durbsss
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Hey guys,

The amp I currently have is a very, very old 15 watt. My dad built it, and it literally just has a volume knob. I usually just play guitar in my room/watching TV, and just jam out to whatever I feel like, so not exactly planning to join a band any time soon. What are the best amps for playing like this? I have a budget of about $100-200 max. I have heard of Line 6 and Peavy, but have heard mixed reviews about both. I usually play metal, and will be playing it on an ESP EC-401.

Thanks guys
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Peavey Vypyr
Roland Cube
Vox Vt
Fender mustang 3

In order of my preference for metal. (The vox has best cleans imo)
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#3
Search for a used Vypyr 30. I wouldn't get anything smaller, imo, the 12" speaker is a must have.
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I've played a vox 75W and it sounded like complete poo. a Peavey Vypyr Roland Cube or Line 6 would be good.
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Quote by amonamarthmetal
I've played a vox 75W and it sounded like complete poo. a Peavey Vypyr Roland Cube or Line 6 would be good.


Except not the Line 6
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I like my Vypyr 30, but honestly, I prefer the simplicity of my little Orange Crush 12 watt. It probably wouldn't be right for your sound though, the overdrive is weak. I mostly use it for fuzz and high gain.
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Vox vt30 or 40, good starter... Great sounding bedroom amp for the price and also if u got no effect pedals etc... I still use my old vox as a party/traveller amp now, spilt beer and smoke ash all over her and she's fine, tuff as an old boot, no one wants to take a 2k amp or PA to a drunken sausage fest.
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I have the Vypyr 10 watt for just jamming in my room, it sounds great a low levels and there are tons of effects and cool sounds you can get out of it. Id suggest Peavey for a low cost practice amp any day.
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For me the best bedroom amp is a vintage Marshall with an Aracrom attenuator.
durbsss
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Just checked out the Vox VT20+ on YouTube... pretty awesome sounding amp. I was way more impressed with this than any of the Line 6 videos. I'll definitely have to check them out in-store to compare them better, though.
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The Vox VT amps are really good, as is the Roland Cube. You wouldn't be going wrong with either.
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If you can find an old VOX DA5, it's ideal for bedroom, but you might need some pedals to get the metal tones. I say an old one because it is discontinued and the closest replacement sucks.

Don't trust anyone who recomends Line 6 under $700. I.e., any Spider amp. Even the Spider Valves are wonky; even a Bogner power section can't totally correct a Spider digital preamp.

The smaller Roland Cubes lack bottom end compared to the DA5. Also they have a very limited range of tones. So many better choices out there.

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Quote by jetwash69

The smaller Roland Cubes lack bottom end compared to the DA5. Also they have a very limited range of tones. So many better choices out there.


I agree with this, I had a 15w one for a while and really didn't like it...it was good for cleans, I thought, but the distortion channells seemed weak to my ears.
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For metal? Try to find a used Peavey Vypyr 30.
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i love my VOX DA5 but it's not the best option if you mostly play metal.

i'd look for a vypyr 30. sale prices should have them for around $150 new.

since you can afford a new one, i'd go that route. warranty and all.

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DAW software with a power amp, if i was going to answer the title of the thread directly.
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#18
As mentioned a modelling amp will do fine for bedroom playing. Not only will you get more sounds from it but won't need to buy pedals for thngs like Chorus or delay.
I have the VT30 but these are discontinued and have been replaced by the VT+ series. I've heard they are not quite as good but can't speak from experience.
I also wouldn't get anything smaller than a 10inch speaker. The 8's just don't have any bottom end.
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I've played cubes vox's spiders and vypyrs and I'd say the VYPYR 30 hands down. Thing is amazing
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fender Frontman 25r. great little amps, and can be toyed with enough to make a great range of sounds. They are usually $100.
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#21
A Line 6 Pod is in the same price range (older or used models anyway), sounds better, takes less space, can be used for recording, has a lot of effects (and routing possibilities with them), can be thrown into your backpack and used for playing gigs without the need of miking a cab... Oh, but it's not aren't packaged in an amp form, so it doesn't qualify
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fender Frontman 25r. great little amps, and can be toyed with enough to make a great range of sounds. They are usually $100.

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#23
I used a Blackstar HT-5 when I lived in the dorms. It was pretty warm sounding at low volumes. I've recommended it before and I would again.

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