#1
Hey,

So I've probably annoyed a lot of people on here asking about what amp to get, apoligies for that.

I'm going to try and be as specific as I can, so hopefully I can finda nice amp. Ok, here goes:


I'm in the UK. So only brands that you can get in the UK, rather than forking out half the price of the amp for shipping.

Budget is £1200 roughly. This means head and cab for that, or a combo for that.

I play rock and metal. Think Motley, Kiss, Clapton, Hendrix, and some softer stuff too. I want to be able to play classic rock primarily, but want it to sound decent when playing a 'Tallica riff too, or a bluesy riff. That being said, I don't need it to be a Jack of all trades, just so it doesn't sound too bad when trying other stuff.

I'm thinking either a head and 2 x 12 cab, or a combo of some sort.

I need good clean headroom, enough to use my pedals with. I also use a Big Muff Pi for dist at the moment, but if I get a nice tone from the amp I'll use it as a bit of a boost and fuzz.

Ok, so some I'm looking at are:

Marshall TSL 60
Marshall 1978x
Orange AD30HTC
Blackstar Series 1

I'd prefere to buy new, but I'll consider used stuff.

Thanks
#5
You can get stuff second hand a lot cheaper, but anyway, I think a JCM800 and a Marshall 1960 4 by 12 would fit in your budget. They sound awesome, really warm and clean up nicley too. 100 watts might be a bit much, so you could get an older 50 watt version, (marshall only reissues the 100 watt atm) or you could go for a Marshall 1987x, 50 watts is loud, but because it's cheaper you could buy an attenuator or have a master volume modded.
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#6
Laney VH100R this amp is amazing for that 80's era hard rock tone and can be pushed to 'Tallica level without problems
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#7
Hiwatt Higain 50 or 100 head. Hiwatt Maxwatt 4 x 12 cab (400w). Great combination and within your price. There is a 50w combo, too if you don't fancy lugging a 4 x 12.
All you expect from a Hiwatt amp, except the point to point wiring (pcb based), so great cleans. But the Higain channel gives you overdrive a Marshall user would kill for.
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#8
Quote by Mattieee
DO you play live or is this only for home use?



I'm in a band, so yeah, need to be giggable.

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

Edit:

A problem with the 800, it's single channel right? I'd prefer two channels really.
Last edited by DeadlySurfer at Aug 25, 2010,
#10
Ah, my mistake, sorry. I read that they didn't.

So far the 800 looks really nice, classic tone.

The Hiwatt has surprised me, didn't expect it to be good at all but seems nice.
#11
Heads, new:

Engl Screamer
Marshall DSL50/100
Marshall JVM210
Laney GH/VH series
H&K Statesman (dunno how well it'd take a boost for Metallica tones)
Orange AD30
Framus Dragon

Heads, used:

Engl Blackmore
Marshall JCM800
H&K Duotone


Combine either head with a good 2x12" like an Orange PPC or Engl Pro and you're good to go.


Combos, new:

Koch Multitone/Twintone
H&K Switchblade TSC (not for everyone, rather modern sound)
Engl Raider
Orange AD30

Combos, used:

H&K Duotone
Engl Classic (might be too tame)
Engl Sovereign (heavy as f*ck, sounds great though)
#12
Quote by TheQuailman
Heads, new:

Engl Screamer
Marshall DSL50/100
Marshall JVM210
Laney GH/VH series
H&K Statesman (dunno how well it'd take a boost for Metallica tones)
Orange AD30
Framus Dragon

Heads, used:

Engl Blackmore
Marshall JCM800
H&K Duotone


Combine either head with a good 2x12" like an Orange PPC or Engl Pro and you're good to go.


Combos, new:

Koch Multitone/Twintone
H&K Switchblade TSC (not for everyone, rather modern sound)
Engl Raider
Orange AD30

Combos, used:

H&K Duotone
Engl Classic (might be too tame)
Engl Sovereign (heavy as f*ck, sounds great though)


Or you can get a zilla cab
Custom made in london.
£400 max for a 2x12 and you chose everythin
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Engl Powerball
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#13
Quote by TheQuailman
Heads, new:

Engl Screamer
Marshall DSL50/100
Marshall JVM210
Laney GH/VH series
H&K Statesman (dunno how well it'd take a boost for Metallica tones)
Orange AD30
Framus Dragon

Heads, used:

Engl Blackmore
Marshall JCM800
H&K Duotone


Combine either head with a good 2x12" like an Orange PPC or Engl Pro and you're good to go.


Combos, new:

Koch Multitone/Twintone
H&K Switchblade TSC (not for everyone, rather modern sound)
Engl Raider
Orange AD30

Combos, used:

H&K Duotone
Engl Classic (might be too tame)
Engl Sovereign (heavy as f*ck, sounds great though)


Thanls for the list, I'll have a look at the ones I haven't checked before.

The DSL, how good is it? I mean, a lot of people bad mouth the "new" Marshalls, but to me it seems a good amp?

There's something about Laneys that put me off, I'm not quite sure what really.


And the Zilla cabs look sweet, shall be researching now.
#14
It's a pretty modern sounding amp, so it won't nail the tones you are looking for, but I like it's tone and it's relatively versatile. It's sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none kind of amp. Just another option worth looking into, since it can be found for a decent price in the UK.

And shuddup, Laneys rule!

Actually, the GH and VH have a more 'classic' tone than the DSL, so they might work for you better. I know my GH does a pretty good Hendrix and AC/DC tone.
#15
Quote by TheQuailman
It's a pretty modern sounding amp, so it won't nail the tones you are looking for, but I like it's tone and it's relatively versatile. It's sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none kind of amp. Just another option worth looking into, since it can be found for a decent price in the UK.

And shuddup, Laneys rule!

Actually, the GH and VH have a more 'classic' tone than the DSL, so they might work for you better. I know my GH does a pretty good Hendrix and AC/DC tone.


Ah, alrighty.

And no offense! Mainly I think it's the looks, and that they never figured for me before.

Then again, I just looked at the GH100L


Only thing is one channel? I'm not sure, they've always put me off.

Edit:

Then I'll go for the VH series, duh
Last edited by DeadlySurfer at Aug 25, 2010,
#16
The one channel isn't really a problem if you know how to work your guitar's volume pot - also, it has two gain-levels which can be controlled with a foot switch. There's a difference in volume between the two though, depending on how you dial them in.


EDIT: I realise it's not what everyone wants though... if you're looking for a really versatile all-in-one solution, the Dragon or Sovereign are your best bets, probably.
Last edited by TheQuailman at Aug 25, 2010,
#17
Yeah, I'm just not that good with thinking about a lot of stuff at once, plucking strings and pressing them down is as much as I can take..

The Laneys caught my attention. Doesn't seem to be bucketloads of people using it which I like, seems like it can handle what I want too.