#1
Hi there, the reason I made this thread is because I never thought I would been in the position to be buying solid state again, but I moved to an apartment and need the reliability, compact size, and affordability they offer. I currently play a Randall RM50 loaded with high gain modules, and I play shred, metal, and hard rock almost exclusively. If the amp has a little less to offer than metal, I'll boost and tighten it with an OD, so no worries there. I don't plan on selling/replacing my Randall per se, but I would like something smaller for my room since I can barely even turn that amp on without upsetting my neighbors.

The reason I ask for recommendations is because it's been a long time since I searched for a small solid state, and I'm sure things/brands/models have changed since the last time I was looking...

I'm looking for a small and lightweight solid state amp that's built around a 1x12", with 50 watts power at a minimum. I don't want any on-board effects other than revered if they can be avoided, and it must have a series effects loop. I'm also looking to keep things under $400 or so, since I'll only be using the amp for a year or so.


So tell me, what's risen to prominence in the world of small SS since the last time I cared??
#2
Peavey Bandit.
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#4
Peavy Vypyr, line flextone, Theres always Line 6 pod to headphones or speakers.
Fender Mexi Strat
FuzzFace/Rangemaster
Boss RC-2
Line 6 Flextone III XL
Ibanez aw20ce

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Marhsall BB-2
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Digitech PDS1700
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#5
you could get a THD hotplate attenuator for your randall. keep using that awesome tone at lower volumes.

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#7
Any more suggestions? Thanks for the ones already mentioned. Also, if any of you guys know where I can buy one of the old Hughes & Kettner Edition Blue 60R amps, I would close this thread stat. I loved that little dude, but they stopped making them a while ago, and you literally can't find them anywhere...not eBay, not hiding in over-stock style websites...nothing. That was my original thought when considering SS again, but I can't find the 60R anywhere, and I don't want any of the less powerful ones from that series because a) they're less powerful and b) they don't have effects loops.

#8
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Ampeg VH140C


Bigger then he's after, but it's smaller siblings will meet the requirements.

Ampeg SS-35 or SS-70 will both giving you what you want OP.
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#9
Marshall lead 12. if you can find one, buy it.


probably the best sounding SS amp i have ever played.

EDIT: whoops, scratch that.

you want only a 1X12 speaker? if you don't mind a second speaker, i'd suggest a Gibson lab L5 amp or a Roland Jazz Chorus.
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#10
Roland Cube 60, but it doesnt have an Fx loop, but ive tested my cube60 head to head to a mesa boggie and the "rectifier" setting is pretty dam close

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#11
Buy an attenuator that has a headphone input.
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#12
Check out the amps:

Ampeg (What was mentioned, VH140C, etc.)
Peavey Bandit or Vypyr
Line 6 Flextone (used)
Roland Cube's
Randall G3 Series
Line 6 HD147 (possible used)

There are others, like the Line 6 Vetta, and Axe-Fx Ultra, but they are out of your price range.
#13
Ampeg VH70. It's the VH140C, but it lacks the chorus, drops the second speaker, and cuts the wattage in half.

srsly, there is one on ebay right now. BUY IT.