#1
I play through an epiphone les paul custom, and possibly going to be upgrading to a sheraton, casino, or a hollowbody of some sort.

I play mainly acoustic/alternative/indie rock. Sometimes a little bit of metal. Not really a metalhead though.

My budget is anywhere from 0 - $900. I'm looking for a combo amp that will give me a nice clean sound, and a bit of crunch if i need it. I'm planning on using a multi-fx board for chorus/delays/other effects of that nature.

I want something that will be good enough to be mic'd for gigging, but also loud enough on its own to jam with a drummer/ other instruments.

The main combo I was looking at was a fender hot rod deville 4x10 or 2x12. Not sure which yet.

I'm going to guitar center tomorrow cause they have a 15% off deal so I'm planning on getting something tomorrow. I'm going to try out a bunch of different amps. If anyone has any recommendations for me to try out it would be appreciated.

Also, a little off-topic, I haven't had an amp with an effects loop in/out thing before. Would it be better for me to plug my multi-fx into the effects loops or to just do it the same way I've been doing it with my current amp (connecting it to the guitar input on the amp and then connecting the guitar to the multi-fx)?

Thanks!
Last edited by Permaphrost at Sep 5, 2011,
#2
I'd put your multifx in the loop. The deville is a good choice but check out like an AC30 byu vox or one of the Traynors (like ycv40 or something ik tihnk)
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#3
I like the Peavey Classic 30 and Classic 50, also the Carvin Bel-Air series. They are vintage inspried, but can get pretty nasty when cranked up. I've heard good things about Orange amps too, but haven't played them so I can't recommend them besides what I have heard from others.
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#4
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check em out if they have any.

One question, what does wattage do for combo amps? Cause I saw one of the blackstar amps have like 5 watts or something. Is more better?
#5
Peavey Classic would be a good choice.

Also, possibly a Peavey ValveKing. Just something for the sake of more options.

A Vox AC30 would be good, but Idk if that is in your budget, or if they have FX loops.
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Quote by Permaphrost
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check em out if they have any.

One question, what does wattage do for combo amps? Cause I saw one of the blackstar amps have like 5 watts or something. Is more better?


more watts...i dont know the technicalities but i see around the forums that people say more watts does not exactly mean louder, juts like a power rating....but in the market for buying amps, yes the more wattage that it displays usually is used to guage how loud it is.
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#7
super sonic 22
ac30c2
hughes and kettner statesman
rebel 30
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#8
Vox AC15/30
or if you wanna save cash Bugera V55 or BC-30.
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#10
I can vouch for the Fender Deville and the Vox AC30c2. (I have friends who own both)

Both are very clean crisp sounding its just a decision on what type of clean you want.

Fender clean or the Vox chimney clean.

Both seem to take pedals really well too so if you want some dirt you can just throw a pedal in front of it. Both have effects loops and both get plenty loud.
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#11
a vox AC30 comes to mind but you should try them out first
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#12
Wattage has a bit to do with loudness but more of it has to do with headroom. An amp with a high wattage won't overdrive to power section until you really have it cranked, while one with a lower wattage will get dirty really fast. I'd suggest at least 30 watts if you want to stay clean at gigging volumes, but that's just me.
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