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Old 12-29-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
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Amp recommendations

Hi folks, I need some amp recommendations.

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Budget? - 450/500 or less.

Genres? - Blues, Blues rock, Southern rock, hard rock, occasional session projects in other styles, possible some metal from time to time when playing with others but I can get a pedal for this as it is not so vital.

New or Used? - I dont mind. But if used I prefer to get it local, which limits options.

Home or Gig? - Gigging, jamming with drums, studio, home, teaching (bear in mind I have a Roland Cube I can use though for some of these).

Closest City? - Canterbury, Kent.

Current Gear? - In sig.

Some artists who's tones I like - Jimi Hendrix, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, SRV, Joe Bonamassa, Angus Young, Keith Richards.

Additional notes -
I like fuzz pedals, so one will be paired with it, as well as some distortions.
Must be portable, so nothing really chunky or heavy.
I prefer a combo but that is not a rule.
I prefer lower wattage or power adjustment.
I will use clean tones, but not all the time.
I like to use my guitar volume knob to adjust my sound.
I like simple amps. 1 channel will be fine I believe. I dont like amps that take 100 buttons and 5 hours to dial a tone.

What I have looked at - Fender Blues Junior III, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III, Orange OR15, used Marshall Vintage Modern (if one pops up locally), Marshall DSL, Peavey Classic 30, Egnater Tweaker (none in my area though).
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:39 AM   #2
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traynor ycv50b on thomann?
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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+1 to the YCV50B


Do it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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I just tried the blues junior III and really liked it. It would obviously need boosting for some of the things I play. But it sounded great.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:05 PM   #5
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Marshall JCM2000 DSL401c
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:20 PM   #6
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Marshall JCM2000 DSL401c
Laney AOR
Marshall JCM 800
Fender Supersonic 60
Laney VC100


Over my budget unfortunately.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:28 PM   #7
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Over my budget unfortunately.

Have you looked used?

Seen a guy here get a JCM 800 2x12 combo for <300GBP just a few weeks ago. It was beat up, but it was a fully working JCM800.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:33 PM   #8
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I call BS. those laneys can't be over your budget. they're discontinued and can only be found used. The vc50's normal going rate used is about 250, IIRC. The aor's (again, IIRC) is similar.

but if you want to go new (which is absolutely fair enough) it's hard to beat that traynor.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:44 PM   #9
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If you like dirty cleans the egnater rebel may work well for you. Lotsa good tones in a rebel and it excels at classic rock tones. Its a simple, single channel amp but extremely versatile and mine gets along fine with a big muff and sd-1.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:01 PM   #10
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I only really want to go used if it is fairly local. Egnaters are not available in so many UK shops atm. But if I can find one I will take a look.

Doubt I'll be able to try the Egnater or Traynor before i buy.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:25 PM   #11
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Never played through a classic 30, but I love my peavey classic 50 4x10.
Not the most portable amp in the world, but it's still lighter than my twin reverb!
Not really suited for metal, but you can find them used for around $350.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:57 PM   #12
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Try a Peavey Classic 30. You might be surprised. Great cleans, useful overdrive from early 70s to a brighter 90s crunch, takes all kinds of dirt pedals and effects well. It might be able to handle all of your tastes pretty well, accept for the stuff that needs a fuzz pedal.





I've played the amp myself, but these are decent demos.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:37 AM   #13
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Try a Peavey Classic 30. You might be surprised. Great cleans, useful overdrive from early 70s to a brighter 90s crunch, takes all kinds of dirt pedals and effects well. It might be able to handle all of your tastes pretty well, accept for the stuff that needs a fuzz pedal.





I've played the amp myself, but these are decent demos.


Would it not like a fuzz pedal?
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:42 AM   #14
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The problem with "just getting a pedal for metal" is that most pedals for metal are terrible. The few very good ones run at least $200 a piece (Wampler, etc.).

If it weren't for that, I'd recommend the Vintage Modern, but if you do need to do metal on occasion, the DSL would be a better choice.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:48 AM   #15
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Canterbury's crap for gear. My recommendation is to go to Denmark St if you can. I think there's 4 music stores in Canters but none of them really specialise in guitar gear.

Also the Peavey Classic 30 sounds like it'll do good for you.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:49 AM   #16
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The problem with "just getting a pedal for metal" is that most pedals for metal are terrible. The few very good ones run at least $200 a piece (Wampler, etc.).

If it weren't for that, I'd recommend the Vintage Modern, but if you do need to do metal on occasion, the DSL would be a better choice.


Metal is not a priority. It was all I played for years but doesnt give me so much of a kick any more. But when I get together my metal loving friends I still some times like to drive things a bit.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:51 AM   #17
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Canterbury's crap for gear. My recommendation is to go to Denmark St if you can. I think there's 4 music stores in Canters but none of them really specialise in guitar gear.

Also the Peavey Classic 30 sounds like it'll do good for you.


Just two music shops now. Two closed.

I have been to Denmark street. It is good there.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:04 AM   #18
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Just two music shops now. Two closed.

I have been to Denmark street. It is good there.


Wow that's sad man. Is the one near the Beercart Arms still there? That one's not good, they overprice their products.
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Doubt I'll be able to try the... Traynor before i buy.


you probably won't. then you're into the whole "do i buy something mediocre which i can try or somethign which i suspect will be better but which i can't try (and which i won't know if i like better until i do get to try it)?"

it's your call, really.

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we know it's you, kerry king. that disguise doesn't fool us. should've had the balls to try out non-brootz gear in your normal getup.

EDIT: wow he looked a lot more like kerry king in the still pic before the vid loaded. he actually looks more like nick nack
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:46 AM   #20
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Hi
I've had a Peavey Valveking 50 watt combo for years now, and it's pretty sweet.
The sound is rich and highly adjustable. I use it with music ranging from altrock and metal to funk, blues and jazz.
I paid 400 for it, if I remember correctly- so it costs a little less than that in pounds.
Generally, a lot of online introduction videos for amps are crappy, and I recommend reserving an afternoon or two for going thru amps at music stores, under guidance of a pro.
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