#1
Well im looking to buy a new amp here soon to upgrade my crappppy crate 65gxt or whatever it is.. im not looking to spend over 1200 bucks, but the question im asking,

is should i get a versatile amp, something like a bugera 333xl (is one im looking at) that can do cleans, to heavy metal, to classic rock, or should i get something that has amazing crystal clear cleans, like some sort of fender, with an absolutely rockin boutique pedal? or a different combination? I really like the bugera's sound regardless of reliability problems, and i also love the sounds a 6505 gives me, but me and a few buddies are actually attempting to start a band, and ill play anything so i need the option for everything to sound great, opinions please?
#2
Amp distortion is generally better than pedal distortion
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#3
Well if you have $1200, there's tons of other amps out there that are much more versatile and more reliable than the Bugera.

And I vote for the versatile amp over pedals.
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#4
Can you be more specific with your genres?

Also, the clean amp + pedals route is only good for experimental IMO.

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#5
I play anything really, i specialize in heavery metal, and by metal i mean like, actual metal, metallica, and other stuff like them, slayer, ect. I also play newerish stuff like ax7, papa roach, and stuff like that, and i love gnr, acdc, etc.. and matrix, what would you suggest? im really open to suggestions here, but what really gets me is a great distortion that will give your ear an orgasm
#6
Mesa anything really - Mark series would be good
Randall MTS series
Line 6 Vetta
etc.
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#7
hmm can i get a mesa for 1200? im clueless about those prices actually.. I hear they are godly, from mouth and speaker haha, good ones at least
#8
Sorry for double post, but i totally forgot about an amp, you guys think a carvin v3 could get me were i need to go? and maybe get one of those mxr 10 band eq's with like, a tubescreamer or somethin just so i can do ANYTHING with it? i like them, and for 850 right now it seems like i cant go wrong, but if theres still anything better for the price, i cant seem to find mesas under like 1600, and it seems no one in St.louis has one for sale
#9
yea Mesa anything (which you can get under $1200, but can get better if you go used)the distortion is driving and thick,
but if ur a real metalhead, you might want to look into some Peaveys, Marshalls, or Randalls b/c they also have great distortion channels.
#10
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hmm can i get a mesa for 1200? im clueless about those prices actually.. I hear they are godly, from mouth and speaker haha, good ones at least



The Mesa Mark III should be well within your budget. From time to time a Mark IV will show itself for about $1200. Ebay is your friend sometimes.

I would also take a good long look at a Traynor YCS100H (or YCS100H2), a Sunn Model T Reissue (made by Fender, actually), or try and find a deal on a Soldano Hot Rod 50+.
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#11
With $1200 in my pocket i'd be leaning towards a 59 Bassman LTD.
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#13
You seem to like the more classic metal so I would suggest a Marshall over Randall, Peavey and Mesa.
#14
the mesa mark III looks to be a good option.
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#15
Carvin V3 is very versatile. Like I said in another post, not quite as much gain as a Dual Rec, more along the lines of a single rectifier (which I prefer to the Duals anyway). But the Clean channel is wicked. With the proper external Eq, you can make the V3 do lots of things. Give it a roll off on the highest Freqs and a shelf on the lower and you are good to go for all kinds of metal. Bump the mids roll off the highs some and youre in marshall territory.
#16
no one has recommended the Marshall JCM 2000 DSL yet, what a shame. It gets the old school stuff down, and would be able to do most of the modern stuff too.
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#17
check out Carvin amps
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