#1
Hiya U-G Forums! My name is Devon and I've been using this Fender G-DEC for about 2 years now and I was thinking about upgrading from it. Until about 1 month ago I never really took playing guitar serious to where I wanted to learn to read sheet music or anything like that. I've really started taking guitar alittle more serious now. I'm now learning how to read sheet music and working on my overall sloppiness for atleast 4 hour a day.(I'm 16[until the 25th]/jobless so I have plenty of time on my hands) My friend was telling me I should upgrade my amp for my birthday and suggested the Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFXRS and MG412ARS Half Stack, but I heard it's not all that great so I'm here to ask you guys what is the best amp for the $550 range?

*Sorry for my life's story..*
#2
The MG series would be a downgrade from your Fender G-DEC. Just because it's a stack doesn't mean it's good.

What styles of music do you play?
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#4
DEVON? which one?

Marshall amplifiers are the truest purveyors of rock and roll known to man.

"And give a man an amplifier and a synthesizer, and he doesn't become whoever, you know. He doesn't become us."

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#5
Fender HotRod Deville! Just try it, it's the best amp I've ever played on, that's certain.
#6
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The MG series would be a downgrade from your Fender G-DEC. Just because it's a stack doesn't mean it's good.

What styles of music do you play?



I like to play all sorts of rock.
Pretty much anywhere from Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins to Bullet for my Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold. Love love love love playing Metallica.

I try to keep an open-mind to all genres.
#7
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B-52-LS100-and-LS412A-Half-Stack?sku=482088
i have one of these, and a marshall mg100hfx with an mg412b cab in my garage, the mg is absolutely terrible, never get one, ever. the B-52 LS-100 w/ ls 412a cab, on the other hand, is the best amp i have ever played, hands down. strong, but smooth gain, with great sound, and crystal clear clean tones. i would seriously research this amp if i were you.
#8
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I like to play all sorts of rock.
Pretty much anywhere from Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins to Bullet for my Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold. Love love love love playing Metallica.

I try to keep an open-mind to all genres.

my B-52 suggestion i made: absolutely perfect for metallica sounds
#9
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I like to play all sorts of rock.
Pretty much anywhere from Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins to Bullet for my Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold. Love love love love playing Metallica.

I try to keep an open-mind to all genres.


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#10
Mother of God, none of the amps suggested so far are any good for what you want.

I'd recommend the Peavey Vypyr Tube 60.
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#12
blackstar ht-20 or peavey vypyr tube 60
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#13
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Jet City Or Blackstar.

you beat me to my daily jet city recommendation

great price and awesome tone, dont let anyone tell you that you cant get metallica out of it.
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#14
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Fender HotRod Deville! Just try it, it's the best amp I've ever played on, that's certain.
How is that a reason to recommend it?!?!
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#15
Which one would be better?

B-52 LS100 and LS412A Half Stack for $500

vs

Peavy Bandit 112 + Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah Pedal + BOSS DS-1 for $410

vs

B-52 LG-7512 75W 12 Solid State Guitar Combo + Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah Pedal + BOSS DS-1 for $410
#16
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DEVON? which one?


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#19
I think he just asked if you are a woman or a man lol.

I looking used if possible for traynor ycv50 blue or a Triple X combo. If used is not possible, the the jca20 is a nice choise.
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#20
^ Now we are getting somewhere. The YCV is fantastic (though you'll need a boost at some point). The XXX is great, also keep an eye out for the old peavey ultra combo. Maybe the 5105.

The blackstar and JCA20 recs are good to, both may need a boost at some point.

Also keep an eye out for a used marshall jcm900 combo.
#21
*sigh* a lot of massive fail at the beginning here.

I'd go for a Jet City JCA20. They are awesome sounding amps, only one channel, but it doesn't sound like you're going to need channel switching anytime soon, and once you get there, you'll learn how to make it work with 1 channel. The JCA is one of the best amps I've heard in a long time, and it's cheap as ****. Plus, it will absolutely destroy any cheap solid state you're planning on buying, and 20w tube is pretty damn loud.
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#23
With a half stack I think the jca20h would be plenty loud playing with a loud drummer.

Do you already have an overdrive or boost pedal? You'll probably need one if you want to play the more modern Metallica songs.

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#25
Vox Night Train with a tubechange of the preamp tubes to: TAD 7025-s (v1) and Tung-Sol 12AX7 (v2). Seriously!!! Makes a huuge difference to a already brilliant amp, and the tubes will cost you a few bucks and are easy to change.
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