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Old 04-18-2008, 11:40 PM   #1
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Best Amp for under 300

What is the best amp for me, I am a beginner/intermediate player (much closer to beginner) I have a budget of under 300. I have a Fender 2001 Mexican HSS Stratocaster, and I like playing/try to play Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Zeppelin, The Beatles, anything bluesy. Also, what is a good solo I should learn how to play, i need something a little easier than the little wing, fingers aren't quite strong enough.
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:51 PM   #2
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:52 PM   #3
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peavey c30?


He can't get a classic 30 for 300 i don't think.


but blackheart maybe?
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blackheart would be cutting it close, anything else?
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:01 AM   #5
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blackheart would be cutting it close, anything else?


maybe a valve Jr.?
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:04 AM   #6
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valve junior half stack or combo? should i mention that i heard tube amps only sound great when cranked, and that i will only play mostly at low volumes?
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:09 AM   #7
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in that range, Fender Pro Junior, if you can stretch another 80 bucks (do it, its better in the end). Probably a better suited amp for your styles. If you can find one, go for a used blues junior, as ive seen them go for around 300.
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:45 AM   #8
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in that range, Fender Pro Junior, if you can stretch another 80 bucks (do it, its better in the end). Probably a better suited amp for your styles. If you can find one, go for a used blues junior, as ive seen them go for around 300.


exactly what i was just going to suggest, the pro junior is probably the best thing i have bought for guitar
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:51 AM   #9
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Peavey Classic 30 used.

Seriously these are very cheap used and great amps for the price, I have a 50 and it's great for classic rock.



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valve junior half stack or combo? should i mention that i heard tube amps only sound great when cranked, and that i will only play mostly at low volumes?

Then get a 5 watt tube amp.

The Valve Junior. Crate V8, Little Giant are all pretty decent classic rock amps.


Or you could go the modeling route and get a Vox valvetronix. However the small tube amps will most probably be better in the long run.
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The Valve Junior. Both the combo and the head/cab are good. You get more low end and volume out of the head/cab, but for what your talking about you may be happier with the $150 combo and $150 worth of pedals. Your best bet would probably be to look for a good used multi-fx pedal (the higher the quality the better). You'll get a huge variety of good low volume tone. You should be able to get close to cover tone on the groups you mentioned depending on the pedal you get.
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:59 AM   #12
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how would an epi valve junior combo and an overdrive pedal soudn?
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Old 04-19-2008, 01:51 PM   #13
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^ Pretty good, a Valve Junior with two or three good pedals should work out very nicely.
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:07 PM   #14
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exactly what i was just going to suggest, the pro junior is probably the best thing i have bought for guitar



As long as you don't get the chronic rattling problem I had with mine it is a great amp but beware!

If you are in America, look into the Crate V-18
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Old 04-19-2008, 04:28 PM   #15
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what are some good pedals, and how much would they cost? what exactly does an overdrive pedal do, would that help me get the classic tube sound at low volumes?
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Old 04-19-2008, 05:25 PM   #16
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^ Well there are ALOT of options.

But the good thing is with the money you save from getting a smaller tube amp you can afford a quality pedal.

For that bluesy tube overdrive you hear from Zeppelin and Cream look into an overdrive or fuzz pedal.

The Fulltone OCD is a very well liked pedal though I haven't had the chance to try one, it's supposed to be perfect for that overdriven sound you want.
http://www.fulltone.com/stpframe.html

Also some sort of germanium fuzz face or Tonebender clone might be good. Jimmy used the tonebender alot in the earlier days.
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Peavey Classic 30 used.

Seriously these are very cheap used and great amps for the price, I have a 50 and it's great for classic rock.




Then get a 5 watt tube amp.

The Valve Junior. Crate V8, Little Giant are all pretty decent classic rock amps.


Or you could go the modeling route and get a Vox valvetronix. However the small tube amps will most probably be better in the long run.

i agree
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While this IS a very good amp; finding it for $300 is a real treasure hunt. I've seen a few on guitar center go for the VERY LEAST $275 and those suckers go like hot cakes. But if you can find one for $300 take it.
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While this IS a very good amp; finding it for $300 is a real treasure hunt. I've seen a few on guitar center go for the VERY LEAST $275 and those suckers go like hot cakes. But if you can find one for $300 take it.

i'm sure they waited 4 years for that one post to push them over the edge.



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