#1
Well, today was my first time going to one, theres none even relatively close to me so I haven't got a chance. Well, I brought a decent guitar there, and I go to test out the amps. I tested some VHT, an Egnater, a Marshall JVM, A Marshall reissue, A Peavey JSX, a 6505, and a half broken Randall 300W halfstack. Well I'm not a noob and neither a pro when it comes to amps, but the only thing I liked was the half broke randall. I've been hearing good things about all these other amps, but I mean my 250$ practice amp sounded better to me than all of these. I didn't have any at a loud volume because I didn't wanna bother anyone, but is it just me or are these amps really that bad?
#2

those are tube amp they sound better at loud volumes................... and the randall is most likely to be an SS amp and did you EQ all the other amps you tried.
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#3
Everyone has their own tastes, I personally hate GC.

I was there once and this kid was with his dad trying out guitars and this kid was recommending his dad a PRS (which is cool), but they were there for hours and hours trying it out on a Marshall MG 15. I didn't want to play a Tele on a Fender Blues Junior right next to them and disturb them.

I left and came back from the bank to buy a pedal, that's why I knew they were there for hours.
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#5
They're not bad at low volumes. I still prefer my HRD on 2 compared to a lot of comparably priced SS amps.

There are many reasons those could sound like ****, that was probably only one of the many.

I'm not here to defend them or anything, though. Whatever sounds good to you, sounds good to you, and you should go for it. I just don't think you should judge based on that.
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#6
Like Exo said, it could have been a number of things.

EQ'ing may have played a part as well.
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#8
Guitar Center is the only place I can to go try things out.

The local music shop is a great place and the people there are great, but all they have are a bunch of old Fenders for amps. The best they have is a Crate V50, everything else doesn't interest me. They have some nice guitars though. The best ones I have seen were a Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Gibson Les Paul Custom, Ibanez RG350, and so on.

But yeah, I just go to Guitar Center to try out amps, effects, and guitars I have never played before. I also buy things there when I have money to buy them.
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#9
You probably don't know how to eq/have no ear for tone/ didn't have the amps loud enough/ were using the wrong amp for whatever genre you were after.
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#10
I live near Humbucker Music. Now that is a good local music store.
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#12
Just with my little 5-watt Blackheart, I have found that tweaking stuff is way more important with tube amps. EQ, Volume, guitar volume, pickup, tone knobs, and how you actually play the instrument are all magnified in how they effect the sound.

If you've got a Best Buy with a guitar section, mine has a (partially) isolated "noise room" where you can try some heads at decently loud volumes.
#13
^Both the guitar centers in my area have loud room, I'd think that all GCs would.
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#15
idk why people say that tube amps are bad at low volume...they sound great at low, and they sound even better at louder. I think most people say "I tried these expensive amps and this cheap ss amp and the ss was better" all the time because they feel that the tube amps were over priced and I dont want to say that it happent to you, but people are cheap, and it affects what they "hear."
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#16
What Marshall reissue was this.

I seriously have a hard time believing a Marshall reissue could possibly sound worse than a little practice amp.
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Just with my little 5-watt Blackheart, I have found that tweaking stuff is way more important with tube amps. EQ, Volume, guitar volume, pickup, tone knobs, and how you actually play the instrument are all magnified in how they effect the sound.

If you've got a Best Buy with a guitar section, mine has a (partially) isolated "noise room" where you can try some heads at decently loud volumes.

I found that too.

Unfortunately for most people, we have crappy GC's that only have the showfloors. No "loud rooms" to test stuff out in, and most Best Buys don't have a music section. Well, ok, they kind of do, but they carry Starcaster starter packs.
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#18
no nice music stores in inland empire besides GC
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#19
After reading this thread, I thank God that I live within walking distance of five good independent guitar stores.
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