#1
I just got a Peavey IPR 3000 Power amp and i need to build a cheap stack that can play blues and rock, or can be versatile and do everything from metal to country. I went to my local guitar shop and found a peavey 2x12 cab used for cheap. I also saw a used marshall head for 75 bucks. I am relativley dumb when it comes to amps, so would the power amp mess with the4 marshall head or is the marshall head even need a power amp? Same for the peavey cab. Does it need to be driven with a power amp? Or will the combo make a terrible tone that conflicts? Also any suggestions of equipment would be great. I know this is sort a long jumbled question, so just answer what you can. Thanks for the help.
#2
Since you have a power amp, what you need now is a preamp. An amp head is a preamp and a power amp in one unit, so it'd be unnecessary to buy the Marshall head when you have the power amp already.

What you can do with the Marshall head is run the preamp or effects send into the power amp, which will give you a different tone.

But I doubt that that Marshall head is really any good.

How much are you looking to spend and what styles of music do you play? I know that ENGL makes a preamp that can be had pretty cheaply on the used market.
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#3
i play just about everything. at the very least i want to be able to play blues and rock (from pink floydish stuff to acdc or zz top). but i do like to play country and metal. I am on somewhat of a budget so i cant spend all that much. I would like to be able to get the rest of the stack for at most 500, as i am paying 250 for the power amp.
#4
engl e530 man. it has a blackmore/savageish sound to it. my friends got one and it's pretty damn sweet.
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#5
Dude.. a Peavey IPR 3000 is a solid state PA power amp. I think it would make a terrible power amp for a guitar rig.
#6
No offense, but a halfstack with what you have to spend will most assuredly sound awful.
#7
If you use the Marshall head you will not need the power amp. The Peavey cab should work fine with the head if the impedance matches. Otherwise, if you are set on using that power amp you would need something like a JMP1 or ADA pre-amp. You'd plug your guitar into the preamp, which would then be plugged into the power amp, which would be hooked to the speaker cab. Those pre-amps alone would be probably more than you want to spend. You might be better off selling that power amp and just buying a 2x12 combo. You'd be much happier than trying to finagle something together...
#9
Yeah, did you buy that power amp with the sole purpose of using it as a base for a guitar rig? if so, take it back. Now. Otherwise, I'd do away with this whole rack business as people have said. If you claim to be relatively "dumb" when it comes to amps, then a rack is just going to complicate things, just saying. So you have 500 to spend, on top of the 250 you're throwing down on the power amp? Either way, look at a nice modeling amp such as a Line 6 Flextone III, Peavey Vypyrs, ect. Or get a nice little tube combo paired with a POD xtLive of some sorts and call it good.
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engl e530 man. it has a blackmore/savageish sound to it. my friends got one and it's pretty damn sweet.


You werent kidding the engl e530 looks awesome!
#12
thanks for the help everyone. I dont think i will go the stack route. One last question though. What are some good versatile rock and blues combos, and will the combos be good for lie shows.

Thanks again
#13
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You werent kidding the engl e530 looks awesome!


It's pretty killer. You can probably get one off ebay for $300 if you look really hard. Also, if you want a good/cheap cab check out harley benton and avatar cabs. Engl+poweramp+decent cab=ear sex.
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thanks for the help everyone. I dont think i will go the stack route. One last question though. What are some good versatile rock and blues combos, and will the combos be good for lie shows.

Thanks again
Marshalls, Fenders... rock and blues covers a pretty large span. Rock as in modern heavier high gain rock? Or rock as in Zeppelin, Free, Cream, style rock? Blues as in Gary Moore style blues? Or blues as in BB King style blues?
#15
i would say older zepplin, cream, floyd style rock. and blues would be stuff like bb king or SRV style blues. basically i want somthing that sounds great clean and can handle the effects related to floyd, but also sounds good with a little rock n roll crunch on it.
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thanks for the help everyone. I dont think i will go the stack route. One last question though. What are some good versatile rock and blues combos, and will the combos be good for lie shows.

Thanks again



Vox has some really kick ass combo amps for rock and blues in your price range. Youd be selling yourself short if you didnt at least try one before your purchase.
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#18
ive heard that vox has a pretty strong following. i have never tried any because i always thought they were built primarily for metal, but i could be very mistaken with that assumption. will they be able to play acdc style stuff too because i will be getting a boss distortion in the mail, which i plan on using to just get a little hard rock distortion out of.
#19
okay for cathboard here is a complete rundown of my gear. i have an esp ltd MH-53 guitar. some pedals i use are boss super overdrive, boss distortion, and a henrix cry baby wah. right now i have a fender mustang I practive amp for my home use, but i need something for jamming and maybe live shows or recording. i am willign to spend at most 500 bucks and by the looks of what everyone is saying, i am going to go with a new or used combo amp, but will be open to making a stack if it is affordable. i want it to be able to play style from hard rock, like acdc, to blues, to prog rock flyd style stuff. also funk would be nice to play but it doesnt need to, i have my practive amp for that. i live near la crosse wiscsonin.
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#20
You should check out some Voxes then. I find they have a nice balance between Fendery chime and Marshallish balls.
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#22
Wtf is wrong with people? Vox make some good amps but they are far short of being the best choice here...Traynor YCV50 is a far better option.
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