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Basically right now I have a Marshall MG, yes it get's slated for how crap it is, and so far it has provided me with more than enough variation and tonal aspect to mess around with and discover

Right now I'm playing in a band which ranges from indie rock verging on metal, but I probably will range from rock to metal genres. I like nice crunchy overdrive with some bite to it and nice smooth rolling cleans and 3 band EQ on both Channels

Right now my main axe is an Epiphone Standard

Price Budget, although I don't have just now, I'll be saving up to when I get a job, which is murder just now trying to find one, will be max about £700 - £800 (pounds). Don't feel you have to max the budget If a cheaper combo suffices please do suggest

As of current I have no effects pedals, and intergrated Reverb would be a bonus, but not neccesary

Thanks

[Edit] Will be using it for performing in small venues and halls at most
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ENGL Thunder - This is a nice amp. If you like to use saturated harmonics in your music, however, I wouldn't suggest it, particularly at lower volumes. But if you push it hard, the gain starts to pile out.
Unfortunately, they may go over your budget. And don't look for one in the UK - you get ripped off. Try Thomann or Music Store. I imagine, though, they will still be a little out your price range, so used is your best bet. They aren't regularly posted on ebay, but if you are patient, you could probably pick one up between £500-700.
http://www.thomann.de/ie/engl_thunder_50_e320_gitarrencombo.htm


Laney offer some great amps within your price range:

Laney AOR - I haven't personally played this, but I do hear quite a few folks around here saying how much they like it.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laney-AOR-Series-II-Valve-Amp-Amplifier-Head-50-Watt_W0QQitemZ270470502357QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item3ef94c57d5

Laney VH100R - This is the loudest amp I've ever played. It just feels more prominent than any other 100 watt out there. It has a really decent EQ setup, meaning you can evoke quite a few varying sounds out of it. It has tonnes of gain and a really crystalline clean channel.
Some find Laney amps to sound thin and brittle, but this one isn't quite so harsh - it has more bass, particularly when you play it through a closed-back 4x12 cabinet.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laney-VH100R-Guitar-amp-head_W0QQitemZ110447547231QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item19b72fd35f

Laney GH50L - Another great amp. But it only has one channel, with a boost function that engages a small amount of gain. That's not to say you can't use an overdrive pedal to play the heavier stuff.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laney-GH50L-ghost-Head-guitar-amp-head-Rarely-used_W0QQitemZ220498210254QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item3356b7adce

Laney LC50
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laney-LC50-Mark-2-New_W0QQitemZ200382875693QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item2ea7c0082d

Laney TT100
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laney-TT100-212-AWESOME-AMP_W0QQitemZ260486909088QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item3ca63acca0

Laney VC30 - this won't allow much headroom for live playing if you often use a really "perfect" clean tone.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laney-VC30-212-Electric-Guitar-Amplifier-30-Watts_W0QQitemZ270455804100QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item3ef86c10c4

Marshall DSL - Not the best sounding amp on the planet but it's definitely worth mentioning, particularly at this price.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Marshall-DSL-401-Super-lead-amp_W0QQitemZ230390056149QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item35a45144d5

Marshall JCM900
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Marshall-JCM-900-50-Watt-Hi-Gain-Used-Guitar-Amp_W0QQitemZ360200129598QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item53dd99cc3e

Marshall JCM Kerry King - needs a cabinet. You can pick up a Framus Dragn 2x12 on Thomann.de for £250. This is supposed to be quite good. I haven't personally played it, but many folks around here have given it plenty of praise, and the clips and videos don't sound bad, either.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Marshall-JCM-800-Kerry-King-Sig-2203KK-100W-Head_W0QQitemZ320433451695QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item4a9b5272af

Seems to be an original JCM 800. Very worthwhile.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Marshall-JCM-800-Vintage_W0QQitemZ190342745653QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item2c514fce35

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe - you could easily put a distortion/overdrive/fuzz pedal in front of this to push out more gain for the heavier stuff. Really nice clean tones, as well.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fender-Blues-Deluxe-Reissue-Hotrod-Tweed-Amp-amplifier_W0QQitemZ220497589203QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item3356ae33d3

Orange Rocker 30 - This is a great amp. I really like it - it's very dark and raunchy sounding.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Orange-Rocker-30-Combo-includes-footswitch_W0QQitemZ220497985646QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item3356b4406e

Peavey Triple XXX - This is more designed for metal, but it's diverse and capable of most styles, IMO.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PEAVEY-TRIPLE-X-GUITAR-AMP-XXX-HEAD-4X12-CAB-more_W0QQitemZ200395951633QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL?hash=item2ea8878e11


Hope that helps.
#5
Saw that a Laney AOR was suggested.

I own one right now and have to say it amazed me when I got it. It was also my first tube.

I'v heard they have many problems as they're so old but the only problem I have with mine is unwanted noise when not playing. This is easilly fixed with a service that shall be done soon.

But yeh, these amps have ok cleans and great distortion channels. I have no need to get a distortion pedal with this amp as it goes so far. They just need tlc here and there.

And they're cheap for what they are! Apparently Marshall JCM 800's are their rivals! And for a few hundred pounds less, you can't go wrong man.

haha, anyway good luck with it all