#1
Okay so im saving up for either a new guitar or new amp and i would like to know which has a better effect on your tone? I have a cheap line 6 spider 3 amp but its good for practice which is what im doing, and i have a boss metalcore ml-3 pedal, and a 250 dollar bc rich warlock, ive been playing for 2 years and gotten pretty good so whats better for tone a new amp or guitar? thanks(:
#2
amp will have more of an impact on overall tone than any other peice of musical gear....besides maybe a whole PA setup or a multi effects unit.

its like a car. the amp is the engine driving the sound out. you want a rice rocket? you gotta drop a crazy engine in that civic.

getting new pedals is like....upgrading your sound system. a new guitar would be like....um...sending your car to "Pimp My Ride"????
Last edited by ikey_ at Jun 27, 2010,
#3
as long as your guitar doesnt completly suck, your amp will make a bigger difference.

however if the guitar is really really bad or unplayable or whatever, a new guitar will make the bigger improvment.

with a $250 guitar, its probably passable, so i would get a new amp.
#5
hmm alright thanks guys (: any suggestions on amps? i got about 500-600 to spend
#6
ok im really stretching with that analogy.

but yeah your guitar needs to play well. thats the first thing. if there are dead frets etc thats def. not good for sound
#7
What are your styles, genres, influences, etc? What "sound" are you looking for? That's the first question you need to answer.
#8
def metalcore such as as i lay dying/august burns red/killswitch stuff like that
#9
Peavey 6505+ 112 or Vypyr Tube 60...
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#10
As long as the neck is comfortable to play for you personally, then the amp is FAR more important.

In my opinion, you can make a crappy guitar sound good through a decent amp. But even the best guitars money can buy won't sound good through a crappy amp, like a Line 6 Spider.

So as long as you like the feel of your guitar, you should buy a new amp.

For the style of music that you mentioned, the most common and generic amp would be a Peavey 6505 as already mentioned. Sounds perfect for that style.

Get one of those.
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