#1
Right, i'm in a band i use a PRS SE Custom and i'm the lead guitarist, currently i'm using an old Marshall MG30dfx which is ok, but now we have started giging i think it's time for something a little bigger. I have been looking at the two new Marshalls the 101dfx (with one speaker) and the 102dfx with two speakers. I have also had a quick look at some valve amps like the Blackstar HT5, however i think i would be better off with a solid state amp like the Marshalls. I also looked at a Fender frontman 100watt which looks ok, but has had mixed reviews. The genres i play vairy as i like to play all sorts but genrally i like rock things like the foo fighters, lostprophets and rise against. I want to get a nice clean tone out of the amp and i also want a good distortion channel for solos. I really don't know alot about amps and havn't had a broad experince of different types. I have for instence no idea why the marshall 101dfx is any better than the 102dfx, two speakers are better than one right? really i just want people to tell me their experince with either the amps i have said or with any within the £200-£300 price range, i really want to get the most out of my guitar and i want an amp which will last me a long time, and one which is effective at gigs. My band will be recording fairly soon and depending on how we decide to record i may need the amp for that aswell.

So yeah your thoughts...

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#2
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#3
i've seen alot of people on here raving about the peavy vyper, whats so great about it?
good to see you have a PRS aswell
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#6
well in your price range I do agree with the vypyr or the vox. I really do like the ht5 also, but if you aren't micing the amp it might not overpower the drums. But that could actually go for all of these.
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#7
wait till the new blackstars are out?
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#8
http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Bugera-V22-Valve-Guitar-Amp/ANI

http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Bugera-V55-Valve-Guitar-Amp-and-Reverb/ANJ

http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Peavey-Windsor-Studio-Guitar-Amp/4KF

the above seem pretty good, the V55, while over budget would be enough for live gigs. It's a 55 watt valve amp.

Check the reviews on Youtube, they all sound really good, there is the HT-5 as well, which would be my choice but you would need to amp it when playing live. It would be loud enough over a drummer, as long as he didn't go mental on the drums.
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#9
Quote by Countsprattcula
however i think i would be better off with a solid state amp like the Marshalls

lol wtf, have you even tried a tube amp? but yeah, at 300 something like a vot xt 50, or 100 if willing to go used, would be your best bet.
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#10
No i havn't tried a valve amp but i have heard that they don't last as long as solid state amps and need to warm up or something, as you can tell i don't know much about amps... I am going to have a look at a few youtube reviews, i look out for the new blackstars too.
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Also as a side note i am thinking of getting the Dunlop cry baby orginal would like to know if you lot like it or hate it etc...
#12
If your looking for a versitile amp for around £200-300 and gigging a 75 watt peavy vypyr will be good if you don't have a back up. I would recommend a tube but if you don't have a decent backup amp don't. A broken tube could ruin a night
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Quote by Countsprattcula
No i havn't tried a valve amp but i have heard that they don't last as long as solid state amps and need to warm up or something, as you can tell i don't know much about amps... I am going to have a look at a few youtube reviews, i look out for the new blackstars too.

the valves have to be changed, but not that frequently, i've had my traynor ycv for a year and haven't changed anything, not planning on it either, and they have to warm for a few seconds/a minute or two

they're actually easier to repair, if you break an SS amp, you'll often be better off buying another one because repairing it would be more expensive
#14
Yeah, i don't really have the money to buy a tube and a back up which is why i think a solid state amp is best for me, i'm going to look into the vypyr
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Quote by Countsprattcula
Yeah, i don't really have the money to buy a tube and a back up which is why i think a solid state amp is best for me, i'm going to look into the vypyr

i suggest you really go and test out a tube amp. i'm pretty much sure, that after playing a tube amp, you wont even want to touch a marshall mg, or a vypyr.
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#17
fair play to you mate lol, i have just looked a couple of reviews and video reviews of the vypyr and i must say it's versitility is incredible especially with the foot switch.
#18
The footswitch which goes with the vypyr the sampra (or something like that) would the sampra I act as a wah wah if i wanted it to? i saw a vid with a guy with the sampra II using it as a wah wah.
#20
All I can find in your price/power range is a Roland Cube 80x and the Vox AD50VT The Cube would give you a bit more leeway for gigging but going used looks like the best bet. 50w is minimum for SS amps and 25w for valve. The new Blackstar series will most likely start at around £500.
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#21
A Laney LV series is a rock-solid amp for gigging if you want tone against bells and whistles, 3 channels, sounds better than a spider or a mg - http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/lv-300/69096
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#22
Quote by Countsprattcula
No i havn't tried a valve amp but i have heard that they don't last as long as solid state amps and need to warm up or something, as you can tell i don't know much about amps... I am going to have a look at a few youtube reviews, i look out for the new blackstars too.


Tube amps require more upkeep than solid state but it's easier. When solid state stuff breaks, it's pretty expensive but less frequent. I value the tone of tube over most comparatively priced SS amps enough to stand tube replacement...now if only I had enough money for more than just food after buying gas...
#23
You know for 300 quid you could get lucky and get something really nice second hand. I saw a JCM900 for 330 euros, but I passed since I'd probably need an attenuator as well. Get a Vypyr or something maybe. Modelers are generally quite a lot better than SS, unless you're using Pedals, then SS is quite a bit better.
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#24
does anyone know wether the sampera I can do wahwah with the vypyr cus i saw a guy do it with the sampera II..
#26
You should definitely try a Blackstar before making up your mind. I don't think valves are anything to be scared of.