#1
Hey guys, I currently have a solid state amp that has some pretty nice cleans, but I don't really like the distortion.
I'm looking for a tube amp around $400 that's versatile and won't just give me one tone - I'm looking for something like Johnny Greenwood's tone, with two channels, good cleans and some good distortion. I need something I can gig with but I don't wanna overdue it on wattage, so what are your guys' recommendations?
Thanks, dudes
#2
Save more and look for a used Vox AC30. That's what Jonny uses.
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#3
400 $ won't get you that in terms of tone quality, single-tonal amps might for less, but a dual-channeled will simply NOT.

Still, check out traynor ycv series, might if you can't reach the ac30's price. For 450 canadian a fellow musician got himself one, while they will not cause a revolution in guitar amplification they are a great value for the money and around your prices too.

A peavey classic 30 is to consider also.

Still, an ac30 is never a bad investment, even if you get tired of radiohead the amp will outlast you for a long and reliable life with plenty of tonal bliss.
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#4
Alright, I know Johnny Greenwood uses an AC30 but I didn't wanna spend that kind of cash. Would you guys recommend the Vox AC15?
#6
I'm going to +1 finding some used older Traynors.

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#7
jonny runs two amps, as does the rest of radiohead. They all use AC30s for cleans primarily, with thom running a twin reverb in addition to the AC30. A used Twin or AC30 is going to get you that sound, and they use a ProCo Rat (or in Jonny's case a Marshall Shredmaster) for the majority of their dirty sounds
#8
Alright, but on a semi tight budget would you guys recommend the AC15 as for emulating that tone? I'm aware of the gear Radiohead uses but can't spend a fortune, I'm planning on getting a ProCo Rat but I'm just wondering if an AC15 will give me comparable tone and be able to play cleans at gig-volume without breaking up.
#9
Well ... I've seen used AC30s for $800 or so, but really not much cheaper than that.

The Vox Night Train is a small Tiny Terror-like (15W, I think?) amp that comes out in May. There's a scant few sound clips around, check youtube and google. I think it may work for you. It's $499.

(Naturally you'd have to pair it with a nice cabinet and speaker and for that I'd recommend Avatar or Lopo Line cabs and the speaker choices are obvious)

Frankly it's tough to achieve lovely big chimes for $400. Here's a though: get a used Fender Blues Jr or a used Peavey Classic 30 (each can be had around $300) and then later upgrade the tubes and the speaker to make it more Voxy.
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#10
I could probably push my budget up to about $600, so would an AC15 do the job?
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I could probably push my budget up to about $600, so would an AC15 do the job?


If you want cleans at gig volume without a mic, you should probably look elsewhere.
The AC15 is a great amp, but it will most likely break up by the time you hit gig volume, unless you have a really quiet drummer.

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#12
I guess miking the amp wouldn't be a problem for the most part. Is the AC15 a good idea?
#13
Doesnt one of them use a solid state fender for distortion, and the Vox for cleans?
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#14
Nvm, an ac15 would be best idealy.
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#15
I found a really sick deal on a peavey classic 50. Is it versatile enough for the kind of tone I'm looking for?
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I found a really sick deal on a peavey classic 50. Is it versatile enough for the kind of tone I'm looking for?


I've heard those are pretty versatile amps

But are you sure you want a 50 watt tube amp? I have a 30 watt tube amp and its already plenty loud for band practices and playing over drummers.
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#17
I don't necessarily need the 50 watts, but I've found a very good deal on a used one so I figured I may as well get it if it'll work for me.
#18
Generally used Classic 50s are only slightly (if at all) more expensive than used Classic 30s. If you're looking for headroom, it's a better choice. I got mine for $350, for the record.
#19
First off, I'd look into a good clean amp, because you can use pedals for OD but you can get clean sounds from a pedal. I'd check out the Vox AC15, and if you're willing to look around on Ebay/Craigslist, look and listen to a Silvertone 1484.
#20
I tried an AC15 and found it noiser and not as sweet as an AC30. I'd really suggest looking at a used Twin (which I've seen go below 700 easily) for a radiohead clean, since Jonny used to use those during The Bends, and Thom uses them in conjunction with an AC30 to this day.
#21
I found a 70s silverface Fender Twin Reverb on craigslist for $500 - sounds like a great deal. I guess I should probably go for that?
#23
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I found a really sick deal on a peavey classic 50. Is it versatile enough for the kind of tone I'm looking for?

Do it. I have one, and I play Radiohead very frequently. You will still need a distortion pedal down the road though.

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#24
I'm planning on getting a Rat clone from general guitar gadgets - that should work, right?
#25
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I found a 70s silverface Fender Twin Reverb on craigslist for $500 - sounds like a great deal. I guess I should probably go for that?


Hell yea.
#26
My money's kinda tied up right now, so I might not be able to get that one before it's sold, but I found a '65 reissue for $475 that'll be available for a bit longer, should I try for that one?
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My money's kinda tied up right now, so I might not be able to get that one before it's sold, but I found a '65 reissue for $475 that'll be available for a bit longer, should I try for that one?



That still sounds good.