#1
I really need a new amp and I want it to be good with distortion. Now this doesn't mean it has to have gain, it just means that it must react well with distortion pedals. i'm looking to spend under $400 on the amp (amp only, not pedal). I'm not gonna be gigging or rehearsing so i'd like to keep the wattage under or around 30. Also no 5 watt portable amps.

Also, I will consider used gear.
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#2
Get the Jet City combo. $399 for a great 20 watt tube amp that you can plug a distortion pedal into.
#3
the peavy vypyr is great with distortion, idk how it handles pedals, but the its got analog distortion that sounds great, and the 30 watt version is around $200
#4
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the peavy vypyr is great with distortion, idk how it handles pedals, but the its got analog distortion that sounds great, and the 30 watt version is around $200

I prefer not to get another modeling amp because they aren't as responsive, I don't know about the vyper in particular but with my line 6, coil splitting a humbucker doesn't change the tone at all

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Get the Jet City combo. $399 for a great 20 watt tube amp that you can plug a distortion pedal into.

Do you know any artists who use this amp? I want to know what its capable of before I buy it.
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#5
30 watts tube or solid state? 30 watts tube amps can well go loud enough for small to medium gigs with out a mic. I never have to turn past 6 on mine. I would just get a 30 watt tube amp so that in case you ever gig or rehearse. Try to get a used peavey classic 30
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Do you know any artists who use this amp? I want to know what its capable of before I buy it.

None that I know of but they are very new. The JCA 20 is basically a chinese production version of the Soldano Atomic 16. There are a handful of people around here who have them.

Jet City thread

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I prefer not to get another modeling amp because they aren't as responsive, I don't know about the vyper in particular but with my line 6, coil splitting a humbucker doesn't change the tone at all


Do you know any artists who use this amp? I want to know what its capable of before I buy it.

OK... No artists use a JCA20, but go try it out before you buy it. It's kind of a love/hate thing. I can't stand it, but some people love it.
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None that I know of but they are very new. The JCA 20 is basically a chinese production version of the Soldano Atomic 16. There are a handful of people around here who have them.

Jet City thread

JCA20 clip


That clip is awesome!!! What pedal(s) are you using if any?


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OK... No artists use a JCA20, but go try it out before you buy it. It's kind of a love/hate thing. I can't stand it, but some people love it.

I don't think the guitar center or any of the music stores near me have one
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Quote by OliOsbourne
I really need a new amp and I want it to be good with distortion. Now this doesn't mean it has to have gain, it just means that it must react well with distortion pedals. i'm looking to spend under $400 on the amp (amp only, not pedal). I'm not gonna be gigging or rehearsing so i'd like to keep the wattage under or around 30. Also no 5 watt portable amps.

Also, I will consider used gear.


Peavey classic goes well with pedals. And they are used by professional artists. From what I saw, alot of them are country musicians. I haven't played a whole lot of amps with great cleans, but from my experience with it I would have to agree that the clean channel sounds quite nice on the classics.
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That clip is awesome!!! What pedal(s) are you using if any?

that's not my clip, that's MatrixClaw but I believe it just his guitar going into the amp then to an awesome cab. It wont sound quite that good with the stock speaker. That clip should show you what it's capable of though, plus it's the first one I could find .

here's the guitar world review to give you a better idea of what it would sound like stock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdI7GuVOXCU&feature=player_embedded

A used Classic 30 and a boost pedal might also be a good choice
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#12
I'll probably go with the jet city mainly because I don't want to buy a used tube amp.
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#13
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I'll probably go with the jet city mainly because I don't want to buy a used tube amp.

And why not?>
#14
because the tubes may be in bad condition
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because the tubes may be in bad condition

Then replace them.
Tubes that come with cheap tube amps probably could use replacing too
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because the tubes may be in bad condition


Tubes could just as easily be bad in a new amp. It happens all the time.

Also, why not just save for a real distortion amp? Pedals will only take you so far - no pedal that I know of can emulate real tube distortion.
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Tubes could just as easily be bad in a new amp. It happens all the time.

Also, why not just save for a real distortion amp? Pedals will only take you so far - no pedal that I know of can emulate real tube distortion.


Wampler Pinnacle and Triple Wreck would beg to differ with you.

If you primarily plan on using distortion pedals, OP, I wouldn't recommend the Jet City - it's a very gainy amp on its own. Instead I'd go for something like the Bugera V22.
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Tubes could just as easily be bad in a new amp. It happens all the time.

Also, why not just save for a real distortion amp? Pedals will only take you so far - no pedal that I know of can emulate real tube distortion.

like what?
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like what?


Depends. What do you want to sound like? How much can you see yourself realistically spending?
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Depends. What do you want to sound like? How much can you see yourself realistically spending?

I don't see myself spending more than $400.
Some of the music I like to play is metallica stuff and some shred like vai and paul gilbert.

Also, I want a distortion pedal because I have more options as to what the distortion will sound like instead of just cranking up the gain on an amp until I get the amount I need.
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I don't see myself spending more than $400.
Some of the music I like to play is metallica stuff and some shred like vai and paul gilbert.

Also, I want a distortion pedal because I have more options as to what the distortion will sound like instead of just cranking up the gain on an amp until I get the amount I need.


Well if you're sure of what you want, then I won't try to dissuade you. It'd be hard to find a good amp that low anyway. $500 maybe, but if $400 is your limit...

Actually, on second thought, you could score a Peavey ValveKing 112 for $200, and then use the other $200 for new tubes and speakers. It has the right amount of gain for Metallica.

If nothing else, you can get a general feel for it on Youtube, and see how it strikes you. If you have any specific questions I can help you since I own one.

If the VK isn't your cup of tea though, the DSL the user above me mentioned would be a good choice as well.
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#23
could you post some links because I can't find the amps on google
what I meant by spending under 400 was that right now, thats the amount i'm willing to spend but I could save up for something better
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#24
Well that's what I meant. Let me reword it: How much are you willing to save up?
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#25
Well, probly not more than $600 but that'll take a while and I want an amp asap because line6 sucks balls
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Well, probly not more than $600 but that'll take a while and I want an amp asap because line6 sucks balls

$600, metal: 6505+ 112.

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