#1
I play guitar everyday. It is important to me that I will be able to practice when I go to college in the fall.

Factors to Consider:
- I don't plan on being in a band or musical group of any type that will require an adequate rehearsal amp.
- I need to be quiet in my dorm. I don't want to give my roommate or neighbors even the chance of getting annoyed with my playing.
- I want to record down the road on my computer...which will be with me at school. This factor isn't a deal-breaker.
- I'm going to be a poor student. The cheaper the better! But really...$300 or less would be preferable, and that would be stretching things considerably thin.
- I own a Fender Highway One HSS Strat...if it makes a difference...She plays like a dream.
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So...these are the options I've conjured:

1. Get a solidstate amp with a headphone jack. This will allow me to play quietly without headphones, or plug in the earbuds if I need to be silent.

Something like a:
Roland Cube - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-15X-Amp?sku=487030
Vox Valvetronix - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Valvetronix-VT15-15W-1x8-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=483551

2. Get a multi effects processor, and plug in the headphones.

Something like a:
Behringer V-Amp 2 - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-VAMP-2-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor?sku=480674
Line 6 POD - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-Pod-2.0-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor?sku=150448
Line 6 Pocket POD - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Effects-Processor?sku=151065

3. Get a headphone Amp.

Something like a:
Vox Amplug - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Amplug-AC30-Headphone-Amp?sku=481676
Rockman - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rockman-Guitar-Ace-Headphone-Amp?sku=180253

Anybody have experience in a situation where they need to rock out...but can't make any noise? Suggestions?
#2
Well I play in a couple groups up here at Texas State University, and I use my Fender Bassman reissue; a big old 50-watt tube amp that sits right in my closet. And I can be quiet enough that my roommate doesn't want to murder me. At least, has hasn't said as much.

Anyway when I really don't want to make any noise I use a V2 Pocket Rocket headphone amp. The headphones it came with are trash but it's awesome as silent solutions go.
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#3
go for the solid state amp, it's alot better than going from the pedal, and headphone amps just can't do justice to a guitar. I'd go for the Roland Cube, I have the microcube, and it's a great amp, which has a recording/phones output. and it's easy to take around, but not too quiet.
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#4
As I write this there is a kid next door to me who is blasting his amp, scooped mids, distortion, using a wah which he doesn't know how to use. Just keep it low whatever it is, and dont be an asshole. It's ok as long as you arent overly annoying, its time to go **** on this kids door.
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#5
definately not #3 if you value sound quality, lol.

personally, i'd buy a Vypyr 15 or 30, since you can use it even after you leave college. headphones actually make those amps better.
#8
check out the VOX AC4TV. Its a tube amp and can switch between 4, 1, and 1/4 watt(s). should be quiet enough. I really suggest not using headphones, you'll get soo sick of playing like that after a while. I know you wanted a SS, but maybe this is worth looking into. its $250 USD. I havent played it yet so anyone that has and thought that it was complete garbage im officially powering up my /flameshield lol
#9
Valveking royal 8. It's 200 new so you have another 100 you can use to upgrade the stock tubes and speaker. 5 watts all tube with 8 inch speaker
#10
How about considering one of those computer modellers? Like Guitar Rig, Amplitude or the Peavy Revalver? Not sure about the price tho.
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