#1
Evening (In the UK at least) gents,

haven't been on for a while and looking for an amp for gigging, I currently own a fender G dec junior which I have been using for practicing and get on OK with. I need something with a bit more power though.

I play old british rock - think the kinks, the stones, the who. So good clean tones are important, I also play some more modern rock - arctic monkeys, .so I'm hoping to find something that can handle overdrive too. I am particularly fond of my little big muff pedal.

My budget is £500 and I can go for new or used amps. I live in Essex, trips to London aren't much bother either. My current guitar is a fender lite ash telecaster and any help would be greatly appreciated!
#2
ac30 used
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#3
+1 for a used AC30. Also laney VC30 for cheaps, maybe something a bit more marshally, though your budget's a bit limiting, perhaps an old JCM combo? Traynor YCVsomething? (whichever one's the marshally one, think it's the 40)
#4
An all tube marshall combo is definitely the ideal choice, however just about anything with EL34's or 84's or whatever the other nomenclature is for more "british voiced" tubes/amps should do well enough.
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#5
New? Laney VC30, preferably the 2x12" version if you don't mind dragging around big and heavy amps.

Used? Vox AC30, or the previously mentioned VC30 and new speakers.


The Vox I guess you've heard plenty about already, it's practically the standard solution for what you're doing. The VC30 is sometimes referred to as a "poor man's AC30", but it's got two channels and gets a nice amount of overdrive on it's own, which would eliminate the need for dirt pedals in your case. I think they're great amps and hardly worse than C2 Voxes once you swap the crappy stock speakers.
#6
Orange Rocker 30 + a graphic Eq for your clean channel.

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