I'm looking to buy my first half stack because now that my band is starting to play shows my combo is not up to par. I have about $700 and was wondering what a good amp in that price range was? Keep in mind I need a cab as well. My band plays power/thrash metal if that helps at all.
Last edited by big_deth at Jun 28, 2009,
if you need cleans, get something like a classic 30 head and a distortion pedal.

if you dont, 6505 head/combo.

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if you need cleans, get something like a classic 30 head and a distortion pedal.

if you dont, 6505 head/combo.


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but here are my suggestions.
Marshall JCM 900 SL-X
Peavey 5150
Peavey Utra
Peavey Butcher
Randall Warhead
Randall MTS series
Randall V2
Crate Blue Voodoo
Ampeg Vh140C

all of those are in your price range if you look hard enough in Ebay or craigslist.
and some of them also appears in combo form.
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Look for a used Mesa DC-10 head if you can. The Laney VH100 will work well too. you'll only have $200-$300 to spend on the cab though, so get a 2x12.

You'll definitely get more bang/buck with a combo, but you should be able to manage an okay halfstack in that price range. As long as you understand that they're no louder/better for gigging than combos, just a different sound.
Last edited by kyle62 at Jun 28, 2009,
I'll suggest a randall, they seem amazing for thrash from what I've played, the cleans were meh though, you dont really NEED a half stack, a 212 or even 112 combo would work fine. Also mesa F series are good, you could find one used.