#1
Hey guys, I like my Cube a lot but I really want to take it to another level and start getting more serious about my tone. So, I want to get a tube amp, and I want it to last. I'm hoping to make this amp my Christmas present but if not I'll have enough cash by then to get it anyway. I was looking at tube amps in the $500-$600 range, and I've narrowed down my choices pretty well. I've listened to demos of all of them, and I will be playing each of them whenever I get a chance, but I desperately need the personal input of you guys.

- I play 80% classic rock and 20% alternative/grunge/etc. So, I need a great classic sound, and a heavier, aggressive tone as well.
- I don't care how many channels it has, so long as it can produce both clean and distorted sounds successfully.
- My current guitar is an Epiphone G-400

So, here are the amps I'm considering.


Vox Custom Classic AC15CC1 15W 1x12
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Vox-Custom-Classic-AC15CC1-15w-1x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-103635231-i1145854.gc

* I really like the looks of this amp. It's apparently got a great classic tone and can handle distortion very well.


Peavey Classic 30/112
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Classic-30-112-Tube-Combo-Amp-481014-i1171332.gc

* My feelings towards this amp are extremely similar to the Vox. I still wonder why this amp is double the wattage, and the same price as the Vox 15.

Fender Hot Rod Serious Blues Junior NOS 15W 1x12
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Hot-Rod-Series-Blues-Junior-NOS-15W-1x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-102321528-i1173592.gc

* This amp is $80 more than the others, and I don't know if it's worth it. It's apparently a very popular amp.


So, please help me choose between these three. Also, if you want to recommend me another amp, you can do that, but I won't consider it unless it looks amazing.

If you need any more information from me, please ask. I want to get the best amp that I can possibly get.

Thanks in advance guys!
Epiphone G-400
Roland Cube 30X
#2
Can you go used? If so you may be able to get something better. Out of those, I'd say the classic 30 would be the best choice.
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#3
Quote by JoePerry4life
Can you go used? If so you may be able to get something better. Out of those, I'd say the classic 30 would be the best choice.

I might be willing to go used, but it depends. What do you have in mind?
Epiphone G-400
Roland Cube 30X
#4
I recently played the Blues Junior NOS for like 4 hours straight at our shop here.. It's sick.. But I'm a Fender man. Get the Blues Junior dog. Be SURE to get the NOS, that speaker makes all the difference..
#5
I think a used ac30, as it has more gain than the 15. What would be really nice is a traynor ycv50 blue. Great amp, 50 watts, v30 speakers, unlimited lifetime warranty, and new I believe it might be in your price range. Has great great cleans and great Overdrive.
Agile AL3000
Douglas WRL90
SX SR1 STD Plus
J&D Strat
Squier Tele
Sammick TR2
Douglas Draco
Peavey JSX
Bugera V5
TWANGED VJ
#6
Go with the peavey classic 30/112. I have it and I love it, it has a great clean tone and an excellent distorted tone as well. I wouldnt go with anything else.
#7
Well, for some reason, when I think of Peavey, I think of metal. The Vox seems more "vintage," but I'm probably wrong... Anyway, I need more opinions. Come on people!
Epiphone G-400
Roland Cube 30X
#8
The Classic 30 is pretty much exactly what you want as far as classic rock and alternative. The Vox AC15 may not have enough gain for your alternative needs...
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#9
How heavy do you need?

I played Jawbreaker's 'Sluttering' the other day on my AC15, it was pretty awesome.