#1
I'm looking for a small tube amp, around the same price as an Epiphone VJ Half-Stack. I've been practicing my heart out with my acoustic and my 15G frontman. I brought it to a few small coffee house gigs. As you would guess, tone wasn't my strong point. I play Muddy Waters style slide, some Wolf/Walter style fretting. I generally try to get Fender tone.

-I have been doing a little reasearch, so I'd probably be good by getting somethin' with 6v6's in it, right?

-Are there any small tube amps other than the Champ 600 that will get a fender sound, that cost $100 - $250?

To clear some stuff, I will have an Epiphone Dot by the 31st.(My mom will get me that). While my mom would be fine getting me a 400$ semi-hollow, my dad is a litttle more of a saver. I will definately be getting accesories(such as cables, etc.) from family members (it's a birthday)
#2
My friend, I hate to be the bearer of bad new, but the answer is no. There are no decent quality tube amps with any volume at that price point. You need to save to ~$400 to get a used fender combo. You'll definitely want 6L6, not 6v6. They are sonically the same (basically), 6v6 is just lower wattage. From what I can gather you want something between 20-40 watts (enough to play small gigs), so 6L6 is your best bet. I recommend something like a blues junior, or hot rod deluxe.

Also a note on your guitar...the Epiphone dot is a great guitar. Well built, solid tone, good looks. I would spend every penny you have on an amp, its more important for you tone anyway.
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#3
i second that...the epiphone dot is, indeed, a great guitar. i've had one for close to six years now - and still love it.
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#5
20-40 Watts is acually too much. I want around 5-10/15 Watts. 20 tops.

a nice 5W class A would be wounderful, but I need suggestions.
#6
i dunno....fender blues jr ?
but thats like above ur price range
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#7
vibrochampxd at 5 watts, used pro jr, superchampxd or blues jr at 15 watts. or an ampeg jet.
I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger, then it hit me.
#8
I checked out the Jet, and boy, at $850, it is one meaty amp with one meaty price tag. What is your thought on the Fender Pro Junior?
#9
Quote by gregs1020
vibrochampxd at 5 watts, used pro jr, superchampxd or blues jr at 15 watts. or an ampeg jet.

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#10
got my jet j20 for $265 new on sale. closeout sale a few weeks ago. grabbed a j12 jet ll used for $175. look used, check craigslist.
I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger, then it hit me.
#11
My advice would be to save up a bit longer for a used Blues Junior. Wheres your closest major city? We can look at Craigslist to see if there are any cheap Fenders or something.

-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.
#12
Quote by willwelsh816
What is your thought on the Fender Pro Junior?
Not as versatile as the SCXD and more expensive.
#13
Quote by willwelsh816
I checked out the Jet, and boy, at $850, it is one meaty amp with one meaty price tag. What is your thought on the Fender Pro Junior?

Sounds better than the blues junior, no bad reverb oro ther goofy additions. No master volume either, so if you're playing some quiter places and need to be dirty it might be an issue, you'll have to try one and see if it'll work. It will fit those styles well if you've got some freedom on the volume side of things
#14
I'll check it out^

mabe I can negotiate prices with a salesman? do they still allow you to do that?

Quote by fly135
Not as versatile as the SCXD and more expensive.

The Vibro Champ XD is a Modeling amp. It only has two tubes, which would make it 5 watts. The fact that it's solid state rectifier takes up 45 Watts, is what makes me think that it's just a solid state with tubes sitting around inside it. I don't exactly NEED versitility. All I need is something with a light drive.

I'll look used
Last edited by willwelsh816 at Jul 24, 2009,
#16
^WAY over my 100 to 250 price range, guitar-tin

The Pro Junior is at the top of my list tho...

What other brighter sounding tube amps are there?
#17
I had a superchamp xd, and it worked well, but if you don't need the versatility it offers then it's kind of wasted. It (and the vibro) are kind of like those old music man amps, solid state preamp with a tube power amp. They sound pretty good, but the vibro's limited by the speaker size as much as the champ 600 is. Don't know of any other bright amps within your budget, even used, unless you manage to find a vintage (vibro/super) champ somewhere on the cheap

Gregs covered pretty much all the options, but my jet's a very dark amp, don't know about these new ones are voiced similarly.
#18
Also there r tube amps for under 100 bucks... like the crate v5 i think that's the name..
but I don't really know about it's quality.
I just can say if u can get a bit more money, the blackheart will be a great purchase.
I found another amp in the index of guitarcenter and I found this one:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Vox-AC4TV-4W-1x10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-476326-i1446380.gc
Used to sound cool.
#19
Quote by guitar-tin
Also there r tube amps for under 100 bucks... like the crate v5 i think that's the name..
but I don't really know about it's quality.
I just can say if u can get a bit more money, the blackheart will be a great purchase.
I found another amp in the index of guitarcenter and I found this one:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Vox-AC4TV-4W-1x10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-476326-i1446380.gc
Used to sound cool.

I second the Vox, it's British so not exactly Fender but it has nice, bright cleans.
#20
Quote by willwelsh816
The Vibro Champ XD is a Modeling amp. It only has two tubes, which would make it 5 watts. The fact that it's solid state rectifier takes up 45 Watts, is what makes me think that it's just a solid state with tubes sitting around inside it.
Both the SCXD and VCXD are real tube amps with a DSP based front end. The DSP voicing sounds better than the amp modeling on any multifx I used. You couldn't be more wrong assuming that it just has tubes sitting around. That pretty much describes a Valvetronix or Valvestate. The Blackstar that everyone raves about is also a SS amp with "tubes sitting around" in much the same way as the XDs.

I like my SCXD more than my Pro Jr because I can get tones as good as having a bunch of pedals without the pedals. Although if you are running a pedalboard a Pro Jr is a fine amp.