#1
Lo, UG. I just have to start by saying that I am retarded when it comes to amplifiers. I don't know the difference between tubes and transistors, what effect watts have, and so on. I'm as oblivious to amps as Uwe Boll is to making films. Combos, tops, racks or stacks; you tell me.

I have about $1200 to spend (€830/£750). I'm looking for an amp for band practices and perhaps small gigs. I play mostly metal (metalcore, alternative metal, groove metal) and rock (modern rock, not vintage) with some clean parts. Though I know it might be much too ask for with only $1200, I want an amp that sound big, thick and full (my drummer has anger problems), but still crisp. Not neccesarily with the amp's distortion itself though, I have pedals if the amp's distortion isn't good enough. As I mentioned, I do play cleans aswell, so if I could find one with decent cleans aswell, that would be perfect.

I know I'm describing the perfect amp here, but if you could help me find the best of the worst, I would be grateful I'm sure there are some lesser known brands out there who sell good amps for better prices than the mainstream brands.

Thank you.

I use an Ibanez RG with EMG mics, usually dropped to C or lower, if that helps.

Edit:

Forgot to mention: I'm Norwegian. For instance, did a quick online search, and a Marshall MG102FX, which costs around 310£ (note the pound, not dollar, can't be arsed to convert anymore) in online stores, costs 510£ here in Norway. It's insane. Might have found a crazy good offer on that, but believe me, shit is EXPENSIVE here. Take that example into account.
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#2
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Lo, UG. I just have to start by saying that I am retarded when it comes to amplifiers. I don't know the difference between tubes and transistors, what effect watts have, and so on. I'm as oblivious to amps as Uwe Boll is to making films. Combos, tops, racks or stacks; you tell me.

I have about $1200 to spend (€830/£750). I'm looking for an amp for band practices and perhaps small gigs. I play mostly metal and rock with some clean parts. Though I know it might be much too ask for with only $1200, I want an amp that sound big, thick and full (my drummer has anger problems). Not neccesarily with the amp's distortion itself though, I have pedals if the amp's distortion isn't good enough. As I mentioned, I do play cleans aswell, so if I could find one with decent cleans aswell, that would be perfect.

I know I'm describing the perfect amp here, but if you could help me find the best of the worst, I would be grateful I'm sure there are some lesser known brands out there who sell good amps for better prices than the mainstream brands.

Thank you.


Dude, at 1200$ (especially if you'll go used) you've got a ****ing winter wonderland at your disposal. No need to worry
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#3
Vox AC30. You would have to use an OD or Distortion pedal for metal though.
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Krank Krankenstein, Peavy 6505+, Peavy JSX or Peavy XXX. But try before you buy if you can
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Dude, at 1200$ (especially if you'll go used) you've got a ****ing winter wonderland at your disposal. No need to worry


Forgot to mention: I'm Norwegian. For instance, did a quick online search, and a Marshall MG102FX, which costs around 310£ (note the pound, not dollar, can't be arsed to convert anymore) in online stores, costs 510£ here in Norway. It's insane. Might have found a crazy good offer on that, but believe me, shit is EXPENSIVE here. Take that example into account.
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Rolling Stone is to the music industry what TheOnion.com is to news.

Ambivalence.
#7
Wouldn't go marshall for metal. Just my opinion but the mids are far too thick even when turned to zero, just the way the amps voiced. Depends whether or not you like scooped mids or not though.
#10
You can't bump within 24 hours.

With your metalzone, you really aren't going to get nice sounds from it, so you'll need a new pedal if you want to get metal tones out of an amp that doesn't really do metal.

The other recommendations are all decent, I can't really think of anything else to add.
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#11
Quote by LezPaulEpiphone
You can't bump within 24 hours.

With your metalzone, you really aren't going to get nice sounds from it, so you'll need a new pedal if you want to get metal tones out of an amp that doesn't really do metal.

The other recommendations are all decent, I can't really think of anything else to add.


I'm using the Metalcore, not the Metalzone. The Metalzone is crap for anything besides black metal in my opinion.
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#12
the Metalcore isn't much better
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#13
be sure to check out some ENGLs too, and in my opninion definitely try the Powerball and de Blackmore.

the PB is much more modern voiced, but provided alot of versitility with the four channels it has.

you are going to have buy used for these though.
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