#1
Need some recomendations for a new amp.

1) Budget is about $500

2) I play mostly 80's hard rock and hair metal.
-Van Halen, Dokken, Warrant, Skid Row, Ratt, Extreme... etc

3) Want a distortion that can acheive those 80's vintage rock tones.

4) Also want somewhat decent cleans

Any help is apprectiated, Thank You!
Last edited by Riverratt at Jun 15, 2010,
#3
A tube amp would be nice, but it might be hard to find a good one in my price range. A good ss would do the job
#4
peavey windsor, screw the cleans?
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#6
I second the Tiny Terror, awesome sounding little amp. Not to sound biased, but tube amps in my experience just make everything sound better.


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#7
where will you be using it? (band practice, gigs, etc)
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#9
ok, can you stretch that budget slightly? a traynor ycv (i've only tried the 40, but the 50 is supposedly more marshally and that's probably what you want... better stock speaker, too) is around the $600 mark I think.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#10
I will mainly be using it for playing in the house, and possibly gigs in the future. I guess the sound I am looking for is that Marshall JCM800 tone, but thats a little out of my budget. I also know a lot of hair metal guitarist used ADA MP-1's, those are the sounds i am trying to re-create.

Thanks for the help.
Last edited by Riverratt at Jun 14, 2010,
#11
i think the traynor had a pretty decent master volume when i tried it (that's the 40, not the 50).
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#12
You're not going to nail those tones WELL (even almost ignoring cleans) and have gigging volume for $500. IMO that's just too tall an order. It's hard to get those sounds without a tube amp or a high end modeler, and either way you break $500 by the time you get enough power.

Maybe it's possible to get a used Peavey 5150/6505 combo in that price range...
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#13
Yeah I've looked at the Peavey 6505+ 112 combo, i know the cleans aren't great, but I've heard distortion is good, will a 6505 be versatile enough to cover hair metal bands?
#14
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Yeah I've looked at the Peavey 6505+ 112 combo, i know the cleans aren't great, but I've heard distortion is good, will a 6505 be versatile enough to cover hair metal bands?


Yeah, it was an attempt to clone the Sodano SLO on a budget, and pretty much succeeded. There's a video of someone A/Bing them on YouTube, and they're pretty close. The SLO was THE amp to own in the 80's so you should be good to go. The biggest difference would be a 1x12 vs. the ubiquitous 80's 4x12.

Even ignoring speaker setup, it's not perfect. I could suggest 4 or 5 things that would do those tones better. But they all cost well north of $1500. IMO the Peavey is the best you're going to get at a reasonable price.
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#16
used 6505 or a new bugera 6262 or 333xl. Maybe a JCM900? or 1990? the 6262 really nails that EVH tone!

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#17
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Again, thanks for the help!

No problem.

The Bugera 6262 is I believe a clone of the Peavey 5150/6505, so it's sort of like being 2 degrees removed from that SLO magic. The issue there is reliability though.
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#18
who cares about reliability when you have teh soul of valves?!?!?!?!
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#19
Caught my eye on a Carvin x100b the other day, this would stretch my budget, but i hear it gives some good 80's hard rock and metal tones along with good cleans, would this be worth the cost and fit my playing style?
Last edited by Riverratt at Jun 15, 2010,
#21
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Caught my eye on a Carvin x100b the other day, this would stretch my budget, but i hear it gives some good 80's hard rock and metal tones along with good cleans, would this be worth the cost and fit my playing style?


It would probably work well. I'm not all that familiar with them. Carvins have always been sort of an amp backwater - other than their endorsers, you rarely see people playing them. But the clips sound OK.
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Last edited by Even Bigger D at Jun 15, 2010,