#1
I usually play metal or blues. I would like to spend under $600 on a new combo amp. Here's what I've narrowed my list down to, please let me know what you think.

- Bugera 333XL
- Traynor YCV50 Blue
- Crate V33
- Marshall MG 250 DFX (Are these as bad as everyone says)
- Mesa Boogie F-50

Thanks
#2
The MG is indeed as bad as everyone says.

Your best options there are the Traynor or the F-50; the Traynor is just outside metal (can get there with an OD; very Marshally amp) and the Mesa can do it. The V33 is a good amp, provided you get a good speaker with it, but it has a vintage voicing. It can do metal with some mods though (Soldano SLO mod)

The Bugera would be a good choice as well, but they're known to blow up on people. Don't buy it unless you can afford to have a technician look at it first.
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#3
MG = Do Not Want. They're actually worse than most people describe them as.

My recommendation would be the Traynor. A friend of mine plays his Tele through one and loves the tone; very Marshally, but I think even better clean tone.
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#4
For metal, I would definitely choose either the Mesa or the Bugera. The Bugera has a great sound for such an inexpensive amp, but the 333 series is more prone to breakdowns than the 62 series.
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#5
the 333 is a great amp, but get an EQ if you really want it to sound the best it can. I use mine with one and it sounds damn near a mark IV, if you didn't know it was a bugera, it could easily be mistaken, also the built in reverb is extremely nice. otherwise the mesa or the crate.
#6
Go the bugera, but as I was once warned... Use beerchurch's guide about them, it'll help prevent it failing.
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#7
Hey mate,

Im a big metal - blues - old rock guitar player. Anything from John5-Lamb of god too B.B.King, Muddy waters, aerosmith and all that jazz.

I play on a Vox AD100, Loud as hell, 11 differnt pre-amps to customise (and they aint ****, well, maybe if you just slap them on with no tweeking but its all about the tweekin) and add effects too (including delay and compression with a tap button), or just go manual. Really good for switching between some brutal metal tune to sweet acoustic melodys or a classic ACDC tune.

I use 2 Dimazio Humbucklers (Air norton & tonezone) pickups on my guitar so that probably beefs up the sound when i hear it but if your guitars got a gd sound then the vox with compliment it.

Check out the series on Vox's website

http://www.voxamps.com/us/valvetronix/ad-series/

I bought mine for about £350 in england, i guess thats about $500-$600 amercian.

Deff worth a try if u see one in a shop. Either vox or mesa, cant go wrong.
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#8
You guys are quick. I'm leaning towards the Bugera or the Crate. The Crate seems to have to few features and I'm sure I'd have to end up modifying it. I like having 2 12's also. I've never owned a tube amp so either one of these would be a cool change for me. I never push my amps too hard so I think the Bugera might fit the bill. Does anyone know how well they handle the blues alone?
#9
f-50!

probably my favourite mesa for price to quality
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You guys are quick. I'm leaning towards the Bugera or the Crate. The Crate seems to have to few features and I'm sure I'd have to end up modifying it. I like having 2 12's also. I've never owned a tube amp so either one of these would be a cool change for me. I never push my amps too hard so I think the Bugera might fit the bill. Does anyone know how well they handle the blues alone?


the Bugeras can do everything from Jazz- Metal shred. i have the 6262-212 that i keep in the studio for jamming a recording. its a damn nice amp for the price
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