#1
Hey everybody- I sold my fender Gdec jr. a while ago cuz I needed money bad and would like to try a new one. I only want to spend $100 or less. I have no intention of going on stage- I just play in my room. I play classic rock like zeppelin, gary moore, scorpions, deep purple, jeff beck etc. I am interested in the Marshall MG or the Fender Frontman. I'd like to hear everyones opionions and experiences with these series- Thanks
#2
They're both horrible, with the Frontman being only slightly better, and that's if you've got a good pedalboard. If you could double your budget, you could get something a lot better like a Vox AC4TV.
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#4
I guess the frontman if that's all the money you have. Look for a used peavey maybe. edit: a new viper under $100?, better for sure.
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#6
def the vypyr, MAYBE a vox.
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#7
wow- I had no idea they sucked so bad haha. I'm gonna look into the peavy and vox for sure! Keep the suggestions comin'- if you don't mind also I think I could go $150 - $200 if it would make that big of a difference.
#8
The Frontman series amps are actually decent on the clean channel but you will need to find a good 2nd hand overdrive/distortion pedal if you want to play anything distorted.
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#9
The AC4TV8 is a good beginner all-valve amp. It should fit your needs well.

In any case, you could check out the Vox VT15 as well.
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#10
Roland MicroCube. $130, everything you need it for.
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http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-15X-Amp?sku=487030

TS, this'll do everything you need and more, and do it well. I speak as an owner of a Frontman that they're crappy, and if everyone says they're better than an MG and they're crappy, I'm afraid of MG's. If you're willing to save up $150 more though, deal with tube maintenance(Worth it for the tone IMO) and less EQing, this thing will knock your socks off;

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#12
$100 you may as well just torrent an amp sim like guitar rig and buy a 1/4' to 1/8' adapter for like $2 (seriously)
#13
If you can stretch to $200, the Vypyr 30 will rape everything, plus you get a 12 inch speaker

If youre stuck at $100, the Vypyr 15 will rape everything
#14
Seconding the MicroCube, only not at $130. I got one off Buy.com for $80, got it in 2 days, haven't been happier.
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#15
I started out with a little 10w MG and really it wasn't that bad. Of course I was using a BOSS Metal Zone for distortion and I never really used the clean channel.
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#18
If you like the classic rock kind of tone, Vox VT15

I you like metal, Vypyr 15 or Roland Cube 20X


For versatility between the two, Vypyr for sure. I would personally recommend the Vypyr. Great little amp for the price!!
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#19
Ill chip in and recommend the Peavey Vypyr 30w. I have one sitting here behind me

They look a little goofy, but you can remove the batman type wing thing very easily and screw the Peavey name plate onto the front of the amp like so

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Which I think you'll agree makes the amp look slightly more business like and less like a childs toy
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That looks really good man!
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#21
Thanks for all the suggestions- you guys are really helpful. I could absolutely go $200 but I don't think I would ever need a 30 watt amp- cuz I'm not in a band. So is it agreeable with everyone that peavy and roland are for metal and the vox classic rock? I'd rather go clssic rock tone. This is exciting- it's like finding a new guitarist to listen to
#22
That does seem to be the general oppinion yes, although I personally thikn the Peavey Vypyr does a fantastic job at both high gain metal and classic rock and everything inbetween.

Why don't you check out some vids on YouTube to see what kind of sounds each has to offer?

Sound quality on this vid is pretty good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQWtgn45cfM&feature=related
#23
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Thanks for all the suggestions- you guys are really helpful. I could absolutely go $200 but I don't think I would ever need a 30 watt amp- cuz I'm not in a band. So is it agreeable with everyone that peavy and roland are for metal and the vox classic rock? I'd rather go clssic rock tone. This is exciting- it's like finding a new guitarist to listen to


Well the reason the 30w Vypyr is recommended if you're willing to stretch it, is that even though youre not gigging, its not about the wattage. Its just that a 12 inch speaker sounds a lot better than the 8 inch on most 15w amps.
#24
wesbanez- thanks i'm gonna check that link out

thanks subzero for that info- i'm gonna go research the vox, peavey and roland- thanks evrybody!
#25
I have a 15w vyper, its a crackin amp but if you can afford it go for the 30w. The 30w has stomp box effects not on the 15w, can have pedals attached to swap between effects and I think has a midi out. all in all more versatile