#1
Hi! It's been a while since I really got any new equipment for my guitar so I was thinking of upgrading something. I'd like to get a new guitar (Jaguar or Jazzmaster), but I can't afford it. Other options would include an amplifier or a reverb tank. I found a good deal on a reissue Ampeg Reverberator; would that be a good upgrade for me?

I can spend 300-500$, possibly up to 1000$ (that would require that I work 60 extra hours over my winter break, though, so I'd rather not do that ).

I enjoy playing instrumental surf music (Ventures, Shadows, Dick Dale), new wave (Talking Heads, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Devo), and the Beatles. Some punk, funk, and blues, too, occasionally. So I would probably want something versatile.

My current gear:
Guitar - Kramer 111S with Fender Custom Shop '69 pickups and a new bridge from Warmoth (I broke the bar in the old one and it got stuck lol), Ernie Ball 10-46 strings

Amplifier - Hughes & Kettner Edition Silver (50 watts solid state)

Pedals - Vox V847 Wah, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix Small Stone (not sure if it still works), and a Digitech Bad Monkey Overdrive. I don't really use any of them too much anymore, especially the last two.

I've been playing for four years, now, but I don't know that I'm very good. I have a lot of fun just playing, though, and I like writing my own music.

So-a guitar would probably be too expensive. An reverb tank is also probably slightly out of my price range. Should I get an amplifier? As I mentioned earlier, there's the Ampeg Reverberator--or maybe a Fender Blues Junior would be good?

My Dad and brother are pretty good with electronics, and I could afford a Weber reverb tank kit, so that might be an option, too... http://taweber.powweb.com/store/kits_weber.htm

Or should I save it until next year?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#2
I think the Ampeg Reverberocket would be a great idea. It's a very nice amp. Very nice American voiced cleans, but not quite as bright as a fender, probably, and a good OD with more than enough gain for standard blues and classic rock (which is all I play on mine).
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#3
It would be a great improvement. (nothing against your current gear - I'm an H&K owner as well). But the Ampeg Reverberocket is a very good amp.
#4
I agree with everyone else here, the Reverberocket is amazing! Are you getting one or two speakers?
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Epi Les Paul Custom SPF I-5 delay
Fender Jazzmaster MXR 1O band EQ
Line 6 DL4
Fulltone OCD
Verbzilla
EB volume pedal
Ampeg Reverberocket
#5
I've considered it further and decided that it's probably too loud for what I need right now (it's 50 watts, two 12" speakers). It's also right up at the limit for what I can spend (500$). I did find a vintage Reverberocket II from the '60s which is 25 watts with one 12" speaker for about 15$ less. That might be a better option, but it still might be a bit much.

How is the reverb on the Reverberocket? The reverb on my H&K is okay, but it doesn't come close to the reverb one would hear in most surf songs. Would the Reverberocket be closer?

Thanks for the help, everyone!
#6
It is a loud amp, but it's something I've learned to deal with.

And the reverb is great! I'm sure you'd be pleased with it.
Feel free to call me Kyle.

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