hey everyone, im new to the forums and fairly new to guitar aswell.
im into metal but only have a 15w fender frontman and a squier bullet strat.

my pickups on the squier are pieces of crap and the amp is alright but has barely any distortion.

I was wondering whether I should get a new amp first (I would probably get a Marshall MG 15w with effects) or a new guitar (which would be a sweet Jackson dinky, I don't know what model exactly but its got a tremolo bridge with Seymour Duncan humbuckers and is only $850 AUD which is like $759 USD)

why not? i heard the old ones were crappy but the newer model is supposed to be pretty good
...So... You're going to get an MG15, or a $750 Dinky?



Anyway, to answer your question, the amp is infinitely more important for obtaining a desirable sound. The MG15 won't get you anywhere near a desirable sound, however.

They are very appealing amps to beginners, but take it from all of us who've been playing: we've been there, and wish we'd never gone there.

If you need a practice amp, the Peavey Vypyr is the most versatile, best sounding one out there.

But if you have that big of a budget, there is much, much more you can do.
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if you have the money for a dinky then get something like a blackheart or a fender blues junior + pedals, it will make you happier
You have enough money for a Blackstar HT-5 Combo, sure it doesn't come with effects but tbh I find it more comforting then a starter amp. If you do want a new guitar then that Jackson sounds okay but we need more info but don't expect your sound to change a big deal.
if you have that kind of money then you might as well get a used 5150. Nothing can get you a better sound for metal in that price range.

Guitar and pickups come later

KID-edit: Just saw you were a fellow Aussie... scrap the 5150 and think about a peavey vyper. If you can stretch your budget a bit look into a vyper 60

KID-edit 2: A thought to remember AUD$850 is no where near US$700 when it comes to gear... no where. At that price range your looking at US$200-400 guitars and amps
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Last edited by Guitar-KID125 at May 23, 2010,
If I were you I'd take that money you have (which is obviously close to ~$750) and buy a 30w Peavey Vypyr + some guitar ~$500 mark. Upgrades in both areas.

Oh, you're using AUD, possibly disregard my comment, I'm talking USD (could still be applicable though)
I agree with OffWorld92, go for a Peavey Vypyr. I've got one and they're the best beginner amps for the value. I got mine for £90, which is like $130. The Peavey Vypyr's sound is amazing for it's price, and it has lots of effects (you get extra stomp box effects with the models above the 15w).
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-Jim Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah pedal
-Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal
-Cleartone instrument cable

No amp is going to sound "amazing" with that starter guitar, if anything the flaws should show more! IF you're not gigging get a decent guitar that's reliable first and master playing it instead of your amp's controls. Save up for a good amp in the meantime and you'll need to test drive it with your guitar anyway. Then if you do gig you can always rent an amp when required.
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Well, since you're new to guitar, I would say get a new guitar first. Your ear isn't quite trained enough to be very decisive as far as tone goes, so you may as well get a guitar that isn't going to hold you back at all. After getting the guitar, I would save up for a peavey vyper
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