that won't get him close to the territory he's looking for.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:35 PM   #8
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Ah, that's the kind of pop-punk he means.

I dunno then. Find a Bugera something or other.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:54 PM   #9
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I'd go with a Blackstar HT-5. It's a little bit over your $300 budget but they sound pretty good, and they're versatile. Good cleans and they can be good for heavier music as well.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:56 PM   #10
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^ He want's a valve amp.

I second the Ultra recommendation.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:31 PM   #11
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^ He want's a valve amp.

I second the Ultra recommendation.


The HT-5 does have tubes, if you're referring to my post.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:38 PM   #12
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The HT-5 does have tubes, if you're referring to my post.

Take your blackstar argument elsewhere. This guy wants help. Not his thread hijacked
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #13
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Try and find a Peavey Ultra Combo
like this one here
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peavey-Ultr...a#ht_500wt_1184


So you would recommend a combo over buying the head and cab separate?
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:27 PM   #14
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Is your friend a drummer?
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:40 PM   #15
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One is an awesome drummer, the other is a guitar player. I most likely will be jamming with the guitarist more, because he likes the same music I do. The drummer (who is ironically named zildjian..seriously, thats his birth given name) is getting into Blink, Four Year Strong, and ADTR, so I might be jamming with him on occasion.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:48 PM   #16
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So you would recommend a combo over buying the head and cab separate?

With a $300 budget you kind of have to just get what is good. I got my Peavey Vypyr 60 hybrid for $315. It has 2 - 6L6 power tubes and a phase inverter 12AX7 jj.

Also, as much as I disapprove of the way Blackstar markets their HT amps I think the hate and steering people away because of that is getting a bit old.

Anyway, I don't know much about those bands you play but here are some things that should be fairly close to you that might be worth checking out.


http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/msg/3246206881.html Vox AD30VT (not all tube)
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/msg/3198225762.html Kuston Defender head
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/msg/3235724613.html Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/msg/3217216745.html Epi Valve JR
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/msg/3210535607.html Crate V50
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/msg/3190149672.html Bugera 6262
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/msg/3223496367.html Bugera 333x
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/msg/3242391954.html Crate Flexwave
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/msg/3225265150.html Peavey Delta Blues
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/msg/3240073939.html Jet City JCA20H


Not all of these are perfect and not all of them are all tube. Mainly did it just to show you what's out there used. I go after that Crate V50. A Peavey Valveking would work nicely too.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:21 PM   #17
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Wow, thats a lot of amps. If I sell my Cube to my friend (I am thinking 150-200 bucks) then get my next paycheck it might buy one of these. Thanks a ton [long username], this helped a ton! Just to clarify, these are all reflectively high gain amps, right?
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http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/msg/3240073939.html

I am thinking about getting this one and a cheapish cab until I can upgrade the cab in a few months. What do you guys think? Should I hold out for a better amp?

Also, would 200 be a good price on my mint Roland Cube 30x? I bought it for 240, and it has just sat in my room. I think I will throw in a 20 guitar case too because my friend needs it. Good deal?
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The HT-5 does have tubes, if you're referring to my post.


just because it has some tubes doesn't mean it's all-tube.
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http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/msg/3240073939.html

I am thinking about getting this one and a cheapish cab until I can upgrade the cab in a few months. What do you guys think? Should I hold out for a better amp?

Also, would 200 be a good price on my mint Roland Cube 30x? I bought it for 240, and it has just sat in my room. I think I will throw in a 20 guitar case too because my friend needs it. Good deal?

You will need a speaker-cab with that head. And the JCA20 is more mid gain with a vintage voicing.
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