#1
Ok so I'm looking for a nice amp that I can gig with. I have been looking at a lot of amps but none so far have the tone I'm going for. I play Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Rock. I want a tone that has a nice overdrive sound while also being able to shred solos. I tend to have a more of a trebley (Is that a word?) type of tone.

I would like the amp to be a half stack but with this budget I know I cant get everything I want. I know that I will never get the tone I want unless I spend the bucks but right now I just need to concentrate on my playing. So here are some amps I've liked so far:

Crate FW120HS FlexWave Half Stack <- Did not get good feedback on this amp lol :p
Randall RX120RH Half Stack <- I liked this amp the most so far
Spider III HD150 Half Stack <- I love the tone from Line 6's but I hear they are unreliable and the fact that they are digital kinda sucks...

So any amps I should check out? Sorry for the long thread...
I will try to rate the amps out of like 10 after I check them out so I can narrow it down to the best amp for me. (Please don't take offense to the ratings I'm a really picky fellow.) :p

Amps to check out: (Thanks guys!)

-Line 6 AX2 212
-Peavey Windsor
-Peavey 5150
-B-52 at112
-Bugera 333XL
-TS-9
-Traynor YCV50
-Mesa F-50
-Mesa DC-5
Last edited by Ex Shred at Mar 10, 2009,
#2
id look for a nice used tube amp well worth it
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#3
Buy used my friend.
I own the predessor to the Spider amps.
It pumps 110w out of 2x12 speakers, and came with a longboard pedal.
It's totally reliable (I've gigged with it 10-15 times) and recorded with it.
It cost me all of $200 for the whole thing.
And don't listen to all the nay-sayers about Line 6. They really are good amps.
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#4
The Randall or a Peavey 5150 combo or a stack.
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#5
of the 3 i say the Randall but look into used also
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#6
Quote by cgolden
Buy used my friend.
I own the predessor to the Spider amps.
It pumps 110w out of 2x12 speakers, and came with a longboard pedal.
It's totally reliable (I've gigged with it 10-15 times) and recorded with it.
It cost me all of $200 for the whole thing.
And don't listen to all the nay-sayers about Line 6. They really are good amps.


I currently own a Line 6 spider III and I honestly have no regrets with it... I love it as a practice amp. And what do you mean the predessor to the Spider amps?
#7
Quote by iTzMaTT
The Randall or a Peavey 5150 combo or a stack.


Does the 5150 have a master volume? Cause I know the 6505 doesn't...
#8
Quote by RCA1186
id look for a nice used tube amp well worth it


Yeah I hear tube amps are the way to go but I also hear they are really expensive.
#9
Quote by Ex Shred
I currently own a Line 6 spider III and I honestly have no regrets with it... I love it as a practice amp. And what do you mean the predessor to the Spider amps?


I have a AX2 212. It was Line 6's first amp series with modelling, I believe.
It's basically the same thing as the Spider series with tonal quality and what I believe to be easier controls.
A couple of my friends have the Spider IIIs, so I know where I'm coming from.
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#10
save up for a good tube amp and a tubescreamer or two
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#11
Quote by cgolden
I have a AX2 212. It was Line 6's first amp series with modelling, I believe.
It's basically the same thing as the Spider series with tonal quality and what I believe to be easier controls.
A couple of my friends have the Spider IIIs, so I know where I'm coming from.


For $200 that sounds like an amazing deal, I'll probably check this amp out too.
#12
Quote by Sakattack75
save up for a good tube amp and a tubescreamer or two


I never really found out what a tubescreamer is... is it a pedal?
#13
Randall, Used Peavey 5150, or something of the like.

EDIT: Yes, google it It basically pushes the guitar signal to make it hotter, and when used with the gain low and level high it will tighten up an already high-gain amplifier to give you a bit more punch and definition, along with a bit more gain.
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#15
Quote by cgolden
I have a AX2 212. It was Line 6's first amp series with modelling, I believe.
It's basically the same thing as the Spider series with tonal quality and what I believe to be easier controls.
A couple of my friends have the Spider IIIs, so I know where I'm coming from.


wasn't the AxSys the first line six with modelling?
#16
Man I just checked out vids of the Bogner Alchemist, that thing is nasty, I love that tone! ... A little out of my price range lol.
#17
Tubescreamers won't boost the amp if the amp isn't tube though.

To put it lightly, the Crate FW stack is crap, the Line 6 stack is worse.

Get a tube amp, don't tell yourself that "tube amps are only x000's of dollars" because they aren't all really expensive.
You can get great tube amps for the amount of money you'd be throwing away for a SS HALF STACK.

Peavey 6505/5150
Bugera
Orange Tiny Terror

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Quote by Faux~Affliction
Tubescreamers won't boost the amp if the amp isn't tube though.

To put it lightly, the Crate FW stack is crap, the Line 6 stack is worse.

Get a tube amp, don't tell yourself that "tube amps are only x000's of dollars" because they aren't all really expensive.
You can get great tube amps for the amount of money you'd be throwing away for a SS HALF STACK.

Peavey 6505/5150
Bugera
Orange Tiny Terror

etc.


Wrong.

Simply put, overdrives clip the signal. It will still boost it.

TS, we need some sort of budget. I'd be looking at Bugera 333XL, Peavey 6505 combos, maybe even a Peavey Classic 30 w/ an overdrive. Some specific bands would also help, "rock, metal, and hard rock" all happen to be very general genres.
#20
Well, the Traynor YCV50 is excellent for the price. Comes stock with a Celestion speaker. People have compared the dirty channel to that of a Marshall. If you want more gain, a bad monkey or TS-9 would be fitting.
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#21
A Peavey Windsor would probably be up your alley.

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#22
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Wrong.

Simply put, overdrives clip the signal. It will still boost it.


Nah, but using a TS as a boost (level 10, gain 0) won't do anything good, because boosting the volume on an SS almost never does anything good tonally.
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#23
Mesa F-50, Mesa DC-5
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Congrats dude. I kinda want a BJ too 'cause I like them so much. I'll check your clipz later.

#24
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take a look at a B-52 at112


check then out, but maybe the 5150 or randall as well.
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#25
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TS, we need some sort of budget. I'd be looking at Bugera 333XL, Peavey 6505 combos, maybe even a Peavey Classic 30 w/ an overdrive. Some specific bands would also help, "rock, metal, and hard rock" all happen to be very general genres.


The title says my budget, around $500.

Some bands that are close to the tone I like are Avenged Sevenfold, As I Lay Dying, Bullet for my Valentine, All That Remains, Children of Bodom, Metallica, Pantera, etc.

Hope this helps
#27
Quote by Dr.Pain-MD
A Peavey Windsor would probably be up your alley.


Agreed. Loud as hell. And theyre on sale right now for $399/free shipping on MF. Use the extra $100 to buy an MXR 10-band EQ or overdrive pedal and you should be set to play all the genres you listed. Only downfall to these amps is the lack of a 'clean' tone...but you can clean the tone up if you roll back the volume on your guitar. Great bang for the buck amp.
#28
I'm almost never use a clean tone so that wont be a problem, I can always just get a pedal lol.