#1
Oh hi.

I have an old Peavy Rage amplifier, and a fender starter bass amp (you know, that one that comes with the Squier starter pack). It's a good amp, but it just doesn't give off that powerful vibe.

I mean, there's "good distortion" on that amp, but it's not clean distortion. I've been using a mixer to run through the clean setting to get cleaner distortion, but that won't last very long.

A friend of mine and I jam quite frequently. Recently, he was using an Epiphone Casino and I was using a Fender Telecaster, switching off between playing rhythm and lead.

My problem is (while using this Peavy amp) that when I played rhythm, the sound really sounded like a subtle background type of sound.

I'm explaining this terribly, so if anybody understands what I'm talking about, feel free to comment.

Anyway, would anybody know of a somewhat cheap ($300 or less) amp that can really fill a room with a punch from a rhythm guitar?


Unrelated topic: Also, what about bass amps that don't crackle when the volume is turned up loud? That Fender starter amp that I mentioned (as well as the Peavy) crackles when I turn up the bass and the volume too loud. I'm looking for a clean bassy sound that doesn't sound fuzzy. Help?
#4
Could you explain to me what an amp head does exactly? I haven't actually bought any amps or anything yet. So far, everything I've gotten is from my dad, and he's had the peavy for like, 20 years.

I've seen amp heads and stacks and all that stuff and I have no idea what anybody is talking about. Plus, I don't understand why they're so expensive.
#5
Amps come in 2 "formats", so to say:
The Combo, which is when the electrical components and the speaker are in the same box, and The Head, which is when the electrical components are in a separate box. If you buy a head, you will also need to buy a speaker cabinet to be able to hear it.

This may seem obvious, but don't use an amplifier without a speaker connected to it.

Good amplifiers are expensive because they use good quality components which may be hard to find due to their limited production. You'll have to try one out to decide if it's worth the extra cash.

As for amp recommendations, try these:
Roland Cube 30 - has many different options, sounds pretty good, and it's very common so it's easy to find a second-hand one that's cheap
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-30X-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=487032#used

Alternatively, try the Vox AC4 - It's very simple. It can't do much, but it's great at what it does. If loud and clean is what you're looking for, definitely give this one a go.
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-AC4TV-4W-1x10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=476326
#6
firstly tube amps are made up of an electronic ciruit with the help of some vacume tubes, these are more espensive but sound better.
solid sate amps are made up entirley of electronic components.
a combo is where the amplifier circuit and a speaker are in the same unit.
a half stack is where the amplifier and speakers are seperate, the amplifier circuit is in the head whilst the speakers are in the cab.
#7
I would say look in pawn shops for my birthday I got a used peavey tnt100 from 1980 for only $130 and its great (I use it as a guitar amp so should sound better for you) I believe its 100 wàtts look around and you can find a jem like I did for cheap but seriously try and find a tnt100. One word of warning though they are heavey as shit I had to carry it up 3 flights of stairs a few months ago.
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#8
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firstly tube amps are made up of an electronic circuit with the help of some vacuum tubes, these are more expensive but sound better.
solid sate amps are made up entirely of electronic components.
a combo is where the amplifier circuit and a speaker are in the same unit.
a half stack is where the amplifier and speakers are separate, the amplifier circuit is in the head whilst the speakers are in the cab.

1. That's true, but tubes don't always sound better.
2. Tubes are electronic components, too. The only thing is a solid state amp doesn't have tubes - it has transistors (such as MOSFETS) in their place.
3. Amps have FAR more than one circuit.
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