#1
i dont have that much money and would like to save as much as possible for a half stack. the question is that idk if i actually need a tube amp. i will be playing decent sized shows and im wondering if i should really save up for a tube amp. i know that tubes are supposed to sound a hell of a lot better than solid states, but is it really that noticeable?


Randall RX120RHS Guitar Amplifier Half Stack

http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_RX120RHS%20Guitar%20Amplifier%20Half%20Stack_-1_10052_10002_-49960099_cmCategorySA182734


- or one of these heads and then buying a cheap cab

Randall RH150G3PLUS Guitar Amplifier Head

http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_RH150G3PLUS%20Guitar%20Amplifier%20Head_-1_10052_10002_-49956490_cmCategorySA182891

Randall RH50T Guitar Amplifier Head

http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_RH50T%20Guitar%20Amplifier%20Head_-1_10052_10002_-49969714_cmCategorySA182891
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Schecter C-1 Elite
Crate GFX65
Korg Toneworks AX1500G pedal board
Morley Wah pedal
#2
IMO:

you do need a tube amp (yes, they sound that much better)

but you dont need a stack, you get much better value in combos, although some amps are only available in head form

whats your budget?
can you buy used gear?
where are you?
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#3
inb4getac0mb0.

Personally I would go for the RH50T with a cheap cab or maybe the RG150.

And to answer your second question, at low volumes there isn't a huge difference between tube and SS. It's only when you crank them.
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#7
my budget probably wont go any higher than around $800 including a cab. i was also looking into those hybrid combo amps. and looking for used gear is probably in my favor because i dont really have a lot of money right now and need a good amp within a few months.
Gear:
Schecter Synyster Custom
Schecter C-1 Elite
Crate GFX65
Korg Toneworks AX1500G pedal board
Morley Wah pedal
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my budget probably wont go any higher than around $800 including a cab. i was also looking into those hybrid combo amps. and looking for used gear is probably in my favor because i dont really have a lot of money right now and need a good amp within a few months.


ok this is a slight stab in the dark because im not too hot on US pricing

the mesa F series combos are super popular round here

Peavey 6505/5150 combos are aweseme too

you should be able to pick up an engl thunder or screamer combo for 800 used

all of those will provide the volume and tone you want. and you wont grow out of them in a year
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my budget probably wont go any higher than around $800 including a cab. i was also looking into those hybrid combo amps. and looking for used gear is probably in my favor because i dont really have a lot of money right now and need a good amp within a few months.

i'd love for you to go with a head + cab setup, but with $800 you can get an awesome used combo instead of a mediocre head + cheap cab.

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#10
you should probably change the thread name to buying a tube (half stack?)

/lame joke

with 800 USD, you could probably get a nice tube combo. what bands' sound are you aiming for?
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Peavey 5150 mk ii & b52 4x12 cab

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#11
generic metal with good distortion/some type of overdrive
Gear:
Schecter Synyster Custom
Schecter C-1 Elite
Crate GFX65
Korg Toneworks AX1500G pedal board
Morley Wah pedal
#12
For metal there isn't really anything in tube form you can get for that price although a used Peavey 6505/5150 would do it. Look at used gear. If you're looking to buy a half stack then I'm guessing you want to play in a loud band. If so, you probably want to impress the people you're playing for. Tubes are necessary for this.

Possibly a Bugera?
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#13
Do not get the RX120RHS. Its nothing but a big practice amp.
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