Poll: Recommend
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Yes
18 41%
No
26 59%
Voters: 44.
#1


It's an Epiphone Valve Junior. Costs $250 which is at my budget. I need a new amp to replace the crappy one I use now. The music store closest to me doesn't have it right now. I'm just curious if most people who have more knowledge of this amp and tube amps would recommend this. I play pop-punk, hard rock, and some metal. Would you recommend it?
#2
The Valve Junior won't do metal at all, and is pretty bland sounding stock. You'd be better off with something like a Vypyr 30 or a Vox VT series.
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#4
I owned a Vox VT at one time... I wasn't impressed. I replaced it with a Vypyr for bedroom practicing.

The Valve Junior is a nice little amp, but keep in mind that you'll need to buy some pedals to get you where you want to go.
#5
If you want metal, there aren't too many low end, cheap tube amps that will satisfy your needs. I agree with Raijouta. The Vox VT series sounds pretty ballin' for being a hybrid. Plus it is versatile.
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If you want metal, there aren't too many low end, cheap tube amps that will satisfy your needs. I agree with Raijouta. The Vox VT series sounds pretty ballin' for being a hybrid. Plus it is versatile.


Blah....

My advise is to try everything that you can get your hands on and make a decision on what YOU think sounds good.
#8
I almost bought one of those a while back. I opted out, despite the low price I was offered. I tested it extensively beforehand though. Here's my thoughts:

Awesome cleans at low-to-moderate volumes. The one I played had some mods done, but I still didn't care for it's overdriven sound. It likes pedals, and that was pretty much the only way I got anything better than just "acceptable" tone. With pedals, I got a pretty damn groovy classic rock tone - but still not as good as my Peavey.

I'd recommend it if you want an amp to play around with its guts. For you, probably not.
#9
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#10
I'd just like to say that the newer VT series massively improve upon the older ADVT series.
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#11
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I have a pedal. It's a Boss DS-1.
#12
My low-end tube amp advice from experience:

Choose the amp with best clean sounds and with the most clean headroom (volume before gain sets in).

If you have a warm, bright clean sound with good clarity you can use pedals for a variety of gain-dependent sounds, and they should all sound great.
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#16
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I'd just like to say that the newer VT series massively improve upon the older ADVT series.


sorry to butt in on your post, just curious as to the improvements. i have an ad50vt. just curious as to what they stepped up because i love my amp.

anyways, great warm to crunchy amp, but not metal.
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#17
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The Valve Junior won't do metal at all, and is pretty bland sounding stock. You'd be better off with something like a Vypyr 30 or a Vox VT series.

^this

I voted no as well.

Check out the Fender SuperChamp XD too, or a used Valveking.
#18
I have one, they are great little amps. It will do perfectly for pop/punk stuff, and classic rock. Metal is gonna depend on how you boost it, or what ODs/distos you run, but it will never get a really tight, clear metal tone, so if that is important to you this amp is not for you.

It is a little bit thin sounding, and very dark. Also I should point out, it is LOUD. You would think 5 watts would be quiet, but by the time you get the volume up enough to sound good, it is shaking the walls.

I don't know if I would buy one new, but I got a good deal on mine and it is good for the price.
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#19
It'll pull gain pretty well with volume at about 3 o'clock and a clean to slightly dirty boost in front of it. A DS-1 with the dist waaay down and the level up fairly high.

This isn't going to get metal, but it can growl very nicely, think Rolling Stones.

I "borrowed" one recently for a few weeks from Guitar Center, bone stock, and it was a fun little amp.

I voted no, simply because there just isn't a way to coax metal tones out of this unless you're stacking piles of OD and distortion in front of it, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a nice little straight forward class A tuber.

They're everywhere, though, so I say try it out at the store and see for yourself.
#20
I've had one since they first came out. It requires either pedals or a multifx before you can do much with it. I wouldn't buy one now, but I'll probably hang on to the one I got. I'd spend the extra $50 and buy the Super Champ XD over the Epi Vjr Stack.
#21
It's a nice sounding amp, I played it a few months back. You would definitely need pedals though.
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#22
Voted no.
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