#1
I like to play metal and rock.
I enjoy bands like: Iron maiden, metallica, red hot chili peppers, ACDC, Disturbed... etc..

I currently play an epiphone les paul standard through a line 6 spider 4 15W.

I don't like the spider. It sounds too digital, and doesn't have very good gain...

I am looking to buy a (preferably) new amp that can handle what I need. I can only afford up to around $500...

I don't know much in the ways of amps or amp brands... I'm kind of a newbie :P I don't need anything huge, just a decent sounding amp for playing at home.

Any advice would be appreciated!
#2
hmm. hard rock early metallica.....i think (not sure but i think im right) u can pick up a Used JCM 800 for $500 but then you would need a cab to so i guess thats outta ur budget. i would go for it though
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#4
You are realy putting a limitation as to what you can get with a $500 budget. But I looked at zzounds.com and they have a Jet City Amp "stack" that is the JCA 20h and the matching 1x12 cab for only $350 with free shiping.
This will ge you most of the sound you are looking for and for the heavy stuff just add a pedal to boost the gain a little. A Ibanez Tube screamer it by far one of the most popular, or you can go with a straight distortion pedal.
You can also get another cab to add to the JCA 20 and if you get to it one day it will power a 4x12 fine also
#5
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I would suggest a Roland Cube 80xl maybe, the 40xl is what I am getting.


No. With $500 he can afford much better.

TS look into a peavey classic 30. They're $650 new but can be found for as low as $300 used. Into won't do modern metal, but with a tubescreamer or boost it can get there.

A JCA20H with the matching cab would also be excellent for you.

Do you need to gig? And what's your nearest major city?
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#6
I don't need to use this amp to gig, just for at home kind of thing. The closest major city to me would be Vancouver, BC.
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No. With $500 he can afford much better.

TS look into a peavey classic 30. They're $650 new but can be found for as low as $300 used. Into won't do modern metal, but with a tubescreamer or boost it can get there.

A JCA20H with the matching cab would also be excellent for you.

Do you need to gig? And what's your nearest major city?
In all honesty, I liked how the cubes sounded better than the 6505, PEavey classics, Peavey Vypyr, etc.

And he would most likely need a bit of a boost for a JCA
#9
You actually have a lot of GREAT options at $500 especially since you don't need something for gigging.

Check out the amps from Peavey, Randall, Marshall, Roland, and Line 6 in this price range! Don't let the Spider series sour you completely on Line 6 either. Spider is the bottom range.

Randall has a Kirk Hammett signature amp out now.

Check out these links for some info on these bands' setups:
http://www.guitar-stuff.net/2006/10/16/guitar-gear-adrian-smith-of-iron-maiden-guitar-amp-setup/

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=792777

http://www.guitargeek.com/chat/complete-rig-27/john-frusciante-amp-settings-97871/

http://www.freewebs.com/montyjay/kirkamps.html

It seems like you definitely want something that has a Marshall-like distortion sound available on it.
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#10
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You are realy putting a limitation as to what you can get with a $500 budget. But I looked at zzounds.com and they have a Jet City Amp "stack" that is the JCA 20h and the matching 1x12 cab for only $350 with free shiping.
This will ge you most of the sound you are looking for and for the heavy stuff just add a pedal to boost the gain a little. A Ibanez Tube screamer it by far one of the most popular, or you can go with a straight distortion pedal.
You can also get another cab to add to the JCA 20 and if you get to it one day it will power a 4x12 fine also


The JCA20H sounds really good with a Bad Monkey

The bad monkey is arguably the best sounding non vintage OD pedal but let your ears decide what you like tone wise.
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