#1
I am ready to upgrade my amp and I am looking for suggestions from the community. Before I start hitting the guitar shops in my area I would like a list amps to try. Any amp suggestions based on the following:

$700.00 max
New or used
All-Tube
Effect loop
Takes well to pedals
Number of channles does not matter but if there is more than 1, I would like a foot-switch option
Combo or mini-stack

The following list pretty much covers the music I like to play at this time:
AC-DC
70' era Aerosmith
Black Sabbath(Ozzy and Dio era)
Bush
Deep Purple
Distrubed
Guns N Roses
Iron Maiden
Led Zeppelin
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Metallica
Pantera
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Soundgarden
STP
Sublime
Tool
U2

So far I have identified a Marshall Haze MHZ40C as a possibility. Any thoughts on this amp? Any other suggestions?

Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Last edited by CT_Eagle at Jul 1, 2009,
#2
you're not gonna get very much for 700 if u want an all tube. The orange tiny terror is a rockin amp just not good for metal. One channel, 3 knobs, volume, tone, gain. 15w switchable to 7w. The line-6 spider valve is great for its price. But you can do a lot better for like 1300. Every orange amp is amazing! I personally own the Thunderverb 50 head ($2100) but ive tried the ad50, rocker 30 and or50. all amazing and all sound completely different.
#3
I disagree, $700 will get you a nice tube/valve amp, certainly. Also, the Tiny Terror is crackin' for metal. stick a Fulltone OCD in the mix and you're even into Death Metal territory. It's a tight sound.

Do you need to gig with it?
#4
USED:

Randall MTS 50/20 w/ SL+, Ultra XL and maybe a Blackface for cleans
Line 6 Vetta (SS modeling tho)
Peavey XXX
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#6
Quote by AngryGoldfish
Do you need to gig with it?


Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far.

To answer your question AG, I will not be gigging with this amp.
#7
Although it doesn't have an effects loop, the Orange Tiny Terror is something to look at.
This with... (you may well be able to hangle down the prices so they are $700 for the two)
Orange Tiny Terror
this:
Avatar 2x12

This is quite a nice amp both for home and gigging. It suits most genres, as well.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Mesa-Boogie-F-30-amp_W0QQitemZ320388880262QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4a98aa5786&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1|294%3A200

A Marshall to research.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Marshall-JCM-2000-TSL-122-Combo-Tube-Amp-Never-gigged_W0QQitemZ120441368073QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item1c0add6e09&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1|294%3A200

Some don't like this, but is right in your budget and you may really like the tones. It sounds to me, overly compressed and digital, but it more than makes up for that in tonal options. If you want the ability to scope your tone, this is an lovely choice.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Line-6-Spider-Valve-112-Modeling-Tube-Amp-FREE-SHIP_W0QQitemZ140329855661QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item20ac4faaad&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1|294%3A200

I have no experience with this, and it may not have an effects loop either, but many tell me it's a great amp. A stomp box might be necessary for high-gains.
http://cgi.ebay.com/EGNATER-REBEL-20-WATT-ONE-CHANNEL-TUBE-HEAD-W-BAG-NEW_W0QQitemZ370222402168QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5632f98a78&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1|294%3A200

Here is the Tiny Terror in Combo form. I much prefer the head over it, as I can choose what speakers I wish with it, but this is still worth it.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Orange-Tiny-Terror-Combo-15-watt-valve-tube_W0QQitemZ270418600963QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef6346403&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1|294%3A200

I haven't played this particular model, but reviewers rave about it, and the clips are lovely.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Traynor-Custom-Valve-50BLUE-YCV50BLUE-class-A-tube-amp_W0QQitemZ280365039052QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item41470efdcc&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1|294%3A200

I've played this one and it's great for your styles, although if you really wanted to push the gain, a pedal will be necessary. It takes to them very well.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Traynor-YCV40WR-all-tube-40-watt-amplifier-with-cover_W0QQitemZ260438204297QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ca3539f89&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A2|294%3A200

