#1
I am looking for a low-wattage tube amp for general and classic rock and blues. I like the tones in Cream, Zeppelin, and Nirvana. A Tool tone would be nice, but I know thats probably out of the question for a low wattage amp. If I have to buy an OD/Distortion to achieve those tones it won't be an issue. My budget is around $500 USD.

My current equipment is an Ibanez GRG170DX, Fender Frontman 65R, Boss DD-7, and a Dunlop Crybaby Wah.

I think I've narrowed down my choices to the Blackstar HT-5, the Epiphone Valve Jr., and the Blackheart Little Giant. I'm leaning towards the HT-5 at the moment because of the higher-gain capabilities and the headphone output, as well as the ISF feature.

The Epiphone Valve Junior seems to be more blues-focused, and would probably need more equipment/modification to reach higher gain. It also has less features, which can be considered a pro or con.

I'm looking to get the half-stack head/cab combo because the bigger speaker would probably sound better.

Any suggestions?
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#3
I'm looking to get the half-stack head/cab combo because the bigger speaker would probably sound better.


Head + 1x12 cab sounds the exact same as a 1x12 combo
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#4
combo would be best.

i have used the Head/Cab for the last 3-4 years and it's more of a hassle. a combo is just much easier to move around.

i would suggest selling the frontman aswell and maybe getting a VOX AC15. but seeing as you want tool and Nirvana tones, it may not be the best choice.
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#5
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i would suggest selling the frontman aswell and maybe getting a VOX AC15. but seeing as you want tool and Nirvana tones, it may not be the best choice.


I did plan on selling the frontman as soon as I can replace it. I was trying to stay sub-15 watts so I can get the most out of the tubes in my dorm. With that being said, I'll try to get down to the local shop and play the AC-15.

So, none of the three that I mentioned would be a good fit for me? Again, the Tool tone isn't necessary, and I'm not opposed to getting a pedal or two to achieve a Nirvana tone.
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#6
I am looking for a low-wattage tube amp for general and classic rock and blues. I like the tones in Cream, Zeppelin, and Nirvana.


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#7
The HT-5 isn't bad, and it actually can get pretty loud. My neighbor has one. However, judging by the guitar you have, I would get a new guitar before a new amp. Spend like 400 bucks on a guitar, then sell your frontman and get an amp. The frontman should hold you over; a new guitar seems more important to me at least.
#8
The HT-5 isn't bad, and it actually can get pretty loud. My neighbor has one. However, judging by the guitar you have, I would get a new guitar before a new amp. Spend like 400 bucks on a guitar, then sell your frontman and get an amp. The frontman should hold you over; a new guitar seems more important to me at least.

No, he's lookig for an amp.

from what I hear from YOU (which is the most important fact, i think) you tested the epi jr., and you liked the HT-5. and since you particulary liked the headphone featuure, I'd go with that oone.
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The HT-5 isn't bad, and it actually can get pretty loud. My neighbor has one. However, judging by the guitar you have, I would get a new guitar before a new amp. Spend like 400 bucks on a guitar, then sell your frontman and get an amp. The frontman should hold you over; a new guitar seems more important to me at least.



A 400 dollar guitar will not make nearly the difference a new tube amp will. Play the best guitar in the world through a low end amp, you will have a crappy sound. You play a low-end guitar through a decent amp, you will have decent sound. Unless your guitar is complete crap, that wont stay in tune or buzzes like crazy even after a pro set-up, don't replace it untill you get a decent amp.

Blues jr FTW.
#10
why do you need a tube amp? to me, it sounds like youd be happier if you got a vox tonelab and ran it into the poweramp of the frontman
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#12
i don't really understand why people would want to buy a combo instead of a head+cab. so its easier to move around? so what, get off your lazy ass! you can have so many combinations of speaker cabinets that take 2 seconds to switch, and with a head you can mod it way easier than a combo
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#13
a fender blues jr. will do you the best. Esp with a good OD pedal. It blends well with both strats and Les Pauls,overall, The Epi Half stack is good too. All three of those bands used a tube amp. ummm lets see Clapton and Page mostly used Les Pauls, but both used Fenders and Jimmy almost always recorded with a tele. Cobainwas mostly fender, so you see you reallly need a versatile tube amp, so your better off with the Blues jr. but the Epi Half stack iis good too. If you want a huge tube stack Musiciansfriend.com has a Peavy Half stack for 400 Tube 100 watts know absolutely nothing about it but All three used stacks and a marshall tube is waayyyy more than 500 bucks
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