#1
I'm looking for a low wattage (5w) solid state combo amp that can produce great clean tones, as well as hard rock. I don't want to spend more than a few hundred on it though.

I want it for bedroom practice, and i didn't want to go through the trouble of finding a head and cab separately, or retubing tube amps.
#2
Vox Da5

That's just what I use mine for and it's ballin. Try one.
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#3
Low wattage tube amps can be fairly low maintenance.

Just spring a couple extra $$ and get a cheap tube amp.

A Fender Champ clone, Vox AC4, mod an Epi VJ, Blackheart Little Giant, tons out there.
#5
no just buy a tube combo like the fender champ 600 5w
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#6
tiny terror combo?

my friend has a tiny roland of some sort that responds great to his gt-10, ill ask him what it is when i go over there tomorrow. even if it's not adding any effects, for what it is, it soudns good.
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Just putting this out there, if you already have semi-decent computer speakers, a Pocket POD through them will likely sound as good or better then any cheap amp.
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tiny terror combo?

my friend has a tiny roland of some sort that responds great to his gt-10, ill ask him what it is when i go over there tomorrow. even if it's not adding any effects, for what it is, it soudns good.


Its called a Roland Micro Cube and its delicous
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Its called a Roland Micro Cube and its delicous



aha! it was very nice, but then again, plugging in a $500 muliteffect makes almost ANYTHING sound nice


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#11
Cubes, Da5's, pignose and others run on battery power, which is an awesome feature.
#13
Vox have just come out with his little tube combo, it's white, low wattage, I think it was 4 watts... I forget what it is called exactly, it was in a recent Guitar World magazine... might be up your alley.
#14
i'm really getting into the idea of battery powered, but i'll have to test it to see. i've heard some really different things about the roland microcube. it seems like some love it while others just despise it.
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i'm really getting into the idea of battery powered, but i'll have to test it to see. i've heard some really different things about the roland microcube. it seems like some love it while others just despise it.


The pignose 5w battery amp is pretty good though, i mean they've been making the same design for 30 years and some of the originals are still working.
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Vox have just come out with his little tube combo, it's white, low wattage, I think it was 4 watts... I forget what it is called exactly, it was in a recent Guitar World magazine... might be up your alley.


I think you're talking about the AC4 there
#19
WAIT!!!

first off: Budget?

secondly, why SS? there are some really great tube and hybrid amps out there that do far superior jobs at modeling than many SS modelers. personally, you can't get a much better practice amp than the Fender Vibro Champ XD. 5 watts, 15 or so different amp models, built in effects, and it gets great cleans.

they're around $200. the only other amps i would buy that are the same price or cheaper than the VCXD is the Vox DA5, Vox Pathfinder or the Pignose portable amp.
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#20
well, it's a practice amp. i dont want to spend more than 200 on it. and just out of convenience, i'd like battery powered and not having to change tubes
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well, it's a practice amp. i dont want to spend more than 200 on it. and just out of convenience, i'd like battery powered and not having to change tubes


change batteries and not tubes... weird.
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well, it's a practice amp. i dont want to spend more than 200 on it. and just out of convenience, i'd like battery powered and not having to change tubes

you'd end up changing batteries 10x more than tubes.

but if you really want to go with a port-a-amp, go with a pignose.
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Surely there will be a mains adapter with the amp? They won't expect you to just run it straight off batteries.
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Surely there will be a mains adapter with the amp? They won't expect you to just run it straight off batteries.

i just assumed you would be playing with batteries a lot, since that seemed like a deciding factor in your search.
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#25
the pignose is nice, but its a one trick pony. the TS plays clean and rock/driven tones. the da5 and microcube come with adapters. i already gave my rec... but the TS should try them all, imo.
#26
i dont understand, why do you think you'll be changing tubes every five minutes?
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#27
Why do you think that tubes are a hassle. You've already stated that you want battery power, but that would probably cost MORE than changing tubes every few years. Tubes aren't that much hassle, and why would a bit of a hassle make you sacrifice a TON of tone? You can get a great tube combo for $200.

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#30
the guy wants a small, portable, ss amp. what is so wrong with that? sure he can get a tube amp. he doesnt want one. he isnt a troll, he is a UGer that wants advice.
#32
Blackstar HT-5 Combo? not solid state, but 5 watts and a good sounding amp to boot!
#33
he dosnt want a tube amp. he wants a solid state. maybe he likes the tone from solid state amps? who knows and who cares? Stop offering tube amps. You'd make terrible salespeople , seriously.

'i want a solid state amp that's small, around 5w'

salesperson whos a moron: 'this is a tube amp we have right here '

'i didn't ask for a tube amp'

salesperson 'but it's a tube amp, why dont you want it?! do you disagree with the tube elitist movement!? BUY THIS EXPENSIVE TUBE AMP!!!!'

'...*leaves shop*'
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the guy wants a small, portable, ss amp. what is so wrong with that? sure he can get a tube amp. he doesnt want one. he isnt a troll, he is a UGer that wants advice.



Agreed, most of the tube amps in that range are one trick ponies that won't do overdrive until you've turned them up a bit. The Super champ XD wouldn't be a bad choice, probably the only tube amp to consider for your price range and needs.

The Vox DA5 wouldn't be a bad choice at all.

If you want a cheap rugged battery powered amp check out the orange micro crush. Its only 50 bucks, sounds like crap and has a metal and wood chassis/cab so it's more rugged than similar amps that run on one 9volt battery.

Personally, I would probably be looking for a used pod in that range.
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he dosnt want a tube amp. he wants a solid state. maybe he likes the tone from solid state amps? who knows and who cares? Stop offering tube amps. You'd make terrible salespeople , seriously.

'i want a solid state amp that's small, around 5w'

salesperson whos a moron: 'this is a tube amp we have right here '

'i didn't ask for a tube amp'

salesperson 'but it's a tube amp, why dont you want it?! do you disagree with the tube elitist movement!? BUY THIS EXPENSIVE TUBE AMP!!!!'

'...*leaves shop*'


tbh, imo im an awesome sales person, and in fact...my sales numbers reflect it......

I understand he asked for a solid state amp, however, given the situation and the fact that the blackstar can do great clean and overdriven tones at reasonable volumes, as well as sound better than most solid state amps in its price range at the same time..... I really think it would be more beneficial to the potential customer, and in their best interest to go with the blackstar.

And that has nothing to do with being a tube elitist. I loves me some solid state toanz. In fact, my fav. clean is probably a 70's strat through a JC-120. Some amazing metal tones come out of the AMpeg VH140c...so you can't tell me im a tube elitist either....
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