#1
Are bested suited for using guitar pedals with? I have a number of boss guitar pedals such as distortion, flange, reverb etc and was wondering which is the best amp to get for them? I've heard valve amps are the key, however, anyone got any actual suggestions as to which amp? I have a budget of around £600-£700??
Thanks a lot.
#2
some kind of tube amp?
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#3
i'd just get some variation of a spider III line 6... built in effects and plenty of clean channels to add your own
#4
try looking for a Traynor YCV40 or YCV50 or maybe go to the amps Q&A thread for more suggestions.
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#5
Quote by Slainone
i'd just get some variation of a spider III line 6... built in effects and plenty of clean channels to add your own

The TS asked for the best amp in his price range, not the worst.


A lot of "clean" amp seem to take pedals well, such as Fenders, but the only problem going that route is that you almost have to use distortion pedals to get a good bit of gain, which alter the sound of the amp and for the most part, the amps aren't voiced well for more distortion-based styles of music.

Modulation effects work well on almost every amp I've used though, as long as it has an effects loop in it. Some only seem to work well with rack effects though or higher end processors/pedals; I've found this to mostly occur with tube driven or buffered effects loops though.
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i'd just get some variation of a spider III line 6... built in effects and plenty of clean channels to add your own


Nope.

If you are using a bunch of pedals, perhaps something with good cleans like a Fender twin or something.
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#7
Plenty of amps take pedals well. You have a decent budget - what type of music do you play? Do you gig or just practice at home?
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Are bested suited for using guitar pedals with? I have a number of boss guitar pedals such as distortion, flange, reverb etc and was wondering which is the best amp to get for them? I've heard valve amps are the key, however, anyone got any actual suggestions as to which amp? I have a budget of around £600-£700??
Thanks a lot.


depends what music you play, definately get a tube amp...

In that price range i'd go for a Vox AC30 (because i have one and they rule ) but there are various other options such as fenders etc.

But that's only for rock/blues/alternative music, if you play heavier stuff i wouldn't recommend them to you.
#9
i play quite heavy Indie/Rock music and gig regularly with a band. It's sort of like an Oasis type sound. Please could you recommend some?
Thanks.
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Quote by Slainone
i'd just get some variation of a spider III line 6... built in effects and plenty of clean channels to add your own

NO!!!1

edit: for that budget i'd consider selling your distortion pedal and buying a good tube (valve) amp. I think the Peavey Classic 30 or 50 sounds good for you. It has a good amount of built in gain and takes pedals very well. I know a used one is about 350 usd, so you'd have money left over.
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#12
Traynor YCV40 or 50Blue would be your best best as they have great cleans which would take effects very easily and then they also have a nice classic rock OD channel if you don't want to use a pedal for OD
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#13
clean amps, single channel amps, vintage amps, bass amps.

ampegs, hiwatts, fenders, traynors, sunns, sovtek MIGs, etc.

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#14
When you are considering your costs, I would take into account the expense of taking the amp head into get "tuned up" and possibly modded. This pertains more to certain amps than others.

For example.....

Ampeg VL-1002 - Great amp head from the early 90's. Designed by Lee Jackson, Ampeg cut some corners however, and in doing so made quite a few of them unreliable. It's cost you around $300 USD to get it modified to Lee Jacksons original specs.

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#15
Ah, so in a nut shell, a valve amp on clean will work well with pedals?
thanks a lot.
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you could prob score an orange rocker 30 used for the price

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you could prob score an orange rocker 30 used for the price

He probably could, but the Rocker 30 doesn't have an effects loop, which (imo) makes it bad for using a lot of pedals.
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#21
^ not necessarily.

my sunn doesn't have an effects loop and takes pedals like a beast. i'm running about 13-17 at any given point.

of course it can come handy, but it wouldn't be a deciding factor for me.

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#22
Ah so which of the amps suggested do and don't have an effects loop? e.g. do the VOX AC-30 and VOX AC-15's have one?

What is an effects loop?

Thanks.
#23
Quote by xwearesinking
^ not necessarily.

my sunn doesn't have an effects loop and takes pedals like a beast. i'm running about 13-17 at any given point.

of course it can come handy, but it wouldn't be a deciding factor for me.

It really depends on if you're playing clean/using a pedal for distortion or not.

If you're using a bunch of modulation effects like delay and you're using the amp's built in distortion, it sounds really bad if you put it in front imo.
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#24
I do intend on using my own distortion pedals for the sound, is this recommended and what amps would you recommend for that?
Cheers
#25
I personally hate the sound of distortion pedals and wouldn't recommend it, but I know it's a desired tone by some.

If that's what you're wanting to do, I'd just get an amp that has the nicest sounding cleans to you and hopefully an effects loop, and you'll be set.
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#26
Quote by jacko_17
i play quite heavy Indie/Rock music and gig regularly with a band. It's sort of like an Oasis type sound. Please could you recommend some?
Thanks.


orange rocker 30? should be around your budget. no fx loop, though. distortion/overdrives/boosters/wahs etc. will work ok, not sure how well modulation and delays etc. will work without a loop... they might be fine, or they might not.
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#30
Also just wondering whether it's best to use a distortion pedal for the sound or to use an amps distortion setting?
thanks
#31
The majority of the people here believe that Amp gain > pedal gain.
Personally, I am undecided.
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#32
^ it depends, to be honest. i'd prefer amp distortion to pedal distortion, if that means a pedal run through a clean amp, but if it's just a slight boost from a pedal to an already overdriven amp, that can sound awesome.

plus you can never discount the fact that a certain pedal + amp together might just sound amazing.
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