Another nice Marshall.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Marshall-JCM-800-Combo-Lead-Series_W0QQitemZ150355682013QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2301e5a2dd&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A2|294%3A200

20 watts is more suitable for your needs, so this is highly recommended.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Traynor-YCV20WR-20W-Custom-Tube-Guitar-Amp-B_W0QQitemZ310151187477QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4836738c15&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A2|294%3A200

Another awesome American amp, similar to the Traynor, but this has more of a slight British tinge to it, where it's tone is bitty and sharp.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Peavey-Classic-30-112-tube-combo-amp-black_W0QQitemZ110409054576QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item19b4e47970&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A2|294%3A200

Similar to the Spider Valve I mentioned earlier, but some say this is better. I think they are about equal.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Line6-Line-6-Flextone-III-2x12-Combo-Guitar-Amplifier_W0QQitemZ150354887482QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2301d9833a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A2|294%3A200

You may quite like this amp. I think it's okay, but with some modifications, it will sound very nice indeed, particularly for the money.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Peavey-00575640-ValveKing-112-Combo-Guitar-Amp_W0QQitemZ270414947121QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef5fca331&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A2|294%3A200

I have not yet played this so I can't commend properly, but many really like it for it's raunchy and honest tones.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Blackheart-Handsome-Devil-Tube-Amp-Combo_W0QQitemZ160322577205QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2553f86335&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A2|294%3A200

Not my first choice, but it's something to recognize. It's more designed for Thrash Metal, if you ask me.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Peavey-Vypyr-Tube-60-60W-1x12-Guitar-Amp-FREE-SHIPPING_W0QQitemZ330341640640QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4ce9e569c0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A3|294%3A200

This will need a stomp box to give you the dirty tones you need. It's a nice amp.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-Hot-Rod-Series-Blues-Junior-Jr-Jr-Amp_W0QQitemZ380134839021QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5881cd52ed&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A3|294%3A200

Not played this, but some say it's great.
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Krank-Rev-Jr-20-Watt-Tube-Guitar-Head_W0QQitemZ400054509010QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5d251b5dd2&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A3|294%3A200

This is a gorgeous amp. Not tremendous amounts of gain, but enough to play most classic-rock genres.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vox-Night-Train-Portable-15-w-Tube-Guitar-Amp-Head_W0QQitemZ390049898294QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad0c91f36&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A3|294%3A200

This seems very cheap for what you're getting.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hughes-and-Kettner-Switch-Blade-2x12-Combo_W0QQitemZ230353224792QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item35a21f4458&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A4|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A3|294%3A200

Hope they help!
#9
Technically, you're not supposed to post any links to other websites because it could be classified as advertising.

meh.
#10
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DO NOT POST EBAY LINKS!

i thought posting Ebay links is against the rules of the Gear Ads only
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#12
I've been doing it for ages now and never had a problem, that's what was a little confusing. But I don't mind people telling me what they feel is right. So don't worry about it at all.
#13
Quote by AngryGoldfish
I've been doing it for ages now and never had a problem, that's what was a little confusing. But I don't mind people telling me what they feel is right. So don't worry about it at all.

It's not that I was out to get you, I just thought the "no ebay links allowed" rule was still in place.

But, it is not. And I didn't agree with it, when it was.
Sorry for the confusion.

#14
Get a Marshall JCM 2000. High gain and is pretty versatile
dude...that pedal makes me want to curb stomp babies and eat your face.
#15
Honestly a Vox Night Train sounds perfect for you, but it doesn't have an FX loop. If you can spend $850 then look at an Egnater Rebel 20 and an Avatar cab. I would take the Vox over the Tiny Terror based on what you play.

-Gibson LP VM
-Silvertone Kentucky Blue
-MXR CC Delay
-Ibanez TS-9
-Egnater Rebel 20
-Avatar 1x12

My rig is simple
Haha. UG's Chuck just said chuck. haha
You're not truly playing guitar unless you know theory.