#1
Must-

- Be loud enough for small-medium gigs (30W tube/100W SS?)
- Be reliable.
- Preferably be single channel, as I'd rather add the dirt through pedals.
- Take pedals very well, incl. dist. pedals.
- Generally bright tone.
- Good value in the UK.

Will be used for all sorts of prog, as well as some general rock/metal. No heavier than early Metallica.

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#2
Budget?
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#3
£450 max. Don't mind buying used.

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#6
Could you find an AC30 used for that? The AC15 is nice if you don't need alot of super clean headroom.
#8
Some of the Fender models look good. Unless I can find a good used model, the Hot Rod Deluxe is out of my range. How about the Pro Junior or Blues Junior?

I've heard some negative reports about using the JC120 with dist. pedals.

I've decided that 2 channel amps might be alright after all, as long as it is footswitchable.

Any thoughts on the VC30 112, Sound City SC40C, and Peavey Classic 30? Remember it needs to take pedals well as it'll be used for post-rock stuff as well as general Coheed-style rock.

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#10
Fender is just all wrong for you, as is an AC30 - the Laney VC30 and the Sound Citys are definitely worth a look though.
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#11
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I've heard some negative reports about using the JC120 with dist. pedals.


That's not true in my experience. I use one at band rehearsal and it eats pedals for breakfast. It really takes everything it can get it's hands on and it can go bloody loud too. Cool amp.

VC30 is probably a tad bright, but worth looking at and so is the Soundcity and a Classic 30 (not that great value in Europe, but still not bad). Can't really think of anything else at the moment, but there's bound to be more.

EDIT: Marshall JCM900? Perhaps a JCM800, although it arguably hasn't got very good cleans.
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Last edited by Lauke_101 at Jan 30, 2009,
#12
I've seen a Laney VC50 for sale for £350. Anyone got any info on this amp? I've been reading reviews, mostly positive although some say they are a bit harsh.

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#13
I've got one, it's a nice amp. Very versatile.

It can get harsh, but if you spend a good bit of time EQing you can dial most of it out.

£350 seems a bit high, I got mine for £275 so you could try talking down the price a little. If you managed that it'd leave a bit of money for you to change the valves or speakers (which are generally considered to be the weak point of the amp).
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#14
Sound City 50 watt
#16
£300 would be good. £350 is still a good price considering the closest equivalent nowadays costs £700 and is now a head, but it's always worth trying to haggle a bit.
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#17
The Egnater Rebel 20s may be in your neck of the woods. You may check into them.
#18
I'd recommend waiting for it's release and getting one of the 30-watt Tiny Terrors(two channels, but I'm pretty sure both can be clean and dirty) and a good cab.
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The Egnater Rebel 20s may be in your neck of the woods. You may check into them.

i second this. Egnaters are really great amps, and versatile too. there is a thread on all the Egnater amps. just use the searchbar.
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#20
Volta. What about that Kustom 50 combo that the Cort man offers at £399? No, on second thoughts a Peavey Windsor Studio from Thomann? Seems to have everything including FX loop.
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#21
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Tiny terror?
You'd have to try it out though.



NO! a Tiny terror has no clean headroom at all over bedroom practice levels. They also don't take pedals at all when playing loud enough for gigs. I love my TT because it sounds great on its own, but it is NOT what this person is looking for. Don't reccommend amps you have no knowledge of.

anyways. I too say Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. You need an amp with great cleans if you want your sound to come from pedals and fender does it best.

you also do NOT want a single channel amp. Single channel amps get louder by turning up a gain knob, which works inversely with a volume knob. So you can have your volume cranked, and as you turn your gain up, it will get louder and eventually more distorted which is NOT good for pedals.

you want a 2 channel amp and just leave it on the clean channel
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