#1
Hey guys! I've been looking for a good half-stack, but I'm not sure where to turn. I've put a decent amount of money into my pedals, so I really don't want a modeling amp or anything with a ton of bells and whistles.

All I really want out of an amp is for it to sound good clean, and to take distortion well when I run my pedals through it.

Suggestions?
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#3
What kind of music.... Metal, rock, jazz???
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#4
Whoops! Let's say $900, though cheaper alternatives are very much welcome.

And metal is what I'd like to use it for.
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#5
I hate to be the guy that's like "why do you want a half stack?" But srsly. Why do you want a half stack? They're a PAIN IN THE ASS. But they sure do look cool. Consider a quarter stack?
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#7
You won't be able to get a quality halfstack for $900 unless you go used
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#8
If you want an amp that can take pedals well I'd actually suggest a Marshall JCM2000 or even their new MA series.

If you want an amp thats good on it's own then ENGL or Mesa Boogie.

I think with your budget you should go for the Marshall MA, they're not bad for their price. Or Bugera, but these are better standalone and don't take pedals so well imho.
#9
I'd steer away from the Valveking after owning one for 3 years unless you want to do some mods. The JSX isn't a bad idea however. I'd also steer from the JCM2000.
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American Standard Strat
Taylor 712
#11
Oh and how could I forget. Peavey 6505, if you are aiming for metal this amp is pretty OSSIM. You should be able to pick one up for 600 bucks used.
#12
Yeah dude, pedal distortion almost never compares to amp distortion.
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#13
I noticed in your OP ProjectileQuiet you are in Mass. and like Sludgey Metal. Are you close to Boston at all? You can find a nice setup for $900. I would not look at the Valveking or the Marshall MA. Do you gig and need 4 speakers?
#14
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I noticed in your OP ProjectileQuiet you are in Mass. and like Sludgey Metal. Are you close to Boston at all? You can find a nice setup for $900. I would not look at the Valveking or the Marshall MA. Do you gig and need 4 speakers?


I'm in Worcester, though I'm very likely moving away within a year. I'm always up for jamming, though.

Gigging is the goal, and that's why I'm moving - there's no metal scene here that I can find, and I'm hoping that another city will have more musicians. I'm probably going to wait until I relocate before I get myself a bigger rig, too.

Any opinions on Mesa cabs/amps? I think I remember Isis using them at their shows, and that's definitely a tone that I like.
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