#1
I am in need of a good amp for gigging under 500$, the less expensive the better, obviously. Lately I have been running my BC RICH Mockingbird Masterpiece through my Digitech RP250 and then directly through the system. It doesnt sound bad but it's not what I want, running it through the system makes the RP250 seem harsh and brittle. I am looking for something smooth that still has that molten sound yet creamy at the same time. Needless to say my current setup doesn't get what I want. I have been looking at a Behringer LX1200 and a Crate FW120. I am kinda leaning towards the half stack options which in my opinion have more versatality than combos. Any suggestions, crude,snide,demoralizing or otherwise rude remarks will be very much appreciated.
#2
Halfstacks aren't anymore versatile than a combo.

I'd check out the Peavey Vypyr Tube 60 if you want a modeling amp. It's great. Other than that, if you want full tube, you could splurge and go for the 6505+ combo for $599. Or check out the B-52 AT-112 for $359. I hear its good stuff.
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#3
I would say a tube amp would be the best option for what i'm looking for sound-wise, but i want something i won't have mess with or do much maintanence to. Don't they have tube emulating amps without tubes?
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Quote by Heagachongoose
I would say a tube amp would be the best option for what i'm looking for sound-wise, but i want something i won't have mess with or do much maintanence to. Don't they have tube emulating amps without tubes?

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Quote by Heagachongoose
I would say a tube amp would be the best option for what i'm looking for sound-wise, but i want something i won't have mess with or do much maintanence to. Don't they have tube emulating amps without tubes?


They have solid state modellers, but they will NOT give you the ideal tube tone. There are many great tube amps you can get for 500 dollars, and even at low or high volume (example, Peavey Windsor is high!)
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Quote by Heagachongoose
I would say a tube amp would be the best option for what i'm looking for sound-wise, but i want something i won't have mess with or do much maintanence to. Don't they have tube emulating amps without tubes?
Why the hell would you want to do that? When people talk about tube amp 'maintenance', they mean in the sense of a new set of power tubes every two or three years - there's no hard work involved!

Honestly, for $500 you could get a really decent secondhand tube combo, or a shitty, brand new solid-state halfstack. Only a fool would pick the latter.
#7
I would personally go for a Peavey Tube Vypyr, or a Line 6 Flextone.
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Quote by kyle62
Why the hell would you want to do that? When people talk about tube amp 'maintenance', they mean in the sense of a new set of power tubes every two or three years - there's no hard work involved!

Honestly, for $500 you could get a really decent secondhand tube combo, or a shitty, brand new solid-state halfstack. Only a fool would pick the latter.


+1

A tube vypyr wouldn't be bad if you want versatility, but there is much better imo.
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What genres do you play? Any particular bands you want to emulate?
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there is some more like the first link on the second. one is guarenteed to go for under 500 usd

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more there

if not combo's, though, i played metal for 6 year with a an explorer with an emg 81, a wah, a sansamp gt-2, into music man 212hd and a peavey 4x12 cab. it was badass tone... for metal anyway.

if not, then the cheapest you can go for quality is picking up some kinda head, and an avatar/HB cab, but it'll be over 500 for that for sure.
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What genres do you play? Any particular bands you want to emulate?


I mostly play heavy rock but every now and then I play more mellow stuff. Basically everything I play is hard core or crystal clean