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Old 03-17-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Half stack amps recomendations

Looking for a decent half stack. I play mostly rock and metal with a little country. Thanks
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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Sorry about that. $1500 new or used, rock, metal, little country. I currently have a Vyper 100.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:51 PM   #4
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Specific tones/bands you want to sound close to? What's your guitar & pickups? Is this for home/studio or gigging?
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:59 PM   #5
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Small gigs without a PA. I have an older Charvel fusion w factory pups. I like 80's hair bands, megadeth, metallica, poison with some country thrown in there. Basically just jammin in the garage with friends. I don;t have any pedals because of the Vyper. What would be must have pedals?
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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Don't feel like you need a half stack or any pedals just because they're a "must have" for your type of music. Get what sounds best to you.

I'd look into a Marshall JCM of the 800, 900, or 2000 varieties.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:17 PM   #7
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trust me when I say...you don't need a half stack. you just want one! get yourself a nice 100w or 50w combo. It will be plenty for what you need it for, and much easier to transport! I shall recoment a Marshall JVM combo. Great versatile amp with tons of gain on tap.

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Old 03-17-2013, 04:32 PM   #8
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trust me when I say...you don't need a half stack. you just want one! get yourself a nice 100w or 50w combo. It will be plenty for what you need it for, and much easier to transport! I shall recoment a Marshall JVM combo. Great versatile amp with tons of gain on tap.

No you don't need one, but if he wants one then thats fine. I have owned 1/2 stacks for the last 12 yrs. If you have the room for it and can transport it, get one if you want.

You can find some really great combos for cheap, so it is also a good idea not to dissmiss a combo
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #9
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I have a 100 watt peavey vyper with 2-12's. I want something with a better sound and more simplicity. I spend more time adjusting the amp than I do actually playing. I typically only use the tube screamer pedal through the 6505 amp setting on my vyper. A little reverb and delay also. Are the multi-effects pedals any good. I am getting back into playing after a 20 yr abscence. I guess I will take my guitar down to guitar center and try a few.
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I don't know how accurate the Vypyr's model of the 6505 is, but maybe that'll work. A tube screamer into a 6505 typically has a more modern sound, but hey, if it sounds good to you.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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also, JCM2000 DSL
JCM900 SL-X or MkIII (not dual reverb)
dont know how much they go for there but Rivera Knucklehead
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JCM800 with a boost
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No you don't need one, but if he wants one then thats fine. I have owned 1/2 stacks for the last 12 yrs. If you have the room for it and can transport it, get one if you want.

You can find some really great combos for cheap, so it is also a good idea not to dissmiss a combo


x2 on the 1/2 stack. It places some of the sound projection closer to your ears, you don't have to bend over to turn EQ knobs and damn it your beer is closer to you.


As far pedals go- some sort of tube screamer and a noise gate. Also since you jam maybe a tuner pedal. TC Polytune is 69.99 from SweetWater with no tax and shipping. I just got one from them.

Nice to have pedals- 10band EQ, chorus or flanger, delay.

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:31 PM   #13
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Look into the Carvin X-series, like the X100B heads. I have an XV112 100w combo and it's one of the few amps I've played with a great clean channel AND a great distortion channel. Tons of gain, more than you'll ever need for 80s metal, and a kickass clean channel for country or blues.

EDIT: Of course that's quite a bit below your budget. Still a good option if you wanted to save your money.

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #14
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I would definitely give the Marshall DSL a look, as mentioned.

The Carvin X100B would also be very good to check out, as CaptDin mentioned (I wouldn't have thought of it otherwise).

The Peavey Ultra Plus/XXX/JSX might work for you. Try them if you can find them.

Mesa Mark IV would probably be a good choice. The V would be better, I'm not sure if they go for $1500 or not. I'm not familiar with the versions before IV, so I can't comment on how god they are for thrash or not.
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I have seen the Mark V go for as little as 1500. Normally they go for 1600. Thats for the head version so you would still need a cab.

TS- where do you live? (Might have missed this)


Mark IV/V, DSL, JSX would be at the top of my list.

Also - the 6505/+ is a good head- just not british voiced. It really does set the bar for high gain metal though. Prices have dropped on the 5150's- I have seen some go for as low as $450.

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:58 PM   #16
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Definitely a mesa, in my opinion. They are the most versatile. Mark iv head used is about 1100-1400. Or you can spend a tad more for a used mark v head which is about 1600-1800
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Assuming you are in the United States, take a look at Carvin's V3 halfstack. You won't be disappointed.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/V3412
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:24 PM   #18
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Nearly everyone on here who bought a V3 said channel 3 was missing something and returned or sold it.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:27 PM   #19
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Nearly everyone on here who bought a V3 said channel 3 was missing something and returned or sold it.


I think that's more the case with the V3M. Have people said that about the V3 as well? I was definitely NOT impressed by the V3M, and I know others have come on here and said the same thing about that amp.
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In addition to the other great suggestions, I'd look at the Carvin Legacy 3 and the EVH 5150 III 50 watt. I'm not sure how suitable the Legacy is for metal though. Also, a common problem with the EVH seems to be that there is a volume jump between channel 1 and 2, which is hard to work around due to the shared EQ. I think that could be solved by an EQ in the loop on channel 1 (MXR 10 band or Boss GE-7, Danelectro Fish n Chips if you want something cheap but decent). I'm actually saving for the EVH at the moment, and I'm probably going to run an EQ in the loop.

Hope that helps!
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