jkielq91
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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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traynor ycv50b on thomann?
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Quote by jkielq91
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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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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lucky1978
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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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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.
clone-dad
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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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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.

http://youtu.be/kdN1Q_XQMdo

http://youtu.be/sLYzDPmSzIM

I've played the amp myself, but these are decent demos.
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Quote by sg4ever
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.

http://youtu.be/kdN1Q_XQMdo

http://youtu.be/sLYzDPmSzIM

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


Would it not like a fuzz pedal?
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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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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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Quote by Offworld92
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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Quote by ragingkitty
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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Quote by jkielq91
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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Quote by jkielq91

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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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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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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The trynor and peavey would be great for your southern rock styles, however, they will not do meatl very well at all, even with a pedal.

Maybe a used marshall dsl would work better. It would do everything you want, and if you throw a tube screamer, or similar pedal infront of it, it should do ok metal tones.

Somthing else that may be worth taking a look at, is the jet city jca series. These amps have a lot of gain, and can do metal no problem. What I really like about these amps is that the gain can be dialed back to give you a nice light blues od or southern rock drive. I just bought the 50 watt head, and I've got it sitting on some v30's. I couldt be happier. Its perfect for me because it can cover a wide range of tones, weather I'm jamming with my band, or doing my own thing at home. The 20watt version would probably be more up your alley.

If you like, pm me and I can send you some scratch tracks of my bands new album which I used the jca.


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Quote by red.guitar
The trynor and peavey would be great for your southern rock styles, however, they will not do meatl very well at all, even with a pedal.

Maybe a used marshall dsl would work better. It would do everything you want, and if you throw a tube screamer, or similar pedal infront of it, it should do ok metal tones.

Somthing else that may be worth taking a look at, is the jet city jca series. These amps have a lot of gain, and can do metal no problem. What I really like about these amps is that the gain can be dialed back to give you a nice light blues od or southern rock drive. I just bought the 50 watt head, and I've got it sitting on some v30's. I couldt be happier. Its perfect for me because it can cover a wide range of tones, weather I'm jamming with my band, or doing my own thing at home. The 20watt version would probably be more up your alley.

If you like, pm me and I can send you some scratch tracks of my bands new album which I used the jca.


Cheers


Metal is not his priority. I'm sure a high quality pedal would get some passable metal tones for just jamming.

Quote by jkielq91
Would it not like a fuzz pedal?


It should take any pedal pretty well, including fuzz. A word of caution is that it might require something a bit expensive in the way of high gain pedals to not get cheesy sounding metal tones. You might be able to cop it if you boost the front end with something like a tubescreamer or even a Boss SD-1 and then run an EQ pedal in the effects loop. Otherwise, you will probably be stuck at 80s crunch without any pedals or even with just a boost.
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Wow that's sad man. Is the one near the Beercart Arms still there? That one's not good, they overprice their products.


Yeah that one still exists. I also agree about prices, but it is probably tough for a small shop like that to survive.

The other one is on the ring road. Used to be music land but got bought out by Hobgoblin. Prices are better as it is a chain.
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Laney VC50.
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